Submit an Application

Steps to Apply

  1. Decide which SoCo 2020 course(s) to apply to.  You may apply to up to 3 but may only participate in 1. 
  2. Determine if you are eligible and learn what will be required in your commitment. Read the  Commitment Form to learn what to expect. Note: Students room in a double with a roommate both on campus housing and in most locations where a seminar is off-campus. Sophomore College cannot guarantee OAE registered accommodations for seminars with travel.
  3. Review the questions below that all seminars require. Check the application system to see if your course has additional course-specific questions (click on the course title, scroll down to click Apply). Draft your responses outside of the application and submit the final version by the deadline.  If you have technical problems at the deadline, you can email your application answers to sophcollege@stanford.edu directly.

Sophomore College Application Questions

What are the reasons you want to participate in this particular seminar? Faculty are interested in finding out your reasons for being interested in the seminar topic; there's no right answer--there are as many reasons as there are students who apply. Read the course description carefully; identify for yourself what caught your attention. Reflect on your long-term or recently-discovered interests, or how this seminar experience will build on your educational goals. Be specific and offer details that demonstrate thoughtfulness about your interests and goals as they relate to this seminar. (Responses are generally fewer than 300 words.)

Students describe the diversity of perspectives they found in their classmates as one of the most important parts of Sophomore College. What particular contribution do you feel you could offer to this seminar? In your response, you are welcome to include your personal, familial, and cultural background; previous academic experience (college or pre-college); relevant extracurricular activities, including community work you may have done; and any social and work skills you've acquired that would make you a good member of this group and a contributor to the overall class experience. (Responses are generally fewer than 300 words.)

Some courses may also include seminar-specific questions; check the application system to see.

APPLY

Mark your calendar: September Session 2020

Student Applications Accepted: Monday, March 2 – Tuesday, April 21 (11:59pm)

Decisions Released: Friday, May 15, 5PM. Log into your application to see if you are offered a space. You will also see whether you have received additional financial support to defray the $750 program fee.

Commitment Deadline: Wednesday, May 20, 11:59PM

Required Spring Class Meeting with Your Faculty: Late May to early June. (If applicable, you will be contacted to attend a required class meeting with Faculty, Student Staff, and Students before the end of Spring Quarter)

Withdraw Deadline: Wednesday, May 27 (12 noon). Withdrawing after this date incurs a fee.