Palo Alto, California
June 25 - July 15
One, Two and Three Week Sessions available for students in the Intermediate (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) programs.
Experience life at Stanford, the largest university campus in the US, and one of the top research universities in the world. Students on campus will have access to historic Spanish architecture and world-class facilities including the Cantor Arts Center and the Rodin Sculpture Garden. With guest speakers including Stanford Professors Dr. Chris Bobonich in Philosophy and Dr. Rob Reich in Political Science, our Stanford program features a reading list focused on philosophical questions raised by classic texts.
Stanford University opened its doors in 1891, and has been one of the finest and most highly-regarded American universities ever since. Its 8,000-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the nation, offering room to explore as well as carefully-crafted residential and academic spaces for study and comfortable California living.
A Quick Look at the Program
The Great Books Summer Program has been privileged to make its West Coast home at Stanford University for over a decade.
Students who come for two or three weeks will be able to experience entirely new academic content each session they attend – new reading, fresh lectures and unique speakers and guests. Also unique to the multi-week programs are the weekend excursions. Taking place on the Saturday in between sessions, all campers head out to an exciting California location. In past summers our students at Stanford have visited the Monterey Peninsula including Cannery Row and The Monterey Bay Aquarium. They also visited the California Academy of Sciences and took in an Oakland A's game.
Traveling to Stanford
Stanford University is located in Palo Alto, California and is less than a thirty-minute drive from both the San Francisco and San Jose airports.