Stanford University

Major Advising

Choosing an Advisor:

The department supports the interaction of our faculty and majors, and each major is required to have a Math faculty advisor.

As part of the major declaration process, each student is welcome to choose his or her own advisor or have the department assign one.

Faculty advisors are great resources for helping you choose what math courses to take, research opportunities, mentorship, to discuss graduate school interests and options, and for letters of recommendation—all reasons to build a relationship.

Choosing an advisor is not meant to be stressful. A faculty member that you enjoyed as an instructor would be a good person to ask. The department can also assign you one, if you would prefer.

If you’re still unsure how to choose your advisor or if you have a question and you’re not sure whom to ask, contact the Student Services Specialist.

Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) offers advising for students during all stages of the undergraduate career.

The Stanford Undergrad website offers advice about how to Engage with Faculty.


Not a Math major and have math advising questions?

  • Questions about what introductory math course to take? Take a look at our Introductory Math Courses page.
  • Questions about which classes teach proof writing? Take a look at our Introductory Math Courses page.
  • Questions about what math course to take after the 50-series? Contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Questions about transfer credit? Any questions concerning the applicability of transfer courses towards that major or prerequisites for another department’s courses must be resolved within the other major or department.


Other questions? Contact the Student Services Specialist.