Prospective undergraduates interested in studying Mechanical Engineering at Stanford apply to the university through the Stanford Undergraduate Admissions Office, not directly to the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Students are admitted as "undeclared majors." This allows Stanford students to explore a wide range of possible major fields before committing to a specific one. Once convinced that Mechanical Engineering is the appropriate field, students may "declare" the major during the sophomore or junior year. The major is open to all Stanford undergraduate students in good academic standing. Questions about application requirements, transferring from another undergraduate school, and other prospective student inquiries should be directed to the Stanford Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Please note: Since undergraduate students have two full years to explore majors before declaring, the Mechanical Engineering Department is unable to set up faculty meetings or give tours to prospective undergraduate students and their families. However, the Stanford Visitor Center offers daily tours (no reservation required), which include the Science and Engineering Quad. Other resources include the School of Engineering website, the Undergraduate Handbook and the Financial Aid Office.