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For Directors of Graduate Admissions

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New School of Engineering students meet at the President's Reception during New Graduate Student Orientation.

VPGE 2013

A message to the Directors of Graduate Admissions (January 2018):

Dear Faculty Directors of Graduate Admissions,
Thank you for supporting our graduate students and for leading graduate admissions in your department or program. This email contains three lists that are valuable for recruiting prospective students.
First, at a conceptual level, many departments find it compelling to cite Stanford’s distinctive university resources and opportunities:

Faculty and Graduate Student Peers

  • Academic excellence in research and teaching
  • Shared mindset of intellectual exploration and innovation
  • Substantial investments in graduate students within and beyond departments

“One University”  

  • Graduate education is in all seven schools, in close proximity and open to all
  • One university community of diverse scholars that enhances the vitality of education and sense of belonging at Stanford  
  • University subsidized housing for 6,000+ (over 64%) graduate students (plus their non-student dependents), including family-friendly housing

Central resources to supplement PhD programs

  • Abundance of outstanding resources for graduate students’ professional growth and career development, which supplement departmental resources
  • Prestigious University-wide doctoral fellowships (e.g., SGF, EDGE, CCSRE, SIGF, DARE)
  • New investments in innovative teaching, learning and technology, which concurrently inspire our students to develop teaching skills

Welcoming and Inclusive Community

  • Faculty and staff who genuinely support and mentor graduate students
  • Shared commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion (e.g., funds for community-building, travel funds, GRAD Diversity Day, innovation funds, vibrant community, cultural, and ethnic centers as well as university-wide Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds)
Second, several recruitment documents are commonly sent to recruit students. Your student services administrator can request multiple copies:
  1. Why Stanford flyer: highlights our distinctive resources for advancing diversity, interdisciplinary learning and academic innovation at Stanford, as well as resources for professional development. (download PDF)
  2. VPGE Brochure: informs prospective students about resources and opportunities that enhance their graduate studies. (download PDF
  3. Grad Gateway postcard: connects students to the Gateway for New Graduate Students, which provides information for their transition to Stanford, collected on one webpage. (download PDF) Prospective students will also find an abundance of information on the VPGE website
Third, we encourage you to share the links to specific resources below with prospective and current students as well as faculty in your department. 

Thank you again for your dedicated contributions to graduate education so that our students have the best possible educational experiences.
Best wishes for a successful admissions cycle,
Patricia J. Gumport
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs

cc:  Directors of Graduate Admissions
       Student Services Administrators
       Assistant/Associate Deans for Graduate Study


1.  Doctoral Admissions Resources & Fellowships for New Admits

2.  Graduate Student Funding Opportunities for Current Students

3. Professional Development Programs for Graduate Students

The VPGE office partners with schools, departments, and many other units on campus to offer workshops and experiences for students to build their academic and professional skills.