This page focuses on things every grad student may need to know to navigate through graduate education successfully.
Skill in written and oral communication is critical to success in any graduate program, as well as any professional endeavor. At the page linked above, you will find resources including:
Numerous resources exist to help graduate students understand the policies and rules that govern specific situations. Here are some of the most important:
In addition, there is someone in the Dean's office of each Stanford school who can help answer questions about the interpretation of Stanford policies within that school.
Every Stanford graduate student is expected to be paired with a faculty advisor. Advisors assist students in planning a program of study to meet degree requirements. Faculty advisors, particularly for doctoral students, play an important role in students' intellectual development. Good communication is crucial for productive working relationships.
Stanford's Guidelines for Good Practices in the Graduate Student-Faculty Advisor Relationship describes practices that the great majority of faculty and students, here and elsewhere, routinely follow as a matter of common sense, courtesy, and basic honesty.
The VPGE office offers a special workshop on Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts with your Advisor. See the web page describing this workshop for more information.
As a grad student, managing your money can be challenging. Stanford provides some resources to help: