About 40 percent of Stanford Engineering undergraduate students pursue a coterm degree, receiving both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the end of the five-year program.
We believe that these students are better prepared to land their first job and, ultimately, are better equipped to tackle urgent global challenges. We want to expand the program, to find ways for even more of our undergraduates to have such an opportunity.
But need‐based financial aid — which the majority of Stanford undergraduates receive — ends with the completion of their bachelor’s program. The fifth year then becomes a wealth selector, with the students with the greatest financial need not able to participate without additional aid.
Stanford draws a diverse undergraduate student body, and expanding the educational opportunities for these undergraduates can help level the playing field by making the coterm program more accessible.
By supporting the coterm program, you are expanding educational opportunities for undergraduates, increasing the diversity of the school and of Stanford, and, moreover, investing in the future of the field of engineering.