What are the Requirements for Graduation?

You must complete your General Education Requirements (GERs), your major requirements, and earn a minimum of 180 units before you can graduate. We offer more details below, but be sure to read the Stanford Bulletin for official information on earning your undergraduate degree.

Basic Degree Requirements

For students entering as first-years, the basic graduation requirements are as follows:

  • Earn at least 180 units (no more than 45 of these may be transfer units)
  • Satisfy your General Education Requirements
  • Satisfy the requirements for a major

No more than 8 activity units may count toward the 180 units needed for graduation and only 36 units of CR or S grades (including the 8 activity units) can count.

Degree Requirements for Transfer Students

For transfer students, the basic graduation requirements are as follows:

  • Earn at least 180 units (no more than 90 of these may be transfer units)
  • Satisfy your General Education Requirements
    • A first-year Foreign Language course sequence (or equivalent proficiency)
    • Three Writing Courses (PWR 1 or equivalent from your prior institution, PWR 2, and a Writing in the Major Course)
    • Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing Requirements. For transfer students, the Ways requirement is proportional based on the number of units transferred in. This is noted on the Preliminary Evaluation of Transfer Credit.
  • Satisfy the requirements for a major

For transfer students, no more than 8 activity units may count toward the 180 units needed for graduation and only 27 units of CR or S grades (including the 8 activity units) can be factored in.

Checking Your Progress

To view the GERs you have completed (THINK, Ways, PWR, Language), visit your Student Center in Axess. You will find a drop down menu on the left side of the screen. From this menu, you should select “View Degree Progress.” The resulting Degree Progress Report will tell you which GERs you have completed. It has five sections:

Think Matters

This section shows whether your Thinking Matters requirement is fulfilled, and which course was used to fulfill it.

Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing

This section shows which Ways requirements you have fulfilled, and which courses were used to fulfill them. As you take Ways-certified classes, they are automatically allocated under unfulfilled Ways requirements in the Degree Progress Report. Keep in mind that while some courses are certified for multiple Ways, they can only be used to fulfill one Ways requirement. For example, a course that is certified for both Way-FR and Way-AQR can only be used for one or the other, not both. You may have taken more courses than you needed in a particular Way, or you may have taken courses that were certified for more than one Way. These are listed later on under the "Summary of Ways Eligible Courses" section.

The way your courses are allocated under the Ways requirements isn't always optimized. It may be that if you reallocate a course from one Way to a different Way, you will be able to complete more of your university requirements. You can read about reallocating your Ways classes here.

UG Writing Requirement

This section shows whether your PWR 1 and PWR 2 writing requirements are fulfilled, and which courses were used to fulfill them.

UG Language Requirement

This section shows whether your foreign language requirement is fulfilled, and which course or alternate method was used to fulfill it.

Summary of Ways Eligible Courses

This section shows all the courses you have taken that could have fulfilled Ways requirements. For example, you might see both CS 106A and CS 107 under the "Formal Reasoning" category here, even though you only needed one of them to complete Way-FR. While the other categories in the Degree Progress Report show up as collapsed once they are fulfilled, the Summary of Ways Eligible Courses always shows up as a giant uncollapsed list.

Note that the "Summary of Ways Eligible Courses" section will always display "Courses: 11 required, 0 taken, 11 needed." This is an artifact of the system and can be safely disregarded if you verify that your Ways are fulfilled under the preceding "Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing" section.

Got Questions?

Your Academic Advisor would be happy to meet with you to discuss your progress on your GERs.

You should reach out to your department’s Student Services Officer to inquire about progress through the major.

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