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There are plenty of resources to help Stanford Engineering students make the most of their time at the university. See below for links on both the many opportunities to expand your college experience and on how to map out a successful academic path to graduation.

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Your Department

Your departmental program student services staff and advisor can provide invaluable advice and encouragement. Contact School of Engineering departmental student services staff to find out more about declaring a major or minor, choosing an advisor, finding research opportunities, or applying to graduate programs. 

Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs

The Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB) website is the definitive resource for undergraduate engineers. Start on the Home page to find links to useful information including:

  • Details on all SoE major, minor, and honors programs
  • Academic petition forms for Program Deviation or Transfer Credits
  • Major and Minor Program Sheets used to keep track of academic progress
  • 4-year plan forms
  • Policies and procedures that affect engineering students
  • Courses approved for use in math, science, and other academic requirements
  • How and where to go abroad for a quarter or the summer (Chapter 8)
  • Pointers on career planning and summer options (Chapter 9)
  • Advice on how to prepare for graduation

Engineering Office of Student Affairs

The Engineering Office of Student Affairs is located in the Huang Engineering Center Room 135. Come to us to:

  • Get help with school-level policies or procedures
  • Submit an academic petition for a requirement exception or to apply transfer credits to your UG major
  • Get answers about preparing for undergraduate graduation
  • Pick up a printed copy of the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Cardinal Compass

Browse through questions commonly asked by freshmen and learn their answers, explore frosh-friendly courses from across campus and use that information in building a potential schedule, and get to know the members of your advising team who will be there to answer your questions throughout the year

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program helps undergraduate engineering students get involved in advanced research projects over the summer by providing opportunities and resources for students to work with faculty members and their research groups. Contact your department for specific details

Engineering Diversity Programs

The School of Engineering invests in a broad range of recruitment and retention programs geared towards increasing the breadth and diversity of engineering. Go to the EDP site for information on the Summer Session Grant, Additional Calculus for Engineers programOpportunity Job Fair, Graduate Professional and Peer Advising program, and other programs of interest to future, incoming, and current students.

Global Engineering Programs

The Global Engineering Programs provides international programs specifically tailored to engineering students' education. The purpose of these programs is to enhance engineering education by providing students with an opportunity to learn about technology and engineering globally, to build professional networks, and to gain real world work experience in a culturally diverse and international environment while at the same time building relationships with top-tier universities. Check out for program details!

Career Resources

Get a head start on life after Stanford by making a connection to BEAM: Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work – you are encouraged to register during your frosh year to keep abreast of upcoming workshops, career fairs, and other offerings of interest. BEAM offers invaluable career planning services, but also can connect you with the perfect internship, with alumni in your field of interest, or with a summer job. 

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As a graduate student in the Stanford School of Engineering, your primary resource for guidance and information about academic requirements, deadlines and procedures is your departmental student services manager


Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is located in the Dean's office in the School of Engineering. Student Affairs works with our departments to make sure that graduate financial and academic policies are well-understood and fairly implemented -at the University, School and department level- and to develop administrative support for all aspects of graduate education.  A graduate student's first line of communication is usually at the department level (your advisor and your department student services office), but please come to our office if there are questions or issues that need further explanation.


Graduate Student Policies and Procedures

Degree requirements, milestones, tuition, fees and many more vital pieces of information are contained in your departmental handbooks/websites, and in related University sites.
Most relevant for graduate students are: the Stanford Bulletin, the GAP (Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures), the Research Policy Handbook, and the Registrar's Office.
Stanford's Gateway for New Graduate Students also provides a very useful compendium of services, information, and programs - for continuing students as well as new!


Vice Provost for Graduate Education

The Office of the VPGE works collaboratively across the university to enrich students' academic experiences, advancing diversity, preparing leasers, and positioning Stanford at the forefront of innovation in graduate education. Engineering doctoral and master's students contribute to and benefit from VPGE's programs promoting professional development, interdisciplinary learning, fellowship programs and many forms of educational innovation.


Financial Aid

Many resources are available to help you fund graduate study.  Each graduate department manages fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships for graduate students; in addition, many students hold external fellowships (NSF, NDSEG, or equivalent international awards) or Stanford-wide fellowships.  The VPGE's "Graduate Student Funding" offers a useful guide to these external and University-wide programs.  
The university's Financial Aid Office administers some need-based funding for graduate students, including the Grant-in-Aid program and federal loan programs, in addition to managing all support for Stanford's undergraduates.