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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.

How to Enroll in Courses

Axess: Stanford’s Student Information System

Axess is the electronic system where you will perform such tasks as enrolling for classes, checking your University bill, monitoring degree progress, and evaluating your classes. See the Academic Calendar for the dates when Axess opens.

To enroll in classes on or after the date when Axess opens, visit the Axess web site. You will be prompted for your SUNet ID (visit the SUNet ID web site for information on setting up your SUNet ID). For assistance in using Axess to enroll in courses, visit the Axess Help Center.

Before you enroll for classes, you must sign the Patent and Copyright Agreement.

International students must arrive on campus before they will be able to enroll. Please see the Bechtel International Center's web site for more information.

To enroll officially in classes for the quarter, you must:

  • Clear any holds on your registration; 
holds on your registration may be viewed 
in Axess.
  • Pay your tuition and fees. See Pay Your Bill for information on payments.
  • See your academic adviser to discuss your academic plans.
  • Enroll in classes via Axess.

For additional enrollment information and deadlines, visit the Registrar's web site.