How Enrollment Works

Axess is Stanford’s web-based student information system that allows you to take care of many administrative responsibilities associated with your undergraduate education, such as enrolling in classes, viewing your grades, tracking the completion of your University degree requirements, evaluating courses at the end of each quarter, requesting an official transcript, reviewing your financial aid information, checking the balance of your University bill, updating your personal and emergency contact information, and indicating what information in your record is releasable to the public.

Stanford refers to the classes that you are enrolled in as your “Study List.” In general, you are responsible for enrolling in classes and making sure that your Study List is correct in Axess. While upperclassmen can begin enrolling in classes when enrollment opens on August 1 for Autumn Quarter, as a new student, you will not be able to enroll until the advising component of New Student Orientation concludes on Friday, September 19, and you have met with your Pre-Major Advisor and Academic Advising Director. This enrollment date puts you at no disadvantage and will not affect your ability to get into the classes you would like to take. The purpose is to ensure that you have the benefit of guidance from advisors while making your course selections. Transfer students have the option of meeting with the Transfer Advising Coordinator during the summer to have the enrollment hold lifted before NSO begins.

There are two important enrollment deadlines to track every quarter, the Preliminary Study List deadline (5:00 p.m. on the first day of classes) and the Final Study List deadline (5:00 p.m. on Friday of the third week of the quarter). You must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 units by the Preliminary Study List deadline and can then modify your course schedule until the Final Study List deadline. You should always verify course scheduling information and the final exam schedule online in Axess before finalizing your course of study for any quarter. Be sure to print a copy for your records.

Once you are on campus, you will receive important emails regarding enrollment from the Student Services Center on behalf of the Office of the University Registrar. The Office of the University Registrar coordinates many important functions such as overseeing course enrollment, maintaining academic policies, maintaining your official record and transcripts, tracking requirements fulfilled, and assessing transfer credit.