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Students and Prof. Richard Zare - Chemistry in the Kitchen IntroSem
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What are IntroSems?

Introductory Seminars (IntroSems) are small, hands-on elective courses offered across all seven schools, designed specifically for Frosh and Sophomores. Meet a faculty mentor in a discussion-based seminar with your peers and engage in research early in your Stanford career while exploring your interests.

How IntroSems fit into your Stanford education Explore IntroSems Sign Up

Welcome, Class of '26! Looking for the quick highlights? Check out this one pager on how Introductory Seminars will fit into your educational life at Stanford in your first two years.

Signing Up for IntroSems

Really excited about a particular IntroSem? Sign up for priority enrollment in up to three IntroSems per quarter. Tell the instructor why you want to take their class with a brief statement of interest. Results (i.e., admitted, waitlisted, not admitted) are released before you enroll in your other courses that quarter. 
Learn about priority enrollment

Late start, or just flexible? After instructors have selected students for priority enrollment, any IntroSems that still have space available will open up for student self-registration in Axess. So you’ve got a few chances to get into a fantastic class! 
Learn how to enroll without advance sign-up

Rowan Dorin's History 14N class
Khuyen Nha Le's folding "Utopia Box" project.

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

Map by Arman Kassam

Course Spotlight

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

IntroSem Student Projects Gallery

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