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Important Dates and Deadlines

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The items below should be completed as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition to your graduate program:

As Soon As Possible

  • Respond to the offer of admission. If receiving department financial aid, the deadline to respond to the offer of admission is April 15.
  • Upload a photo for your Stanford ID Card by logging in through the Upload link.
  • Maintain/update mailing address in your student Axess account.
  • Apply for housing starting April 3; more information below.
  • Review Entrance Health Requirement information; more information below. 
  • International Students: Those who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. registered permanent residents should submit I-20 or DS-2019 requests online. Starting in early April, Bechtel will send incoming students invitations to their Bechtel Connect portal.

Important dates for students starting in Autumn Quarter of academic year 2024-25

April 10

April 22

May 1

July 3

July 4 - October 25

August 15

Late August

September 5

  • Axess opens for Autumn quarter enrollment. Refer to the Student Services website and academic calendar for the most current information regarding enrollment groups. (New international students will not be able to enroll until after arriving on campus.) Sign the Patent and Copyright Agreement on Axess prior to enrollment.

September 9 - 20

September 15

September 15 - 21

  • New Graduate Student Orientation, hosted by The Graduate Life Office. (Previous years' schedules included Grad 101 panel, Library tours, Speed Friending, President's Reception, American Football 101, and a lunch and information event.)

September 23

  • First day of classes; if not already enrolled through Axess, do so before 5 pm. Last day to clear any additional admission requirements (see your “To Do” list in Axess) as specified by Graduate Admissions, Student and Academic Services.

Payment Deadlines

Stanford uses electronic billing and payment services. Charges for tuition, room, and board are billed prior to the beginning of each academic quarter, and are due as indicated on the bill, generally on the 15th of the following month. All other charges are billed monthly as they are incurred. Information about these services and university payment deadlines is available at the Student Services website.

Academic Calendar

When available, see the 2024-25 calendar for important dates throughout the year. (Link will be posted later.)