What are IntroSems?
IntroSems are small, hands-on courses offered across all seven schools, specifically designed for Frosh and Sophomores. Work with top faculty and engage in research early in your Stanford career while exploring your interests.
Signing Up for IntroSems
Really excited about a particular IntroSem? Tell the faculty why you want to take their class with a brief statement of interest. You can rank up to three IntroSems per quarter.
Learn about priority enrollment
Late start, or just flexible? After faculty have selected their classes, any open IntroSem spots will be available for self-registration. So you’ve got a few chances to get into a fantastic class!
Learn how to enroll without advance sign-up
IntroSems Class Project by Khuyen Nha Le: "Utopia Box"
"All in all, I felt similar sensations looking at and interacting with this box as how I would feel in front of a piece of contemporary art."
Chenshu Zhou, instructor of “Utopia/Dystopia in Chinese Literature and Culture” IntroSem
An Atlas of Stanford Counter-Maps, created by students in History 95N: Maps in the Modern World, shows a different side of first-year life on campus.See student-created campus maps
The Excellence Awards
Celebrating the best student work IntroSems have to offer! See past winners or nominate your students.Learn about the IntroSem Excellence Awards
A pilot program extends the Frosh research experience of IntroSems into mentorship opportunities.Learn about IntroSems Plus mentoring