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Admission FAQ

How do I enroll?

To confirm your enrollment, accept your admission offer online and submit the non-refundable deposit of $200 on or before May 1.

What is my SUNet ID used for?

A SUNet ID and password allow you to:

  • Access the admitted student website (
  • Access your financial aid information if applicable (
  • Respond online to your offer of admission (

For security reasons there is a 24-hour delay before you will be able to log into Stanford University websites. Email with questions or technical issues.

Are there any conditions to my offer of admission?

We are confident that you will complete your final year with the same level of excellence presented in your application. However, Stanford reserves the right to withdraw your offer of admission if:

  1. You show a significant drop in academic performance or fail to graduate;
  2. There has been a misrepresentation in the application process;
  3. We learn that you have engaged in behavior prior to the first day of enrolled attendance that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity;
  4. You alter your class/course schedule without prior approval from the Office of Undergraduate Admission;
  5. You are holding a place past May 1, 2018 in the freshman class of a college other than Stanford.

Do I need to submit midyear and final grades for my senior year?

Yes. Students who applied during the Restrictive Early Action round must submit midyear grades by February 15, 2018.  All enrolling students need to submit their final transcripts (including graduation date), on or before July 1, 2018. All transcripts must come from a school official (counselor or registrar). 

How do I find out about my financial aid award?

Financial aid awards are available on AXESS for students who filed a financial aid application by February 15, 2018. If you have not yet applied for assistance and you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, you may still apply, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive an award letter prior to May 1, 2018.

I am not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Is there anything I need to do before enrolling at Stanford?

Yes, if you decide to enroll at Stanford, you must do the following:

  1. You must complete and return the Declaration of Finances form along with financial documents and copy of the ID page of your passport to the Bechtel International Center website (I-Center) in order to receive your I-20 Certificate of Eligibility or DS-2019 form.  We recommend that you return the Declaration of Finances form and required financial documentation to Stanford as quickly as possible.  
  2. Once you receive your I-20/DS-2019 you will need to pay a SEVIS fee.
  3. Make an appointment with the US Consulate using the SEVIS ID on the I-20 or DS 2019 to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa. You will be required to present your I-20/DS 2019, passport and all required supporting documents at the time of the visa interview.  Please note Canadian citizens have to pay the SEVIS fee but do not need to apply for a visa.
  4. If you are already in the United States at another academic institution on F or J visa status and you wish to stay in the same visa status, you need to submit the Transfer-In Form as well as the Declaration of Finances form.  You must inform your current school that you will be attending Stanford next year and request that your SEVIS record be transferred to Stanford. 

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Admit Weekend FAQ

I can't make it to Admit Weekend. Is there anything else I can do?

Yes. We know that not everyone can attend Admit Weekend. However, Stanford hosts Admitted Student Receptions around the world, and you and your family are cordially invited to attend. Follow this link to locate a reception near you. Additionally, Admit Days will take place April 9-13, 2018, on Stanford's campus. Should you not be able to attend Admit Weekend, this is a good alternative where students are able to stay with a host for up to two nights (Monday-Thursday nights) with meals provided. Admit-only campus tours also take place each day.

How do I register for Admit Weekend?

Follow this link to register for Admit Weekend and enter your SUNet ID and password. 

What else is required?

All students must review and sign the electronic Admit Weekend Code of Conduct Agreement, Photo/Video Release, Medical Release and Assumption of Risk forms. All students under the age of 18 must submit their parent/guardian's email address for the Medical Release and Assumption of Risk forms to be sent and signed on their behalf. You will not be able to participate in Admit Weekend without these documents.

Can my parents attend?

Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend Admit Weekend. There are several "Parents Only" events for the parent/guardian community. Students can register their parents/guardians when they complete the online registration form. At check-in, parents will receive a packet with maps, schedules and event information.

What if my parent(s) can't attend Admit Weekend?

That's OK! Approximately 55% of admitted students attend Admit Weekend alone.

Can I stay on campus?

If you register by April 16, 2018, you will be guaranteed an on-campus Room Host for the Thursday and Friday nights of Admit Weekend. Hosting is not offered on Wednesday or Saturday night.

Parent and siblings are not eligible to stay on campus. The Campus Visitor Center has a list of nearby lodging options.

What kind of dorm will I be staying in?

Your Room Host may live in an all-freshmen dorm, a four-class hall or an ethnic theme dorm.

Where will I sleep and what should I bring?

Due to the limited space in your host's room, try to bring no more than one piece of luggage and a sleeping bag.  Spring evenings can get chilly, so plan to bring layers (and keep an eye on the weather report). Casual attire is appropriate for all events.

Can I stay with a specific student?

Yes. Enter the student's name and SUNet ID when you complete the registration form. The student must also register as a Room Host.

May I request an ethnic theme dorm? 

Yes. Indicate this preference on your registration form. We will try to accommodate your request, though we cannot guarantee it.

Are meals provided?

