Advising Resources

This page contains links to advising resources and common concerns for current or prospective students. Below are some important parties that you can contact for various topics. If you need a department signature, see the signature list. If you want to see a list of frequent questions and topics, and the relevant place to go for more information, see the frequent concerns section.


Course Advisor (Hilary Sun)

Office: Gates B02 (see below for schedule)
Phone: (650) 723-3027

If you are unsure of who to reach out to in general, the Course Advisor is a great first point of contact! They are a current CS coterm student who can answer most questions, or point you in the right direction if not. Their office hours schedule is below. No appointment is needed, so feel free to drop by any time. In particular, if you're a Stanford undergraduate needing to declare, you will need to see the Course Advisor. Please note there are no office hours during finals week, Thanksgiving, winter or spring breaks, or over the summer.

Claire Stager

Office: Gates 182 (Mon-Fri 8-5)
Phone: (650) 723-6094

Claire Stager is the Computer Science Program Administrator. She primarily handles graduate paperwork and administrative concerns. She was the recipient of the Amy Blue Award. In general, if you have questions about the master's program requirements or classes you should ask the Course Advisor. If he can't help you, he'll probably direct you to Claire.

Meredith Hutchin

Office: Gates 160 (Mon-Fri 8-5)
Phone: (650) 723-6077

Meredith Hutchin is the Computer Science Student Services Officer and extraordinaire, winning the School of Engineering's Kay Bradley Award for Outstanding Service to Students! Meredith is responsible for working with undergraduate students. Completed undergraduate program sheets should be brought to Meredith so that she can approve them and keep them on file. In general, if you have questions about undergraduate program requirements or classes you should ask the Course Advisor. If he can't help you, he'll probably direct you to Meredith.

Danielle Hoversten

Office: Gates 160 (Mon-Fri 8-5)
Phone: (650) 497-5749

Danielle Hoversten is responsible for working with undergraduate students and Course Assistants in the CS Department. Danielle is also the main contact for CS Minors. Danielle can review CS Program Sheets and answer questions about all aspects of the undergraduate program.

Faculty Advisor

For undergraduates, your assigned or chosen faculty advisor can be a valuable resource for information on research opportunities and your general path. General questions about course selection should still go to the Course Advisor, but faculty members have a depth of experience and domain knowledge that can be a great utility. To see a list of faculty available to advise CS undergraduates, see here on the undergraduate CS site.

For master's students, the same applies; your faculty advisor is also one of the parties who must approve your online program sheet on GIN.

Admissions

For prospective undergraduate students, please see the High School FAQ and the Stanford Undergraduate Admissions website.

For prospective master's students, please see the CS department admissions website.

Registrar's Office

For assistance with academic and administrative matters beyond the scope of the CS department, such as enrollment status or transfer credit, file a ticket or stop by the Student Services Center.

Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD)

Current or prospective remote students should refer to the SCPD website for more help and contact information.


I need a department signature

 

See below for the appropriate contact person for form signatures.

Form Contact
I-9 Danielle Hoversten (Gates 160)
Coterm Application Meredith Hutchin (Gates 160)
Coterm Course Transfer Claire Stager (Gates 182)
Multiple Major/Minor Darlene Lazar (Huang 135)
CS Minor Program Sheet Danielle Hoversten (Gates 160)
13th Quarter Petition Darlene Lazar (Huang 135)
Last Units Out of Residence Darlene Lazar (Huang 135)
Financial Aid Extension Meredith Hutchin (Gates 160)
Graduation Quarter (MS) Claire Stager (Gates 182)
Graduation Quarter (BS) Darlene Lazar (Huang 135)
Leave of Absence (MS) Claire Stager (Gates 182)
Leave of Absence (BS) Student Services Center

Frequent Concerns

 

Current Students

I want advice on classes to take

I have a question about course planning

The Course Advisor is a current CS undergrad + coterm student who can give advice on course planning! For information about specific courses, you can contact the professor/lecturer or look the course up on Explore Courses. You can also check Carta to get past students' feedback and advice.

Undergraduates

I want to declare CS

Once you've completed the declaration form, visit the Course Advisor in Gates B02 during office hours.

I'd like to petition a class

You can read more about undergraduate petitions here. Meredith Hutchin handles questions about undergraduate petitions.

I'd like to transfer credit for a class I took outside of Stanford

You can read more about how to transfer credit here. Information about transferring AP and IB credit is available here.

I need to submit my program sheet

You should bring your completed program sheet to Meredith Hutchin in Gates 160. If you're using AP, IB or A-levels credit, your program sheet must first be approved by the School of Engineering in Huang 135. You can find more info about program sheets here.

I'm interested in doing research

The CURIS program offers Computer Science undergraduates an opportunity to do research with a professor over the summer. You can also reach out to professors who are doing research in an area that interests you via email or during their office hours. Research opportunities are sometimes sent out to the BSCS mailing list as well. You can find answers to frequently asked research questions here.

I'm interested in coterming

Information about coterm admissions and the application are available here. Any questions about the admissions process should be directed to admissions@cs.stanford.edu. Claire Stager can answer questions about coterm logistics.

The Course Advisor is a current coterm student who can answer questions about coterm student life. You can find answers to frequently asked coterm questions here.

I'd like to change my advisor

Let your old advisor know, get approval from your new advisor, and send an email to Danielle Hoversten (dhoversten@stanford.edu) and the Course Advisor (advisor@cs.stanford.edu), who will update your official information.

Coterms

I have questions about the coterm application

Information about coterm admissions and the application are available here. Any questions about the admissions process should be directed to admissions@cs.stanford.edu. Claire Stager can answer questions about coterm logistics.

The Course Advisor is a current coterm student who can answer questions about coterm student life. You can find answers to frequently asked coterm questions here.

I want to know about coterm student life

The Course Advisor is a current coterm student who can answer questions about coterm student life.

Master's

I have a question about the master's application

You can find information about the CS master's program admissions here. Questions about the process should be directed to admissions@cs.stanford.edu.

I'd like to petition a class for my Master's

Masters students may request one deviation in the Depth area from their advisor. Additional petitions go through Claire Stager.

I'd like to waive a Foundations class for my Master's

You can submit waivers for Foundations courses online using the waivers form on GIN.

I'm interested in getting a TA/CAship

You can find information about CS TA/CAships here, including the application form. TAs and CAs are assigned before each quarter begins. Contact Meredith Hutchin with questions about the TA program in CS.

I'm interested in getting an RAship

You can reach out to professors who are doing research in an area that interests you via email or during their office hours. Research opportunities are sometimes sent out to the MSCS mailing list as well. Please contact Jam Kiattinant for more information on RAships.

Prospective Students

I have questions about student life

The Course Advisor is happy to answer questions about undergraduate and master's student life via email or during office hours. The undergraduate admissions office offers an information session for prospective undergraduates.

I'd like to tour campus/the CS department

There are several tours offered of the Stanford campus. Unfortunately there are currently no tours of the CS department offered.

I'd like to talk to a current student

The Course Advisor is a current coterminal master's + undergraduate student who is happy to answer questions from a student perspective.