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Admitted Students

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

On the Stanford University Accounts web site, choose “Create a new SUNet ID”. Be sure to then choose "I do have a University ID" and follow the instructions. You will need your Stanford student ID number that was sent to you by your department in the admission offer.

Before you begin, think carefully about your SUNet ID. Once selected, it cannot be changed. If you are accepting admission, it will form part of your Stanford email address and, if you create one, your web home page. For example, Jane Doe may choose the SUNet ID “jdoe.” Her email address would then be and her web address would be Choose your ID carefully; picking a humorous name may distinguish you on campus, but may seem inappropriate later when you are applying for jobs and posting your resumé.

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. You can then log into Axess to accept or decline Stanford’s offer of admission. Note: If accepting, it will take an additional 24 hours before your access to other Stanford online services, including email, will be available.

Log in to 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. 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.

If you create a SUNet ID and you accept the offer on the web, you will be able to establish your Stanford University email account about 2 days later. If you are unable to create a SUNet ID and respond on the web, you will not be able to set up a Stanford University email account until August 30.

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 one of the following ways:

  • If you have created a SUNetID (see instructions above), use the address maintenance function in Axess.
  • If you have not created a SUNetID, send email with your new mailing address and/or email address to Graduate Admissions. Include in the email your name, date of birth, and student ID number.

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.

Requirements of Admission

Students who accept an offer of admission will be notified later by email from Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar, about any additional requirements to be fulfilled. The requirements will also appear in the student’s Axess account To Do list. If transcripts showing the completion of the bachelor’s degree or an equivalent foreign degree are required, these documents should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office before enrollment. Enrollment privileges will be withdrawn if admission requirements are not met in a timely fashion. Stanford requires academic credentials directly from the issuing institution. If you attended one of the few institutions that issues only one official document and only to the student, then please submit a HelpSU ticket to request an appointment with Graduate Admissions for verification of the credential.

If you have questions regarding admission requirements, contact Graduate Admissions:

Galvez Modular
482 Galvez Mall, Suite 120
Stanford, CA 94305-6032
phone: 866-432-7472

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