Sophomores, please read me: If you consider yourself a Sophomore in academic year 2021-22 and the IntroSems' VCA shows you in a different cohort (i.e., Frosh or Junior), please make a note of your correct cohort within your statement of interest. It is not possible to change the cohort field in the IntroSems' VCA, but the instructor will see your note when they build their class.
IntroSems quarters and schedules subject to change--check back often. Visit Re-Approaching Stanford for the latest updates on Academic Year 2021-22.
My Annual Seminar Plan
Make a Plan
When you look at IntroSems descriptions on ExploreIntroSems, you have the option to add the course to your Annual Seminar Plan on this website. Each IntroSem you add will appear on a wishlist on this page. To get started, you can browse IntroSems by Frosh or Sophomore priority type, or sort by Interest, Ways, Quarter and more from the home page.
Use this list to keep track of IntroSems you are interested in for the entire academic year. Your selections on this wishlist are not binding and you may add as many seminars as you like to this list. To formally sign up for priority enrollment in an IntroSem (up to 3 seminars each quarter), be sure to visit the separate sign-up site, vcais.stanford.edu, according to the quarterly sign-up windows listed below.
Enter Autumn Quarter Selections By August 27
Go to the IntroSems' VCA sign-up site at vcais.stanford.edu. Enter your Autumn Quarter rankings and in a brief paragraph or two, respond to the following prompt for your first choice seminar:
Pick something in the seminar description and explain why it grabs your attention. Perhaps it reminds you of a prior experience, inspires you to tell a story about yourself, or unearths a curiosity you didn’t know you have. Don’t worry if the story doesn’t seem relevant to the IntroSem. The purpose is for the professor to learn more about you as they assemble the class.Written comments are REQUIRED for your first choice IntroSem each quarter. Statements of interest for your second and third choices are optional. Be sure to answer any seminar-specific questions you see for your course selections in the IntroSems' VCA regardless of how you rank the seminar; these faculty want to know more about you than the standard question reveals.
After September 15, 2021 and throughout the year
Revisit your IntroSem selections for Winter and Spring and make updates as needed to accommodate new interests or schedule changes. Finalize your selections for priority enrollment in the IntroSems' VCA by the quarterly deadlines at vcais.stanford.edu.
Please note that the IntroSems' VCA is open for sign-ups one quarter at a time. Students may only enter information in the IntroSems' VCA during the following sign-up windows:
- AUTUMN QUARTER: AUGUST 2–AUGUST 27
- WINTER QUARTER: OCTOBER 1–NOVEMBER 1
- SPRING QUARTER: JANUARY 14–FEBRUARY 14
All quarterly deadlines are at 8AM (Pacific Time).
My Plan is a tool you can use to bookmark and track seminars you are interested in. To add seminars to your wishlist, you must be logged in using your SUNet ID. Once logged in, you will see an "Add to My Plan" link on each seminar page. Please send feedback on this feature to email@example.com.