About Your Academic Advisors

Learn more about your academic advisors

It is in your best interest to seek advising early and often from many different sources. Even the most common academic concern can relate to your deepest aspirations. This is why the relationships you form with multiple mentors - professional Academic Advisors and eventually a Department Advisor - are an essential element of your undergraduate experience.

Your Academic Advisors

AAD Raymond Chen and students. Photo by Rod Searcey.

Your Undergraduate Advising Director is a PhD-level, full-time professional academic advisor whose office is in your residential complex. Undergraduate Advising Directors focus on the students in their residence and can assist with both routine and complex matters pertaining to academic requirements and policies, course selection and sequencing, investigating majors, research, fellowships, and post-graduate study.

Varsity student-athletes are served by academic advisors whose offices are in the Athletic Academic Resource 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.

Katie Wang and student. Photo by Rod Searcey.

Academic advisors in the Specialized Advising Team are located on the first floor of Sweet Hall and have focused expertise in: pre-professional pursuits (pre-law, pre-med, pre-business, pre-education); transfer, returning or co-terminal students; or research, grants and fellowships. Advising is available by appointment.

Student heading towards Sweet Hall on a bicycle. Photo by Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service.

Who to go to and how to contact them when you need an appointment.

Stanford professor Karen Wigen and students.

The relationships you form with your professors, advisors and mentors will shape your undergraduate experience and influence you in ways that will last a lifetime. A hallmark of undergraduate education at Stanford is the opportunity to work closely with faculty (renowned scholars in their fields) who are actively engaged in research.

Stanford Newcomer Guide Group Meeting. Photo by Rod Searcey.

Although not an Academic Advisor, your Stanford Newcomer Guide (SNG) is a member of our Stanford community who volunteers to mentor and support you from the moment you set foot on campus until you declare a major.