NSO - Saturday and Sunday


Transfer Academic Planning Brunch

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. • Sweet Hall 020, Ground Floor

Transfers — Meet over brunch with current transfer students to discuss your class choices, academic plans, major declaration, class sequencing, selectively offered courses, and more.


10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Normal dining hall hours. Check your dining hall for exact meal times. Students without a dining hall are welcome to eat at Wilbur or Lakeside.

Transfer Drop-In Advising

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Academic Advising, Sweet Hall, 1st Floor

Transfer Academic Advisor Sally Mentzer will be available for drop-in advising. Repeated this afternoon.

Anderson Collection 5th Anniversary Celebration

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Anderson Collection Museum, 314 Lomita Drive

The Anderson Collection museum celebrates five years at Stanford. Join us for a free, day-long celebration featuring live music, pop-up curator talks, art making, treats, and much more. 

Service Saturday: Rise Against Hunger Service Opportunity

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. • Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residence

Join your fellow students in packaging over 60,000 meals to be shipped to schools and families in developing countries. Connect with students from other dorms, learn about global hunger, and be inspired to consider how your Stanford experience can be leveraged to address some of the world’s most intractable problems. Advanced sign-ups for one of the two sessions is required through your RA. Sponsored by Haas Center for Public Service, Residential & Dining Enterprises, VPSA, and VPUE.

Service Saturday: Cardinal Service Fair

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Haas Center for Public Service

Get involved with service at Stanford. Join the leaders of 50+ student organizations and Stanford staff for a celebration of public service. Cardinal Service invites you to participate in community-engaged learning through Cardinal Courses, serve local and global communities through 400+ Cardinal Quarter opportunities, make a sustained Cardinal Commitment to a social or environmental issue, and take advantage of Cardinal Careers advising and events to make service part of any career.

Stanford Women's Volleyball vs. BYU

12:00 p.m.  • Maples Pavilion, SUID card required for admission

Transfer Drop-In Advising

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Academic Advising, Sweet Hall, 1st Floor

Transfer Academic Advisor Sally Mentzer will be available for drop-in advising.

Stanford Football vs. Oregon

Kickoff Time 4:00 p.m.  • Stanford Stadium Gate 3, SUID card required for admission

Come cheer on the Stanford Cardinal at this first home game of the academic year. Claim your free student ticket in advance at gostanford.com/redzone and arrive early to pick up your free Red Zone t-shirt and learn the cheers. Gates open 90 minutes prior to kick-off.


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Normal dining hall hours. Check your dining hall for exact meal times. Students without a dining hall are welcome to eat at Wilbur or Lakeside.

AANSOC Okada Chillout

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. • Okada House Lounge, Wilbur Hall 

Explore the Asian American theme dorm and mingle with new and upperclass students students over music and snacks. Sponsored by the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee and Okada House.

Chill-Axe at The Axe & Palm

8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. • The Axe & Palm, Old Union

Enjoy the best burgers on the Farm. Learn about the legendary Axe and Stanford’s athletic traditions while meeting fellow students. Use your Meal Plan Dollars and receive a discount. Raffle prizes all night long.

Contemplation, Cookies & Cocoa

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. • Windhover Contemplative Center

Explore all Windhover has to offer with an informal introduction to mindfulness meditation. Sponsored by the Religious Life Orientation Committee.

First-Generation and/or Low-Income Chillout

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. • FLI Office, Old Union, Room 200

Enjoy dessert while mingling with a diverse group of Stanford students, including first-generation college students and other students who share an interest in socioeconomic diversity. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Orientation Committee.

BROC Panel & Chillout

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. • Black Community Services Center

Already feel swamped with information after a few days of NSO? Want honest insight into the Stanford experience? Bring your questions about life at Stanford to this discussion and social. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Black Recruitment and Orientation Committee.

Cardinal Nights Presents: Casino Night

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. • Tressider Memorial Union, Oak Lounge

Come play Craps, Roulette, Poker, and Blackjack. No cash needed at all – we use fake money to keep it fun. Use your winnings to get raffle tickets for amazing prizes. Sponsored by Cardinal Nights.


Soulful Sunday: Yummy Yoga

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. •  The Lawn Behind Memorial Church

Begin your soulful Sunday with open-air yoga and yummy morning treats. Sponsored by the Religious Life Orientation Committee.

