EE Admit News - August 2016


Important Dates 

August 1Axess opens for autumn course enrollment
August 15Deadline to opt out of Cardinal Care for international students
August 29Complete your EE Classbook Profile!
September 15Deadline to opt out of Cardinal Care for domestic students
September 22-23EE New Student Orientation
September 26First day of classes

Be sure to check out the Incoming Student Checklist below for important to-do items!


Attention: Submit your profile for the EE Classbook!!

This year, the EE Department is compiling all our incoming students' photos and profiles to create a Classbook (similar to a yearbook). Our hope is to have this 'book' ready to distribute to all our new MS and PhD students during orientation as a way to connect our incoming cohort.

What we need from you:

  1. Upload your Stanford ID photo by August 29 here: We will use your ID photo for the Classbook photo
  2. Be sure to fill out the profile questions here:

The deadline to submit your profile and photo is August 29th! Email if you have any additional questions. 

Registration is FREE for Stanford students!

Advance registration required. Visit to view agenda and register.


Acknowledge or Waive Cardinal Care by Aug. 15 (International)/Sep. 15 (Domestic)

Cardinal Care is Stanford's student health insurance plan. If you will receive adequate health insurance through other means, please read the corresponding instructions below to waive Cardinal Care:

Domestic Students
International Students

Skip the Lines! Upload Your Stanford ID Photo

Year after year, incoming graduate students flood the Student Services Center as they wait in long lines to take their photo for the Stanford ID card. To save time and avoid the hassle, upload your photo online before you arrive on campus.

If you experience issues when uploading your ID photo, please submit a HelpSU ticket.

EE Grad Orientation check-in

Another Fun Contest!

Submit your answers to: Daisy Chavez ( and (include "August Contest" in subject line). The first three submissions with correct answers will receive a prize. The winners will be announced in next month's issue. Previous winners are not eligible for prizes.
1. The IEEE Information Theory Society named what EE faculty as the 2017 Claude E. Shannon Award winner?  
2. What are you most looking forward to at Stanford?
3. What does 'Palo Alto' translate to?
4. What year was the EE Department at Stanford founded?

Congratulations to our July Contest Winners!!

  • Ningrui Li, incoming EE-PhD
  • Steven G. Herbst, incoming EE-PhD
  • Jong Ho Kim, incoming EE-PhD

Incoming Student Checklist

 International students: Request your I-20/DS-2019 as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

 Check your "To-Do" list in Axess throughout the summer for any documents that are missing from your student record. Any questions about To Do List items should be directed to the central Graduate Admissions Office (

Graduating students: After you graduate from your current program, arrange to have your final official transcript (paper or electronic) sent to the central Graduate Admissions Office:

Mailing Address:
Graduate Admissions Office
Office of the University Registrar
482 Galvez Mall, Suite 120 
Stanford, CA 94305-6032


This transcript must include proof of degree conferral in order to satisfy any transcript item that appears on your Axess To Do List. You do NOT need to submit your final transcript to the EE department. If you already sent your transcript to the department, it will be forwarded to the central office so you do not need to re-send it.

 Did you receive external scholarships or fellowships for your graduate studies at Stanford? Please remember that you must send a copy of the award letter outlining the terms of your award to You may be eligible to receive Stanford's health insurance subsidy if you are receiving outside funding.

 Verify/update your contact information in Axess and your StanfordWho directory listing.

 Upload a photo for your Stanford ID card by August 29 at

 If you do not wish to enroll in Cardinal Care, the default student health insurance option for all full-time Stanford students, you will need to waive this option by Monday, August 15 (international students) or Thursday, September 15 (domestic students). Specific eligibility requirements apply for students who wish to waive Cardinal Care. For more information, see

Gateway for New Graduate Students

For more resources to aid in your transition to Stanford, check out the VPGE's Gateway for New Graduate Students, a "one-stop shop" for any questions you may have as an incoming graduate student:

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