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Arts Intensive Students

Arts Intensive

Arts Intensive offers students time to focus on a single, project-based arts class with campus faculty and guest artists.

Arts Intensive
Student presenters at Bing Honors College.

Bing Honors College

Bing Honors College (BHC) is a two-week program for students actively engaged in researching and drafting their honors theses.

Bing Honors College
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Bing Overseas Studies Program

Nearly one-half of each graduating class studies away through one of Stanford's off-campus programs.

Bing Overseas Studies Program
Cardinal Service students on the beach

Cardinal Service

Cardinal Service is a university-wide effort to connect Stanford students with opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and around the world.

Cardinal Service
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Civic, Liberal, and Global Education

Going to college is not just about acquiring the ability to make a living; it’s also about developing the skills that empower and enable us to live together: in our own communities, in a diverse nation, and in a globally connected society.

Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
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Education as Self-Fashioning

In ESF we consider writings about education by intellectuals working in various fields, with the aim of articulating different ways that education can be used to structure one’s thinking, one’s self, and ultimately one’s life as a whole.

Education as Self-Fashioning
Staff members of Twain and Larkin dorms (Stern Hall) were part of a spirited welcome to freshmen and transfers on move-in day.

Frosh / Transfer 101

Frosh/Transfer 101 is a discussion-style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. 

Frosh/Transfer 101
Students and Prof. Richard Zare - Chemistry in the Kitchen IntroSem

Introductory Seminars

Introductory Seminars (IntroSems) are small, hands-on elective courses offered across all seven schools, designed specifically for Frosh and Sophomores.

Introductory Seminars
ITALIC students look in on performance of St. Lawrence String Quartet

ITALIC

ITALIC is an arts-minded, residence-based academic program for first year students.

ITALIC
LSP students rock climbing

Leland Scholars Program

The Leland Scholars Program (LSP) facilitates the transition to college for incoming Stanford frosh who may be the first in their families to attend college, attended under-resourced high schools, or are from low-income backgrounds.

Leland Scholars Program
Sreya Guha, a senior majoring in symbolic systems, speaking at the 131st Opening Convocation Ceremony.

Oral Communication Program

The Oral Communication Program provides opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students to develop or improve their oral communication skills.

Oral Communication Program
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Program in Writing and Rhetoric

PWR courses focus on themes designed to inspire you as a writer and researcher -- from ethics and artificial intelligence to hip-hop culture, language and power, and Silicon Valley and the future of work, for example.

Program in Writing and Rhetoric
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Sophomore College

SoCo's immersive, three-week residential classes often include field trips and hands-on learning outside the classroom, creating a connection with your SoCo faculty and life-long friendships. Enjoy small class sizes and the chance to focus deeply on a field that interests you.

Sophomore College
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Student Learning Programs

Part of CTL, Student Learning Programs are designed to teach transferable academic skills, create a safe space to take intellectual risks, and help all undergraduate students become self-directed learners.

Student Learning Programs
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Structured Liberal Education

Sometimes called ‘a liberal arts college experience’ within the University, Structured Liberal Education (SLE) is a residence-based academic program that encourages students to live a life of ideas in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical thinking and interpretation.

Structured Liberal Education
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Summer Bridge Programs

Summer Bridge programs aim to facilitate the transition from high school to Stanford. There are a variety of opportunities, including online courses and community based programs.

Summer Bridge Programs
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Ways of Thinking / Ways of Doing

Ways is Stanford’s unique general education breadth requirement. Create your own custom toolkit with a set of intellectual skills to use here and take with you when you graduate. 

Ways of Thinking / Ways of Doing