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Information for Families

While students are leading their journey towards applying for college, many parents enjoy being informed about the process.  Stanford offers several resources to help guide students and their families along the way.

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Fees & Financial Aid

A Stanford education is a significant investment.  As a result, we are committed to providing a need-based financial aid program making it financially possible for admitted students to attend Stanford.

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The First-Year Experience

Parents can be assured that their students are cared for during their freshman year and throughout their Stanford career.  All freshmen live and dine on campus and all are assigned two adult advisors upon arrival.

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Diversity at Stanford

Fifteen percent of our freshmen are the first in their families to attend college. Students at Stanford come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries—so they will not be alone in their transition to a new environment.

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Visiting Campus

The on-campus Discover Stanford program requires advance online reservations, and sessions fill quickly.  Admission officers also travel the globe to meet with prospective students and their families.