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Through Our Vision, Stanford embeds inclusion, civic engagement and a respect for robust discourse in education and residential life, preparing students for lives of active citizenship. New initiatives include a new first-year curriculum that inspires students to engage more deeply in intellectual debate and in their role as citizens and revised major requirements that put all majors within reach of our students regardless of academic background. We are also expanding opportunities for students to build community outside the classroom through residential neighborhoods and community centers, and creating a new Town Center that facilitates intellectual vitality, social engagement and community-building.

During their time at Stanford we want all students to thrive. This begins with a commitment to ensure each student receives the full amount of financial aid they need in order to succeed. This commitment to financial equity changes not only the lives of students who receive it, but also the education of those who learn alongside them. And it extends to advising, mental health and other services that enable every student to thrive both personally and academically throughout their Stanford experience.


Many vision initiatives support the university's goal of preparing citizens and leaders. In addition, the goals of IDEAL  (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in a Learning Environment) are embedded across all aspects of the vision.


Residential Education programs extend the classroom into the residences and complement the academic curriculum with activities and experiences essential to students' preparation for a life of leadership, intellectual engagement, citizenship and service.

COLLEGE (Civic, Liberal, and Global Education)

A new core requirement for all first year students embeds ethics and citizenship in the education of all our students.

Town Center

The Town Center project is re-imagining the White Plaza region of Stanford’s campus as the heartbeat of the university, focusing on intellectual vitality, social engagement, and community-building. 

Financial Aid

Stanford meets the full demonstrated need, without loans, for every admitted undergrad who qualifies for financial assistance.

Selected News

New undergraduate residential neighborhoods launch for students fall 2021

Undergraduate housing neighborhoods announced

Stanford expands financial aid, keeps 2021-22 tuition flat

Underrepresented groups the fastest growing among Stanford’s graduate student population