Axess redesign now live

Axess – the web-based portal to Stanford’s student, human resources and training systems – has a streamlined new look, the first of many changes that will roll out over the next year.

In the first phase of the project, the primary change is a new design and feel, and a new way to find and use core functions through radically simplified navigation. Users also will be able to set preferences that further streamline their experience.

"The Axess portal holds the unique distinction of being the one central system at Stanford used by virtually every member of the university community, including applicants, students, faculty, staff and affiliates. It makes a big impression and has a big impact,” said Ganesh Karkala, associate vice president for administrative systems.

"The goal of the Axess Redesign project is to enhance the portal's ability to serve this diverse group. This is just the first step in what will be an ongoing effort to improve both the user-friendliness and the functionality of Axess into the future," Karkala added. 

The new Axess is the result of input from more than 2,500 students, faculty and staff members. The core team driving the project included representatives from Administrative Systems, Financial Management Services, the Registrar’s Office and University Human Resources.

"We are positioning ourselves to be able to provide a better user experience.  While our first step is a modest one, it is foundational," said Thomas Black, associate vice provost for student affairs and university registrar. "We'll be seeking suggestions from the community on how to improve Axess, and we'll schedule changes iteratively over the upcoming months and years.  We are delighted that we will be able to serve our many constituencies better."

Over the course of the next year, there will be a new, mobile-aware site, the ability to request email notifications for key events, calendars and other key tools. This is in addition to providing access to many of the university’s key administrative systems, already used via Axess, such as course registration, advising and pay statements.

For more information, please visit the Inside Axess site at