Setting a Benchmark for Quality Education

Setting a Benchmark for Quality Education

“Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students for leadership in today’s complex world”. So goes a self – description that is accepted by the academic world.

Stanford, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, promotes multi-disciplinary research and teaching.

Many students develop their own projects and discover the excitement of advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

It has world-class libraries, studios, laboratories, and computer facilities.

There is a streak of tragedy behind the establishment of the University by Jane and Leland Stanford.

Upon the death of their only son in 1884 while on a trip in Italy, Leland turned to his wife Jane and said, “The children of California shall be our children.”

The boy was just 15 years. They founded Leland Stanford Junior University in memory of the departed son. They made the University differently. It was co-educational, when most others had only men.

It was non-denominational, when most were associated with a religious organisation.

Graduate Students

Stanford has over 8,000 graduate students. Requirements for Admission vary greatly among its 65 departments and their various programs.

The admission process has been clearly defined by the University so that you do not waste your time and effort. Do not start filling an application for admission, before you have studied the specified requirements for eligibility.

They may be different in different departments. You may log on to the site www.stanford.edu and reach the department that interests you.

The details pertaining to the graduate program and the application deadlines may be gathered. If you find the information provided in the web site to be inadequate, you may contact the Student Services office of the department concerned.

The Graduate Admissions Office may not provide you with quick answers.

Stanford notifies that during the admission season (October through April) Graduate Admissions Office may not be able to respond to your questions quickly.

You may first look for answers to your questions on the “Applying to Graduate Admissions” page and the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page. If you still do not find the necessary information, you may contact through Email : gradadmissions@stanford.edu (or) Phone No : +1-866-432-7472.

Carefully selecting a program is vital, since you can submit only one application in an academic year. You should meticulously ‘review’ the available programs in the various departments and identify the one that is most appropriate to your academic goals.

The following points may be kept in mind while choosing your program.

Some departments admit students who are seeking only a Master’s degree.

Certain departments admit students for doctoral study directly from a Bachelor’s program. Others would require a Master’s degree before doctoral work.

Most of the departments admit students only for the Autumn Quarter.

There is a fine link http://stanford.edu/home/academics/departments.html from which you can go to any department site and study the related details.

For admission to a graduate program, you must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a college or University of recognised standing.

There is a link on the site http://gradadmissions.stanford.edu that provides a list of international degree equivalencies.

Students in their final year of undergraduate study can also file their applications.

For students from India, the following requirements have been prescribed. Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine, but Master’s degree in all other fields.

A three-year Bachelor’s degree in any subject is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Stanford. The two-year Master’s degree following the three-year Bachelor’s degree is required.

(Please keep in mind that ‘graduate’ study in the U.S .corresponds to what we call ‘postgraduate’ study in India.)

Essential requirements

You should have an acceptable GRE general test score, obtained from an examination taken within the last five years. Some of the departments may ask for scores from a GRE subject test as well.

Scores must be reported electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Graduate Admissions Office at Stanford.

Normally, international students have to submit TOEFL scores, from a test taken within the last eighteen months.

Scores must be reported directly to Stanford from ETS. International students may be exempted from this requirement, if they possess a recognised Bachelor’s degree from the U.S.

An equivalent degree from a non-U.S. college or University of standing where all instruction is provided in English may be considered for granting exemption. In individual cases, a clarification should be sought. In addition to TOEFL, some departments require scores from Test of Spoken English (TSE).

Aspects of Financing

Financing graduate study through concurrent employment is difficult. The Financial Aid Office of the University makes an estimate of living expenses, which is used to determine loan eligibility, to establish the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) funding requirement for international students for entry into the U.S.

This can be used for your financial planning. Fellowships and assistantships to doctoral students are based on programme, merit, and availability of funds.

You may have to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial, or foundation sources. Stanford would adjust its awards to students who receive external grants.

Financial support from Stanford

Stanford financial support is in general reserved for doctoral students; very little non-loan support is given to students of the master’s programs.

Terms of aid offers would be explained in department admission letters. The support varies among departments, schools, and programs.

Some departments provide basic support to all doctoral students. Others may not offer support. Academic merit and availability of aid are the primary considerations.

If you intend to apply for a fellowship or assistantship, do show it on the application form. Fellowship and assistantship decisions are considered along with admissions decisions.

Teaching and research assistantships are a component of the educational program.

You may have to work 20 hours per week as part of the duties. You would have the benefit of reduced tuition fee and a salary. There are no tuition wavers.

The total expenses for tuition and living for a graduate student may come to US $ 60,000 per year.

Stanford student loan programs are administered through the Financial Aid Office or in the financial aid offices of the schools of Law, Business, and Medicine (M.D. program).

Full details and application form in the site http://www.stanford.edu/dept/finaid.

Comprehensive information for international students can be gathered from the site http://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/quicklinks/international.html, and related links.