EE Admit News - July 2016


Important Dates 

July 31Deadline to submit entrance medical requirements
August 1Axess opens for autumn course enrollment
August 15Deadline to opt out of Cardinal Care for international students
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!


Axess Opens for Course Enrollment on August 1

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: signing up for your first quarter of classes at Stanford! Before you get too excited about enrolling immediately, however, you should take steps to plan out your course schedule that will save you time later on.

Step 1: Consult the EE Graduate Handbook. Students who intend to earn the MS degree should read the section entitled Program Planning: M.S. Degree. Students entering the PhD program should be aware that the EE department recently made changes to the PhD course unit requirements; the handbook will be updated later this summer to reflect these changes. If you have questions about requirements, please save them for when you arrive on campus, as we will address these matters in detail during orientation.

Step 2: Browse/search the list of available courses on ExploreCourses (2016–2017 will be available on or shortly prior to August 1). Click on Electrical Engineering (EE) under School of Engineering to view courses in the department, or use the search bar at the top to search for courses containing keywords. You can view classes offered during Autumn quarter by using the “term offered” filters on the right.

Step 3: Consult your academic program advisor.  Advisor assignments will be distributed to MS students during the week of September 19.

If you received an initial academic advisor in your acceptance letter, you may contact this faculty member with course enrollment questions. Otherwise, you may draft a preliminary study list that can be confirmed by your advisor once you receive your assignment. You may enroll in courses before speaking with your advisor.

Step 4: Sign the Patent and Copyright Agreement after August 19, and complete any remaining items on your To Do List in Axess.

After completing these steps, you’re ready to enroll!* Visit the Axess Help Center for detailed instructions on how to enroll in courses. Don’t fret if you can’t enroll immediately—students do not typically have problems with graduate courses filling up. Full-time graduate students should be enrolled in 8–10 units by Monday, September 26.

*International students must arrive on campus and attend the Maintaining Your Legal Status session before they will be able to enroll. Please see the Bechtel International Center's website for more information.


International Students: Obtaining Your Student Visa

Students entering the  U.S. for the first time using the F-1/J-1 visa to study at Stanford University should refer to one of the following documents from the Bechtel International Center:

F-1 Graduate Information Sheet
J-1 Graduate Information Sheet

If more than 30 days have passed since your visa interview and your visa has not been issued, please send an email to with the following information: full name, date of birth, citizenship, passport number, place & date of visa interview, and any information provided by the Consulate.

All other visa-related questions should be directed to

Note: The orientation for new international graduate students is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 12. More information to follow from the Bechtel International Center and on the International Student Orientation website.

Joint Program

Joint Electrical Engineering MS/MBA Program

Are you an incoming MS student with an interest in business administration? The joint Electrical Engineering MS/MBA program is a new program linking two of Stanford University's world class schools—the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford School of Engineering. The program equips students to take new technologies from basic research to commercial products and drive future innovations. The joint degree requires three years of study instead of the usual four years needed to complete each program individually.

New EE-MS students may apply for the MBA during their first year at Stanford, and if admitted, would start the MBA program in Autumn of 2017. Note: EE-PhD students are not eligible for the joint program.

There are many opportunities to learn about the MBA Program. If you are local, information sessions are available on campus year-round.

Learn More

EE website summary


Found in the right-hand column of every EE webpage, the "Pathways For: Current Graduates" connects you to a wealth of Graduate Student information. The Current Graduate Students page provides information and links to:
  • Degree Status & Academic Policies
  • Course Assistantships
  • Advising
  • Graduate Life
  • and Career Resources.

Professor Kailath and President Obama

Another Fun Contest!

Submit your answers to: (include "July 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. Identify 3 people that are profiled in the EE Spotlight.
2. True or False: Cardinal Care includes dental benefits for 2016-2017.
3. What does the acronym GSEE stand for? 
4. Who is the Chair of the EE Department?

Congratulations to our June Contest Winners!!

  • Connor Bailey, incoming EE-PhD
  • Charlie Meyer, incoming EE-PhD
  • Liyue Shen, incoming EE-PhD 

Incoming Student Checklist

 Submit entrance medical requirements by Sunday, July 31.

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

 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.

 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 (

 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 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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