Frosh 101

Learn About Frosh 101

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to support first-year students as they transition to Stanford’s dynamic campus.  In Frosh 101, two upper-class students lead a group of frosh through weekly activities and conversations designed to:

  • Establish lasting friendships,
  • Build a strong community,
  • Develop healthy habits,
  • Manage the demands of college,
  • Engage diversity in meaningful ways,
  • Create an inclusive environment, and
  • Pause and reflect on students’ values and goals.


Enroll in Frosh 101 

How It Works

Frosh Communities

You can find this new course in 2019-20 for the following:

*See "Non-Residential" for sections open to frosh that are not living in one of these ten residential communities.

Course Structure

  • This 2-unit course in Autumn quarter will meet once a week for 90 minutes. 
  • You will meet weekly with a group of 10 first-year students + 2 student facilitators.
  • Sections will be held in the evening in or near residence halls.


  • The course will be co-led by one of your Resident Assistants (RAs) and another upper-class student committed to supporting frosh.


In 2016, Senior Vice Provost Harry Elam formed a committee of faculty, administrators, and students to develop a new first-year student experience that can help students transition to Stanford’s complex and diverse environment. The committee identified issues most students need support addressing during their first quarter in college and developed a curriculum that will help frosh build the skills they need to thrive at Stanford. Through a year-long process, this committee developed Stanford’s new Frosh 101 course. Autumn quarter of 2017 close to 100 students enrolled. The pilot received overwhelmingly positive feedback and 1/3 of Frosh 101 alums are currently being trained to co-lead sections for the Class of 2022.  

Contact Information

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