Mailings & Newsletters

*2020 Approaching Stanford content will be updated in the spring. You may review 2019 content on this page.*

The Approaching Stanford Handbook will serve as your primary guide in your transition to Stanford. To download the 2019 pdf, go to https://tinyurl.com/ASHB2019.

Every Monday afternoon you will receive the weekly Approaching Stanford Newsletter emailed to your @stanford.edu account providing you with critical updates and information. First-year students will receive the first newsletter on May 8 while transfer students will receive the first newsletter on June 7.

In preparation for your arrival, Stanford will send you frequent communications by email from May to September. Items listed on this page are essential to your transition process.

In preparation for your arrival, Stanford will send you frequent communications by email from June to September. Items listed on this page are essential to your transition process.

Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT) takes place Thursday, September 12 through Wednesday, September 18, 2019. First-year and transfer students can apply by registering online at spot.stanford.edu during the SPOT registration period: June 18-21, 2019.

A welcome letter from the Stanford Language Center with information about taking Language Placement Tests this summer.

This catalog describes the Thinking Matters, ESF, ITALIC, and SLE courses and programs for first-year students. First-year students should read this publication in order to rank preferences for the Thinking Matters requirement on the Approaching Stanford Forms.

2019 faculty moderator, Sarah Billington (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering), chose this year's Three Books on the theme of Cities: There There | Tommy Orange; Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley | Cary McClelland; The Just City Essays: 26 Visions for Urban Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity | Multiple Authors.

New transfers are invited to attend Transfer Visit Days, August 1-2, 2019, hosted by Undergraduate Advising and Research. This is an optional but recommended program where you will be able to meet with key people and resources who can help in your transition to Stanford, as well with current students and each other. Online registration deadline is July: bit.ly/TVD2019.

Student Health Matters is a handbook from Vaden Health Center and includes information on the Entrance Health Requirements and Health Forms, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Cardinal Care Health Insurance, and additional Health Resources.

Information about discount student linen packages provided by Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE). Order online at: www.ocm.com/stf.