Yes. All students receive meal cards to use in any dining hall on campus for the duration of Admit Weekend. All dining halls offer vegetarian/vegan entrees at every meal. The Ricker Dining Hall maintains a strict peanut-sensitive environment.

Can I visit classes?

Yes. A list of classes open to drop-in visitors will be enclosed in your check-in materials. During Admit Weekend, students and their families are encouraged to attend Academic Expos, a series of seminars that cover topics across the humanities, sciences, engineering and more.

Where and when do we check-in?

Check-in is on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at:

Frances C.  Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, VA 94305

Check-in on Thursday and Friday between 3:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. or on Saturday at:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Montag Hall
355 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305

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Admit Weekend - Parents FAQ

Do I need to attend Admit Weekend?

There is no requirement that parents of admitted students attend Admit Weekend, but if you have questions or are just curious about Stanford, it's a great way to learn more. We'd love to have you attend!

Do I need to register?

Your child should register you when he or she registers for Admit Weekend.

How many parents attend?

On average, slightly more than 1,000 parents attend each year. About half of admitted students at Admit Weekend will be accompanied by one or both parents.

Where do admitted students stay?

Admitted students are matched with a current student (usually a freshman) and stay in his or her room. This often means that admits sleep on the floor, so they will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

Can siblings attend?

Siblings are welcome to attend. However, there are no planned events or activities, and they may not visit or stay in the dorms.

Are meals and lodging provided for parents?

We do not provide meals or lodging for parents or other family members. Parents and families are welcome to dine at any of the many eateries and cafes on campus, including the dining halls. Please note the dining halls do not accept cash.

Where can we park if we drive to campus?

Parents and family members are welcome to park free of charge in Galvez Lot. All other campus parking restrictions will be enforced. The Marguerite, the University's free shuttle bus, operates several routes.  A special Admit Weekend Marguerite Shuttle will operate from Montage Hall/Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center to downtown Palo Alto and Palo Alto Caltrain Station on Saturday, April 28, 2018. 

Is there a dress code for parents during Admit Weekend?

Casual attire is fine. The best way to get a sense of campus and the Stanford community is on foot, so bring comfortable shoes and dress in layers. While the main part of campus is relatively compact, you will walk a lot. Mobility assistance is available for those with physical limitations. 

How do I request a disability-related accommodation?

Please contact the Diversity & Access Office at (650) 725-0326 to request disability-related accommodations for any Admit Weekend activities or if you need additional disability access information. In addition to contacting the Diversity & Access Office, please email the Admit Weekend team at in the Office of Undergraduate Admission with your request by Friday, April 13, 2018.

Do parents and students attend the same events?

Parents are welcome to attend most sessions during Admit Weekend. Because space is limited at many venues, plan to arrive early enough to participate. Some events are designated as "Admits Only" or "Parents Only".  Please respect these designations. 

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Parent FAQ

Is Stanford the best fit for my child?

In reviewing applications and making admission decisions, we look beyond grades and test scores to "fit," asking such questions as:

  • Who will fit best within our enterprising culture?
  • Who will make the greatest use of our resources?
  • Whose experiences, perspectives and passions will make the biggest impact here?
  • In making an offer of admission to your child, we believe that she or he has the intellect, passion, and drive to make important contributions to our classrooms and community—while adding to our proud legacy of people who make a positive contribution to the world.

How will Stanford prepare my son or daughter for future success?

The Stanford name opens doors. The Stanford education helps nurture leaders, thinkers and innovators. From the former Prime Minister of Israel to the creator of "The Sopranos" to the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, Stanford graduates rise to the top of their professions and transform the lives of others.

Perhaps it's no surprise that Stanford's alumni include 116 Rhodes Scholars, 90 Marshall Award winners and 63 Truman Scholars.

Stanford is there every step of the way, offering expert guidance counseling through the career selection, job search and graduate school and fellowship application processes.

What makes Stanford different?

Academic Freedom
It's in our motto ("The wind of freedom blows"). From our flexible curriculum to our innovative, outside-the-box thinking, it's felt in every aspect of life and learning at Stanford. To us, freedom means:

  • An emphasis on interdisciplinary study, thinking and research; approximately 25 percent of students pursue one of over 40 interdisciplinary degree programs such as Human Biology, Earth Systems, International Relations, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Urban Studies.
  • More than 200 introductory seminars, each capped at 16 students and taught by Stanford's world class faculty members.
  • 10 Stanford-run campuses around the world; approximately half of Stanford undergraduates study abroad.
  • Curricular flexibility that allows students to double major, add a minor, write an honors thesis, take graduate courses and even graduate with bachelor's and master's degrees (often in as few as five years).
  • Over $5.5 million in undergraduate research funding—more than any other university in the country.
  • A 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio that ensures close mentorship.
  • Access to top graduate faculty; undergraduates may take seminars in the Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford University School of Medicine.

Learn more about Academic Freedom.

