Returning to Stanford

All students wishing to enroll in any given quarter(s) must have an active student status with the University. Depending on your situation, students returning to Stanford usually need to take specific steps for reinstatement. The following information is intended to offer clarification of university academic policies related to leaves of absence and reinstatement, for a comprehensive review of leave and reinstatement policies refer to the Stanford Bulletin: Undergraduate Degrees and Programs.

OCS Holds -  If you only have an OCS (Office of Community Standards) hold, work directly with that office on your return.

First Steps & Deadlines

The Request to Return and Register in Undergraduate Study has a detailed list of steps needed.

To facilitate your return, completed forms should be filed 8-12 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter of intended enrollment. We highly recommend filing 3 months prior, if applying for housing and financial aid. Students wishing to return should print out the Request to Return and Register in Undergraduate Study and follow instructions. Key tasks:

  • Make an appointment with an Academic Advisor (Academic Advising Director, Academic Advisor in Sweet Hall, or AARC Advisor (student athlete advisors located in Atheletic Academic Resource Center))
  • Clear any and all obligations to the University (financial, housing, etc.)

Housing

Students returning winter or spring, use a full year of guaranteed housing.

Please see the Residential and Dining Enterprises Student Housing web page for application requirements and the Applying For Housing - Overview for application rounds and deadlines information.

Financial Aid

The priority filing date for financial aid is April 30 prior to the year you intend to return.

See the Financial Aid Office web site for application requirements.

If you are unable to meet the priority filing date, we highly recommend that you complete your application at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter of intended enrollment.

Review the special instructions for late applicants.

Health Insurance

Returning students will be auto-enrolled in Cardinal Care; the cost of health insurance will post to student's account unless Cardinal Care is waived in a timely manner

Domestic Students

International Students

 

Wish to return from a Leave of Absence (LOA)

Form Required: Request to Return and Register in Undergraduate Study (PDF)

Steps to Take:

Make appointment with an Academic Advisor or Academic Advising Director

Clear any and all obligations to the University: financial, departmental, housing, community service, holds, etc.

Considerations/Resources: Apply for Housing

Housing Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines

Explore health insurance options – Vaden Health Center

Transfer Credit

Office of Accessible Education (OAE)

Bechtel International Center

 

Wish to return earlier than listed on LOA form

Form Required: Request to Return and Register in Undergraduate Study (PDF)

Steps to Take:

Make appointment with an Academic Advisor or Academic Advising Director

Clear any and all obligations to the University: financial, departmental, housing, community service, holds, etc.

Considerations/Resources: Apply for Housing

Housing Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines

Explore health insurance options – Vaden Health Center

Transfer Credit

Office of Accessible Education (OAE)

Bechtel International Center

 

Wish to extend return date of current Leave of Absence to a later quarter

Form Required: Leave of Absence

Steps to Take:

Make appointment with an Academic Advisor or Academic Advising Director

Clear any and all obligations to the University: financial, departmental, housing, community service, holds, etc.

Considerations/Resources:

Leaves will not be granted for more than one year at a time.

A leave from your program may not exceed a cumulative total of two years.

 

Returning from a completed academic suspension

Form Required: Request to Return and Register in Undergraduate Study (PDF)

Steps to Take:

Make appointment with an Academic Advisor or Academic Advising Director

Clear any and all obligations to the University: financial, departmental, housing, community service, holds, etc.

Considerations/Resources: Apply for Housing

Housing Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines

Explore health insurance options – Vaden Health Center

Transfer Credit

Office of Accessible Education (OAE)

Bechtel International Center

Major - Check with Major or prospective Major regarding requirements for graduation

General Education requirements status

PWR/Thinking Matters (formerly IHUM) completion

If away more than 5 years, please allow more time to process return (12 weeks)

 

Returning from discontinuation due to not filing LOA or expired LOA

Form Required: Request to Return and Register in Undergraduate Study (PDF)

Steps to Take:

Make appointment with an Academic Advisor or Academic Advising Director

Clear any and all obligations to the University: financial, departmental, community service, housing, holds, etc.

Considerations/Resources: Apply for Housing

Housing Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines

Explore health insurance options – Vaden Health Center

Transfer Credit

Office of Accessible Education (OAE)

Bechtel International Center

Major - Check with Major or prospective Major regarding requirements for graduation

General Education requirements status

PWR/Thinking Matters (formerly IHUM) completion

If away more than 5 years, please allow more time to process return (12 weeks)

 

For more information about Returning to Stanford, contact Mary Laurita, Director of Academic and Educational Support Programs and Coordinator of returning student process.

Resources

Academic Advising Advisors

​Remember to be in touch with the Academic Advisor who helped with your return.

Residence Deans

Residence Deans, or RDs as they are often called, are professional staff that are here to help students navigate their undergraduate experience at Stanford.​

Academic Skills Coaching

​Professional staff help with time management and study skills.

Tutoring

OAE-Office of Accessible Education

​Services for students with disabilities (accommodations, reduced course loads).

Scwab Learning Center

Services for students withlearning variability (dyslexia, ADHD or other). Work with learning specialist and also extra tutoring time.

Hume Center for Writing and Speaking

Help with writing and oral presentation. Available to help with PWR/Major specific classes

CAPS

Evaluation and brief counseling. Covered by Campus Health Service Fee. Can refer you out to Cardinal Care covered providers.

Additional Calculus for Engineers (ACE)

Additional support for students in engineering classes (regardless of major) who would benefit from an active learning environment led by highly trained grad student. Currently offered for MATH, CME, and CS classes.

Class Email Lists

Undergraduate class email lists are used primarily by the class presidents to communicate with members of the class and to share information about class events and programs. They may also be used by university offices and programs to share important announcements and information.

If your Stanford email was deactivated while you were away from Stanford, or if your anticipated graduation year has changed, you may want to rejoin or change your membership on a class email list.

Once you have returned to an "Active" student status and registered a Study List for the current quarter, please send a subscription request to the appropriate class list by clicking one of the links below. Your request will be reviewed and approved by the list owners.

Subscribe to the Class of 2021 email list

Subscribe to the Class of 2022 email list

Subscribe to the Class of 2023 email list