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Application and selection process

The online application for the 2021 Stanford Sierra Camp season will be available on this page in mid-November. Please check back then. If you have questions, please email us at sierracamp@alumni.stanford.edu.

Application evaluation

Applications time stamped by midnight, Monday, January 6, 2020, are grouped into cohorts based on the number of consecutive application years. Due to the popularity of Sierra Camp, all applications are entered into a lottery in which applications are ranked within their cohort by random, computer-generated numbers. This lottery determines an applicant’s rank on the waitlist. First-year applicants are ranked below applicants applying for their second, third, fourth consecutive year. The more years one consecutively applies to attend Camp, the higher one's ranking. Individuals who take a year off from applying will lose all of their application credits that they have built up. As a result, it's important to apply to Camp every year in order to ensure you retain your application credits. While it may take an average of four years to be offered a spot at Camp—depending on an applicant’s flexibility in accommodations and weeks—once a spot is assigned, that applicant is guaranteed to attend every summer moving forward.

Flexible application credit

Applicants who are available for at least eight weeks of the summer program, request all lodging options that will accommodate their immediate family and apply before the January deadline will receive a flexibility credit. To retain the flexibility credit, applicants must be available for each of their requests through March 31st of that year. If you decline an offer made to you before March 31st you will lose 2 flexibility credits, one for the current year and one from a previous year.

Due to the Summer 2020 program being cancelled, we are not able to offer any flexibility credits for the 2020 season. You will receive application credit for applying in 2020, which will further you along the wait list for future summers, but you will not receive a flexibility credit for 2020. We want to acknowledge and thank all those that applied in a flexible manner. We will be resuming all Camp application policies and the flexibility credit option again for 2021.

Selection

Applicants will be notified by mail of their cabin assignments or waitlist statuses after February 17, 2020. Families on the waitlist will be notified as cancellations occur. Payment in full is due by March 1, 2020 for weeks 2-7, and March 15, 2020 for weeks 8-13.

Payment

Reservations will be cancelled if full payment is not received by the due date. Payments are refundable only if written notification is received at least 30 days prior to the guest’s scheduled arrival; cancellations are subject to a $500 cancellation fee. Credit card payments are not accepted for Stanford Sierra Camp. Stanford Sierra Camp is a program of SAA-Sierra Programs, L.L.C., with application priority given to Stanford University alumni. Alumni applying to Camp must be current members of the Stanford Alumni Association. If not members already, alumni may join as life members. Non-alumni pay a $300 use fee if they received a cabin assignment. Applications from non-alumni and university affiliates are ranked below all alumni applicants, regardless of application submission date.

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