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For Directors of Graduate Admissions

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New School of Engineering students meet at the President's Reception during New Graduate Student Orientation.

VPGE 2013

A message to the Directors of Graduate Admissions (February 2016):

Dear Faculty Directors of Graduate Admissions,

Thank you for your dedication to our students and thoughtful leadership of graduate admissions.

Stanford has many distinctive resources that give us a competitive edge in recruiting new graduate students. Making prospective students aware of all that’s available—within and beyond your departments—provides leverage to increase your yield.

Faculty and Graduate Student Peers
  • Academic excellence in research and teaching
  • Shared mindset of intellectual exploration and innovation
  • Substantial investments in graduate students within and beyond departments
One campus  
  • Graduate education in all seven schools, in close proximity and open to all
  • One university community of diverse scholars that enhances education and sense of belonging
  • On-campus housing for 5,000+ (over 60%) graduate students (and their non-student dependents), including family-friendly housing
Central resources to supplement PhD programs
  • Abundance of outstanding resources for graduate students’ professional & career development
  • University-wide doctoral fellowships (e.g. SGF, EDGE, CCSRE, SIGF)
  • New investments in innovative teaching, learning & technology
Welcoming and Inclusive Community
  • Faculty and staff who support and mentor graduate students
  • Shared commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion (e.g., travel funds, GRAD Diversity Day, innovation funds, community & ethnic centers)
RECRUITMENT MATERIALS To complement your department or program’s recruitment materials, we will send a separate notice to your student services administrator who can request multiple copies of these documents:

1.  Graduate Student Opportunities @Stanford Outlines support for diversity, interdisciplinary learning and innovation at Stanford, as well as resources for professional development. (download PDF)

2.  VPGE Brochure Informs new and current students about our resources and opportunities. (download PDF)

In addition to sharing these documents with prospective students, we encourage you to point students to the Gateway for New Graduate Students to connect them with resources to begin their graduate career at Stanford. Please also direct them to the VPGE website and alert them to the Stanford Graduate Summer Institute. We welcome them to participate in SGSI before Autumn quarter begins.

Our resources to augment your department’s admissions are highlighted below. Please forward this information to your admissions committee and other faculty, as you are inclined.

We thank you again for your commitment to graduate education at Stanford, and wish you a successful admissions season.


Patricia J. Gumport
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Professor of Education


  • Directors of Graduate Admissions
  • Student Services Administrators
  • Assistant/Associate Deans for Graduate Study


1.  Doctoral Admissions Resources & Fellowships for New Admits

2.  Current Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

3. Professional Development Programs for Graduate Students

The VPGE office partners with schools, departments and many other units on campus to offer workshops and experiences for students to build their academic and professional skills.