What is COLLEGE?
In autumn 2021, Stanford will launch a new first-year requirement called Civic, Liberal, and Global Education, or "COLLEGE." The COLLEGE requirement emphasizes a first-year experience that engages all of our increasingly diverse students in a purposeful study of liberal education and encourages the exploration of academic opportunities they can encounter at Stanford.
Four ways students can meet the COLLEGE requirement:
COLLEGE and Thinking Matters Courses
Fulfill the requirement with one course. Choose from a selection of courses on liberal education, civic engagement, and global perspectives.
Education as Self-Fashioning (ESF)
Complete COLLEGE and WR1 requirements with a combined seminar, writing section, and lecture. Autumn quarter only.
Year-long, immersive residential program focused on the arts; fulfills multiple requirements.
Structured Liberal Education (SLE)
Humanities-focused yearlong residential program fulfilling multiple requirements: a liberal arts college experience within the research university.