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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.

File Upload Requirements

When in the electronic application, you will be required to upload scans of transcripts (see specific information, below), a statement of purpose, and possibly other documents if required by your department. When preparing your application materials to be uploaded into your electronic application, please note the following:

  • File size must be 10MB or less
  • Files cannot be password protected
  • PDF files cannot have a digital signature
  • Save each document separately

When scanning hard copy materials to upload into your electronic application please note the following:

  • Resolution should be no more than 300dpi
  • Scan in black and white only
  • Removing images will help reduce file size

Transcript Uploads

Please follow the instructions below to scan and upload a copy of your transcripts. 

  • Make a low-resolution photocopy of your transcripts (this suppresses the background, which will help reduce the file size)
  • Scan the photocopy (experiment with different settings until you find one that results in the smallest file size)
  • Save the scan as a .jpg file
  • Close the .jpg file
  • Open Microsoft Word or similar word processing program
  • Click on the Insert tab, and do insert from file or picture
  • Browse to your saved .jpg file
  • Save your .jpg file as a .doc, .wpd, .rtf, .xls, .pdf, or .txt format.  If uploading a document with foreign characters, save the file as a .pdf file. Macintosh users, please note that the filename must include the appropriate 3 letter extension.
  • Open your document to make sure that your scanned document will print FULL SIZE on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch letter-size paper
  • Do not attempt to upload a document that is password protected or contains macros. This will cause the process to fail.
  • Check the size of your file before uploading. It cannot exceed 10MB.