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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 delighted 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 – beyond the specialized skills in your graduate degree program – 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. We invite you to explore educational opportunities that will both help you forge your path and connect you with others who share your scholarly, service, and entrepreneurial aspirations. 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 and staff who are eager to engage in dialogue, promote reflection, and offer support of all kinds. Our offices both foster a multitude of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and connections with people outside your degree program.

The Gateway for New Graduate Students offers information and resources that will help you smoothly transition into your graduate program, the community at Stanford, and the communities that surround the university. 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 in Autumn Quarter. We are confident that you will find this a truly exciting time to pursue your graduate studies here.

Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Patricia J. Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, Professor of Education