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The application period for the Summer 2022 Stanford Sierra Camp season is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted. Questions? Email us.

Application evaluation

Stanford Sierra Camp is a program of SAA-Sierra Programs, LLC., 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.


Applications time-stamped by midnight, Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 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

We plan to resume all camp application policies and the flexibility credit option again for 2022. Applicants will receive a flexibility credit if they 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. To retain the flexibility credit, applicants must be available for each of their requests through March 31 of that year.


Applicants will be notified by mail of their cabin assignments or waitlist status after February 18, 2022. Families on the waitlist will be notified as cancellations occur. Payment in full is due by March 1, 2022, for weeks 2–7, and March 15, 2022, for weeks 8-13.


Reservations will be canceled 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.