New Student Orientation

Welcome to Stanford! New Student Orientation 2020 will run from Wednesday, September 16 to Sunday, September 20, 2020, and is required for all new undergraduate students. A full schedule of events and programs will be planned to introduce you to the rich academic, social, and cultural life at Stanford. New undergraduate students (first-years and transfers) must be moved in by 5:00 p.m. on the first day of NSO, and attend all of the required events throughout the week. There will also be be additional optional NSO events. Please note that filming of NSO programs is not allowed, except at Convocation. *2020 New Student Orientation content will be updated in the spring/summer. You may review 2019 content on this page.*

New Student Orientation

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NSO 2020 will take place Wednesday, September 16 - Sunday, September 20, 2020. First-year and transfer students must be checked in at their residence by 5:00 p.m. on September 16. All new students are required to participate fully in NSO. You should not make any other plans during this period of time. The event schedule for NSO 2020 will be made available in August. You can browse the NSO 2019 major events on this webpage.

Parents and families are welcome to join us on the first day of NSO, September 16, 2020, including the Opening Convocation Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. in the Main Quad. The 2020 Parent & Family Program will be made available in August and your student will receive a printed copy in their packet at Move-In Day. Please note that your student will be engaged in NSO programs for the remainder of the week. While you are welcome to continue your visit on our campus, you should not make plans to meet with your student during NSO week or to take them off campus. The 2019 Stanford NSO Parent & Family Program is available on this webpage.

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If students and/or family members need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact the Diversity and Access Office at (650) 725-0326 or

Updated information for 2020 will be posted in the summer. You can browse 2019 Move-In Day information, Stanford Mobile App, directions to campus, guidelines for packing and shipping, and the Sustainable Living Guide.

Stanford Mobile is the official mobile app for Stanford University with essential Stanford information and services. To help you navigate your way around campus during NSO, download the Stanford Mobile App for the campus map. You can also find: campus directory, dining locations, shuttle service, Explore Courses, university news, and more.