We encourage you to explore!

Take courses in subjects you’ve never been exposed to, and engage with a whole array of people who have different backgrounds and interests.

Think about what path is really right for you.




Who is my Academic Advisor?

For general advising issues, make an appointment with your AAD or your AARC Advisor. For pre-professional pursuits (pre-law, pre-med, pre-business, pre-education); or transfer, returning, or co-terminal student issues, you may wish to make an appointment with a member of the Specialized Advising Team.

  • Academic Advising Directors (AADs)
  • Academic Advisors for Student Athletes (AARC Advisors)
  • Specialized Advising Team

Make an appointment

Students relax near Luna Moth Walk I, a sculpture by Charles Ginnever. Outdoor Sculpture - Stanford Images Spring 2017

Bridging Political Divides

In a 2019 Sophomore College course, students traveled to Dallas, Texas, where they helped staff a landmark experiment that brought together more than 500 registered voters who represent the political, cultural and demographic diversity of America in one room. Image: Nelia Peralta/Center for Deliberative Democracy
Undergrad Events and Deadlines
Oct 23

BOSP Overseas Seminars General Information Session

Sweet Hall #020
Come learn more from BOSP Special Program Coordinators about program structure, cost, financial aid...
Oct 24

Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS)

Held over Reunion Homecoming, SURPS is for Stanford undergraduates to present their research, arts...
Oct 27 - Oct 27

Stanford in New York - Spring 2020 2nd Round Applications Due

Apply for Stanford in New York's Spring 2020 Quarter by Sunday, October 27th.

Thinking Matters, PWR, and Ways

Learn more about your requirements.
Reading the Body.

Thinking Matters courses are meant to help frosh develop a sense for what constitutes a genuine question or problem and how to address it in a creative and disciplined manner.
Student working in a PWR course.

PWR courses are courses on writing. We focus on argument, its research-based support and delivery, and its range of modes and media.
Student using compass.

Ways courses emphasize both “thinking” and “doing”—that is, teaching you how to view the world differently, how to conceptualize it from various angles, and how to use those intellectual capacities in new ways.

Cardinal Compass

Cardinal Compass is an online tool designed to help students navigate through their first year at Stanford.

There are five primary sections: Meet Your Advisors, the Advising Student Handbook, Frosh-Friendly Courses, Your Questions Answered, and My Stanford Story.


Learn more about Cardinal Compass


Ways of Thinking / Ways of Doing

The Ways for me had been an awesome chance to explore opportunities and experiences that I may have been too timid to venture into myself. It’s an amazing way to feel like you are truly getting everything you can from a Stanford education and becoming a more versatile, well-rounded person.
Toni Adeyemi, ‘19
Photo by Rod Searcey
Toni Adeyemi. Photo by Rod Searcey.


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