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ABOUT STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES

The mission of Stanford Continuing Studies is to share the rich educational resources of Stanford University with adult students, to nurture a vibrant learning community, to nourish the life of the mind, and to promote the pleasures of intellectual exploration.

Continuing Studies offers approximately 550 courses per year, attracting more than 16,000 students. We offer a rich lineup of courses in the liberal arts and sciences, creative writing, and professional and personal development. Most courses meet on Stanford’s campus in the evenings, or on a Saturday. And, for those students who can’t easily make it to campus, we now offer a growing number of online courses across various disciplines.

Since the program's inception in 1988, more than 1,000 Stanford faculty and academic staff have taught in Continuing Studies. They are joined by carefully-recruited artists, journalists, business people, and academics from neighboring institutions. All Continuing Studies courses are open to adult students everywhere.

Continuing Studies is also pleased to offer approximately 40 special events each year, ranging from small informal readings and lectures to fully staged performances, symposia, and conferences. Most events are free—a gift to the Bay Area community from our program.

With the warm support of the University, its President, and its Provost; the enthusiastic participation of Stanford's faculty and academic staff; the dedicated commitment of our own administrative staff; and—most importantly—the loyalty of engaged students, we encourage you to enrich your mind, cultivate your curiosity, and join us today