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Stanford University

Welcome to COLLEGE!

Learn more about the new first-year Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) requirement.

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.

For Faculty: Teach in COLLEGE!

Four ways students can meet the COLLEGE requirement:

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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.

ESF students at the Getty Center

Education as Self-Fashioning (ESF)

Complete COLLEGE and WR1 requirements with a combined seminar, writing section, and lecture. Autumn quarter only.

ITALIC students watch musical performance


Year-long, immersive residential program focused on the arts; fulfills multiple requirements.

SLE student group photo outside

Structured Liberal Education (SLE)

Humanities-focused yearlong residential program fulfilling multiple requirements: a liberal arts college experience within the research university.