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The online student sign-up system, the IntroSems' VCA, opens for the 2022-23 year on August 15th. Students may plan their selections for priority enrollment for the entire year and finalize their choices in advance of quarterly deadlines. Sign-ups for seminars in a particular quarter are reviewed by faculty after that quarter's deadline, not before. Students may only enter information in the IntroSems' VCA when it is open for sign-ups; the system is closed when faculty are building their classes and during processing periods. Sign up for priority enrollment in the IntroSems' VCA by the following 8AM (PT) deadlines:

  • Autumn Quarter: August 15 - Tuesday, September 6
  • Winter Quarter: August 15 - Monday, November 7
  • Spring Quarter: August 15 - Monday, February 13

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Choose up to three IntroSems per quarter. Use the Annual Seminar Plan pdf to keep track of your choices for the year.
  2. Complete a statement of interest or self-introduction for your first ranked seminar each quarter in the IntroSems' VCA. The writing prompt is:  "Pick something in the seminar description and explain why it grabs your attention. Perhaps it reminds you of a prior experience, inspires you to tell a story about yourself, or unearths a curiosity you didn’t know you have. Don’t worry if the story doesn’t seem relevant to the IntroSem. The purpose is for the professor to learn more about you as they assemble the class. Please note - the system has a character limit of about 3000." Be specific, give details that illustrate your points, and use full sentences in a unified presentation. See our Writing Tips for more guidance.
  3. If an IntroSem has a seminar-specific question, it must be answered regardless of how you rank the course. These instructors would like to know a little bit more about you than your first-choice statement reveals. Note that the instructors of your second- and third-ranked seminars are able to read your self-introduction for your first-ranked course, and you have the option of entering additional statements of interest for your lower ranked seminars should you wish to.
  4. Submit your self-introduction through the IntroSems' VCA at

    vcais.stanford.edu
  5. If you select more than one seminar in a given quarter, the IntroSems' VCA automatically ranks your choices, but gives you the option to adjust the ranking using the dropdowns beside each course selection on the VCA landing page.
  6. Can't locate the course from the catalog in the IntroSems' VCA? Changes happen throughout the year, so review the Seminar Updates page in the IntroSems' catalog for the most recent updates.
  7. Be sure to click the save button to record your selections and statement in the IntroSems' VCA. Look for an automatic confirmation message in your email every time you save something. You may revise your selections, ranking, and statement up until each quarter's 8AM sign-up deadline at which point all saved entries will be submitted for instructor review. In other words, selections are reviewed after each quarterly deadline, not on a rolling basis or first come, first served. 

Unable to Sign into the IntroSems' VCA via Two-Step Authentication?

Signing into the IntroSems' VCA requires two-step authentication using your SUNet ID and password. If you are abroad over the summer and aren't able to log in via two-step to submit your Autumn choices, please email your seminar ranking and statement of interest for Autumn Quarter only to introsems@stanford.edu by September 6, 2022. Program administrators will upload your materials to the IntroSems' VCA on your behalf.

If this situation applies to you, please email your Autumn IntroSem selections early, well in advance of the September 6th deadline, in case any of your course choices include additional questions that you will also need to answer. Responses to any seminar-specific questions are required regardless of how you rank the seminar.