Frequently Asked Questions

General

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

Your SUNet ID is your account name that identifies you as a member of the Stanford community. Your SUNet ID and password are your online credentials.  As an admit, you can access your financial aid information at axess.stanford.edu using your SUNet ID and password. For security reasons there is a 24-hour delay after establishing your SUNet ID before you will be able to log into Stanford University websites. Email admit@stanford.edu with questions or technical issues.

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, 2019 in the freshman class of a college other than Stanford.

Yes. Students who applied during the Restrictive Early Action round must submit midyear grades by February 15, 2019. All enrolling students need to submit their final transcripts (including graduation date), on or before July 1, 2019. All transcripts must come from a school official (counselor or registrar). 

Financial aid awards are available at axess.stanford.edu for students who filed a financial aid application by the appropriate priority filing date. 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 before you must make your admission decision.

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. 

Admit Weekend FAQ

Absolutely! We invite you and your family to attend an Admitted Student Reception. Receptions are hosted all around the world (find a reception near you here).

If you are able to visit campus, we encourage you to join us for Admit Days, April 8-12, 2019. During Admit Days, we will provide up to two nights’ accommodation (Monday–Thursday nights), an admits-only campus tour and meals. You can stay with a current student, explore the campus and see what campus life is like during a typical week.

Registration is closed.

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.

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.

That's OK! About 55% of admitted students attend Admit Weekend without parents or family members.

If you register by April 15, 2019, 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.

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

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. Due to limited space in host rooms, try to bring no more than one small overnight bag or suitcase. Remember to label all your items.

Spring evenings can get chilly, so bring layers (and keep an eye on the weather report). We also recommend comfortable walking shoes. Casual attire is appropriate for all events.

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

Yes. Indicate this preference on your registration form. We cannot guarantee particular dorms, but we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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. Kosher dining options are available at Florence Moore Dining Hall (FloMo).

Yes. During Admit Weekend, we encourage students and families to attend Master Classes led by Stanford professors. These classes are a great way for students to experience everyday academic life at Stanford and to see what it’s like to learn from our world class faculty. Classes will dive into diverse topics in the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering and more. A complete schedule will be available in the online schedule and at check-in.

Your check-in materials will also include a list of classes open to drop-in visitors. These regularly-scheduled classes are open to students only (not to non-students like parents or families). Please arrive early and stay for the entire session so as not to disrupt the class.

Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:

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

Thursday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at:

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

Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at: 

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

Family FAQ

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

  • Whose experiences, perspectives and passions will make the biggest impact here?
  • Who has the academic foundation to manage the rigors of a Stanford undergraduate program of study?
  • Who has the character and compassion to be a positive, contributing member to our highly residential community?
  • Who will make the greatest use of our resources during their time as a student and after graduation?

In making an offer of admission to your student, we believe that she or he has the intellect, passion, character and drive to make important contributions to our classrooms and community—while adding to our proud legacy of alumni who make a positive contribution to the world.

From the moment they arrive on campus for New Student Orientation through graduation, we help all students navigate their journeys through college.

  • New Student Orientation lasts a week before the start of Fall Quarter, and students are introduced to the academic, social, support and community resources at Stanford. Residential community staff, professional staff and trained peer coordinators foster a positive experience.
  • Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) staff are available year-round to support students in their pursuit of an intellectually fulfilling course of study.
  • Tutoring and support, including for students with learning differences, is available throughout a student’s time at Stanford. The goal is to support students as they navigate individual majors and classes and mature in their academic work.
  • Students are encouraged to take advantage of health and wellness resources, including 24/7 peer and phone counseling, residential support and professional services.
  • Every student’s safety is prioritized at Stanford. The Department of Public Safety provides 24/7 police and fire services, on-call evening shuttle rides, safety and security awareness classes, emergency text alerts and more.

A Stanford education thoughtfully nurtures leaders, thinkers and innovators. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to mentoring and supporting students as they explore their passions. Our departments and career education programs offer expert guidance through the career selection, job search, graduate school and fellowship application processes.

Stanford graduates rise to the top of their professions and transform the lives of others. They are community leaders and prominent global figures in fields from the arts to business and academia. Students have access to a network of over 200,000 alumni in all 50 states including the District of Columbia, and in 158 countries and territories worldwide. The Stanford education prepares students to meaningfully contribute to humanity at each season of life and in any corner of the world.

Academic Freedom
Freedom of inquiry and the free expression of ideas are fundamental to the mission of the University. These values are embedded 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 5:1 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.
  • Encouragement of the free exchange of ideas from campus speakers to seminar discussions to late-night dorm conversations.

Extraordinary 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.
  • 17 percent are the first in their family to attend college.
  • There are more than 600 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 (approximately 67 percent of Stanford students receive some form of financial aid).

Remarkable Resources
As one of the world's leading research universities, students have access to extraordinary resources. From the opportunity to learn with Nobel prize-winners to rooting for championship teams, Stanford students also have access to:

  • 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.
  • Students and faculty at 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 Arts Center with 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.
  • A 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 at Stanford Facts at a Glance

Foremost, enjoy this special time as your student prepares for life at college. Help him or her prepare to live independently so that they can enjoy the academic and extracurricular opportunities at Stanford as soon as they arrive on campus.

In mid-May, the Approaching Stanford website will be updated, and parents will find helpful resources including content on academic planning, course selection, health insurance, meal plans, residence options, transportation, billing and other important topics.

There is no requirement that parents or families 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!

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

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.

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.

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

We invite parents and families to enjoy a complimentary lunch on Thursday, April 25 at any dining hall on campus. Simply walk in with your admitted student (they must wear their Admit Weekend badge and will swipe their own mealcard).

Aside from Thursday’s lunch, we do not provide any other 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. Although we cannot arrange lodging for parents and families, a list of places to stay, across a range of styles and prices, can be found on the Lodging Guide.

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, 2019. 

No; we recommend casual attire. 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.

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 admitweekend@stanford.edu in the Office of Undergraduate Admission with your request by Friday, April 13, 2019.

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.

After Enrollment FAQ

Once you accept your offer of admission, be sure to update your current mailing address by May 1, 2019 in AXESS on the Student Center tab.

Matriculating students will receive an email to their Stanford email account on or about May 13, 2019, 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 7, 2019.

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 2019. Forms are due on June 7, 2019. (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.

Enrollment for new students opens during New Student Orientation (NSO) in September. The classes offered will be posted on or about August 1, 2019, 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.

New Student Orientation (NSO) will be Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 22, 2019. 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 on Sunday, September 15 for the 3-day International Student Orientation which is required for international students in addition to NSO.

You won't be assigned a specific Academic Advising Director until mid-August, so any general questions can be directed to approaching@stanford.edu. 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.

Updated on April 20, 2019 8:54 AM