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June & July

Browse the 2020-21 course listings in ExploreCourses, Stanford's official course catalog. While courses for the upcoming academic year will not be published until August, you can use this time to read about courses that will allow you to explore academic interests and potential majors.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. Note your interests on the 2021 Academic Planning Worksheet and use course planning resources to help in your exploration. Review the schedule for summer placement assessments, if appropriate.


The 2021-22 course listings will be published in ExploreCourses and you will receive email notification of your preliminary assignments for your required first-year VPUE courses (COLLEGE and PWR 1, ESF, ITALIC, or SLE). These courses will be added to your Study List automatically; you will have the opportunity to change your assignment(s), if desired.

After you receive your housing assignment, your Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) will contact you by email to begin the advising conversation. They will ask you to watch the virtual Academic Advising Presentation: Advising Intro: Exploring Your Stanford Courses.

Your UAD will also invite you to sign up for a virtual small group advising appointment. Although this summer advising meeting is optional, we highly recommend all students participate. At this initial advising meeting, you will be able to discuss your academic interests and Autumn Quarter course ideas with your advisor, to ask your questions, and to listen to questions asked by your peers.

Be proactive about connecting with your UAD and gathering multiple perspectives on how best to explore your interests within Stanford’s curriculum. In preparation for your first advising meeting, watch the Advising Intro Presentation and complete the 2021 Academic Planning Worksheet.

As you identify possible courses for Autumn Quarter, log in to Simple Enroll in Axess and enter these courses as “planned” courses. A “planned” course indicates interest only – it does not reserve a space for you in a course, nor does it commit you to enrolling in it. Later, when enrollment opens for first-years, you will return to Axess and click "Enroll"  on your "planned" courses. You can also enroll in a course directly through Axess without using Simple Enroll.


While upperclass students can begin to enroll in their courses as of September 1, as a new first-year student, you have a "New Student Enrollment Hold" on your account and will need to wait until you have moved to campus and started New Student Orientation. 

The New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold will be automatically released during NSO after the Academic Advising Presentation. At that time, you will be able to log into Axess and begin to enroll in your Autumn Quarter courses.* There will be plenty of space in courses for first-year students when the time comes to enroll.

*Note: In order to enroll in couses, you must also have completed all other obligations required of new students, including submission of health requirements, final high school transcript, and test scores (if applicable). 

Preliminary Study List Deadline

The deadline to register your Preliminary Study List for Autumn Quarter is the first day of the quarter: 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 20, 2021.

Final Study List Deadline

You have until the end of the third week of classes to make changes to your study list before the Final Study List Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 8, 2021.

Quarter System: One challenge will be getting used to the fast pace of the quarter system. During these first few weeks, students often choose to explore and attend a few classes prior to making their final choices. You can review syllabi (lists of assignments, readings, etc.), look at the textbooks for the courses, listen to lectures, and talk to your advisor. However, do not take too long to finalize your list. Faculty begin assigning work on the first day of class and midterms may begin as early as your third week. Good time management skills are absolutely essential for keeping up with your classes and for balancing your coursework with your other commitments.