Approaching Stanford Newsletter

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Student Newsletters

Beginning May 8, 2020, for first-years and June 5, 2020, for transfers, you will receive a weekly Approaching Stanford Newsletter sent to your Stanford email address. After the first email, these newsletters will be sent on Monday afternoons and will provide you with critical updates and information leading up to New Student Orientation.

May 8, 2020 - Welcome, Class of 2024!

May 11, 2020 - First-Year Forms Due Friday, June 5 [Required]

May 18, 2020 - Frosh Programs: ITALIC, SLE, Leland Scholars, Summer Engineering Academy

May 25, 2020 - First Year Housing Options & Zoom Chats this Week

June 1, 2020 - ASSU Statement In Solidarity & VPUE Teach In

June 4, 2020 - Fall Quarter and Our Upcoming Year (special update)

June 5, 2020 - Welcome, Stanford Transfers 2020!

June 8, 2020 - Student Input Requested on Planning for Next Academic Year

June 15, 2020 - Student Support & Resources, OAE Open House, SOAR Summer Program, and OC "First LOOCs" 

June 22, 2020 - Three Books, the Advising Corner, First LOOCs this week, and OAE registration deadline

June 29, 2020 - Planning for Academic Year 2020-21 (special update)

June 29, 2020 - Academic Advising, AP/IB and Transfer Credit, Immigration Town Hall, and First LOOCs this week

July 6, 2020 - Academic Calendar Key Dates, Placement Tests & Diagnostics, First LOOCs & ON-AIRs this week

July 9, 2020 - Due 6pm, July 12: Housing Request for Students with Special Circumstances (special update)

July 13, 2020 - Update for International Students, Vaden Health Requirements, General Education Requirements, Mental Health & Well-Being, & First LOOCs

July 20, 2020 - Immunization Records, Installment Payment Plan, Academic Resources, SARA, Stanford Lingo & Favorite Campus Spots

July 22, 2020 - Outlook for Autumn 2020 (special update)

July 27, 2020 - Three Books, Remote/On-Campus Aug 7 Deadline, Religious Dietary Requests, Majors & Profs, Treesources & First LOOCs

August 3, 2020 - Community Welcomes, "Ask an Advisor" Q&A, Grit Chats Sign-Up, Placement Tests & Diagnostics, Updated Dates & Deadlines

August 4, 2020 - Town Hall on August 6 for Frosh & Transfer Families (special update)

August 6, 2020 - Remote Autumn Enrollment Request Due August 7 (special update)

August 10, 2020 - Academic Advising and Course Planning, Grit @ Stanford Sign-Ups, Treesources, and Finances for Students

August 13, 2020 - President's Message, Autumn Updates and Next Steps (special update)

August 17, 2020 - Stanford Course Catalog: Explore Courses, Updates and Q&A, Time Off With a Prof and Final Grit Chats

August 19, 2020 - Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: THINK, ESF, ITALIC, SLE, PWR, IntroSems, Frosh 101, and Ways [Frosh]

August 19, 2020 - Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: IntroSems, PWR, Transfer 101, and Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing [Transfers]

August 24, 2020 - University Core Values & Requirements, Assess your Technology, IntroSems Deadline, Send in your "I Am Stanford" Photo, and Re-Approaching Updates

August 31, 2020 - Academic Planning, Cardinal Service & StanfordVotes, The Arts, NSO Open Mic Submissions Due Sept 5

September 5, 2020 - New Student Orientation begins Wed, Sept 9! Review the schedule of required programs

September 5, 2020 - Moving to the Farm: Check-In, Housing, Dining, Testing, Biking, Vaden Health Services, Campus Compact, and more [For on-campus students only]

Parent and Guardian Newsletters

Once a month beginning in June (frosh) and July (transfers), any parent/guardian that you entered in your Approaching Stanford Forms will recieve the Approaching Stanford Newsletter for Parents/Guardians. To add your parent/guardian to the mailing list after the Approaching Stanford Forms deadline, please send an email request with your parent/guardian's name and contact information to approaching@stanford.eduNote: the request must come from you, the student. 

Once the  academic year begins, these parents/guardians will begin receiving the quarterly Stanford Parent and Guardian NewsletterTo add your parent/guardian to the mailing list after the academic year begins, please send an email request with your parent/guardian's name and contact information to Note: the request must come from you, the student.

June 9, 2020 - Welcome, Stanford Parents & Guardians

July 22, 2020 - Outlook for Autumn 2020 (special update)

Beginning August 4, all weekly Newsletters will be sent to students and parents/guardians. Please see above.

Re-Approaching Stanford

Similar to Approaching Stanford, the offices of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education are providing weekly updates to continuing students through Re-Approaching Stanford. Each time a message is sent to continuing students via Re-Approaching Stanford, we will notify incoming you in an Approaching Stanford Newsletter highlighting information that is important for incoming frosh and transfers to know. We encourage you to review this website yourself for information for undergraduate students about what to expect for 2020-21. 

Please send your questions about the academic year 2020-21 by sumitting a Service Now Ticket.

Health Alerts Updates

Check the Health Alerts webpage frequently for announcements and information. We encourage you to subscribe to email updates regarding COVID-19.