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Five things parents should know about alcohol at Stanford

September 24th, 2014
Ralph Castro

Ralph Castro

Ralph Castro, associate dean of student affairs and director of the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education, shares information he hopes all parents know about alcohol prevention efforts at Stanford.

Each summer, you write to freshman parents to ask them to talk to their children about drinking alcohol. Why?

Studies here and elsewhere show that students who talk with their parents about drinking have fewer alcohol-related issues. In other words, parents have more influence than they might suspect. We want to create a partnership with parents to prevent high-risk drinking among Stanford students. We hope, too, that candid conversations continue throughout students’ college careers.

What programs does Stanford offer to help prevent high-risk drinking among students?

We have many programs, beginning with the online educational program all freshmen must take before arriving on campus. Once here, they’ll find Cardinal Nights, which are alcohol-free programs designed so that no student feels isolated by a decision not to drink. Most events are packed beyond capacity, and nearly one third of attendees say they were likely to have been drinking had they not attended. In addition, our staff visits all residences with first-year students in the first several weeks of classes to provide alcohol education. Our objective is to change campus culture so that high-risk drinking is not considered a rite of passage any more.

How does drinking at Stanford compare with other colleges nationwide?

Stanford is very similar in terms of national norms for quantity and frequency of drinking. Surveys show that most Stanford students drink moderately or not at all. But some percentage engages in high-risk or “binge” drinking, often with hard alcohol. So, we’re dealing with the same issues as other colleges and universities. We consistently talk to our peers to share information and ideas.

What are the consequences of student drinking at Stanford?

Excessive drinking can—and does—result in arrest. Stanford students are not immune from prosecution and are commonly cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol or being intoxicated in public—which involves being arrested and transported to jail. Almost all of Stanford’s emergency hospital transports result from high-risk drinking shots of hard liquor. Another thing that worries us a lot is the relationship between drinking behaviors that harm others such as assaults and violence.

What advice do you give to parents to help them talk to their children about alcohol use?

Just having a conversation appears to be enough to affect alcohol use. Be open, frank and honest with your son or daughter. Provide clear and consistent expectations for them. Things have changed since we were in college. High-risk drinking activities such as rapid hard-liquor consumption are different now and are very dangerous.

Visit the website of the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education.

Row Houses get significant summer upgrades

September 10th, 2014
Sigma Nu is among the Row Houses receiving significant summer upgrades.

Sigma Nu is among the Row Houses receiving significant summer upgrades.

Returning students this year will see upgrades in residential facilities throughout campus, but especially in four Row Houses, as a result of summer renovations by Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE).

Mars, Sigma Nu, Roth and Durand – all upperclass residences located on Mayfield Avenue – underwent significant structural, electrical and plumbing upgrades over the summer. The buildings were given new enclosed stairwells; student room, bathroom and laundry updates; flooring repairs; exterior stucco work; roof and window repairs and replacement; and new decks, walkways and landscaping.

Also updated was Mirrielees House, which received new appliances, sofas, paint and carpet. Mirrielees is an upperclass apartment residence located on Escondido Road.

The Florence Moore complex on Mayfield Avenue, which underwent major renovations last summer, and Wilbur Hall on Escondido Road, which had its eight houses renovated over a four-year period, both received courtyard upgrades during the summer.

In the Manzanita Park neighborhood on the east side of campus, construction has begun on the first new undergraduate residence to be built in 20 years. The new Manzanita Park residence will complete the original plan for four communities on that site, joining Kimball, Castaño and Lantana.

The new residence will be home to 125 upperclass students beginning in the fall of 2015. The facility will feature singles and two-room doubles, community gathering spaces – including a large lounge with kitchenette – study spaces, seminar rooms and a computer cluster.

On the west side of campus, planning continues for two new houses in Lagunita Court, which is located on Santa Teresa Street. These residences will complement the historic nature of the current complex and will house an additional 216 students and two resident fellows.

In addition, R&DE recently opened a new graduate housing complex, the Kennedy Graduate Residences in Escondido Village. The Kennedy Graduate Residences house 435 students in four buildings of studio and two-bedroom apartments over the same ground space that previously accommodated 63 students. The new Donald Kennedy Commons building and a new outdoor plaza will be completed this fall.

While these major projects are R&DE’s most visible, the department also completed hundreds of other projects throughout campus, ranging from repainting rooms and updating furniture to replacing roofs and mechanical equipment.

