Academic Advising provides comprehensive academic guidance across all four years of your undergraduate career--including assistance in identifying research opportunities, civic engagement programs, and other resources to support you in your educational journey. Whether you're a co-term student, an athlete, a pre-med student--or all three!--Academic Advising is here to help you get the most out of your Stanford education.
Academic Advising is dedicated to introducing you to the full intellectual richness of undergraduate study at Stanford, supporting you in your academic and intellectual pursuits, and instilling within you a deep sense of identity within and belonging to the community of scholars at Stanford.
Academic Advising Directors
Every undergraduate student at Stanford has an academic advisor. Academic Advising Directors (AADs) are Ph.D.-level academic advisors assigned to your residential complex. Their offices are located either in or near your residence. AADs stay current on curricular and other academic offerings across the University, regardless of their own field, helping you synthesize and navigate a set of academic requirements, opportunities, policies, and deadlines so that you can construct a rich and coherent undergraduate experience. AADs also support students who face difficulty with academic performance or progress, and those who seek an exception from academic deadlines and policies. AADs are assigned to all students living in undergraduate residences and are available by appointment or on a drop-in basis.
Varsity student-athletes are served by academic advisors whose offices are located in the Athletic Academic Resources Center (AARC) located in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. The Academic Advisors for Student-Athletes, known as AARC Advisors, are uniquely qualified and trained to evaluate student-athletes’ academic eligibility requirements as well as to help student-athletes balance their time commitments so that they can meet both their academic and athletic goals.
The Specialized Advising Team is located on the first floor of Sweet Hall. These advisors are available by appointment and have focused expertise in: pre-professional pursuits (pre-law, pre-med, pre-business, pre-education) and transfer, returning, or co-terminal students. Students with specific Pre-med questions may also attend Pre-med Office Hours on Thursdays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.