Families

Note: Family members are invited to view our Cardinal Days livestream recordings.
Congratulations on your student’s admission to Stanford. It’s a great achievement and a true testament to years of dedication and effort.

In the weeks ahead, your student has an important decision to make, and we imagine that you have many questions. We invite you to explore this website and view our virtual Cardinal Days recordings to learn about all that Stanford has to offer. Below, you can find more information as well as opportunities to connect with current Stanford parents who are available to answer your questions.

Connect with Stanford Parents

  • Parent Connection Zooms

    Drop in via Zoom and ask current parents any questions you have. Registration required.

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 05:30 PM until 06:30 PM – Register Here

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 05:30 PM until 06:30 PM – Register Here

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 05:30 PM until 06:30 PM – Register Here

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 05:30 PM until 06:30 PM – Register Here

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 05:30 PM until 06:30 PM – Register Here

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 09:00 AM until 10:00 AM – Register Here

    Miércoles, 28 de abril 5:00 PM a 6:00 PM – Junta Para Padres de Alumnos – Regístrese Aquí

  • Join Us In Cardinal Quad

    Join our virtual community where you can connect with other Class of 2025 parents and pose questions for members of our Stanford Parents’ Club. If your admitted student hasn’t already submitted your name to receive an invitation to Cardinal Quad, please ask them to email andrea.frost@stanford.edu.

Family FAQs

  • What is the status of being on-campus for Fall 2021?

    Thanks to expanding vaccination against COVID-19, Stanford is excited to be planning for a return to in-person classes for the fall 2021 quarter.

    This of course will depend upon the trajectory of the pandemic and the public health rules in effect this fall. But our current expectation is that we will be returning to an in-person academic experience. Undergraduates who plan to enroll at Stanford for the fall quarter therefore should plan to be on campus, in person.

    We realize that some international undergraduate students in certain countries are facing delays in visa processing to allow them to come to the United States. Stanford is working to provide support and information through the Bechtel International Center for students in this frustrating and stressful situation.

    For new international undergraduates who are unable to arrive in person for the fall quarter due to visa delays, we expect to provide two options: (1) Students in this situation may choose to defer their enrollment for one year. (2) For students in this situation who wish to proceed with enrolling, we are working to identify a limited set of frosh courses that will be available online during the fall quarter and can be completed from abroad. We will not be able to offer a great deal of choice, but these courses will support meaningful academic progress until you can arrive in person for the winter quarter. We expect to have more information about these offerings in the coming weeks. When the winter quarter begins, we’ll also work to provide a supportive and welcoming “cohort” experience for students arriving on campus one quarter late due to these visa processing delays.

    Based on recommendations from the CDC and from our Vaccine Governance Committee, Stanford plans to require all undergraduate, graduate and professional students coming to campus this fall to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. All students will be asked about their vaccine status prior to their arrival on campus for the fall quarter. We will work to help arriving students obtain a vaccination if they have been unable to obtain one at their home location.

    We will accommodate those who cannot take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Students in these situations will be able to request an exception and, once it is approved, will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing. Other requirements may also apply.

    To view the complete announcement regarding Fall 2021, please visit https://news.stanford.edu/today/2021/04/07/update-planning-fall-2021/.
    Click here to read the Stanford statement regarding vaccinations.
    Moving forward, to keep abreast of the most recent developments for the upcoming academic year, consult the Re-Approaching Stanford site.

  • Is Stanford the best fit for my student?

    In reviewing applications and making admission decisions, our admission officers look beyond grades and test scores to determine fit.

    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.

  • How will my student be supported at Stanford?

    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.
    • Academic Advising 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.
  • How will Stanford prepare and equip my student for future success?

    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 228,000 alumni in all 50 states including the District of Columbia, and in more than 150 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.

  • What makes Stanford different?

    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.
    • 11 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 $5.82 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.
    • 12 percent come from other countries.
    • 19 percent are the first in their family to attend college.
    • There are more than 600 campus organizations, including more than 30 religious groups.
    • Stanford holds 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 66 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

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

    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.

  • My child is enrolling and I want to be part of the community of Stanford parents. How can I connect?

    Congratulations on joining the Stanford family! You may have many questions about preparing your child to move to campus or questions about how to manage situations once they arrive.

    We invite you to join the Stanford Parents’ Club. The Parents’ Club was founded in 1924 to support Stanford and its students and to build community among members. Members support one another and contribute to the undergraduate community through various programs rooted in creating a sense of family and home away from home for students.

    Parents can also reach out to University personnel with questions via the Parents’ Helpline at 650-725-0649 and mykidis@stanford.edu.