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Stanford University

Join SOAR - a Summer Learning Experience!

SOAR (Stanford Online Academic Resources) offers summer online courses in math and writing for incoming first-year students at Stanford students. Join our community of learners!

Build Community. Feel Prepared. Learn.

The SOAR program offers incoming first-year students at Stanford an opportunity to take free summer online courses in foundational mathematics and writing. With small class experiences, personalized curriculum, and a friendly learning community, we cultivate positive, preparatory learning experiences for future mathematics and writing courses at Stanford.


SOAR Math and SOAR Writing are both five weeks long and each course will allow students to earn 1 credit toward their autumn quarter course load. There is no cost to participating in these courses.

The 2021 SOAR program is tentatively scheduled to run from Sunday, July 25 through Friday, August 27.

Our Programs

SOAR Mathematics

SOAR Math builds on and enrich students' fundamental prerequisite skills in foundational mathematics to prepare students for success in Calculus and further mathematics courses at Stanford University.

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SOAR Writing

SOAR Writing will empower incoming first-year Stanford students to develop greater confidence in their academic writing practice and will prepare students for taking PWR 1, ESF, or ITALIC 95W during their first year.

Read More about SOAR Writing

Application Process

SOAR applications are open to incoming Stanford students who have accepted their offer of admission.  A SUNET ID is required to apply.

  • June 7, 2021 [tentative]:  SOAR applications open

  • June 25, 2021: SOAR applications close 

Notifications of admission will be sent within a week of the application close date.