Academic Advising

Advisor and students. Photo by Rod Searcey.
Welcome to Academic Advising

Academic Advising provides comprehensive academic guidance across all the years of your undergraduate career. From the summer before you begin your Stanford journey through graduation, Academic Advising is here for you. 

Academic Advising helps you launch your educational journey beginning with Approaching Stanford, New Student Orientation and Frosh 101. Academic Advisors will also be there throughout your Stanford education—to help with course selection, choice of major, pre-professional pathways, research opportunities and more.

Connect 1:1 with an advisor

A student meets with his AAD.

Meet your Academic Advising Director (AAD), a residentially-based advisor assigned to all students living in undergraduate residences.
AARC advisors.

If you are a student-athlete, you can choose to meet with an Advisor in the Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC Advisor).
Specialized advising. Photo by Rod Searcey.

Meet with a specialized advisor, who has focused expertise in: pre-professional pursuits (pre-law, pre-med, pre-business, pre-education); transfer, returning or co-terminal students.

Advising Resource Toolkit


These advising tools are intended to help frame your reflections throughout your time at Stanford; guide your strategic thinking if you face challenges or difficulty; facilitate your academic planning and intellectual development; and support you as you consider post-undergraduate education. They may be used cooperatively during an advising conversation or you may use them on your own, to help you prepare for a conversation with your academic advisor.

Get started here

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