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.
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
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 Berman Awards
Celebrating the best student work IntroSems have to offer! See past winners or nominate your students.Learn about the IntroSems Excellence Awards
A post-IntroSem program that extends the Frosh research experience of the seminar into mentorship opportunities.Learn about IntroSems Plus mentoring