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Respond to the Offer of Admission

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Ready to accept the offer? Follow the instructions on this page to secure your spot.

If you are declining the offer of admission, do not follow the instructions on this page. Instead, please notify the graduate program directly.

Step 1: Create Your SUNet ID

If you already have a SUNet ID, skip this step and move on to Step 2.

  • Locate the Stanford Student ID number included in your admission letter.
  • Go to
  • Click Create a new SUNet ID.
  • Select the first option (I have a University ID) and enter the requested information.
  • Once chosen, your SUNet ID cannot be changed. Choose wisely because it becomes your permanent Stanford email address (e.g.,
  • For security reasons, there is a 24-hour delay before you will be able to log in to Stanford University websites.

Step 2: Respond to the Offer in Axess

Axess is a central portal for displaying and recording key information about your academic experience at Stanford.

  • Log in to Axess with your SUNet ID and password.
  • 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.
  • Submit your response.
  • Note: You will not receive an immediate email confirmation of your response. Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from Graduate Admissions with next steps for starting graduate study at Stanford. At that time, you will also be able to log in to your Stanford email (

Deferral of Admission

The offer of admission you received was for a specific graduate degree program and entry term. If you wish to request a deferral to a later term, please submit your request in writing to the graduate program, who has final authority to approve or deny the request. If your request is denied and you are unable to enroll for the original entry term, you will need to reapply in a future cycle.