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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts. We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: gradadmissions@stanford.edu. We will do our best to work with you and your department.


Winter Closure: The University observes Winter closure from Monday, December 14, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. The Graduate Admissions office will not be monitoring email during this time.

Admitted Students

University Statement on Admissions: April 12, 2020

All of us at Stanford are looking forward to welcoming Stanford’s newest admitted students to our community. As you know, due to the COVID-19 outbreak Stanford is currently delivering courses online, and most research activities are being conducted remotely. Our faculty are investing enormous effort in creating the highest-quality educational experience for Stanford students under the new circumstances facing us all.

We’re actively discussing what our Autumn Quarter 2020 will look like, but at this point we do not have decisions. We are closely tracking the latest public health guidance as the uncertain COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. We understand that you need to make decisions about your enrollment at Stanford before we have a completely clear picture about what our Autumn Quarter will look like. We also understand that individual circumstances such as visa issues, personal health or other considerations may affect your plans for this coming Autumn.

For those who will be joining us, we pledge to be in touch with you as soon as more information becomes available, and to work with you on your individual needs. We appreciate your understanding during this extraordinary time for our world, and we’re excited to welcome you to Stanford.

Congratulations on your offer of admission to Stanford University! All those offered admission to graduate study must inform us of their decisions to accept or decline.

To accept or decline the offer of admission on the web, you first need to set up your Stanford University Network Identification name (SUNet ID). Approximately 24 hours after you have set up your SUNet ID, you will be able to log in to Axess to accept or decline the offer.

Learn what you need to know to transition successfully to Stanford. Visit the Graduate Student Gateway.

Creating a SUNet ID

You will need your Stanford student ID number sent to you by your department. On the Stanford University Accounts web site, choose “Create a new SUNet ID” and select the first button (I have a University ID) and follow the instructions.

Accepting or Declining the Offer

Once you complete the SUNet ID application process, it will be approximately 24 hours before your SUNet ID will be available.

  • Log into Axess using your SUNet ID
  • In the top menu bar, hover over "STUDENT" for the "NEW ADMITS, Graduate Admission Response" section to be revealed. 
  • Click "Graduate Admission Response" to open the response page
  • After you have accepted the offer of admission, you will be able to create your email account and access other services approximately 24 hours after you accept the offer of admission. See Accounts and Access for more information on your SUNet ID and access to resources.

Address Updates

In order to receive important information before you arrive on campus, it is essential that you keep your mailing and email addresses up to date in Axess.

Admission Deferral Requests

Admission is offered for a specific academic program and enrollment quarter. Departments have different policies on whether they will defer admission or require a new application for later enrollment. Requests to delay admission should be submitted in writing to the graduate program that offered admission. See the Program List for contact information.