Sophomore Programs

Stanford is preparing to welcome our rising sophomores to campus for the 2021-22 academic year with a targeted set of special programs, events, and initiatives that will engage minds, encourage community connections, and introduce students to Stanford resources. We hope that every rising sophomore will take advantage of these opportunities to make the most of their next chapter in the Stanford journey. We will be updating the links below throughout the summer.

Learn More (Last updated: June 9, 2021)

We are planning Sophomore Welcome on Sunday, September 19, 2021, to welcome the Class of 2024! Kick off the new academic year with your classmates and pick up your class t-shirt, class pin, and more.

Sophomore 101 is a Fall Quarter seminar supporting sophomore students living together in community as they transition to the Stanford campus.

The second year, commonly referred to as the Sophomore Year, is a time when you may be engaged in: making important choices about your intellectual path, honing your interests, and re-evaluating your goals. This worksheet provides structure for you to pause and reflect on your Stanford experience. Consider talking through these prompts with your Academic Advisor!

Sophomore College is an immersive 3-week residential program before Autumn Quarter that cultivates academic and social connections to develop rich intellectual communities. Students focus on a single class and meet daily in seminar-sized (10-15) classes with Stanford faculty for lecture and discussion, to work in labs, participate in community-based learning, go on fieldtrips, and engage in a range of activities that facilitate in-depth mentoring relationships. Applications closed in May

Community Centers and Offices look forward to welcoming sophomores to campus with gatherings, events, and reunions. Stay tuned for more information later this summer!

Move-In for sophomores will take place September 15-19, 2021. Details for booking your move-in appointment will be provided by Housing Assignments. Each student will be permitted to have two guests accompany them into their residence to assist with move-in. (Students participating in Sophomore College and Arts Intensive will already be on campus and will move to their fall residence according to their program timelines.)

Introductory Seminars offer small-group courses taught by esteemed faculty in a wide range of disciplines to frosh and sophomores -- many of which fulfill general education, Ways, or university writing requirements (Write 2).  Sophomores have priority for Sophomore preference IntroSems.  Apply Today!

Sophomore Wayfinders is an optional program offered to all second-year students. We focus on the knowledge, skills, and resources you need to get the most out of your time at Stanford. We'll host activites, workshops and info sessions,  and we'll match you with a Wayfinding Guide, a faculty or staff mentor who can serve as an informed, engaged thought partner as you weave together the different parts—academic and intellectual, personal and professional—of your Stanford journey. Sign up now - programming begins in July!

Get involved on campus by connecting with students groups and organizations at mini activities fairs planned for the fall!

The Chappell Lougee Scholarship provides funding for full-time immersive projects in the humanities, creative arts, and qualitative social sciences during the summer after your sophomore year.

Every Stanford undergraduate should give serious consideration to studying overseas. Regardless of the academic path you choose, you will be enriched by time spent in another country. Achieving cultural literacy and gaining substantive understanding of other perspectives in the world will deepen your awareness of yourself, your educational goals, and your own society. Nearly one-half of each graduating class studies abroad through one of Stanford's overseas programs.

The STEM Fellows Program offers funding and workshops to support students who will contribute to diversity in STEM fields, particularly the diversity of the future professoriate. Only Sophomores are eligible and must be nominated by a Stanford faculty or staff member before being invited to apply.