What is SoCo?

SoCo is an immersive learning experience. SoCo seminars represent diverse areas of study, and attract students who share a passion for the course topic.  Class meetings are held every morning, and most afternoons include class activities, explorations of Stanford or field trips, with evenings and weekends often filled with movies and informal dorm events.  Special events punctuate the three weeks in September, with an Opening Dinner and Closing Symposium, Faculty Panels, and Guest Events.

Courses & Information Sessions

Students receive 2 UNITS OF CREDIT for their Sophomore College course. After students are accepted and confirm participation in the seminar, they will receive notice on how to enroll. 

Quick Facts for 2018

Apply by Tuesday, April 10 (deadline 11:59pm). Learn the results by Friday, May 4, and commit or decline by Tuesday, May 8.

Arrive on campus or at the seminar's point of origin by Labor Day, September 3. Classes run September 4-21, 2018. Check out the September Calendar and photos from some of the SoCo class activities.

The program fee is $600, which covers housing, dining, books, and trips and excursions that are part of the course. About one-fourth of participants receive additional assistance based on need.

The class is a community. Each class has about 12 students. Students live in Wilbur or Stern Hall, usually in doubles with a classmate. Classes eat together in Arrillaga Dining, sometimes with your faculty. More information about living on campus in September.

Why Take a Sophomore College Course? What Students Say

explore new ways of thinking
“My SoCo experience introduced me to a different intellectual community than my own. I am not a premed and almost everyone in my class was, but I loved being exposed to this way of thinking and solving problems.”

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."

“After not exploring my major interest as a freshman, connecting with a group of people who share my passion was fantastic. Not only was I reminded of why I'm pursuing what I'm pursuing, but now I know people who will be in many of my classes for the next three years.”

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 a Single Topic in-depth
“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.”

"It's intense, it's immersive, and it's intellectual. If you're prepared for the intensity, absolutely go for it."

apply classroom concepts to the world outside of stanford
"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!"

Discover an Intellectual Community

“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.”

"Each day after class we would continue the discussion from class into lunch and other events throughout the day. We continued to engage in the intellectual aspects of SoCo even outside the classroom.  We joked that it was a bit of a boot camp, but we all still loved the intensity of the course."