Application process

All applicants must complete a Preliminary Application, which allows the Stanford Humanities Institute to collect demographic and contact information for those interested in applying. Once the Preliminary Application is submitted, applicants will be able to access the new Online Application. In addition to the Preliminary Application, a complete application consists of:

  • A submitted Online Application.
  • Payment of a $50 application fee. This fee can be paid online using a credit card or check. Instructions for payment can be found at the end of the Online Application.
  • A writing sample. This requirement is described in more detail in the Online Application. Allowed file types: PDF, DOCX, DOC, RTF, and TXT.
  • A copy of your school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Allowed file types: PDF, JPG, TIF, GIF, and PNG. If you have multiple transcripts, combine them into a single file for upload, with your most recent transcript first.
  • At least one Teacher Recommendation. On the Online Application, you will be able to request a recommendation from one or more teachers qualified to comment on your performance and ability in the Summer Humanities Institute content areas. You may submit more than one recommendation form if you like. Required information: teacher’s full name, school name, subjects taught, email address, phone number, and the application deadline for each recommendation request.
  • A copy of a recent standardized exam score result. A standardized exam is an externally administered test which provides a score report for the student and includes information defining the student’s performance on the test relative to other test takers. Any standardized exam administered at the international (such as the TOEFL), national (such as SAT, ACT, or PSAT) or state (such as the California STAR) level is acceptable. Allowed file types: PDF, JPG, TIF, GIF, and PNG.

Click here to view examples of standardized exams

Sample Standardized Exams
AP Advanced Placement Test
ACT family of tests Includes ACT, PLAN, and Explore
CAT-5 California Achievement Test, 5th edition
CTBS/4 Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, 4th Edition
CTP-III Comprehensive Testing Program III
ERB Educational Records Bureau
ITBS Iowa Test of Basic Skills
MAT-7 Metropolitan Achievement Test, 7th edition
OLSAT Otis-Lennon School Ability Test
PLUS PLUS Academic Abilities Assessment
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
SAT family of tests Includes the SAT and SAT 2 Subject tests
SAT-9 Stanford Achievement Test Series, 9th edition
SSAT Secondary School Admission Test
Stanford-Binet Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test (L-M or 4th edition)
STAR Standardized Testing and Reporting
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
WISC Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
SCAT School and College Ability Test
Woodcock-Johnson Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement
WPPSI-R Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Revised
Other Any other standardized exam result is acceptable.

Admissions to the 2014 Summer Humanities Institute sessions is now closed. If you’d like to view a list of other EPGY summer programs, you can find them here.

Financial aid

Admission to the Summer Humanities Institute is need-blind, meaning that all complete applications are given full consideration regardless of income. There is limited financial aid available for the Summer Humanities Institute once students are admitted to the program. This aid will be offered in the form of partial and full scholarships. Aid is granted based upon need, as well as other factors including merit. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must fill out and submit the Financial Aid Application and supporting documentation along with their complete application for admission to the program. Only complete Financial Aid applications will be considered for aid.