“It takes the involvement and commitment of many, many people to accomplish so much in such a short period of time, and we are so glad to have such a great team of people involved across Residential & Dining Enterprises and the Stanford University Department of Project Management,” said Shirley Everett, senior associate vice provost for R&DE.

“Stanford is a very busy place in the summer, as we make the most of a short period of time to implement significant renovations in our student residences,” Everett said.

How would Stanford communicate in a crisis?

September 10th, 2014
Lisa Lapin

Lisa Lapin

Stanford continuously works to improve its emergency response systems in preparation for crises administrators hope never occur. Lisa Lapin, associate vice president for university communications, answers questions about how the campus intends to communicate with students and their families should an emergency occur on the Stanford campus.

How would students be alerted to emergency situations on campus?

Stanford has a notification system called AlertSU, which can send out alerts via mass emails, phone calls, text messages and, if necessary, campuswide sirens. Police generally initiate the alerts. For more complex incidents or situations impacting the greater campus, Stanford University Communications will assume responsibility for communicating with our immediate community.

We plan to use the web as a primary mode of frequent communication, in addition to social media, especially Twitter and Facebook. We run ourselves through timed drills so that we can practice posting messages through all of the channels available to us as quickly as possible.

How quickly can Stanford alert the university to an emergency?

Every situation will have a different timeline, but the university’s intent is to use AlertSU to communicate with faculty, staff and students as quickly as possible. By federal law– specifically the Clery Act – all colleges and universities must alert their campuses to imminent threats so people can take preventative measures. How fast an alert is issued would depend upon how quickly a problem is reported to campus police or other local agencies, the nature of the situation and how quickly the report can be reasonably substantiated. We know that information is quickly shared via social media by bystanders when a crisis occurs. Stanford will want to be sure we share both the most timely and most accurate information possible.

How would families learn more directly from Stanford about what is happening on campus?

Communicating with families during an emergency would be a high priority for Stanford. We would use emails and web updates and be proactive in sharing what we know as soon as we know it. Parents do not receive AlertSU messages, but we have two methods of communicating via email with parents: one is the distribution system we use for the Stanford Parents’ Newsletter. The other is using emergency contact emails collected by the Registrar’s Office. That said, we know that students and parents will be communicating directly and frequently, as well. We encourage parents and students to have their own communications plan using texting or social media for checking in after an event so parents can have the peace of mind of knowing their student is safe.

If there were a large-scale critical incident on campus, everyone, including parents, would be directed to the website, which is where we would post periodic updates. That’s where we would focus our initial communication efforts, and that’s where parents would learn the most up-to-date information. The information will also be shared through Twitter and Facebook postings.

What challenges do these kinds of emergencies pose, and how are you preparing for them?

First, it is very challenging to get accurate information quickly, given the heavy activity that emergencies entail. Our police will be focused on response and safety warnings first, detailed information second. Social media reports may be faster, but the information bystanders provide is not always accurate. It is possible that mobile and digital communication may be sporadic, or even fail, due to the sheer volume of information being transferred. The websites of some colleges and universities have actually crashed during emergencies because of the volume of traffic. In a major earthquake we could lose electricity, so we are taking steps to deploy backup web systems. Those are all challenges we continue to discuss.

We also know that parents may want to reach someone live to get information rather than glean it from a website. As a college parent myself– my children are at New York University and Stanford–I can relate. But campuses that have experienced crises tell us that is a difficult expectation to accommodate in a large, fast-moving situation. Most likely, we would communicate personally first with parents of students who might be directly affected by an emergency. Then we would be better able to reassure other families that their students haven’t been affected.

What happens if you lose the ability to communicate?

We hope that never happens, but it is a possibility and we are working to be prepared. For example, we have relationships with off-site services to help us handle massive online interest. Stanford attracts global attention as a matter of our day-to-day business, and we already have among the highest volumes of website traffic of any university in the world. Should there be a crisis here, we expect that not just our campus community, but interested people around the world, will be coming to our website for information and updates, so we are preparing for that high volume.

Throughout Stanford, we take emergency preparation very seriously, working to think through every possible scenario, including the unthinkable, and adopting best practices from other institutions that have faced such challenges. Sadly, there has been much to learn from our colleagues at other colleges and universities.


Five things parents should know about health care at Stanford

September 8th, 2014

Ira2Dr. Ira Friedman, director of Vaden Health Center, shares information he hopes all parents know about health care services at Stanford.

