NSO - Wednesday

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 | For All New Students & Families

New Student Arrival*

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Residences | Transfers, check in at Kimball

Check in for NSO at your residence and get your NSO packet, room key, SUID card, and P.O. Box key. Students arriving after 12:00 p.m., please check in at your Housing Front Desk.

*All new students must be checked in for NSO by 5:00 p.m. Exceptions will not be granted.

Student-athletes: If you have already moved in, check in for NSO by picking up your NSO packet from your dorm's Welcome Table.

After unloading your belongings at your residence, family members should move vehicles as quickly as possible to the Galvez Parking Lot or the nearest campus parking lot for free parking today (with NSO parking pass displayed). Free campus shuttles will provide transportation from the Galvez Lot back to the residences. The Galvez Lot is across the street from the NSO Dinner with the Provost where many family members will end their day. 

Family Welcome Center

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Stanford Bookstore, Front Patio

Stop by for refreshments, pick up a “Stanford Parent” pin, meet other parents and family members, explore resources and programs, and talk with the Parents’ Club of Stanford University.

From 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., representatives from campus offices and deparments will be on hand to answer your questions and provide information. Offices include: Academic Advising, Residential & Dining Enterprises, Public Safety, Vaden Health Center, and many more. See the parent & family program booklet for a full list.

Also, check out the Parents' Club Booth in White Plaza to shop for Stanford mementos and meet fellow Stanford parents. Net proceeds benefit undergraduate scholarships.

Bike Registration & Voter Registration

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • White Plaza

All bikes operated at Stanford must be registered. Bring your bike to White Plaza and register it with Stanford Transportation for $5.00. Also featuring free giveaways, safety tips, rules of the road, free bike safety class information, and on-site demos on how to properly lock your bike and fit your helmet. Bike registration will also be offered in White Plaza every Friday in October from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers will assist you in registering to vote in your local, state, and national elections through TurboVote. Registration will also be available on Saturday at the Cardinal Service Fair or online anytime at stanford.turbovote.org.


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

We know you’ll be busy moving in, so a quick lunch is available in the residence dining halls. Student meals are covered by NSO and meals for parents and family members accompanying their students are complimentary today. Students without a dining hall are welcome to eat at Wilbur or Lakeside.

129th Opening Convocation Ceremony

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Main Quad Courtyard

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomes new students and their families to Stanford during this formal inauguration of the academic year.

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomes new students and their 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 Will Paisley ’20. Dress casually as it may be hot.


Welcome Home*

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Residences

Meet your Resident Fellow(s), residential staff, your dormmates, and their families. The conclusion of this event is the traditional time for you to say goodbye to your family members.

*Required NSO Program

Student Dinner (Frosh)

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Frosh — Share your first dinner on campus with your residential staff and new dormmates.

*Required NSO Program

First Transfer Dinner*

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Wilbur Dining Hall, East Side

Transfers — Share your first Stanford dinner with other transfer students.

*Required NSO Program

Opening House Meeting* (Students Only)

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. • Residences | Transfers meet in Kimball Lounge

Participate in this first important and informative house meeting held in your house lounge.

*Required NSO Program

Parent & Family Dinner with the Provost

6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.• Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation

While new students are enjoying your first dinner together in the dining halls, Provost Persis Drell and the Parents’ Club of Stanford University invite parents and family members to join them for a casual dinner and dessert. Enjoy dinner, a student group performance, and lively conversation with other families. Provost Drell will give the dinner address. 

Tickets will be available to purchase for $18.00 per person at the Stanford Ticket Office on the 2nd floor of Tresidder Union from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., or at the dinner venue beginning at 5:45 p.m. Pre-ordered tickets may be picked up at the same times and locations.


First-Generation and/or Low-Income Welcome Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Oak Lounge, Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd Floor

Parents and families of students who are low-income or the first generation to attend college are invited to a special lunch with the FLI Office. A panel of students, staff, and faculty will share strategies for supporting students, mentoring programs, and funding opportunities. Sponsored by the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Orientation Committee.

Queer Community Welcome

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Queer Student Resources (QSpot), Fire Truck House, 2nd Floor

Learn more about what Queer Student Resources has to offer: Black/Brown Orientation at 12:00 p.m., Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Kickback at 1:00 p.m., Open House at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Queer Student Resources Orientation Committee.

"No es un Adiós" Parent Panel

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.El Centro Chicano y Latino, Old Union Nitery, Jaime Miranda Lounge

Join us in this intimate environment at El Centro Chicano y Latino where new students and parents can speak with upperclass students and staff and ask questions in both English and Spanish. Sponsored by the Chicanx/Latinx Orientation Committee.

