Sarah S. McShea

Sarah S. McShea

Approaching Stanford Program Manager


I have worked in the field of education since 2005 and have worked at Stanford University since 2009 in various roles managing programs, advising students and administering websites and social media. I have a Bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley in Sociology and a Master’s degree from San Francisco State in Education with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice. I am committed to progressive change, and to supporting students in higher education.

I am the Program Manager for the Approaching Stanford program, and a member of the New and Continuing Student Programs team at Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR). I am responsible for communications to the incoming freshmen class and new transfers including the publication of the Approaching Stanford Handbook, managing the Approaching Stanford website, email newsletters and our social media platform, Stanford InYourClass. I am passionate about supporting students in their transition to Stanford and in making sure students from all backgrounds feel included and at home.

As a part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the mission of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) is to welcome, connect, and support all Stanford undergraduates so they can get the most out of their Stanford educations. UAR is broadly responsible for the transition of new students to Stanford; academic advising; undergraduate research opportunities; and academic policy and progress.