Stanford University requires a minimum of 180 quarter hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Stanford, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Stanford accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Stanford does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 95% of students who start college at Stanford finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
Stanford offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Stanford may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Stanford has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Stanford directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Stanford students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Stanford.
Student Designed Majors
Stanford allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Stanford does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Stanford
Stanford offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Stanford offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ Stanford has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ Stanford offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Stanford offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Stanford.
❌ Students at Stanford are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Stanford does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Green Library and there are 20 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Stanford does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Stanford have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Stanford has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Stanford include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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