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May 31, 2022
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Dear Class of 2026,

We hope you're doing well and, for many of you, enjoying your final days of high school. Our graduating Stanford Class of 2022 (their LSP cohort pictured above) is also getting in their last hurrahs before they hand off the Farm to you!

Approaching Stanford Forms:

As a reminder, your Approaching Stanford Forms and Housing Application are due June 8. There is equal consideration given to everyone who submits them by the deadline; we don't assign housing or courses based on the order you submit. Give yourself a few hours, work on them in any order, just save as you go!
Upcoming info sessions - Zoom links are listed on the Canvas boards:

Academic Life:

Now that you've been able to look through Approaching Stanford materials, we're starting to receive questions about academics at Stanford. So in today's Newsletter, you can read about:
Have questions or still not sure where to begin? We're here to help! Send an email to approaching@stanford.edu, call us at (650) 723-7674, or post on the Q&A Boards in Canvas. 
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Liberal Education 

At Stanford, you will receive what is called a “liberal education.” This kind of education is both a practice and a philosophy. As a practice, it means that you explore a breadth of topics and acquire a large set of skills, regardless of your major. Every Stanford graduate should be a critical thinker, excel at writing, know another language, and understand the scientific method, among other abilities.
As a philosophy, this kind of education is designed to promote freedom (“liberal” comes from the Latin word liberalis, or “free”). It prepares you to be citizens of free states, and to participate in democratic processes. If you are to make informed decisions about important political questions, you need to understand the issues and know how to research them. But this freedom is also personal. A liberal education invites you to challenge received ideas, question conformity, and consider a plurality of viewpoints on fundamental human problems. It prepares you to be a citizen of your community, of your country, and of the world.
Approaching Stanford began quickly, but now that you've settled in, we invite you to slow down and spend some time reflecting on our philosophy of a liberal education. Let it inspire you as you approach academic exploration and planning for your first year at Stanford.
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Academic Planning

Read the "Academic Life" chapter of the Handbook to learn about:
  • Stanford's Graduation & General Education Requirements
  • Academic Advisors and the Summer Advising Timeline
  • Creating your Autumn Quarter Study List
  • Stanford's Schools and Majors
  • Academic Opportunities & Resources
Take your time reviewing this information over the summer, described in the Handbook and listed online. Academic advising will begin in mid-August when the courses for the 2022-23 academic year are published and we're able to share updated course listings along with detailed information for Introductory Seminars and Frosh 101. You will enroll in your Autumn courses during NSO in September.
Until then, this period of time is for you to learn and explore all that Stanford has to offer: Get a taste for the special academic opportunities and resources introduced in the Handbook. Dive into our many majors, academic departments, and programs listed in the Stanford Bulletin. And download this simple Academic Planning Worksheet to help you organize what we expect will be a uniquely eclectic collection of your interests, thoughts, and questions! 
In August, we will provide detailed advising and guidance to help you begin the process of making decisions and choosing courses. Check the Academic Planning Module in the Approaching Stanford Canvas course where we will continue to add new content throughout the summer, including an "Ask an Academic Advisor" Q&A Board.
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Language Requirement & Placement Tests

As part of your General Education Requirements, you must complete one year of university-level study of a foreign language or demonstrate that you have already achieved the equivalent. Read more about the Language Requirement and how you can fulfill it, and about the Language Placement Tests.
Language Placement Tests are offered online, beginning June 1, and have both text and oral components. If you would like to fulfill the Language Requirement via a placement test or if you are planning to continue study of a language, you should take a language placement test. Complete the written portion by July 15 and sign up for an oral interview as soon as possible. The tests should be fully completed by August 31.
Even after fulfilling the Language Requirement, many students enjoy continuing to study a language or learning a new language. If you plan on continuing a language, you should take a placement test. If you plan to begin studying a new language, you do not need to take the placement test.
For questions about the Language Requirement, placement tests, or schedule, email the Language Center or post your questions on the Language Q&A Board in Canvas.

AP/IB Tests and Transfer Credit

Submitting your AP/IB test scores and other transfer credit requests to Stanford's Office of the University Registrar is optional and not required. You only need to submit them if you are requesting credit to your Stanford transcript. Learn more about Transfer Credit and post questions to the AP & Transfer Credit Q&A Board.
Once applied, transfer credit cannot be removed, therefore it is advisable for you to discuss credit with your academic advisor in the fall before submitting your scores and/or transfer credit requests. You do not have to submit your AP/IB test scores immediately, as long as the tests are taken before you enroll at Stanford this fall. Scores can be submitted at any time before graduate Stanford. Transfer credit requests for college level coursework can only be submitted after your final high school transcript has been received. 
Note for 2022: The Office of Undergraduate Admission views AP exams as an integral part of the AP course and the culmination of your hard work in a particular subject area. That being said, we understand that teaching and educational access have been severely impacted by COVID-19. If your plans to take AP tests changed this year, your Stanford admission will not be impacted.
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Office of Accessible Education

The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) offers a variety of accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodations are determined and provided based upon the student's disability and the academic requirements of your program. Stanford University has a strong commitment to maintaining a diverse and stimulating academic community, representing a broad spectrum of talents and experiences. Students with disabilities, actively participating in the various aspects of life at Stanford, are an essential part of that diversity.
As a new student, in order to receive academic or housing accommodations, you must register with the Office of Accessible Education. You will need to submit professional documentation and then meet with a Disability Adviser for an intake interview. The intake interviews can be done over the phone in the summer.
If you're not sure whether you need accommodations and would like to discuss your situation, please contact the OAE - we can help you determine next steps!
Contact Us
Office of Academic Advising
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
590 Escondido Mall | Stanford, CA 94305-3085 US
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