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Immersion Weekend

After we and your graduate degree program review your respective applications, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will select up to 130 candidates to visit Stanford University, at our expense, for Immersion Weekend on March 5-6, 2021. This part of the admission process is by invitation only.

Immersion Weekend is a chance for you to learn more about graduate programs, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, Stanford University, other Scholars, and — we hope — yourself. It is also an opportunity for us to learn more about you. By meeting you in person, you can convey attributes that may not come across through the online application.

We host Immersion Weekend in the winter quarter  You must attend this event if you wish to be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will cover your reasonable travel expenses, including lodging at Stanford, airfare, meals on-campus, etc.

As part of your visit, you should expect to participate in individual and group exercises, as well as a number of activities. A few of these elements will be evaluative. Our goal is for the Immersion Weekend to give you a great preview of your life as a student at Stanford. Your visit will be a highlight of the year for the entire Knight-Hennessy Scholars family, and we are confident that it will be a highpoint of the process for you, too. Events may include:

  • Faculty presentations
  • Visit with your graduate program
  • Group activities
  • Interview(s)
  • Social events

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What if I am not able to travel due to restrictions from COVID-19?

A: We will continue to monitor the travel restrictions and any policy set by Stanford regarding international students. If you are unable to travel for Immersion Weekend due to COVID-19, we will arrange a virtual interview.

Q: What if I have a conflict during the Immersion Weekend dates?

A: If selected as a finalist, barring unforeseen circumstances and/or immediate family obligations, you must attend Immersion Weekend to be considered for selection to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

Q: I need a visa to visit the US. Can you send me a letter of invitation for the visa?

A: We are not able to provide letters of invitation until you are invited to Immersion Weekend as a finalist.

Q: I need to interview for my graduate program. Can I interview for Knight-Hennessy Scholars then too?

A: No, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program interviews take place exclusively during Immersion Weekend.


Last updated May 21, 2020


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