What happens when a Stanford student living in the residences gets ill? Who knows and what services does the university provide?

The residential staff – including peer health educators and residence assistants – keep tabs on who is ill. Clusters of illness are rapidly reported to me for possible environmental intervention. Information about self-care and hygiene and prevention is distributed. Students who are bedridden can have their meal trays delivered by dining services by contacting their Residence Dean.

How does Stanford deal with infectious illnesses such as the flu?

Early warning and prevention education are the keys across the board. We keep very careful tabs on whether illnesses are appearing in clusters. In terms of the flu, we have a very active free flu shot program for faculty, staff and students in October. We hope parents will help us encourage their children to get vaccinated before they leave campus for Thanksgiving.

Does the university consider the impact of worldwide issues such as pandemics on the Stanford campus?

Absolutely. The university attracts a global student body, and our faculty, staff and students frequently travel for work, study and play. This past summer, for instance, we convened our Infection Control Working Group to monitor the outbreak of Ebola and establish protocols for members of the Stanford community, including individuals who have traveled recently to West African countries.

What are the advantages of Stanford’s Cardinal Care?

Stanford’s Cardinal Care is a top-rung “platinum” plan, meaning it is very comprehensive in its coverage of medical expenses. In addition, the Cardinal Care provider network is strong locally (including the Stanford University Medical Center) and throughout the United States. It is particularly good at covering our students who are studying, doing research and traveling overseas.

What can parents do to help their children stay healthy at Stanford?

Parents can advise their children to get vaccinated for the flu, to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest and exercise. Our experience is that students fail to sleep as much as needed or eat the healthy meals they enjoyed at home, making them more susceptible to illness. We ask parents to encourage students to stay in bed when they are ill and rest. Isolating students is one of our biggest challenges because they are so motivated. If students opt to attend classes although they are sick, it may prolong their illness and infect others.

For more information about health care at Stanford, visit the website of the Vaden Health Center.

Understanding health care choices in light of the Affordable Care Act

June 16th, 2014

Dr. Ira Friedman answers questions for parents about Stanford health-care options, especially in light of the Affordable Care Act.

What new choices has the Affordable Care Act presented students and their parents since its implementation?

The big change occurred in 2012 when the ACA mandated dependent coverage under parents’ employer plans until age 26. Now, 69 percent of our undergraduates are covered by their parents’ plans, and it seems to be serving them well. However, with employer plans becoming more expensive, parents may shift to high-deductible plans, plans with limited out-of-area coverage and plans with restrictive provider networks. Students covered by these plans while away at school could experience greater barriers to getting necessary primary medical, specialist and mental health care.

How does Stanford’s Cardinal Care compare to alternative choices now made possible by ACA and to employer insurance carried by many parents?

Stanford’s Cardinal Care is a top-rung “platinum” plan, meaning it is very comprehensive in its coverage of medical expenses. In addition, the Cardinal Care provider network is strong locally (including Stanford University Medical Center) and throughout the U.S. It is particularly good at covering our students who are studying, doing research and traveling overseas.

What percentage of Stanford undergraduates choose Cardinal Care?

Around 27 percent of undergraduates are enrolled in Cardinal Care.

Why is it so important for college-age students to have insurance?

We don’t want our students to interrupt their studies or graduate with large medical bills, and we want our students to have full access to treatment and preventive services while they pursue their studies.

Given ACA and other options available to families, why does Stanford charge a campus health fee covering services at Vaden Health Center?

The health fee allows us to maintain a high-quality medical and mental health and counseling center on our campus. Funded only by the students studying on the main campus, it is customized to meet the needs of students and oriented toward easy access to care. To illustrate how it works, recently a female student developed a medical problem late at night, went online, selected an early morning appointment at Vaden Health Center and was treated and on her way to class by 9 a.m.

How can parents and their students learn more about health care choices while at Stanford?

We are just about to publish a new resource. Later this month parents can expect to see our new publication, “Student Health Matters” in their postal mail, email in-box or on the website. Let us know if it makes the choices more clear.

What advice do you have for parents?

When choosing a health plan, beware of high-deductible coverage, HMO-style plans and other plans that restrict provider access in the Stanford area. I wouldn’t want students to delay necessary tests, specialist consultations or mental health care due to high out-of-pocket costs or because local providers are excluded.

