Academic Advising for New Students

Undergraduate Advising and Research

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) 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 UAR Academic Advisor who will contact you this summer to begin the advising conversation.

Overview of Academic Advisors

Academic Advising Directors (AAD) First-year students will work most closely with AADs, Ph.D.-level UAR 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, fellowships, and post-graduate study.

Academic Advisors for Student-Athletes Varsity athletes will work most closely with Academic Advisors for Student-Athletes, UAR advisors located in the Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC) who 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 in Sweet Hall UAR advisors, including the Transfer Advising Coordinator, 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 regarding the first-year experience as well as coterminal and pre-professional interests (e.g., pre-law, pre-health, and pre-business).

First Advising Conversation

In mid-August, your UAR 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, in preparation for this first advising appointment, we encourage you to use resources such as ExploreCourses (Stanford's course catalog), the Cardinal Compass academic planning guide, Carta course exploration online tool, the Introductory Seminars catalog, the Thinking Matters catalog, and departmental websites to identify the types of classes and the specific courses in which you may be interested.

"New Student Advisement" Enrollment Hold

This inital advising conversation with your UAR Advisor is required for all new undergraduates in order to enroll in Autumn Quarter classes. Incoming students will see a "New Student Advisement" Enrollment Hold on your accounts in Axess. There is no action you need to take at this time.

This hold will remain in place through the summer and will be automatically lifted by UAR during New Student Orientation (NSO) if you have:

  • Completed an initial advising conversation with your UAR Advisor (Academic Advising Director, AARC Advisor, or Transfer Advisor); and
  • Checked in for NSO by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, and are participating fully in NSO. NSO is required for all new students.