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Academic Planning

Once ExploreCourses, Stanford's 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 may be entirely new to you. Use resources such as the Transer Academic Advisor, 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.

After completing an advising meeting with the Transfer Advisor, incoming transfer students can begin enrolling in Autumn Quarter courses on September 1, when enrollment opens for continuing students. You will have until September 20 to register your preliminary study list in Axess. Learn how to enroll in classes through SimpleEnroll or Axess.

Advising for Incoming Students

Advising information for new transfer students.


Stanford's official digital course catalog is published every August for the upcoming academic year.

Introductory Seminars

IntroSems are small, hands-on courses taught by esteemed faculty.

Transfer 101

Transfer 101 is a discussion-style course to help you transition to Stanford.

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


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