Provost creates committee to advise on sexual assault issues

June 13th, 2014
Provost John Etchemendy

Provost John Etchemendy

A new faculty-student committee will be convened by Provost John Etchemendy to suggest ways of improving educational efforts around sexual assault and to provide advice on Stanford’s disciplinary process for reported cases of sexual assault.

The committee will be co-chaired by M. Elizabeth Magill, the Richard E. Lang Professor and Dean of Stanford Law School, and Elizabeth Woodson, president of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU).

Etchemendy said the committee, which will begin work this summer, will be asked to review and make suggestions on a number of related issues. The first is expanding educational efforts for students around sexual assault and harassment.

Incoming students this fall will receive new online training before arriving on campus, and as in the past, they will receive additional live training during New Student Orientation, Etchemendy said. There also are preliminary plans to work with the ASSU on a new educational campaign regarding “affirmative consent.” The new committee will be asked to suggest further ways of building student awareness of sexual assault and its prevention, as well as address related campus climate issues.

In addition, the committee will be asked to consider the university’s disciplinary process for reported cases of sexual assault – including but not limited to the question of whether expulsion should be the “presumptive” outcome of the disciplinary process when a student is found responsible.

Etchemendy informed the senate about the committee in response to a question from Faculty Senate Chair David Palumbo-Liu about the university’s processes. Students have raised concerns about the outcome of a case that has been through Stanford’s confidential disciplinary process.

Etchemendy noted that the student disciplinary process at Stanford was established by agreement between students and the faculty. Stanford’s current disciplinary process for reported cases of sexual misconduct, called the Alternate Review Process, was approved by the ASSU and the Faculty Senate last year after a successful three-year pilot.

In that process, individual cases are reviewed by five-member panels consisting of at least three students and up to two faculty or staff members. The panels make a finding of responsibility in the case and also recommend appropriate disciplinary actions. Both decisions may be appealed to the vice provost for student affairs. The process is focused on whether student conduct has violated Stanford policy, and the process occurs whether or not a criminal case moves forward.

Etchemendy said it is inevitable that in difficult and highly charged cases, one party or the other, and often both, will be unhappy with aspects of the process or outcome. Nevertheless, he welcomed recommendations for procedural improvements from the new committee, and he appealed to all members of the campus community to view themselves as responsible for creating a positive and respectful campus climate.

“We all have to take responsibility for the climate on campus,” he said.

Stanford introduces new financial tools for parents

June 13th, 2014

Stanford, one of the few remaining institutions that admit undergraduates without regard for their ability to pay, is introducing a new installment program for parents and working with a company that offers innovative peer-to-peer loan programs.

Stanford University is introducing two new financial tools to make college payments easier for families.

Beginning this summer, the university will offer families of undergraduates the opportunity to pay for their largest educational expenses – tuition, room and board – over the nine months of the academic year instead of in three quarterly outlays.

Under the installment program, parents of undergraduates will be able to begin spreading their payments out as early as July for the 2014-15 school year. The program will be offered without fee. Parents can learn more about the installment payment plan by visiting the Student Financial Services website.

Karen Cooper

Karen Cooper is director of financial aid at Stanford

In addition, Stanford will work with SoFi, created by Stanford graduates, to encourage the company to provide parent loans. SoFi, which was started by four alumni of Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a peer-to-peer lender that augments loan programs with career coaching, entrepreneurship support and unemployment protection.

Both new programs were reviewed by Stanford’s Board of Trustees on June 11.

Stanford, one of the few remaining universities that admit U.S. students without regard for financial need, already has an aggressive undergraduate financial aid program. Under enhancements instituted in 2007, parents with typical assets and family incomes below $100,000 are expected to pay nothing toward tuition. More than 75 percent of Stanford students graduate without debt.

Still, Stanford is aware that, even with its generous financial aid program, some families struggle, according to Karen Cooper, director of financial aid at Stanford.

“We’ve been talking to parents for some time about what we could do to make it easier for them,” Cooper said. “Even with our generous aid program, parents who haven’t saved for college costs are often looking for financing alternatives. Although our parents have access to the federal parent loan program, with an origination fee over 4 percent and a 7.21 percent interest rate, we saw some parents having to make difficult choices. This alternative from SoFi gives parents another viable option.”

SoFi was launched to offer innovative alternatives to federal or bank-secured loans in light of the national student debt burden. The parent loan program will be limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who meet credit approval criteria. Information on the program is available online.

