Skip to content Skip to navigation

Application FAQs

When is the application deadline?

 The application deadline for admission to the 2021 class is 11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

When will I be notified whether or not I have been accepted into the Physics Ph.D. program?

All applicants will be notified of their application status by March 1st, 2021.

Can I apply for an application fee waiver?

We recognize that the costs of graduate applications may be difficult for some applicants.  If you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you may qualify for an application fee waiver.  For more information, please refer to the Graduate Admissions - Fee Waiver page.

Is the GRE required?

No. For the 2020-21 application cycle, due to limitations in testing availablity and health concerns due to COVID-19, we will not use the General GRE or Physics GRE scores in admissions decisions.  

What about Pass/No Record, Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail marks on my transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

As we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students.  

Is the TOEFL required? How do I know if I am exempt?

The TOEFL exam is required for applicants whose first language is not English. It must be taken within the last 18 months. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have received or will receive an international degree equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree from a university outside of the U.S. in which English is the only language of instruction.

Applicants with degrees from the U.S., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales) are exempt from taking the TOEFL.

For more information, please refer to the Graduate Admissions GRE/TOEFL FAQ

What is the official code for reporting GRE/TOEFL scores?

When requesting official score reports, please use the Stanford University code: 4704

I am an international student applying to the Physics graduate program. Do I meet the minimum requirements to apply to Stanford University?

Please see International Academic Credentials Guidelines for minimum level of study required of applicants who wish to apply for graduate study at Stanford.

Are official transcripts required? What is considered an "official transcript" from my university or institution?

Stanford University requires official transcripts for all admitted students before matriculation.   Official transcripts at the time of application are preferred.  However, if obtaining official transcripts at the time of application is financially burdensome, unofficial transcripts uploaded with the application will be accepted for the purposes of applying, but offical transcripts will be required for accepted students before matriculation.

For all accepted students, two sets of official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended for one year or more must be sent to Stanford.  Hard copy transcripts must be signed and sealed by the registrar or university official and mailed by the university to the Physics Department. If your institution sends electronic transcripts, they need to come directly from the college/university via a certified transcript service.  Please note that the secure electronic certified transcript must be printable.  Check with the registrar's office of your college/university to see if they provide transcripts via a certified electronic transcript service.

Is it possible to update my application after I have already submitted?

The Physics Admissions team cannot amend applications after they have been submitted. Please understand that once you have submitted your application, additional information cannot be added.

There is a checklist function showing the completed tasks of my application. I submitted all the required materials for the application, why does it not show any completed checkmarks?

The Physics Department does not use the checklist function in the Stanford application system. Please do not contact our office and ask us to confirm that your file is complete. If you are missing any necessary materials, we will contact you via email in early January or February.