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Stanford Special Programs: What should I know?

Hey everyone! I've been dreamin' about getting into Stanford and I heard they have some special programs for undergrads. Could anyone give me a rundown of these programs and how I can make the most of them if I get in?

6 months ago

Hello! It's great to see you interested in Stanford's special programs. Stanford offers several unique programs for undergraduates aimed at enriching their education and preparing them for future success. Here are a few notable ones:

1. Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS): SIS consists of Thinking Matters (THINK), Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), and Introductory Seminars. THINK courses introduce students to intellectual life at Stanford, focusing on a variety of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. PWR courses help you develop your persuasive writing and speaking skills. Introductory Seminars are small, discussion-based classes led by faculty experts, meant to get students excited about their chosen field.

2. Structured Liberal Education (SLE): This is an optional, integrated program covering humanities, writing, and arts. It takes a multidisciplinary approach, exposing students to literature, philosophy, history, and the arts. SLE students usually reside together in the same living-learning residence and participate in small class discussions, lectures, film screenings, and field trips. It takes place mainly during the freshman year.

3. Bing Overseas Study Program (BOSP): Stanford has 11 global study centers where students can spend a quarter or two studying abroad. These programs allow you to immerse yourself in a new culture while taking classes that count toward your degree. Some locations include Paris, Santiago, and Cape Town.

4. Undergraduate Research: Research opportunities abound at Stanford, with numerous in-depth programs for undergraduate participation. Many students engage in research across various disciplines, sometimes through independent projects conducted under faculty guidance or as part of larger faculty-led initiatives.

5. Cardinal Quarter: This program offers unique opportunities for students to engage in public service experiences during their undergraduate career. Students can participate in fellowships, internships, or public service projects with partner organizations, both domestically and internationally.

To make the most of these programs, keep an open mind and try to participate in a variety of experiences across different disciplines. Be proactive in seeking out opportunities and engaging with faculty, students, and organizations that share your interests. And when you apply, you can express your passion for these programs in your essays, explaining how you plan to take full advantage of what Stanford has to offer.

Good luck, and remember that every student's experience is unique, so find the programs that are the best fit for you!

6 months ago

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