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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.


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. 


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts.

Special Instructions re Transcripts from Admitted Students Related to COVID-19

We realize that many applicants are not able to send their official transcripts at this time due to the impact of the coronavirus. In order to ease the process for our Autumn admits, we have adjusted our guidelines. They are as follows:

  • We do not need two sets of official transcripts to be sent to our office now.

  • Once the offer of admission has been accepted, incoming students can submit their I-20 or DS-2019 application.

  • For those who have accepted the admission offer, final official transcripts and degree documents, if applicable, are required from every college and university listed on their application. These are to be sent directly to Graduate Admissions from the issuing institution.

  • We are requesting final documents be sent by end of June.

  • We recommend incoming students not order final transcripts until the undergraduate degree has been conferred.

  • Graduate Admissions will upload final transcripts into Admit/CRM. Our office will review the final documents. If transcripts are sent to the department, the department should compare the official with the unofficial uploaded in the application, and then upload to Admit.

  • Admits who have not submitted their final official transcripts will have a To-Do (KCND) placed on their record but they will still be able to enroll at the appropriate time. (International admits will not be able to enroll until they arrive on campus and clear with Bechtel.)

For those who submitted transcripts but they are held up in your office, there is time to send them to our office.

We hope these guidelines will be useful and relieve some anxiety for our incoming graduate students.