“While Stanford has among the strongest need-based financial aid programs in the country, the university is also committed to providing a strong and reasonable parent-loan program, if and when it is necessary,” said Richard Shaw, Stanford dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. “We are pleased that SoFi has agreed to assist the parents of enrolling Stanford undergraduates with a very strong and viable option to help them meet their assessed contribution toward their children’s cost, when necessary.”

Stanford prepares to welcome 30,000 for Commencement Weekend

May 2nd, 2014
Stanford grads

Stanford’s 123rd Commencement Weekend is scheduled for June 13-15.

Husband and wife philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates will share the podium as the 2014 Commencement speakers at Stanford.

Stanford’s 123rd Commencement Weekend, scheduled June 13-15, will also feature a Class Day lecture by Associate Professor of Communication Fred Turner and a Baccalaureate address by Zen Buddhist priest and poet Norman Fischer. The Class Day lecture and Baccalaureate ceremony are both on Saturday.

Stanford’s Commencement annually attracts about 30,000 people. So families are encouraged to make travel arrangements well in advance. Download the online e-program, which provides an overview in brief of the entire weekend.

Elaine Enos, executive director of the Office of Special Events and Protocol, answers questions for parents and family members about Stanford’s Commencement Weekend.

What are the most important pieces of advice you have for parents and family members coming to Commencement?

The first is to make hotel reservations as soon as possible if you have not already done so. There are a limited number of hotels in the Palo Alto area near the university. Visit the travel and lodging website for links to information about hotels throughout the Bay Area. It is very important to plan your visit in advance.

The second is to be sure to wear comfortable clothing, but especially comfortable shoes. General transportation on campus is not always available, and Stanford is a very large campus. The many events we hold during Commencement Weekend are not always in close proximity. Much of the center of campus will be closed to vehicular traffic that weekend, so you can’t count on being able to drive between events. There will be some shuttle services available, but families should be prepared to do a fair amount of walking.


Bill and Melinda Gates

What if families have a member who has difficulty walking?

If a member of your family is disabled or has mobility concerns, please be in touch with us as soon as possible. We strongly encourage you to plan in advance by visiting the Disability Resources page on our website. There is a form to request special assistance. We can also offer advice about finding wheelchair-accessible hotels, for instance.

I cannot stress this enough: Families need to plan their campus activities early and before they arrive at Stanford if they have a member with mobility challenges. We are limited in what we can do if asked to respond on the day of the events. It’s very important that families contact us and discuss their needs in advance. We’ve seen the experiences of families greatly diminished because mobility issues were so challenging for them.

Many families may find it easiest to use a wheelchair to transport a disabled family member from one location to another. For most families in general, it is simply a matter of allowing for more time. Whatever the circumstances, families should be in touch with us. I cannot stress this point enough.

What will the weather be like, and what type of apparel to you recommend?

We suggest bringing lightweight clothing for the weekend’s events since the majority of the activities will be held outdoors. Be prepared for warm if not hot weather. Temperatures during the day can range from 75 degrees to the low 90s, and the sun that time of year can be very strong. We also strongly recommend hats, visors and sun block, especially for the Commencement ceremony itself. Water will generally be available at the ceremonies, but we urge families to bring additional drinking water to have with you, especially if you will be walking around campus.

Is there any limit to the number of family members who can attend Commencement?

No. There is plenty of room in the Stanford Stadium for everyone who wants to come. No tickets are required to attend the main ceremony. However, please check with the graduate’s department, as some diploma ceremonies may have limited seating or require tickets.

Stanford's Commencement is held in Stanford Stadium.

Stanford’s Commencement is held in Stanford Stadium.

Why are there two ceremonies—the main one in the stadium and then a second, departmental ceremony somewhere else?

All graduates attend the main ceremony. The sheer number doesn’t allow for the awarding of individual diplomas. That happens at the smaller departmental diploma ceremonies, which occur right after the main ceremony. These ceremonies are located all around the campus, with the core of them in or near the Main Quad. They provide a more intimate experience for students with their families and faculty members.

The departmental diploma ceremonies are outlined in the e-program online. We recommend you download the program for use throughout the weekend. The Commencement program you will receive when you enter the stadium on Sunday also will include a map of diploma sites. There also will be information booths along your route to the diploma ceremonies, and our staff can assist you in finding your way.

How long do the two ceremonies take?

