Final Deadline to Withdraw without financial penalty: Wednesday, May 27
Pick Up Textbooks: after May 21
Enrollment Period Begins: after May 21
Attend Spring Course Meeting: late May through early June
Confirmation and the SoCo Commitment
You'll receive an email to let you know to check your status at vcasc.stanford.edu. If you are ACCEPTED, you must CONFIRM your intent to participate at vcasc.stanford.edu by the Confirmation Deadline. When you CONFIRM you will see the SoCo Contract of Participation, and confirming indicates your acceptance of this Contract; not confirming by this deadline jeopardizes your spot, which may be given to a waitlisted student.
Confirming will also require you to answer a set of questions--this is the time to tell us about any special arrangements, dietary needs, or OAE accommodations you may need.
If you have been accepted to a seminar and you are unable to participate, you must decline your spot in the seminar at vcasc.stanford.edu. When you decline, we will offer the spot to the next student on the waitlist.
If you have confirmed your spot in a seminar and can no longer participate you must withdraw from the program by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive an email in mid-May with detailed enrollment instructions and your individual course permission number.
Remove all “holds” from your student account PRIOR to the enrollment period.
Newcomer Guide autumn holds do NOT have to be removed to enroll in summer quarter.
If you are unsure of why you have a “hold” on your record, click on the hold for more details and consult the Student Services Center.
Heads-up: SoCo seminars are considered summer courses for administrative purposes, but are offered on a non-traditional summer schedule. Although Explore Courses and Axess may display a traditional June-August schedule for SoCo seminars, keep in mind that SoCo seminars actually take place during the three weeks prior to the beginning of Autumn Quarter. ExploreCourses is likely to provide inaccurate information.
Pick up books for your seminar at the bookstore. You will receive an email when books are available. Do NOT pay for books as SoCo covers the cost of books. You must show your ID at the Service Counter lower level. You cannot have a friend pick up your books. Pick up books before you leave campus; books will not be mailed to students and all seminars have required summer reading.
Attend a Spring Class Meeting between mid-May and early June. Faculty hold a mandatory Spring Class Meeting in which they offer an overview of the seminar, distribute the draft syllabus, and discuss summer assignments. Look for an email from your faculty with day, time, and location.
Storage and Summer Housing
Pack Light! For SoCo, you need to bring bedding/towels, clothes, and required class supplies. That's it.
If you are in a travel SoCo class, you absolutely cannot bring everything you need for the year to SoCo. For those seminars that stay on campus before departing for travel, SoCo will provide a shared storage pod where you can leave your bedding and other small items while your class is travelling. The shared storage pod will have limited space and must fit the excess belongings of 14 people--you cannot leave everything you need for the year in it. While on the road, expect that space will be limited and that you'll be carrying your own luggage.
If you are in an on-campus SoCo class, you will need to move everything you bring with you to your autumn housing in the middle of the program during Get Your Move On. If you choose to bring your lamp, etc, you'll need to tote that across campus! You'll be in a double in Wilbur or Stern, so space may also be tight.
We strongly recommend that you put belongings in summer storage or ship them home, to be delivered to you after you move into autumn housing. Early storage reservations are recommended. (Note: Storage is considered a personal expense. Sophomore College staff cannot accept any mail or packages, and will not accept financial responsibility for such packages.)
Bedding and other necessary personal supplies are not provided by Sophomore College. Be sure to bring these with you. If you choose to purchase a linen package upon arrival, it is a cash-only transaction at the housing front desk.
Already staying here for the summer? Look carefully at when your summer housing ends—it is not possible to move into SoCo housing early as the rooms are occupied by other conferences. If you are staying on campus, the 10-week housing contract should allow you to move from summer housing into program housing without a gap. All students must live in program housing for the first two weeks of the program, no exceptions.