Expanded Advising Programs (EAP)

Recognizing that good advice comes from a variety of sources, particularly peers, Expanded Advising Programs (EAP) provides several advising opportunities for first-year students. EAP is designed to smooth the transition to academic and social life at Stanford by providing ongoing introductions to campus academic resources and support networks, and by giving students the tools to make successful academic, social, and cultural connections.

EAP Overview

EAP consists of two programs: Partners for Academic Excellence for Academic Excellence (PAE); and LGBT Community Academic Support & Advising (LGBT-CASA). Co-sponsored by campus Community Centers and university offices, PAE and LGBT-CASA offer the following experiences:

  • Access to a Graduate Student Mentor to provide direction in a variety of areas including monitoring, advising, and support on your academic and professional progress;
  • Access to an Undergraduate Student Mentor to provide information regarding campus resources and undergraduate life;
  • Community themed workshops and seminars, dinners, meetings and discussions designed to avail students of academic opportunities on campus and nationally including scholarships, internships, research, and overseas studies;
  • Dinners with distinguished Stanford faculty members;
  • Networking opportunities with local Stanford alumni.

Over the course of the Autumn and Winter quarters, PAE and LGBT-CASA provide mentor groups led (weekly or bi-weekly) by undergraduate and graduate students to create an optimal learning environment by facilitating a community support network among diverse groups of students. On average, participants commit 1-to-2 hours per week to activities.

EAP Mission

The Mission of Expanded Advising Programs (EAP) of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research is to augment the traditional first-year advising program through community-focused advising groups and increased access to Stanford community resources to promote the development of skills related to intellectual inquiry, reflection, and discourse.

With this Mission in mind, the goals of the Expanded Advising Programs are:

  • To help students fully examine the nature of study, the purpose of the university, and their role therein.
  • To provide students with mentor-led study groups which support and supplement in-class assignments and facilitate academic excellence.
  • To offer students quarterly co-curricular programming (workshops, tours, dinners) which facilitate intellectual stimulation outside the classroom.
  • To introduce students to faculty and alumni, as well as to graduate and undergraduate EAP mentors, and to provide social engagements for the exchange of information and ideas with those individuals.

How to Apply

Interested students will be able to enroll in UAR 56: Building a Successful Academic Career in Autumn and Winter.

EAP Program Co-Sponsors

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)
Sweet Hall, 1st Floor
(650) 723-0051
Contact: Brian Thomas, Associate Dean

Black Community Services Center
418 Santa Teresa Street
(650) 723-1587
Contact: Jan Barker-Alexander, Director

Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC)
Arrillaga Family Sports Center—lower level
(650) 723-1176
Contact: Allison Vendt, Director of Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes

El Centro Chicano
Building 590-F, Old Union
(650) 725-9735
Contact: Frances Morales, Director

Native American Cultural Center
Clubhouse #12, 524 Lasuen Mall
(650) 725-6944
(650) 725-6900
Contact: Karen Biestman, Director

LGBT Community Resources Center
Fire Truck House, 433 Santa Teresa St. (2nd Fl.)
(650) 723-5851
(650) 724-3240
Contact: Ben Davidson, Director


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