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Academic Advising

The office of Academic Advising provides comprehensive academic advising that will enable you to chart your own educational journey and make the most of your undergraduate experience at Stanford. Every incoming undergraduate student will be assigned an Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) who will contact you this summer to begin the advising conversation.


Meet Your Advisors

Undergraduate Advising Directors (UADs) - First-year students, who are not student-athletes, will be assigned an academic advisor based in your residential neighborhood. Your UAD will serve as your primary advisor throughout your time at Stanford. UADs advise all undergraduate students and can assist with both routine and complex matters pertaining to academic requirements and policies; course selection and sequencing; investigating majors, research, and fellowships; and post-graduate study.

Undergraduate Advising Directors for Student-Athletes - Varsity athletes will be assigned an Undergraduate Advising Director for student-athletes, located in the Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC). Your UAD will serve as your primary advisor throughout your time at Stanford. In addition to advising students on academic requirements and policies; course selection and sequencing; and investigating majors, advisors for student-athletes are uniquely qualified and trained to evaluate student-athletes’ academic eligibility requirements as well as to help you balance your time commitments so that you can meet both your academic and athletic goals.

Specialized Advisors in Sweet Hall - Specialized Undergraduate Advising Directors, including the Transfer Advisor and Leland Scholars Advisor, are located on the first floor of Sweet Hall. In addition to general academic advising, these advisors have focused expertise from research, grants, and fellowships to co-terminal and pre-professional interests (e.g., pre-law, pre-med, pre-business, and pre-education). Advising is available by appointment once the academic year begins.


First Advising Conversation

In mid-August, after you have received your housing assignment, your assigned Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) will send you an email introduction and ask you to watch the virtual Academic Advising Presentation: Advising Intro: Exploring Your Stanford Courses.

Your UAD will also invite you to sign up for a virtual small group advising appointment. Although this summer advising meeting is optional, we highly recommend all students participate. At this initial advising meeting, you will be able to discuss your academic interests and Autumn Quarter course ideas with your advisor, to ask your questions, and to listen to questions asked by your peers.

In preparation for this first meeting: 

Click here to watch the Advising Intro Presentation

Once the academic year begins, you will be able to schedule individual advising appointments with your UAD.


NSO & Course Enrollment

While Axess opens on September 1 for continuing students to enroll, as new students you have the "New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold" on your account restricting you from enrolling. This hold will be released during New Student Orientation (NSO) and you be able to enroll in courses at that time if you have completed the following requirements:

  1. Watch the virtual Summer Academic Advising Presentation: 2021 Advising Intro: Exploring Your Stanford Courses.
  2. Arrive for NSO and attend required NSO programs, including an NSO Academic Advising Presentation.

The New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold will be automatically released during NSO after the Academic Advising Presentation. At that time, you will be able to log into Axess and begin to enroll in your Autumn Quarter courses.*

Course Enrollment Instructions:

*Note: In order to enroll in couses, you must also have completed all other obligations required of new students, including submission of health requirements, final high school transcript, and test scores (if applicable).