Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Enrollment Groups

Main content start

Spring Quarter Enrollment Timeline

February 28Degree seeking students will be notified of their enrollment group and start time via email and in Axess.
March 4Planning opens in Axess and SimpleEnroll.
March 6Students begin enrolling at their designated start time per their assigned enrollment group.
March 7Enrollment opens to all students for all courses at 12:00 a.m.


What is Staggered Enrollment?

To ensure a smooth and efficient enrollment process, degree seeking students will be divided into enrollment groups of roughly 2,000, allowing each group to begin enrolling every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. on March 6. 

Students will be assigned to an enrollment group based on their academic progress. That means those who are closer to graduation based on the number of completed quarters will have earlier start times than those who are newer in their academic journey. It is important to note that regardless of your designated start time, there will be no specific end times for these groups. Enrollment will remain open until the Final Study List deadline on April 19, 2024.

Transaction Limits Per Minute

To ensure the system can handle the load, we are implementing limitations on the number of enrollment transactions you can submit per minute. You will be able to submit a maximum of five individual classes and up to two batch enroll requests within a minute. System-wide, a limit of 9,000 transactions can be submitted per minute. If this limit is reached while you are trying to enroll, you will receive a notification asking you to wait a few seconds before trying again.

Enrollment Group Times

Enrollment Group & Start TimePopulation

Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4

5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

  • MED, LAW and GSB students
  • 2nd-year graduate students
  • 4th-year & beyond undergraduate 

Groups 5, 6, and 7

7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • 1st-year graduate students
  • 3rd-year undergraduates

Groups 8 and 9

9:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

  • 3rd-year & beyond graduate students
  • 2nd-year undergraduates

Group 10

10:00 p.m.

1st-year undergraduates

Group 11

10:30 p.m.

Graduate students on TGR

Enrollment Group Determination

Our enrollment group strategy is designed to support students in the fairest way possible, regardless of their status as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student. Students will be assigned to an enrollment group based on their academic progress. That means those who are closer to graduation based on the number of completed quarters will have earlier start times than those who are newer in their academic journey.  

  • For undergraduates, those with the most enrolled quarters at Stanford will get earlier start times. Transfer students will require fewer completed quarters to enroll at similar times to their social cohort.
  • For Graduate School of Business (GSB), Law, Med students, and second-year graduate students will get first access to enroll, followed by first-year graduate students, third-year and beyond graduate students, and then Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR) students. 
  • Students in two degree programs will have the same enrollment start time for both degrees to facilitate their enrollment experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Stanford introducing staggered enrollment groups?  
    • A staggered approach to enrollment comes in response to student feedback and the ever growing need to optimize your enrollment experience. By strategically staggering students into groups, we can effectively address the system crashes that have occurred in the past, all while working within the limitations of our legacy technologies. This approach will greatly reduce the excessive load on our system that typically arises during the opening of enrollment, ensuring a smoother and more stable student experience.
  • When and where can I find my enrollment group and unique start time?
    • About a week prior to enrollment, you will receive an email with your enrollment group and unique start time. This information will also be available in Axess in the "Enroll in Classes" section under the My Academics menu. Your unique start time will also display as a banner in SimpleEnroll.
  • How can I request a change to my enrollment group?
    • The assignment of enrollment groups is based on the number of quarters completed, prioritizing students nearing degree conferral. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests to change these appointments. We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to make the most of the available options during your assigned enrollment start time.
  • My friend and I are in the same population group (i.e. Seniors) with the same number of completed quarters but have different start times. What happened?
    • To ensure equity for across students while maintaining equal sizes for each enrollment group (~2,000 students), we randomly assigned students of the same priority level into multiple groups. For example, the first four enrollment groups (Groups 1-4) are designated for undergraduate seniors, 2nd year graduate students, and professional school students. The entire cohort of students (~7,800) that met this eligibility criteria were randomly divided into one of the four time slots (~1950 per group). A 5:30 p.m. start time does not represent any prioritization over a 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7:00 p.m. start time; sorting students of equal priority into these groups was entirely random.

View all FAQs »

Can’t find what you need?

Submit a help request to our team with any additional questions.