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Application Timeline & Deadlines

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Proposed start quarter: Autumn 2023

Mid-September, 2022 Application now open for all prospective students.
Early Fall All TOEFL tests should be taken in early fall to ensure a timely submission.
October 12, 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) Application Deadline
Early Fall Application fee waiver deadline is two weeks before department deadlines.
Fee waiver awards run out quickly so we encourage you to apply as soon as the application opens.
December 6, 2022 Application deadline for all PhDs.
Application deadline for all Master and Engineer degrees with and without aid consideration.
All supporting materials must be received.
February-April Admission decisions are released. If necessary, the process can stretch longer.
March 9, 2023 Visit Day - for accepted students only.
April 15, 2023 Deadline for students admitted with aid to respond to offers of admission via Axess.
April 30, 2023 Deadline for students admitted without aid to respond to offers of admission via Axess.
August 31, 2023 Deferral request deadline to change starting quarter from Autumn 2023 to Autumn 2024
September 21, 2023 New Graduate Student Orientation. More information on this event will be distributed to newly admitted students over the summer.
September 25, 2023 First day of classes.


Decisions are based on a comprehensive evaluation of each applicant’s file. PhD admission decisions are typically available by early March and MS admission decisions are typically available by early April. All applicants will be notified via email of admissions decisions.

Deferral Requests

Admitted students are expected to enroll in the program in September of the year they are admitted. Deferral requests from admitted students will be reviewed by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis. The maximum length of an admissions deferral granted by Stanford is one year. Typically, deferral requests are only approved for military, medical, visa, or education-related purposes.

Decision Feedback

Feedback is not available to applicants denied admission. We recognize that you devote a great deal of time and effort to your application, and may wish to discuss it with a member of our admissions committee or a faculty member. Regrettably, we are unable to provide individual feedback to any applicant.