First year Stanford Biosciences students in class

Incoming & New Students

Welcome to Stanford and the Biosciences community!

The entire Biosciences community is excited to have you at Stanford. Your training as a graduate student and person is our top priority, and this site features several resources to aid your transition to graduate school. The information below will provide you with key links and dates each academic quarter. You are encouraged to also consult the events calendar for current information on academic programs, seminars, thesis defenses, and social gatherings.

We are here to support you throughout your time at Stanford—if you have any questions throughout at any time here, please contact us.

Getting Started

Checklists, orientation information, and essential links for first-year students. Learn more

Living at Stanford

Transportation, fellowships and taxes, housing options, campus life, student organizations, and other information you should know about living at Stanford. Learn more

Choosing Rotations and a Thesis Lab

Important advice on choosing your laboratory rotations—and ultimately your thesis lab—as you explore our network of Home Programs. Learn more

Transitioning to Graduate School

Guidance on advancing beyond your undergraduate experience and developing a successful approach for graduate school. Learn more

Academic Calendar

  • Monday, January 5, 2015: First day of Winter Quarter/graduate instruction.
  • Friday, January 23, 2015: Deadline to submit final study list (add/drop units).


Events Calendar

Check often to make keep up with the latest special events, seminars and schedules.

Gateway for New Graduate Students

Courtyard at Stanford

A resource for incoming graduate students to welcome, inform and connect to Stanford. Learn more

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