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Academic Advising

Central Office: Sweet Hall, First Floor
Phone: (650) 723-2426
Web Site: http://advising.stanford.edu
Email: advising@stanford.edu
Appointments: Visit http://advising.stanford.edu or call (650) 723-2426

Academic Advising (formerly Undergraduate Advising and Research, UAR) upholds the mission, standards, and requirements of the University, introduces students to the full intellectual richness of undergraduate study at Stanford, supports students in their academic and intellectual pursuits, and instills within them a sense of identity within and belonging to our community of scholars at Stanford. Academic Advising is responsible for facilitating new students’ transition to Stanford, academic advising, and academic policy and progress.

Transitioning New Students

Academic Advising is responsible for the Approaching Stanford program, which guides new students through the process of coming to Stanford, from their admission to the University until the first day of class. This process culminates with New Student Orientation, which is required for all new first-year and transfer students. See the Approaching Stanford web site for additional information.

First-Year and Transfer Student Policies

Stanford values the transition process as the foundation for thriving both academically and personally in our community. The following policies support this principle and apply to first-year and new transfer students:

  • All first-year and new transfer students are required to attend New Student Orientation and must be in residence by 5:00 p.m. on the first day of NSO, Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
  • First-year and new transfer students are required to live on campus in University housing for three consecutive quarters in their first year. Should behavior warrant a first-year student’s removal from the residences, that student cannot enroll in classes until they have returned to the residential community.
  • When circumstances arise which make it advisable for a first-year to take a leave absence at any time during the first year, they are required to wait until Autumn Quarter of the following year to return to Stanford.
  • First-year and new transfer students cannot enroll in the Summer Quarter prior to their first year unless they are participating in a VPUE-sponsored program. Exceptions are very rarely granted.

Advising

Academic Advising pairs each first-year student with two advisers: a Stanford Newcomer Guide (a volunteer faculty or staff member) and an Academic Advising Director (AAD), a residentially-based adviser assigned to all students living in undergraduate residences. First-years are matched with their Stanford Newcomer Guides according to shared interests. Stanford Newcomer Guides are well suited to help students understand the University and are the first of many mentors students find at Stanford. Academic Advising Directors complement the role of the assigned Stanford Newcomer Guide with a comprehensive understanding of the curriculum. They advise students broadly on their courses of study and long-term goals and can answer questions about academic policy. The academic advising staff also includes professional advisers in Sweet Hall who are both general and specialized academic advisers in the areas of pre-professional advising, returning student and transfer student advising, or coterminal advising, as well as advisers in the Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC) who are general and specialized academic advisers assigned to all varsity student-athletes based on their sport.

Together with advisers at the Overseas Resource Center and the Haas Center for Public Service, academic advisers help prepare students to compete for nationally competitive fellowships. Academic Advising also administers the campus nomination process for several U.S.-based fellowships. See the Fellowships website for more information on fellowship opportunities.

Academic Advising also offers workshops and individual consultations on planning for graduate or professional studies (e.g., business, education, law, and medicine) and on general application procedures, including how to write personal statements, how to solicit letters of recommendation, and how to prepare for interviews. See the Planning for Graduate and Professional School web site for more information.

See the Advising web site for more information about academic advising, programming, and support for undergraduates.

Academic Policy

Academic Advising oversees the implementation of University academic policies pertaining to undergraduates, including requests for exceptions to academic policy (i.e., petitions) and monitoring academic progress. All Academic Advisors support students with an academic status (e.g., probation, provisional registration, or suspension). For more information about academic policies that Academic Advisors help students navigate, see the Academic Policies web site.

Leland Scholars Program

Offices: Sweet Hall, Garden Level
Mail code: 94305-3092
Email: lelandscholars@stanford.edu
Web Site: http://lelandscholars.stanford.edu

In recognizing the need to prepare first year students for the academic, intellectual, social, and personal challenges they will face at Stanford, the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) facilitates the transition to college for incoming frosh who may be the first in their family to attend college or attended under-resourced schools or communities.  Scholars will participate in a four-week residential program in the summer prior to arrival on campus.  This fully-funded program has a carefully crafted schedule of activities, coursework, discussions, and trips designed to support the transition to Stanford.  During the academic year, Leland Scholars will have access to additional advising and frosh seminars that sustain the community and reinforce the skills and strategies acquired during the program.

Courses

UAR 41. OXC: Residential Exploration, Advocacy, Leadership. 1 Unit.

Explore concepts in leadership. Examine academic and personal issues affecting students and develop skills and approaches necessary to tackle the political, educational, and socioeconomic issues towards future change. An OpenXChange program.
Same as: REAL

UAR 42A. LSP First Year Seminar. 1 Unit.

For freshmen who participated in the Leland Scholars Program and other students who identify as First Generation and/or Low Income (FLI). This seminar supports students in the first year in the areas of institutional engagement, academic empowerment, their sense of belonging to Stanford, and builds their cohort identity.

UAR 42B. LSP First Year Seminar B. 1 Unit.

For freshmen who participated in the Leland Scholars Program and other students who identify as First Generation and/or Low Income (FLI). This seminar supports students in the first year in the areas of institutional engagement, academic empowerment, their sense of belonging to Stanford, and builds their cohort identity.

