Application Checklist


  • Completed CS Coterm Application Form submitted online.

  • Statement of Purpose submitted as part of the online application.

  • Instead of turning in a preliminary program proposal, the department requests that you write about general coursework that you are planning on taking as part of your coterm program within the body of your Statement of Purpose. Your Statement of Purpose should be concise, focused, and well written. It should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford.

  • Three letters of recommendation.

  • In the online application, you will be asked to identify your recommenders and their email addresses. Please notify your recommenders that they will receive an email prompt to submit their recommendation online.

  • You must submit a minimum/maximum of 3 recommendation letters and they must be submitted through the online application system.

  • We recommend that at least 2 of these letters be from academic sources. Please have your recommender write candidly about your qualifications, potential to carry on advanced study in the field specified, intellectual independence, capacity for analytical thinking, ability to organize and express ideas clearly, and potential for teaching. In describing such attributes as motivation, intellect, and maturity, specific examples are more useful than generalizations.

  • Transcripts -  You are required to upload copies of your unofficial transcripts into the online application. 

  • GPA calculation: Maximum GPA at Stanford for most students is 4.3. It is best to use the GPA that is reflected in Axess as of the application deadline.

  • GREs are not required for coterm applicants.

  • It will not be possible to answer inquiries regarding the status of any application. We will contact you if any component of your application is missing.If you have questions or concerns, please send an e-mail to