Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University says, "Whereas the concentration of courses in the major is expected to provide depth, the General Education Requirements have the complementary purpose of providing breadth to a student's undergraduate program. The requirements are also intended to introduce students to the major social, historical, cultural, and intellectual forces that shape the contemporary world." [Source]

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  • Undergraduate Enrollment:7,063
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate:80%
  • Tuition & Fees:$43,683 annually

General Education Requirements

  • 1. Composition

  • 2. Literature

  • 3. Foreign Language


    See Note

    No credit given for Foreign Language because students may fulfill the requirement with elementary-level study.

  • 4. U.S. Government or History


    See Note

    No credit given for U.S. Government or History because the "American Cultures" section of the "Education for Citizenship" requirement may be satisfied by courses that are not government or history surveys.

  • 5. Economics

  • 6. Mathematics

  • 7. Science


    See Note

    No credit given for Science because the "Natural Science" requirement may be fulfilled with courses with little science content.

  • Additional Information

    Notably, Stanford's optional "Structured Liberal Education" program offers freshman an integrated curriculum combining literature, philosophy, and the arts.

Curriculum last evaluated: 10/23/2013


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