FAQs for Graduate Enrollment

What’s new this quarter?

Summer quarter, Stanford Online NDO students will be able to preregister between April 26 at 9:00 a.m. PT and June 11 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

What is preregistration?

Preregistration, from April 26-June 11, allows SCPD NDO students to request course enrollment in anticipation of the university-wide enrollment period. This additional period will allow each academic department ample time to process your course request and provide an enrollment decision. The NDO registration timeline is not the same as the one in the university academic calendar.

What does this mean to me?

If you’re a current SCPD NDO student, the course enrollment process is the same as it’s always been. To enroll in a course, first check your mystanfordconnection to confirm that your application, academic transcripts, and visa/residency documents (if applicable) have all been submitted. Then, on or after April 26, visit online.stanford.edu to preregister in your courses, and complete the payment process.

Courses will fill up quickly! We encourage you to act as soon as you can.

If you’re a new SCPD NDO student, you must submit a completed application, along with copies of your academic transcripts and visa/residency documents (if applicable).

We highly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, even before the full list of summer courses is published. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you submit your application, the sooner you’ll receive a decision.

Submitting an application does not constitute a commitment on your part, and you will not incur tuition fee charges until you preregister in a course and your application is processed and approved.

Visit mystanfordconnection for information on submitting your application and receiving approval.

When will I be notified that my course enrollment is confirmed?

You will receive an email with the outcome of your enrollment decision between April 26th and June 18th 2021.

Do I need to pay full tuition at the time of course preregistration?

Your tuition fee is due when you complete your course registration. If, for any reason, your course enrollment request is not approved, your tuition fee will be returned to you through your original method of payment.

I understand that courses and schedules are subject to change during the preregistration period. What if my course is canceled? 

If your course is canceled by the department before the beginning of the summer quarter, you will be notified via email. You will receive a full refund of the tuition fee unless you opt to transfer to an alternative course.

Can I cancel my course enrollment without any penalty fees?

If you cancel your course enrollment prior to June 21, you will receive a full refund of your course tuition.

If you cancel your course enrollment between June 21 and July 9 before 5:00 PM (PT), a $100 drop fee will be applied

Can I transfer to another course during the preregistration period?

You can transfer to another course on or before June 25 (subject to course availability) without penalty.

If you request to transfer courses after June 21, approval of the course transfer is at the discretion of the academic department.

As an Honors Cooperative Program student, can I preregister for courses?

As an HCP student, you can not preregister for courses, as additional processing and approval are not needed. You will be able to enroll through Axess beginning May 23. Seats available for HCP students will not be occupied by students who complete preregistration before May 23, so there’s no need for you to worry about course availability.

As a matriculated student at Stanford University, can I preregister for courses?

As a matriculated student, you can not preregister for courses, as additional processing and approval are not needed. You will be able to enroll through Axess beginning May 23. Seats available for matriculated students will not be occupied by students who complete preregistrations before May 23, so there’s no need for you to worry about course availability.

What grading policy can I expect this summer quarter?

Recently announced grading policy changes mandate that all courses offered for a letter grade must also offer students the option of taking the course for a “credit” or “no credit” grade. If you are a Stanford Online student considering or pursuing a graduate certificate, we recommend that you take all classes for a letter grade, as many graduate certificates require a letter grade for each course. Contact us at scpd-information@stanford.edu to confirm if a course for your certificate will require a letter grade.  If you have questions about your course’s grading policy, please contact a member of the course’s teaching team.

Will I have to nominate an exam monitor this quarter?

No, during academic year 2020-21, all exams will be administered remotely, so you do not have to nominate an exam monitor. For more information, see Stanford’s Teach Anywhere Site

My course has filled up and I am unable to enroll. What can I do now?

Some of our programs have set capacity limits so that we can optimize your learning experience. If a course reaches its maximum capacity, you can add your name to a first-come-first-served waitlist. If course spaces become available and your name reaches the top of the list, we will contact you with the opportunity to enroll. Note that joining a waitlist does not mean that you are formally enrolled in the course.

What is the NDO Application process?

  1. APPLICATION - Create a mystanfordconnection account and submit an online application within your account that indicates whether you’ve chosen to pursue individual courses or declare a specific graduate certificate.
  2. TRANSCRIPTS - Submit official transcripts to scpd-gradstudents@stanford.edu from all schools that you have attended
  3. RESIDENCY DOCUMENTS - All students must submit residency documentation: U.S. Citizens, non-U.S. citizens living in U.S. or international students residing outside of U.S.
  4. COURSE ENROLLMENT & PAYMENT - Enroll in a non-waitlisted graduate course during an open enrollment period and complete payment of tuition upon checkout.   

After these Steps are completed, your application will be considered complete and reviewed at that time. You may send us your documents at any time, but you must first enroll in a course in order for your application to be reviewed.

What are the NDO Visa/Citizenship/Residency document requirements?


Domestic Students

U. S. citizen applicants are required to provide proof of citizenship or residency documentation. At the time of application, please email one of the items listed below to scpd-gradstudents@stanford.edu.

  • Picture page from your passport (must be at least 5x6)
  • Photo copy of your driver’s license or any government issued ID card   

Note: we will not be able to create your student record until one of these items are received.  

Non-U.S. Students Residing Within the U.S.

Per Stanford University policy, non-U.S. citizen applicants that are physically residing in the U.S. are required to provide residency/visa documentation. At the time of application, please email the item(s) listed below to scpd-gradstudents@stanford.edu. We will not be able to create your student record until these items are received.

  • Picture page from your passport (required)
  • US Visa stamp page from your passport with date of issue and date of expiration
  • Permanent Resident Card (Copy of Front and Back)
  • Current Visa document, such as "Notice of Action"

Note: All submitted documents need to be valid for the full duration of your study.

International Students  

International students not residing in the US, please email the following document to scpd-gradstudents@stanford.edu:

  • Picture page from your passport (required) 

If you have any visa related questions, please email scpd-gradstudents@stanford.edu or call us at +1 650.204.3984.