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Frosh Scholars Program

What is the Frosh Scholars Program?

The Frosh Scholars Program, co-sponsored by El Centro and the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR), is a fall and winter quarter program that helps freshmen make a successful transition from high school to college by matching them with Stanford graduate student mentors and by offering workshops on essential life skills such as time-management, mindfulness techniques, financial literary and public speaking. By meeting with their mentors and attending the workshops, Frosh Scholars will learn how to navigate a mentor/mentee relationship, access campus resources and cultivate new academic and life skills by the end of the winter quarter. Many of our frosh students are the first in their family to attend college and thus they face unique challenges in making the transition to Stanford. For that reason, we have designed a program that ultimately aims to empower freshmen who are Latino or from other diverse backgrounds to be more Reflective, Resourceful and Resilient so that they can successfully bounce back from the mistakes and failures that are part of any educational journey. These three Rs serve as our program’s motto and they also remind students that the key to being a successful student at Stanford is to enjoy the entire learning process instead of solely focusing on achievement.

What Frosh Scholars have said about the program

“Getting to know [my mentor] and getting his advice on various topics really helped crystallize the Frosh Scholars lessons for me while allowing me the opportunity to know someone who has travelled the undergraduate path and knows its ins and outs.”

“Every Stanford student comes in as a high-achieving high school student. The Frosh Scholars program transformed me into a high achieving college student.”

“If there’s one thing I learned from the workshops that will leave an everlasting imprint on me is that although you may not be the smartest or the best, you can be the best you that you can be and that there are people and resources out there who want to help you be that person. You just have to get out there and see for yourself.”

What mentors have said about the program

“I think the biggest benefit [of the program] for myself was seeing someone who has experienced similar circumstances as myself and feeling that I now had the perspective to offer useful advice on how to cope and thrive here at Stanford.”

“[The Frosh Scholars Program] made me realize how far I've come since I was their age, and hopefully, they were able to see what is possible for them after finishing undergraduate studies.”

“The program was perfect! Wouldn't change a thing.”