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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.

Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts. We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: We will do our best to work with you and your department.

Admitted Students


Those admitted to professional school programs (Law School, Graduate School of Business, or School of Medicine MD program) should not follow the instructions here and instead should follow those given to you by the school or program.


Congratulations on your offer of admission to Stanford University! All those offered admission to graduate study must inform us of their decisions to accept or decline.  

To accept or decline the offer of admission on the web, you first need to set up your Stanford University Network Identification name (SUNet ID). Approximately 24 hours after you have set up your SUNet ID, you will be able to log in to Axess to accept or decline the offer.

Learn what you need to know to transition successfully to Stanford. Visit the Graduate Student Gateway.

Creating a SUNet ID

You will need your Stanford student ID number sent to you by your department. On the Stanford University Accounts web site, choose “Create a new SUNet ID” and select the first button (I have a University ID) and follow the instructions.

Accepting or Declining the Offer

Once you complete the SUNet ID application process, it will be approximately 24 hours before your SUNet ID will be available.

  • Log into Axess using your SUNet ID
  • In the top menu bar, hover over "STUDENT" for the "NEW ADMITS, Graduate Admission Response" section to be revealed. 
  • Click "Graduate Admission Response" to open the response page
  • After you have accepted the offer of admission, you will be able to create your email account and access other services approximately 24 hours after you accept the offer of admission. See Accounts and Access for more information on your SUNet ID and access to resources.

Address Updates

In order to receive important information before you arrive on campus, it is essential that you keep your mailing and email addresses up to date in Axess.

Admission Deferral Requests

Admission is offered for a specific academic program and enrollment quarter. Departments have different policies on whether they will defer admission or require a new application for later enrollment. Requests to delay admission should be submitted in writing to the graduate program that offered admission. See the Program List for contact information.