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.

Programs, Events, and Initiatives for Sophomores

Sophomore Welcome (September 19, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Meet us on Roble Field as we celebrate the Class of ’24 coming together in person!  Get your photo taken at one of our themed photo booths, pick up all your ‘24 class swag (class pin, t-shirt, Lookbook, and more), meet classmates and friendly faces from all over campus. We’ve got sweet sips, party favors, and a few other surprises waiting… in a truly unique and big "welcome hug" to campus life.  You won't wanna miss this event. Welcome Home, Class of '24.  Bring your Stanford Nametag for admission.  No RSVP necessary!


Sophomore Convocation at Frost Amphitheater (September 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

We are thrilled to share that it is now possible for us to do a sophomore convocation!  President Marc Tessier-Lavigne will welcome sophomores and their families to Stanford at the 1st Sophomore Opening Convocation Ceremony, the formal inauguration of the academic year. Together with their classmates, students will participate in celebrating the beginning of the year at this time-honored tradition, held this year in Frost Amphitheater. We invite all families to share this experience with your student by watching the Convocation Ceremony with us via livestream. For family members visiting campus on this day, each new student may invite up to two guests to join us at this in-person event outdoors.


Sophomore Neighborhood Socials (September 16th, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 16th from 8:00p - 10:00p for the first Sophomore Neighborhood Social!  RFs and student staff will be gathering the sophomores of each neighborhood for smaller casual opportunities to get to know one another locally.


Sophomore 101

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


Above and Beyond Sex Ed for Sophomores

Together with the rest of your dorm, you'll view Above & Beyond Sex Ed early in fall quarter. The focus of the program is on developing our sexual citizenship as individuals and as a community. You will get ideas, language, and tools to support you in expressing yourself and communicating with others. The program concludes with four personal stories from fellow students about sexuality and relationships. Above & Beyond Sex Ed is about cultivating empathy, empowerment, and the skills to connect with ourselves and one another.  Your residential staff will facilitate small-group conversations during pauses in the program.


Sophomore Advising Resources

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

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


Sophomore Community Center Gatherings/Reunions

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


Sophomore Housing and Residential Education

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.)


Sophomore IntroSems

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

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!


Activities Mini Fairs

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


Chappell Lougee Scholarship

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.


Overseas Studies

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.


STEM Fellows Program

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.


Sophomore Newsletter Archive