Major Events for New Students

Class of 2021 Photo at President's Reception (Michael Spencer)

Below are the 2019 major NSO programs required for all new students. Program information for NSO 2020 will be made available in spring/summer. For now, feel free to browse 2019 materials for reference. All students should be sure to wear your NSO nametag for admission to programs in Memorial Auditorium. Please note that filming of NSO programs is not allowed, except at Convocation.

Click here to view the full 2019 Stanford NSO Student Program booklet.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Move-In

Move-In begins at 8:00 a.m. at the residences and staff will be on hand to welcome you from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Students will pick up your NSO packet, room key, SUID card, and P.O. Box key at your residence when you check in. After unloading, family members should move vehicles to the Galvez Parking Lot and ride the free shuttle back to the residences. Plan to check in by 12:00 p.m. so you can enjoy afternoon events. All new students must be checked in for NSO by 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Community Welcomes (Optional)

Community centers and offices welcome new students and families, introducing you to staff, resources, opportunities and programs. 

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 129th Opening Convocation Ceremony

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomes new students and families to Stanford during this formal inauguration of the academic year. Also speaking are Senior Vice Provost for Education Harry Elam, Jr., Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Richard Shaw, and a student speaker.

Watch the full video for the 128th Convocation at Stanford.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Residence Welcomes

Meet Resident Fellow(s), residential staff, dormmates and families. The conclusion of this event is the traditional time for students and families to say your goodbyes.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Student Dinner

Frosh: Share your first dinner with your residential staff and new dormmates.

Transfers: Share your first dinner with the Transfer Program Assistants and new transfer students.

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Opening House Meeting (Students only)

Your first House Meeting is required for all new students. Attend this important and informative meeting led by your residential staff.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Discover Stanford & Three Books

Provost Persis Drell will address the purpose of a liberal education and offer guidance and perspective as you begin your Stanford journey. You will also hear from the Senior Vice Provost for Education, Harry Elam, Jr. Following Discover Stanford, we will transition into a discussion with the authors of the Three Books you were sent this summer

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Transfer Welcome Lunch with Advisors (Transfers)

Enjoy lunch with other new transfer students, transfer advisors, and Stanford administrators. Hear from returning transfer students about their experiences and their suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Stanford.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Academic Advising Presentations

Your Academic Advisor (Academic Advising Director or Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes) is a key advising resource for your first year. Meet the Academic Advising Director for your residence and learn about preparing for your first quarter, choosing classes, working with your various advisors, and more.

2:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Academic Planning Sessions & Open Houses

Faculty are eager to meet you and to share how you can get started in academic exploration and engagement in our various fields of study at Stanford, including academic communities, programs, special opportunities, research experiences, and more. Use these opportunities to meet faculty and to learn how to launch your academic career at Stanford. 

4:15 p.m. Course Enrollment Opens for New Students

Register your Preliminary Study List in Axess at any time from 4:15 p.m. today until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23.

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Faces of Community

Witness the rich and broad diversity that contributes to the quality of excellence of the Stanford student body. Through reflection, narratives, dance, and music, current students will introduce you to the faces of our community. Following the program, return to your residences to share your thoughts about the stories in a facilitated discussion.


Friday, September 20, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Stanford Newcomer Guide Group Meetings (First-Years)

You will meet with your Stanford Newcomer Guide (SNG) and other peers in this one-hour group meeting. The meeting time and location will be sent by email on Friday, September 13.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. President’s Reception

Enjoy refreshments and informal conversation with President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and other members of the university faculty and staff at this special reception for new undergraduate students. Class photo will be taken at 1:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Beyond Sex Ed: Consent and Sexuality at Stanford

Students will share personal stories about sexuality and relationships, interspersed with a colorful presentation of how human sexuality fits into our lives, community, and culture. This program is about cultivating empathy, agency, and the skills to connect with ourselves and one another. Following the program, return to your residences to share your thoughts about the stories in a facilitated discussion.

5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Open Houses, Community programs, and Social Activities (Optional)


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Service Saturday: Rise Against Hunger Service Opportunity & Cardinal Service Fair (Optional)

Open Houses, Community programs, and Social Activities (Optional)

Stanford Football v. Oregon (Optional)


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Open Houses, Community programs, and Social Activities (Optional)

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Closing House Meeting (Required)

Join your Resident Fellow(s) and residential staff for a closing conversation about creating a house community that is inclusive, respectful, and fun for this year.