Congratulations on your student's admission to Stanford. It's a great achievement and a true testament to years of dedication and effort.

 

From our diverse community of talented students to a culture and curriculum centered on academic freedom to an entrepreneurial spirit felt from freshman seminar to graduation and beyond, Stanford offers unique opportunities (and generous financial assistance) to the world's brightest scholars.

We count your son or daughter among them.

In the weeks ahead, your student has an important decision to make, and we imagine that you have many questions. We invite you to get to know us firsthand during Admit Weekend, a three-day program intended to help you and your admitted student decide whether Stanford is the best fit. In some locations, you may also have the opportunity to attend an admit reception in your area.

Admit Weekend offers students the chance to explore academic options, talk to current students and hear from faculty in their areas of interest. Staff from the Financial Aid Office will also be available to meet with parents and students.

You and other family members are encouraged to attend Admit Weekend. The majority of events are open to students and families.

Thank you for all that you have done to support your student's road to Stanford. We look forward to seeing you here on the Farm.

Sincerely,

Richard H. Shaw

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid


Family FAQ

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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.


Getting Here

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Disability Access

If you need a disability-related accommodation (programming and/or lodging) or wheelchair access to participate in Admit Weekend activities, please make a note on your registration and contact disability.access@stanford.edu.

Planes

San Francisco International (SFO) is approximately 25 miles north and San Jose International (SJC) is approximately 20 miles south of Stanford. Both airports offer public transport, shuttle and hire car options that will get you here.

Oakland International (OAK) is also an option but is further from campus and can be more difficult to travel to/from using public transport and shuttles.

Automobiles

From San Francisco

By car, Stanford is approximately 1 hour from downtown San Francisco. You can take the 101 South (shorter but often busier) or the 280 South.

From San Francisco International (SFO)

From San Jose

By car, Stanford is approximately 40 minutes from downtown San Jose. You can take the 101 North (shorter but often busier) or the 280 North.

From San Jose International (SJC)

Public Transportation

The San Francisco Bay Area's Caltrain connects San Francisco and San Jose (including both airports) with a stop in Palo Alto. Attendees using Caltrain should get off at the Palo Alto station.

Caltrain

Stanford's free shuttle service, the Marguerite, meets most Caltrain services at the Palo Alto station and can take you to many popular destinations on campus—including the Alumni Center where Admit Weekend Check-In is located.

Marguerite Shuttle

From San Francisco International (SFO)

From San Jose International (SJC)

Parking

For the duration of Admit Weekend, parents are welcome to park free of charge in Galvez Lot, adjacent to the Arrillaga Alumni Center. All other campus parking restrictions will be enforced.

Galvez Lot

Lodging

Although we cannot arrange lodging for parents, nearby Palo Alto and Menlo Park offer many places to stay—across a range of styles and prices.

Lodging Guide


Events for Families

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Admit Receptions

You and your admitted student are invited to an admit reception to celebrate your student’s admission to the Stanford Class of 2023. At the reception, you will meet our local alumni as well as other admitted students and their families. We hope you can attend a Stanford reception in your area.

Admitted students should RSVP for themselves and their guests by logging into an event RSVP at admit.stanford.edu/receptions where the full reception details are posted. In the event that your student is unable to attend, you are welcome to attend without them. Please ask your admitted student to register on your behalf.

Casual dress is recommended. Light refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions about admit receptions, please email ugaeventreply@stanford.edu.


Arizona - Greater Phoenix Area

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Arizona - Tucson

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Tucson, AZ 85718
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Austria - Vienna

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
1190 Vienna, Austria
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


California - Eureka

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Eureka, CA 95503
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


California - Los Angeles

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


California - Orange County

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Tustin, CA 92782
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


California - San Diego

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
San Diego, CA 92130
RSVP by Sunday, April 7, 2019.


Canada - Toronto, ON

Monday, April 8, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Toronto, ON M5J0B2
RSVP by Thursday, April 4, 2019.


