2019 Applicant Interview Information

Please find information below on area lodging and transportation to Stanford University.  If you need additional information, please don't hesitate to contact our admissions team at (650) 725-6959.

Please note: This information is only for those applicants who have received an invitation to interview for the 2019 application cycle.

A note on guests: if you are planning to have loved ones travel with you, we welcome them and absolutely encourage them to explore the campus and the area.  Please bear in mind, though, that the scheduled activities (both the information session and the interview session) are for candidates only.  While you're in your sessions, there's a lot for them to see on campus, in Palo Alto, and in the greater Bay Area.  For campus visitor information, please visit http://visit.stanford.edu/

Visiting Stanford for an Interview

Information Session

For those invited for an interview for the  2019 application cycle: 

Arrival on Friday for the Information Session is 1:15pm for a 1:30pm check in at the Li Ka Shing  Learning and Knowledge Center, located at 291 Campus Drive, Stanford.  We will be on the first floor.  We recommend that you park in Parking Structure 5 as noted below, in the Transportation section.

Please note that we are planning to provide student interest sessions prior to check-in on Friday; if you would be interested in attending one or more of these sessions, please plan to arrive around 11:00am.  Additional details about these sessions will be available soon.

Interview Session

For those invited for an interview for the 2019 application cycle:

Interviews will be held on Saturday with a handful by request on Friday. Arrival times are variable and were indicated in your invitation.  Please do not arrive before the time indicated on your invitation.  You should plan for the entire session to last approximately 45 minutes.  The interview will be panel style and will include standardized questions as well as questions generated after review of your individual application file.  Candidates should arrive at the Medical School Office Building (MSOB), Suite 100 to check in and receive their room assignment.  

The Medical School Office Building (MSOB) is located on the corner of Campus Drive West and Welch Road, between Panama Street and Welch Road.  The street address is 1265 Welch Road, Stanford, CA.  There is a small amount of parking in front of the building, and some street parking on Welch; otherwise, you should park in Parking Structure 5 as noted below.



For those needing lodging, the Stanford Guest House is on campus and provides the closest accommodations.  There are also many other options in the area; a complete list of hotels can be found here.

If you are interested in staying with a current MSPA student on Friday night, please e-mail our Admissions Office Student Liaison, Sara Haase '21.  Please note that there are a limited number of spots available.



For those driving to campus: on both days you will want to park in Parking Structure 5, as indicated below.  Please be advised that a permit is required on Fridays; please click here for information on that.  In planning your travel time, please be advised that traffic around and on campus can be heavy on Fridays.  Please allow yourself plenty of time to find a parking space and walk.

For those taking Caltrain: Upon arrival at the Palo Alto Caltrain station you can catch the Marguerite, the University's complimentary shuttle service, on Friday (the lines below do not run on weekends).  Some walking will be involved, but you can reach the Li Ka Shing Center on the MC line, the X line, or the XL (X-Limited) line.  For the MC line, you will get off at the Across Street from Lucas Center stop (please click here for route map and schedule).  For the X and XL lines, you will get off at the Medical Center (Quarry Extension) stop (please click here for route map and schedule).

For the full map of the University campus, please click here.