Jewish Community Welcome at Hillel

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Taube House at the Ziff Center

If you are Jewish or curious about Jewish life, come check out Hillel, the home for the Jewish community on campus. Meet fellow new students, current Jewish student leaders, and Hillel staff. Get your questions answered, pick up some Stanford and Jewish giveaways, and enjoy a cold beverage and kosher snacks. Everyone is welcome.

The Markaz: Resource Center Welcome

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • The Markaz, Old Union Nitery, 2nd Floor

All are welcome to join us for chai at The Markaz Resource Center. The Markaz supports a vibrant community of students who identify with or are interested in Muslim experiences both here and around the world. Meet our students and staff, learn about our programs, and find out how you can get involved. Sponsored by the Markaz Orientation Committee.

Parent-to-Parent Advice for Frosh Parents

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Braun Music Center, Campbell Recital Hall

Join Stanford parents as they discuss their personal experiences and share their practical, hindsight advice on dealing with students leaving home. The program will include remarks from Louis Newman, Dean of Academic Advising, and Denise Clark Pope, School of Education senior lecturer. There will be time to ask questions and get candid answers. Sponsored by the Parents’ Club of Stanford University.

Asian American Community Welcome

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Ballroom, Old Union Clubhouse, 2nd Floor

Learn about resources for Stanford’s Asian American & Pacific Islander community at the Asian American Activities Center (A3C), meet staff, and enjoy live student performances and refreshments. Sponsored by the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee.

Black Community Welcome

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Black Community Services Center

The official welcome to The Fam. Meet students, faculty, and staff at the Black Community Services Center. Come ready with questions. Sponsored by the Black Recruitment and Orientation Committee.

Native American Cultural Center Welcome

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Native American Cultural Center, Old Union Clubhouse, Ground Floor

Come find out what the NACC has to offer, meet our staff, and learn about educational and cultural programming and services. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the Native American Orientation Committee.

Women's Community Center Welcome

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Women’s Community Center, Fire Truck House, 1st Floor

Join the Women’s Community Center and meet your fellow classmates, talk to student staff, and enjoy refreshments. Learn about the events and opportunities at the WCC, pick up an “Of Course I’m a Feminist” sticker, and more. Sponsored by the Women’s Community Center Orientation Committee.

Chicanx/Latinx New Student & Family Welcome

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

El Centro Chicano y Latino welcomes new students and families to this program. Meet faculty, staff, students, and alumni from our community and enjoy great food and entertainment. Sponsored by the Chicanx/Latinx Orientation Committee.

Office for Religious Life Welcome

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE), Old Union, 3rd Floor

Meet the Office for Religious Life staff and Stanford Associated Religions student leaders and advisors. Explore and connect with the many spiritual life communities on campus. Sponsored by the Religious Life Orientation Committee.


Campus Tour

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • Stanford Visitor Center

Let a student tour guide show you around campus and answer your questions. (Free tours are given daily at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

Tour de Campus en Español

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Reuniéremos enfrente de la librería (Stanford Bookstore) en White Plaza

Acompañemos a conocer la Universidad. La visita guíada comenzará en frente de la librería (Stanford Bookstore). El tour será en inglés y español.

Financial Aid Office Drop-In Hours

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Montag Hall

Financial Aid staff will be available to welcome new students and families. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Old Union Complex Open House & Tresidder Memorial Union Open House

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Old Union Complex & Tresidder Memorial Union

The Old Union Complex and Tresidder Memorial Union are the hubs of Stanford student life and home to community centers, student services and resources, art and retail spaces, and delicious eateries. Live music will be featured on the Tresidder patio at noon.

Student Services Center

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd Floor

The Student Services Center provides academic and billing services in one location, representing Student Financial Services and the Office of the University Registrar.

Bookstore Workshops on Computing Options & Textbook Affordability

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Stanford Bookstore, White Plaza

Seminars are every half hour, with snacks and giveaways provided.

Office of Accessible Education Open House

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Office of Accessible Education, Student Services Building, 1st Floor

Visit the Office of Accessible Education, the centralized office providing academic and other accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students with any type of documented disability may be eligible for services.

Office for Military-Affiliated Communities Open House

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Student Services Center, Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd Floor

The OMAC staff would love to meet you and your family. Learn how OMAC focuses on the administration and management of VA benefits, while coordinating programming and supporting educational opportunities for military-affiliated communities.

Muse Department Open House

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Braun Music Center, Front Patio

Meet students, staff, and faculty for information about ways students can get involved in the Stanford music community through ensembles, lessons, and degree or performance certificate programs.

Schwab Learning Center Open House

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Schwab Learning Center, Student Services Building, 1st Floor

Visit the Schwab Learning Center and learn about the services and resources we offer for students with learning differences.