Commencement is generally less than two hours, depending on the length of the graduation speech. The length of the individual department ceremonies varies widely depending on the number of graduates to be honored. There is plenty of time to get from the Commencement ceremony to the individual diploma ceremonies.

Is food available for purchase at Commencement?

Yes, but it will be a limited menu: beverages like coffee, tea, juices and some limited breakfast pastries, hot dogs, burgers, fries and such. At Commencement, you can also purchase flowers and Stanford items from the bookstore.

Is there enough parking so that families can drive to the stadium for Commencement?

Parking is available—but limited—for the Commencement ceremony on Sunday. It’s best to plan in advance by visiting the parking and transportation website. The campus will be very crowded throughout the day. Another critical issue will be traffic congestion, particularly after the main ceremony has concluded. There will be some shuttle service, but the easiest way to get around the many events is by walking. For some families, that may not possible, so we strongly encourage planning in advance to review alternate parking lots near the diploma ceremony they plan to attend. The website contains maps with locations and parking information as well.

Stanford's Walky Walk

Stanford’s Walky Walk

How do you explain the Wacky Walk to families who have never experienced this Stanford tradition?

Instead of the processional march that one generally sees at university graduations, Stanford seniors enter the field through what’s become known as the “Wacky Walk.” It includes some walking, some running and some parading around. Students create their own events and characters on the field for about 15 minutes. The antics, often creative and funny, have become part of the Commencement tradition over the years.

For answers to more questions about Commencement, visit the Commencement website and note the “For Parents” section, call the Commencement information line at 650-725-1957 or email us at

Engineering coterm students gain skills and experience

April 8th, 2014

About 40 percent of the school’s undergraduates become coterms (formally known as coterminal students), leveraging their time at Stanford to add a master’s degree to their credentials.

By Andrew Myers

Today Justin Rosenstein is the co-founder of startup Asana and former engineering technical lead at Facebook. But only a few years ago he was an engineering student in Stanford’s coterm program, which allows students to pursue master’s degrees while still undergraduates.

The School of Engineering is located in the Huang Building.

The School of Engineering is located in the Huang Building.

“I was really grateful for the opportunity to seamlessly transition from undergrad into doing more advanced research,” said Rosenstein, whose company created a popular web-based productivity tool. “In particular, being able to go deep on my primary love – computer science – while continuing to take classes in my other areas of interest, including psychology and poetry, was a really special opportunity.”

Rosenstein isn’t alone. About 40 percent of School of Engineering undergraduates opt to pursue a coterminal master’s degree, according to recent data. Many do so for the reasons he cites – the opportunity to expand study of their majors and of classes outside their majors. For others, the primary reason is professional: An engineering master’s degree is highly valued in the marketplace.

“The coterm program brings a talented and diverse set of undergrads into our master’s program. They strengthen our student population – and faculty love them,” said Brad Osgood, a professor of electrical engineering and associate dean for student affairs in the School of Engineering.

Before he co-founded Instagram – the enormously popular photo-sharing app purchased by Facebook – Mike Krieger was a coterm student at Stanford. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in symbolic systems, an interdisciplinary field that blends cognitive sciences such as linguistics and psychology with technical fields such as artificial intelligence to explore how people and computers communicate through symbols.

In practical terms, Krieger credits the coterm for a direct impact on his success at Instagram. “While the undergrad degree offered broad perspective with a bit of everything, the coterm provided focus and depth. I learned how humans form networks and share information, both of which were valuable in the formulation of Instagram. Plus, I got to publish two papers, which I’m still proud of today.”

See the entire story on the School of Engineering website.

Applicants for Class of 2018 set record at Stanford

April 8th, 2014

Stanford sent notification letters in late March to high school students around the world, inviting them to join the Class of 2018.

The university has offered admission to 2,138 students, including 748 applicants who were accepted last December through the early action program.

Richard H. Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid, said the Class of 2018 was thoughtfully selected from 42,167 candidates, the largest application pool in Stanford’s history. Last year, Stanford received 38,828 applications.

The students admitted to the Class of 2018 come from 50 states and 71 countries.

“I am simply in awe of the exceptional accomplishments of students admitted to Stanford in the Class of 2018,” Shaw said.

“They were selected from a very competitive group of applicants and emerged as quite extraordinary in our review. Of course the beauty of these young people is that they truly represent the broad and deep diversity of the world. We believe they will be spectacular members of the Stanford family.”

Students admitted under the early and regular decision admission programs have until May 1 to accept Stanford’s offer.