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New Student Information

Congratulations on your admission to Stanford! The Office of Graduate Admissions will provide very useful information about campus housing, health services, grad student expenses, and visas for international students.

Math Camp/Programming Camp 

An optional math review camp will be held in late Aug - early Sept. Newly admitted Econ PhD students are encouraged to attend. Students arriving early for math camp must contact the summer conference services to reserve campus housing for the math camp. A special programming camp will also be held for new PhD students.  

Information & Resources for Admitted Ph.D Students


In order to receive your fall quarter stipend check at the start of the quarter, you must file a study list (enroll in courses) in Axess by the posted deadline. New international students must physically go to the Bechtel International Center and show your visa/passport in order for a hold to be removed from your account before you will be able to enroll.

Be sure to enroll under the 'letter grade' grading option for all of your lecture courses. Do not enroll under the credit/no credit grading option. (note that all of your future lecture courses require a letter grade; individual study courses and seminars can be taken credit/no credit).

Foreign students: if you do not already have a social security card, you may need to obtain either a social security card or (more likely) an ITINS (individual taxpayer identification number) in order to receive your stipend payments. Please contact the Bechtel International Center regarding the process for obtaining a ITINS and/or a social security card prior to future employment as an RA or TA.

If you are a foreign student (on fellowship) from a country which has a tax treaty with the U.S., file form W8BEN with the Payroll office when you arrive so that tax is not withheld from your fellowship.


To obtain access to the Economics building, please send an email to the receptionist desk (Operations Coordinator, Stuart Purdy) on the second floor as soon as you have physically received your student ID card. Provide him with your ID number and he will activate your card so that it works on the electronic door reader for the building. (smpurdy [at] (smpurdy[at]stanford[dot]edu))

By mid September, you will have a mailbox with your name on it located on the second floor.

We will arrange dates for the Computer Resource Center to get set up to use the department computers and networked printers. You will be automatically added to the department mail list with your Stanford email.

If you have a car on campus, be sure to head down to the Parking and Transportation Office to buy a parking permit. They do ticket during the summer.