Considerations for Transfers

Class registration will open on August 1 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors; however, like the freshmen, new transfer students will have a hold on your registration. You can wait until you arrive on campus to enroll, as New Student Orientation will include presentations by faculty and staff to assist you with your planning. Alternatively, you can contact the Transfer Advising Coordinator, Sally Mentzer, between now and September 4 to review your class choices and have your hold released early.

If you receive financial aid and expect to have some financial aid funds to help with out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. books), you will need to enroll in Axess by September 7 in order to have those funds available by the first day of class. If you wait until you arrive on campus to enroll, your financial aid check will typically be issued within a week of registering online. Contact the Financial Aid Office with questions.

Carefully read the material you receive during the summer as well as information online and consider the following:

  • Contact Sally Mentzer over the summer with questions and to arrange a telephone or in-person appointment, (650) 723-4379,
  • Begin to investigate potential majors. Refer to to learn about choosing courses, research opportunities, University requirements, and engaging with faculty.
  • Even if a course from your previous institution will count towards the total number of units required for graduation or for a specific General Education requirement, it does not guarantee it will fulfill specific requirements for your major. Consult with the Student Services Administrator in the relevant department(s) to determine which courses they will and will not accept toward major requirements.
  • Pay particular attention to your General Education requirements before you arrive. These course requirements can affect the length of time you will spend at Stanford, and it is your responsibility to know the requirements. For transfers, the General Education requirements include: Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (WAYS), Writing and Rhetoric, and Language. Transfers are exempt from the Thinking Matters requirement and cannot enroll in these classes. With your admission offer, you received a credit evaluation outlining the requirements you have met through previous course work. Review this report during the summer, and note if any of your transfer course work is not reflected in the report.
  • Save or collect your syllabi from courses taken at your previous school. They will be useful should you choose to petition courses for WAYS transfer credit and in case the Office of the University Registrar needs additional information. Bring materials from prerequisite courses in your potential major to assist department faculty in evaluating your correct course placement at Stanford. Remember it is up to the department to determine whether any of the courses taken at your previous school will satisfy the departmental requirements for your major.