Discover an Intellectual Community

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“My SoCo was like one long phenomenal conversation. Because we lived together, our discussions didn’t stop when class stopped but continued throughout the day. I felt that I was truly a part of an intellectual community at Stanford.”

In addition to the two-hour daily class, students are actively involved in their seminar topics and classmates throughout each entire day. Each seminar has two upper-class/graduate students who act as Sophomore College Assistants (SCAs) providing academic support and mentoring. SCAs live with their students, lead field trips and create special class events.

Connect with Faculty and Like-Minded Peers
"My Sophomore College was an incredible way to explore a field I was interested in. It was a way to engage with a faculty member who is an absolute expert and I felt that all of my peers were as fascinated and engaged in the subject as I was."


Integrate Academic and Social Connections
“Living with my classmates was also a huge part of the experience, because our conversations about the class topics carried on into our mealtime conversations, and we could discuss the assignments together as we were doing them.”


Explore In-Depth a Single Topic
“It was incredible to really go in-depth in the field that I am interested in.  Talking with other interested students, faculty, and professionals reaffirmed my passion for the subject. This has been one of my favorite experiences at Stanford.”


Engage Real World Application
"For me the most amazing part of SoCo was seeing course concepts applied to a real world context."


Network and Develop Research Projects
"My professor referred  me to another student that is doing research in what I am interested in. We have connected and are developing a research project. It is fantastic!"

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