What will the upcoming academic year look like for undergrads?

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we have had to adjust original fall planning which intended to bring frosh and sophomores to campus for fall quarter. Stanford will continue planning with the hope and expectation of bringing undergraduates back to Stanford at the earliest possible time. If public health conditions allow, we plan to invite frosh, sophomores and new transfer students to be in residence on campus for the winter quarter, and juniors and seniors for the spring quarter. We will turn our attention to summer planning soon. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Check out the Re-Approaching Stanford resource site

Find information for undergraduates related to planning for the 2020-21 academic year at Re-Approaching Stanford.


As Stanford's COVID-19 response continues to evolve, VPUE Undergraduate Research is thoughtfully considering the implications of the 4-quarter system, limited campus access, and travel restrictions on undergraduate research for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please continue to check this webpage for our news and updates. Information on University operations and policies in the context of the pandemic can be found on the Health Alerts webpage.


On Travel

As of September 2020, research projects that require travel of any kind are strictly prohibited until further notice. This includes both domestic and international AND all travel that is local in nature (e.g. visiting a nearby library or museum in the town where a student is living, commuting from off campus to an on-campus facility, etc.) We understand that levels of COVID-19 risk and related local guidelines vary by region, but no exceptions will be made. Policies regarding travel will be updated as the University's policies evolve. 

Students and advisor in the AARC. Photo by Rod Searcey.

Academic Advising provides comprehensive academic guidance across all the years of your undergraduate career. From the summer before you begin your Stanford journey through graduation, Academic Advising is here for you.

Orientation staff

Approaching Stanford is the process that will guide you as you transition to the university as a first-year student. While Re-Approaching Stanford is largely intended to offer guidance to continuing students, particularly in light of policy and procedural changes around COVID-19, Approaching Stanford is the primary resource for all incoming students, which includes first-years and new transfers.

Students in the Hume Center hallway. Photo by Micaela Go.

We provide resources to undergraduate and graduate students for every stage of their academic career and for any kind of writing and speaking. We offer online drop-in and writing and speaking tutoring appointments.

Tutoring. Photo by L. A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

We are here to help you optimize your learning potential, by providing services and programs for all undergraduate students. We can show you the tools and strategies you need to learn, adapt and excel. We provide resources in mentoring, academic skills coaching, tutoring, language practice, as well support for undergraduate students who are teaching, or want to teach.