Matchless Diversity
Stanford's student body mirrors the complex, dynamic world our students will inherit. In addition to diversity of experience, interest and opinion:

  • Approximately half of our students identify as people of color.
  • 11 percent come from other countries.
  • 15 percent are the first in their family to attend college.
  • There are more than 625 campus organizations, including more than 30 religious groups.
  • Stanford boasts a five-star LGBTQ Campus Climate Index rating.
  • Our generous financial aid offerings ensure that students of any financial background can afford to be here (more than 80 percent of Stanford students receive some form of financial aid).

Learn more about Matchless Diversity.

Entrepreneurial Spirit
From our founding, the drive to challenge, innovate and create has been central to our core. Among the evidence:

  • Stanford students have helped start or lead more than 3,000 companies in industries that range from publishing and health food to financial services and wine making.
  • Stanford alumni have founded some of the world's most important companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, Yahoo, Google, Nike, Gap, PayPal, Logitech, Instagram and Sun Microsystems.
  • Stanford alumni who lead major companies include Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, The Skoll Foundation president Jeffrey Skoll, Time Warner CEO and president Jeffrey Bewkes, Bank of America COO Thomas Montag and Alphabet (Google's parent company) CFO Ruth Porat.
  • Eighteen Stanford graduates (including Sally Ride) have served as astronauts.
  • Stanford alumni won 27 medals in the 2016 Olympics, 14 of which were gold.
  • Stanford and its graduates invest heavily in the development and support of young entrepreneurs—from the student space initiative innovations in public service to entrepreneurship in the arts.
  • The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University connects academic study with community and public service to strengthen communities and develop effective public leaders. The Center aspires to develop aware, engaged and thoughtful citizens who contribute to the realization of a more just and humane world.

Learn more about Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Remarkable Resources
As one of the world's leading research universities, we have a lot to offer our students. From the opportunity to learn from Nobel prize-winners to the chance to root for teams that have won more NCAA championships than any other, Stanford students have access to unparalleled opportunities and resources, including:

  • An 8,180-acre campus with nearly 700 major buildings.
  • Three undergraduate schools (offering more than 70 undergraduate fields of study).
  • 130+ research centers, laboratories, institutes and other academic facilities.
  • Seven graduate schools (Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Earth Sciences, School of Engineering and School of Medicine).
  • 16 unique art galleries on campus, including Cantor Center which has 24 galleries within the museum and 45,000+ works of art.
  • 85+ outdoor sculptures, including 20 by Auguste Rodin.
  • 19,000 bike rack spaces.
  • 81 residential housing facilities.
  • 30+ dining options.
  • 1,200-acre biological preserve near campus.
  • World class athletic facilities, including the Avery Aquatic Center, Arrillaga Recreation Center, Cobb Track and Angell Field, Sand Hill Fields (soccer and softball), Stanford Golf Course and Campus Tennis courts.

Learn more about Stanford Facts.

What can I do to help my child prepare over the summer?

In Mid-May, the Approaching Stanford website will be updated, and parents will find a wealth of resources on the site. The Approaching Stanford website has content on academic planning, course selection, health insurance, meal plans, residence options, transportation, billing process and other important topics.

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After Enrollment FAQ

What happens after Admit Weekend?

Once you accept your offer of admission, be sure to update your current mailing address by May 1, 2018 in AXESS on the Student Center tab.

Matriculating students will receive an email to their Stanford email account on or about May 14, 2018, with a link to the Approaching Stanford website. This website, and the accompanying mailing with the Approaching Stanford Handbook, will also give you more information about orientation, housing assignments, curriculum options, health services, campus activities, computing resources and other necessities for life on the Farm. You should check your Stanford email account on a weekly basis throughout the summer. The online forms must be submitted by June 8, 2018.

When do I need to apply for housing?

All new undergraduate students are required to live on campus for their first year. The first-year undergraduate housing application is a part of the Approaching Stanford forms which you will be able to access on the Approaching Stanford website beginning mid-May 2018. Forms are due on June 8, 2018. (New students do not complete the housing application in Axess, which is only for continuing students.)

If you have a medical condition requiring a housing accommodation, please contact the Office of Accessible Education.

When will I be able to enroll in classes?

Enrollment for new students opens during New Student Orientation (NSO) in September. The classes offered will be posted on or about August 1, 2018, but you will have a new student enrollment hold on your account until you arrive on campus and meet with your advisor in person during NSO.

New incoming undergraduate students cannot enroll in Summer Quarter prior to your first year.

When is Orientation, and do I have to go?

New Student Orientation (NSO) will be Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. NSO is required for all incoming new students. Students who do not attend NSO will not be able to enroll in courses – no exceptions will be granted to this policy. International students (non-US citizens, non-Permanent Residents) will arrive earlier in September for the 3-day International Student Orientation which is required for international students in addition to NSO.

Can I talk with an academic advisor about my prospective major or academic plan?

You won't be assigned a specific Academic Advising Director until mid-August, so any general questions can be directed to While we encourage you to have some ideas about what you'd like to study at Stanford, we do not expect you to choose a major or to craft an academic plan before enrolling here.

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