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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: 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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

These dates and deadlines are current as of June 4, 2020. They may change due to COVID-19. 

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 online. 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.

  • Submit entrance medical requirements; final deadline August 15. Additional international students requirement, TB Testing & Clearance forms; final deadline September 15. Please see Vaden's website for information regarding the August 15 deadline.

  • Apply for university housing. Housing  has had to update its schedule several times for applying, assigning, and move-in dates. Please carefully explore their website for the most current information. 

  • International Students: Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. registered permanent residents submit I-20 or DS-2019 requests online as soon as possible in order to avoid visa delays. If transferring your SEVIS record from a U.S. institution, then the Transfer In form is necessary as well.

  • EFS (English for Foreign Students) summer English program has been cancelled for the summer of 2020. Visit the EFS website for additional information.

Important dates for students enrolling in Autumn Quarter 2020-21

August 1

  • Axess opens for Autumn quarter enrollment. (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.

August 15

August 30 - September 11

September 8-19

September 11

  • Graduate students starting Autumn Quarter may move into University housing assignments. Alternative dates are listed on the Graduate Housing Calendar.

September 15

September 16, 18, or 20

September 14

  • First day of classes; enroll through Axess Last day to clear any additional admission requirements (see your “To Do” list in Axess) as specified by Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar.

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 Financial Activities site.

Academic Calendar

This is the 2020-21 academic calendar.