Soulful Sunday: Multi-Faith University Public Worship

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. •  Memorial Church

Join our special multi-faith celebration of spiritual and religious life at Stanford. The service welcomes students of all religious and non-religious traditions to mark the beginning of their journey with sacred ritual. Through poetry, music, readings, and reflections, we will embark on this new journey together. Sponsored by the Religious Life Orientation Committee.

Desayuno en Estánfor

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. • Jaime Miranda Lounge, El Centro Chicano, Old Union Nitery

Vénganse todos and enjoy an authentic breakfast of chorizo con huevos y frijoles. Take a break from NSO and experience the warmth and sabor that our comunidad has to offer. Arrive early for the tortillas. Sponsored by the Chicanx/Latinx Orientation Committee.


10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Normal dining hall hours. Check your dining hall for exact meal times. Students without a dining hall are welcome to eat at Wilbur or Lakeside.

Chill Out with Markaz: Coffee, Crafts & Henna

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • The Markaz, Old Union Nitery, 2nd Floor

Take a break at The Markaz – get a beautiful henna tattoo and enjoy pastries, Arabic coffee, and relaxing crafts. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Markaz Orientation Committee.

Love on the Farm: From Hook-ups to Break-ups

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Kingscote Gardens Conference Room

Heard that no one dates at Stanford? Interested in what romantic and sexual relationships can look like in a college setting? Wondering what a “hook-up” really is? Come hear from a panel of students with a range of relational practices, from people who engage in hook-up culture to people who are waiting to have sex. Find out where you can connect with others for conversations about alternative sexualities, safe and fulfilling sex, and healthy relationships. Sponsored by the Sexual Health Peer Resource Center (SHPRC), HIV Peer Anonymous Counseling and Testing (HIV*PACT), and Well-Being at Stanford.

Muwekma-Tah-Ruk Sand Volleyball & Ice Cream Social

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Muwekma-Tah-Ruk

Come visit Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, the Native American theme dorm located on the Row. Enjoy delicious treats and a beach volleyball extravaganza. Sponsored by the Native American Orientation Committee and Muwekma-Tah-Ruk.

Body Positive Fountain Social

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Terman Fountain, Gibbons Grove

Enjoy snacks in the sunshine and splash around at one of Stanford’s beautiful fountains.Sponsored by the Queer Student Resources Orientation Committee.

Feminist Crafternoon

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Women’s Community Center, Fire Truck House, 1st Floor

Relax with us and make feminist-themed crafts before your first day of classes. Come enjoy tasty treats, listen to a soundtrack of inspiring feminist and women artists of color, and get your creativity on. Sponsored by the Women’s Community Center Orientation Committee.

NSO Pool Party, Climbing Wall & Class of '23 T-Shirts

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Arrillaga Outdoor Education & Rec Center, SUID card required for admission 

Soak up the California sun with Stanford Recreation & Wellness. Join us for pool games, check out the climbing wall, and learn about recreation programs, facilities, and resources. Climbing Wall orientations (mandatory to use the facility) will be offered every 30 minutes. This is your only chance to pick up your free, limited edition Class of 2023 t-shirt from the Stanford Alumni Association.

ASSU Student Government Open House

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Old Union Courtyard

Get to know your ASSU student government leaders. Stop by our open house for information on current initiatives and ways to get involved and create change at Stanford. The ASSU President and Vice President will give brief remarks at 2:30 p.m.

BROC Day Kickback

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Black Community Services Center

Come chill out with us and get to know members of the community. Meet new people, eat, dance, and play games. Sponsored by the Black Recruitment and Orientation Committee.

Veterans Resource Forum

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Cardinal Room, Old Union Clubhouse, 2nd Floor

Come meet Stanford’s veterans and learn about the resources available to the veteran community. Sponsored by the Transfer Student Program and Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC).


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Normal dining hall hours. Check your dining hall for exact meal times. Students without a dining hall are welcome to eat at Wilbur or Lakeside.

Pizza Downtown (Transfers)

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Meet at Kimball Hall

Transfers — Join us for pizza and a stroll along University Avenue as we explore downtown Palo Alto.

Closing House Meeting* (Frosh)

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • Residences (check with your RA for exact timing)

As NSO comes to a close, join your Resident Fellow(s) and residential staff for a discussion about your collective role in creating a house community that will be inclusive, respectful, and fun for the year.

*Required NSO Program