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Information and Resources for Current Students

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These resources are designed to help you navigate your Stanford career from matriculation to graduation. Find explanations of academic policy and requirements, answers to common advising questions, resources for choosing courses, and much more!  We hope these tools can be a launching pad for the conversations you will have with your Academic Advisors throughout your Stanford career.

Advising Student Handbook

Find answers to frequently asked questions about your academics, and read advice on connecting with faculty, choosing a major, getting started in research, and more.

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Choosing Courses

Explore resources to help you choose your classes and fulfill requirements through Stanford's rich and diverse course offerings.

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My Stanford Story

Explore unique first-person accounts of Stanford from students, faculty, and staff.  Here you can learn from the experiences of others as you contemplate your own Stanford Story.

Academic Policy

Learn about undergraduate academic policy and find information and forms for requesting an exception here.

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Advising Resources Toolkit

Discover tools and worksheets to help you reflect on your education, plan for your academic future, navigate challenges, and get the most out of your meeting with an Academic Advisor. You also can find helpful “Words of Wisdom” from faculty, staff, and other students.

Explore Stanford Sessions

The Explore Stanford Sessions are a weekly event series organized by your Undergraduate Advising Directors.  Each week, discover something new about what you can do at Stanford!  Meet Stanford Faculty and Staff!  Learn from your fellow students!

Specific Student Populations

Learn about advising for student-athletes, transfer students, and students returning to Stanford after a long absence.  Plus, find useful guides for international students as well as first-gen/low-income (FLI) students!

Additional Resources

Declaring Majors, Minors, and Notations

Are you ready to declare your major?  Already declared a major but want to add a minor or a notation?  The process can vary depending on your field, but our handy guide to declaration gathers information from many different departments all in one place!

Coterminal and Pre-Professional Advising

Are you looking for information about coterms, pre-med, pre-law, or other post-graduation options?  Visit the Beyond Undergrad section of our website to learn more!

Get Involved with Undergraduate Research

Thinking about getting started in research?  Explore VPUE's Undergraduate Research website, as well as the following Advising Student Handbook pages: