The office of Academic Advising provides comprehensive academic advising and research opportunities that together 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 a professional Academic Advisor who will contact you this summer to begin the advising conversation.
Overview of Academic Advisors
First-year students, who are not student-athletes, will work most closely with Academic Advising Directors, Ph.D.-level academic advisors assigned to residences. AADs 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.
Varsity athletes will work most closely with Academic Advisors for Student-Athletes located in the Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC). In addition to advising students on academic requirements and policies; course selection and sequencing; and investigating majors, the AARC Advisors 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 academic advisors, including the Transfer Advisor and Leland Scholars Advisor, are located in Sweet Hall and are available during drop-in hours or by appointment. In addition to general academic advising, these advisors provide specialized advice from the first-year experience to coterminal and pre-professional interests (e.g., pre-law, pre-health, and pre-business).
First Advising Conversation
In August, your Academic Advisor will contact you by email to begin the advising conversation. This initial conversation will provide space for exploring academic interests, course selection, opportunities, and resources. Over the summer, you'll be encouraged to complete the 2020 Academic Planning Worksheet and the Academic Advising Course in Canvas in preparation for this first advising conversation. Once the academic year begins, you will be able to schedule individual advising appointments with your advisor.
Resources to help explore and plan:
- Academic Life chapter of the Approaching Stanford Handbook
- Academic Advising Canvas course - overview of academics and advising at Stanford
- Academic Planning Worksheet for the First Advising Conversation
- ExploreCourses - Stanford's course catalog which will be published August 17 for the 2020-21 academic year
- Cardinal Compass - online academic planning guide, updated each summer
- Carta - course exploration online tool
- Frosh/Transfer 101 course
- Introductory Seminars catalog
- Thinking Matters course descriptions (frosh only)
- As well as departmental websites to identify the types of classes and the specific courses in which you may be interested.
Autumn Course Enrollment
As you identify possible courses for Autumn Quarter, log in to Simple Enroll in Axess and enter these courses as “Planned” Courses. A “planned” course indicates interest only – it does not reserve a space for you in a course, nor does it commit you to enrolling in it.
Once you are ready to enroll, log in to Simple Enroll in Axess and click "Enroll" on your "planned" courses. You can also enroll in a course directly through Axess without using Simple Enroll.