Canada - Vancouver, BC

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Vancouver, BC V6N 1Y4
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Colorado - Greater Denver Area

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Littleton, CO 80123
RSVP by Sunday, April 7, 2019.


Connecticut - Darien

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Darien, CT 6820
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


District of Columbia - Washington

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Washington, DC 20016
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Florida - Miami

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Miami, FL 33179
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Georgia - Atlanta

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Atlanta, GA 30327
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Hawaii - Honolulu

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Honolulu, HI 96815
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Hong Kong S.A.R. - Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hong Kong S.A.R.
RSVP by Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Due to space constraints, this reception is limited to students attending high school in Hong Kong.


Illinois - Greater Chicago Area

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Winnetka, IL 60093
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


India - Mumbai

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


India - New Delhi

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
New Delhi, Delhi 110017
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Indiana - Greater Indianapolis Area

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Carmel, IN 46032
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Iowa - Greater Des Moines Area

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Ames, IA 50010
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Kentucky - Louisville

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Louisville, KY 40222
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Massachusetts - Greater Boston Area

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Brookline, MA 2445
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Michigan - Greater Detroit Area

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Minnesota - Greater Minneapolis Area

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Edina, MN 55424
RSVP by Saturday, April 6, 2019.


Missouri - St. Louis

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saint Louis, MO 63131
RSVP by Thursday, April 4, 2019.


Nevada - Greater Reno Area

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Sparks, NV 89436
RSVP by Saturday, April 6, 2019.


Nevada - Las Vegas

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


New Jersey - North Jersey

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ridgewood, NJ 7450
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


New Mexico - Santa Fe

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


New York - Long Island

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Long Island, NY 11768
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


New York - New York City

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
New York, NY 10013
RSVP by Friday, April 5, 2019.

Please ask your student to RSVP early as space is limited. If your plans change, please ask your student to update their registration so that others may attend.

Due to building security, guests can only enter the building between 7:00-7:30 p.m. Please do not arrive earlier than 7:00 p.m. and only register guests who can arrive by 7:30 p.m.


North Carolina - Charlotte

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Charlotte, NC 28207
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


North Carolina - Raleigh

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Raleigh, NC 27613
RSVP by Thursday, April 4, 2019.


Ohio - Columbus

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Columbus, OH 43220
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Oregon - Portland

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Portland, OR 97229
RSVP by Saturday, April 6, 2019.


Pennsylvania - Greater Philadelphia Area

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
West Conshohocken, PA 19428
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Philippines - Manila

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Makati, Metro Manila 1222
RSVP by Friday, April 5, 2019.


Singapore

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Singapore 259634
RSVP by Sunday, April 7, 2019.


South Korea - Seoul

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Seoul, South Korea
RSVP by Saturday, April 6, 2019.


Switzerland - Montreux

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Clarens 1815
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Taiwan - Taipei

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Taipei, Taiwan 103
RSVP by Wednesday, April 10, 2019.


Texas - Austin

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Austin, TX 78703
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Texas - Dallas

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Dallas, TX 75205
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Texas - Houston

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Houston, TX 77057
RSVP by Tuesday, April 2, 2019.


Texas - San Antonio

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
San Antonio, TX 78248
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Thailand - Bangkok

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Bangkok, Thailand 10120
RSVP by Saturday, April 13, 2019.


United Kingdom - London

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
London, England W8 5DL
RSVP by Sunday, April 7, 2019.


Utah - Salt Lake City

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Sandy, UT 84092
RSVP by Sunday, April 7, 2019.


Washington - Seattle

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98112
RSVP by Monday, April 8, 2019.


West Virginia - Central West Virginia

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Sutton, WV 26601
RSVP by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


Wisconsin - Greater Milwaukee Area

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Pewaukee, WI 53072
RSVP by Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Updated on April 8, 2019 8:24 AM