UAR 43. Leland Scholars Program. 1 Unit.

This course is offered in August prior to start of fall quarter for participants of the Leland Scholars Program. This course focuses on supporting participants¿ transition to Stanford by providing workshops and opportunities to help students enhance academic skills, develop insight into self, connect to Stanford¿s resources, and build relationship with their peers.

UAR 44. Explorations in Calculus. 1 Unit.

In this course, you can expect to engage in the big ideas of calculus. Through open, visual, and creative mathematics tasks, students will grapple with what calculus is all about and why it matters. This course will benefit all students regardless of prior experience with calculus. Students will work collaboratively in problem solving and build a supportive community of math learners. This course has two goals ¿ to give you a different mathematics experience that could reshape your relationship with math and provide you with a basis for success in mathematical courses at Stanford. As a community, we will cultivate the positive ideas and mindsets that shape productive learning.

UAR 56. Building a Successful Academic Career. 1-2 Unit.

For frosh in expanded advising programs. Techniques for honing academic skills for college, and applying those skills to better define intellectual identity in academic pursuits. May be repeated for credit.

UAR 71. Returning from Study Abroad. 1 Unit.

In this course, students will find the space to define their study abroad experience as well as articulate the ways in which their worldview perspectives may have shifted. Therefore, students will engage in deep mutual exchanges and personal introspection about their experiences abroad. Throughout the course, we will define their experience abroad while continually making-meaning as their new perspectives are supported and challenge amongst members of the Stanford community. Students will end the course by crafting action steps for moving forward with the ability to tell their study abroad story in compelling ways that can be applied to personal, social, academic, and professional realms of their lives.

UAR 81. OXC: Casa Zapata Pre-Assignee Seminar. 1 Unit.

This residence-based seminar is focused on skills building, practical workshops, and theme presentations promoting the breadth of diversity of our Zapata community. Through the seminar, the pre-assignee group will connect to the Zapata community, develop as resources for the community, and engage in topics that are meaningful to them and their community. This is an OpenXChange offering.

UAR 91. OXC: Ujamaa House Pre-Assignee Seminar. 1 Unit.

This one-unit seminar will expose students to various topics about the AfricannDiaspora. Upperclassmen Pre-Assignees will work closely with Ethnic ThemenAssociates/Resident Fellow to add breadth and depth to their presentations. To receive credit you must attend 7 Theme Programs (not including your own) and fill out Pre-Assignee Evaluations provided by Ethnic Theme Associates. Through the seminar, the pre-assignee group will connect to the Zapata community, develop as resources for the community, and engage in topics that are meaningful to them and their community. This is an OpenXChange offering.

UAR 101A. Frosh 101 in Arroyo. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101B. Frosh 101 in Burbank. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101C. Frosh 101 in Casa Zapata. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101D. Frosh 101 in Cedro. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101E. Frosh 101 in Donner. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101F. Frosh 101 in East FloMo. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.
Same as: Alondra | Cardenal | Faisan

UAR 101G. Frosh 101 in FroSoCo. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.
Same as: Adams | Schiff

UAR 101H. Frosh 101 in Junipero. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101I. Frosh 101 in Larkin. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101J. Frosh 101 in Meier. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101K. Frosh 101 in Muwekma-tah-ruk. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101L. Frosh 101 in Norcliffe. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101M. Frosh 101 in Okada. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101N. Frosh 101 in Otero. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101O. Frosh 101 in Rinconada. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101P. Frosh 101 in Roble. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101Q. Frosh 101 in Sally Ride. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101R. Frosh 101 in Soto. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101S. Frosh 101 in Twain. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101T. Frosh 101 in Ujamaa. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 101U. Frosh 101 in West FloMo. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.
Same as: Gavilan | Loro | Mirlo | Paloma

UAR 101V. Frosh 101 in West Lag. 2 Units.

Frosh 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Frosh 101, approximately 10 frosh will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.
Same as: Eucalipto | Granada

UAR 201. Transfer 101. 2 Units.

Transfer 101 is a discussion style course designed to help first-year students transition to Stanford's dynamic campus. In Transfer 101, transfer students will come together each week to learn more about your peers, yourself, and who you will be in this new environment. Upperclass students will lead you through activities and discussions that will serve to build the foundation for a strong community that is inclusive of diversity and promotes emotional and social wellbeing. This course will also create space for you to reflect on your values and goals as you make important decisions about how you will navigate all that Stanford has to offer.

UAR 301. Reflecting on Your Education: Making Sense of Your Time at Stanford. 2 Units.

In this seminar, designed for seniors graduating in the spring, you will reflect on your Stanford education. By delving deeply into Stanford's academic mission, the liberal arts model, and your own transcript, we will address a variety of questions through a personal and intellectual lens. Every transcript tells a story, both by what's there and what isn't - what story does yours tell? How do you take control of that narrative and articulate to others what your education has done for you? What are you getting from completing your Ways and 180+ units, and how did those academic experiences shape who you have become today? What do you share with other Stanford graduates and alumni? We'll tackle these questions, and together, we'll take a look at the bigger picture - what does it mean to get 'A Stanford Education'?.