Three Books

Three Books is Stanford's signature common reading program for undergraduate first-year and new transfer students. Each year, Stanford carefully selects a theme and books for incoming new students to read and discuss with each other over the summer. The program culminates in discussions with the authors during New Student Orientation and during the first year, where students are given the opportunity to ask the authors questions and hear their perspectives.

Cardinal Compass

Cardinal Compass is designed to help you navigate through your first year at Stanford. We can assist you in building a frosh year that takes full advantage of the wealth of frosh-friendly courses offered. We can also introduce you to the advisors ready to help you, and demystify some of the issues most commonly encountered in the transition to college.


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Structured Liberal Education

Sometimes called ‘a liberal arts college experience’ within the University, Structured Liberal Education (SLE) is a residence-based academic program that encourages students to live a life of ideas in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical thinking and interpretation.
Undergrad Events and Deadlines
Aug 10

IntroSems Catalog and Sign-Up System Open for 2020-21

Sign up for priority enrollment in Autumn IntroSems between Aug 10 and Aug 28. Learn about the courses at ExploreIntroSems.stanford.edu. Sign up at vcais.stanford.edu...
Aug 28 - Aug 28

IntroSems Priority Enrollment Deadline for Autumn

Aug 28 is the deadline to sign up for priority enrollment in Autumn IntroSems. Sign up by 8AM (Pacific Time). Check out ExploreIntroSems.stanford.edu and sign up at vcais.stanford.edu...


Undergraduate Research Student Grants


Research, arts, and senior synthesis projects regardless of discipline can all make use of Undergraduate Research Student Grants.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all new grant applicants are required to include alternative plans that involve staying home in their grant proposals. Please note that VPUE Undergraduate Research funding is contingent on University Policy.

A message about research facilities use

In adherence to current public health guidance to help minimize the potential for the spread of COVID-19, the University is currently limiting access to a variety of campus facilities and spaces during the summer period. Until further notice, undergraduates will not have in-person access to facilities such as laboratories, libraries, studios, or University archives. This includes both undergraduates currently in on-campus housing and undergraduates who wish to visit campus while housed elsewhere. Guidance for autumn quarter will be forthcoming.

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Stanford in New York

Being in New York City has helped me grow professionally and personally in a way I wasn’t able to do on Stanford’s campus...Through Stanford in New York, I’ve been able to explore what it means to be a public service worker in the city, inspiring and being inspired by the girls I was lucky to work with!
Meley Gebresellassie
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Meley Gebresellassie. Photo by Sam Hollenshead


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