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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.

Welcome Letter from the Vice Provosts

Dear Prospective Stanford Graduate Student,

We are delighted that you have been offered admission to graduate study at Stanford, and we look forward to welcoming you to campus. As a graduate student, you are an important part of our university community. In fact, graduate students—doctoral, master’s, and professional students—make up more than half of Stanford’s student enrollment and have been central to the university since its founding.

Our offices, VPGE and VPSA, collaborate with your School and department to create an environment in which you will grow and thrive. We are eager to welcome you into a community that supports your academic success, professional development, and personal wellbeing. By fostering a spirit of collaboration and cooperation, we support you in your desire to learn new skills, as well as to contribute to your communities at and beyond Stanford as you prepare to have an impact in many possible areas upon graduation. 

We encourage you to take advantage of Stanford’s openness—take courses in many departments, seek out faculty with diverse interests, and talk with people from other disciplines and parts of the world. To help you succeed in your graduate studies, you will find exceptional resources that complement what your department or program offers. Stanford offers outstanding libraries, laboratories, studios, computer facilities, wellness resources, and community centers where you’ll find other students, faculty, and staff who are eager to engage in dialogue, promote reflection, and offer support of all kinds. 

The Gateway for New Graduate Students offers information and resources that will help you smoothly transition into your graduate program and the Stanford community. In the summer you will be invited to Grad Connect, a virtual orientation on the Canvas learning management system, so you can prepare for graduate study at your own pace, before arriving on campus. The Graduate Life Office will welcome you in person with New Graduate Student Orientation activities. And of course, you will have opportunities to venture further off campus and explore the ocean, mountains, redwood forests, and the Bay Area’s dynamic and diverse cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

We look forward to personally welcoming you to Stanford. We are confident that you will find this a truly exciting place to pursue your graduate studies.

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Stacey F. Bent
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor in the School of Engineering