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Academic Planning

Once ExploreCourses, Stanford's official course catalog, opens for the academic year in mid-August, begin looking for courses that will allow you to explore academic interests and potential majors. Explore what interests you, even if you are unfamiliar with the discipline. Many of Stanford’s fields will be entirely new to you. Use resources such as your Undergraduate Advising Director, the Academic Advising website, and program and departmental websites to identify the types of classes and the specific courses in which you may be interested. Identify more courses than you intend to take, rather than trying to finalize your schedule before you arrive on campus. While enrollment will open for continuing students on September 1, new first-year students will have a New Student Enrollment Hold that will be released during New Student Orientation.

Approaching Stanford Handbook

Read the Academic Life chapter for a broad overview.


Stanford's official digital course catalog published every August.


Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) is a first-year General Education Requirement.

Introductory Seminars

Small, hands-on courses taught by esteemed faculty.

Frosh 101

A discussion-style course to help transition to Stanford.

Getting Started In...

Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering


Digital Course Exploration Tool