Parents/Families

We understand that choosing a college is one of the most exciting, daunting and important decisions your student will make. For the right student, Stanford can be the most amazing place in the world.

As a parent or guardian, we also understand that you might have questions and concerns of your own. This process can be confusing and we want to be sure that you and your student feel supported through the college exploration journey.

Information for Families

Information for Families

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


Fees and Financial Aid

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.


The First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience

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


Diversity at Stanford

Diversity at Stanford

Eighteen percent of our first year students are the first in their families to attend college. Students at Stanford come from all 50 states and more than 90 countries—so they will not be alone in their transition to a new environment.


Visiting Campus

Visiting Campus

Stanford offers many ways to engage with campus. Some tours and information sessions require advance online reservations.