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How Enrollment Works for COLLEGE and ESF

Unlike other courses, COLLEGE and ESF enrollment is handled centrally through the COLLEGE Office. Students cannot add or drop the class via Axess or Simple Enroll.  Instructors cannot add students to their sections; only the COLLEGE Office can add or drop students.

Incoming frosh will be assigned two quarters to take COLLEGE in mid-August, and will be able to submit course preferences before enrollment opens for the assigned quarter. You will also be able to request changes to your assigned quarters.

You can check your current placement by going to If you wish a change, see the instructions below. See Enrollment FAQ for more answers to common questions.

Request a Change to COLLEGE or ESF

Submit all change requests in, please! The VCA is more efficient and you'll get an answer faster than by email.

Processing Dates

Listed below are the processing dates for petitions.  Petitions will generally be processed in the morning and your new assignment/schedule will appear on, and then later in Axess (followed by Canvas a few hours later).  Please note that these dates are subject to change.

  • 2/20: Course and section preferences open in the morning 
  • 2/23: Course and section petitions will be processed, assignments will appear in the VCA
  • 2/26: Course and section petitions will be processed, assignments will appear in the VCA
  • 3/4:  Course and section petitions will be processed and added to schedules in Axess
  • 3/6:  Course and section petitions will be processed (before enrollment opens that evening)
  • 3/11, 3/18, 3/25:  Course and section petitions will be processed weekly on Mondays
  • 3/27:  Course and section petitions will be processed
  • 3/29:  Course and section petitions will be processed
  • Starting 4/1 Petitions will be processed daily through the first week of the quarter (weekdays only) 

Is This My Last Chance to Change?

No! We will continue to take requests through the first week of classes. It is much more difficult, however, to change a COLLEGE course in the second week of the quarter. No changes in Week 3 are allowed.

Will My Change Be Approved?

We will accommodate as many changes as space allows. Sections have a hard maximum of 15 students and overloads will not be possible.  However, ExploreCourses may have outdated information about space availability, and other change requests may open up new spaces. Be sure to keep an eye on your email in case we need to consult you.

More Questions?

For COLLEGE, please email

For ESF, please email (There is no need to email both addresses, just one is fine).

Please note that typical Stanford business hours are roughly 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday (and many commuting staff work a 7am-3pm schedule). Expect answers to be delayed at very busy times: when enrollment opens, and around the beginning of the quarter.