Stanford Diversity Exchange


The Stanford Diversity Exchange allows Stanford students to trade places with students from three partner institutions for a quarter, a semester, or an academic year. The Diversity Exchange now enjoys the participation of three historically black colleges and universities: Howard University* in Washington D.C. and Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia.

How the Program Works

  • Exchange students pay tuition to and receive appropriate financial aid from their home institution.
  • Students pay room-and-board and fees to their host schools.
  • Academic work completed during an exchange is reviewed for transfer credit by the Office of the University Registrar.
  • Participants in an exchange are not eligible to transfer permanently to the host school.
  • Permanently withdrawing from Stanford to attend one of the participating schools means you are no longer part of the exchange program. At that point, you will no longer be eligible for Stanford services.
  • You may apply to participate in an exchange for one semester (Fall or Spring) or for the entire academic year.
  • Each year, three to five students are selected to trade places with the same number of students at a partner institution.
  • Informational meetings about the exchange program will be held in the Autumn and Winter quarters.

Participating Institutions

Howard University, Washington, D.C.

The Howard University program is the oldest of the Stanford exchange programs. Howard, a leading historically black university with a student body of over 12,000, is located in our nation’s capital. It features a diverse mix of students from various ethnic and regional backgrounds. (* Please note that due to administrative changes at Howard University, Stanford students will be unable to attend this institution during the 2012-2013 academic year.)

Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Morehouse College, a black liberal arts college for men, is located a mile west of downtown Atlanta, the cultural and economic center of the South. The College is considered a national resource for African-American male leadership. It has a notable tradition of educating men to be accomplished, dynamic leaders in their professions.

Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

Like Morehouse, Spelman is a part of the Atlanta University Center. For more than 100 years, Spelman has had a rich history of educating African American women. Sisterhood is at the heart of the Spelman experience. Spelman has an excellent liberal arts program and invites women of all ethnic backgrounds to “join the Sisterhood.”


Current Stanford undergraduate students who have completed 60 or more units towards graduation and hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to participate in an exchange. Stanford students of any ethnic background may benefit from participating in the Exchange Program. The program is ideally suited to third-year students.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the downloadable application form.  (The application period for the 2013-14 academic year has already closed; the application form for 2014-15 will be posted in Autumn Quarter.)
  2. Submit a study plan and a 400-word statement. Your statement should describe how an exchange would fit in with your academic goals and career plans and how the cultural experience at the exchange school will enhance your Stanford education.
  3. Accompany your application with two faculty letters of recommendation.

In selecting applicants for an exchange, consideration will be given to overall academic record and recommendations from faculty. The question as to whether your academic program would be enhanced by your participation in an exchange is also weighed. Selection for a given school depends on availability of space and the number of students seeking an exchange from your desired host school.

Forms and Deadlines

Exchange applications are due to  Laura Selznick by February 15th of each year. Decisions will be announced by May 1st.

For more information on the exchange and the application process, contact Laura Selznick.