Pre-Orientation Programs

Students invited to attend the following pre-orientation programs will need to register in advance for them. These programs will conclude by September 18, 2019 so that you can participate fully in New Student Orientation (NSO). If you are eligible to attend any of these programs, you will receive more information with registration instructions and deadlines during the summer.

First-Generation/Low-Income Student Orientation (FLI-SO) | Friday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FLI-SO is a pre-orientation program offered to incoming undergraduate students who identify as first-generation and/or low-income. This program is focused on supporting you in your transition to Stanford with an emphasis on research and experience; specifically speaking into the unique challenges that FLI students may face as they enter a university setting. Information and registration forms will be sent to eligible students during the summer. For more information, contact the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Office.

International Student Orientation (ISO) | Sunday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 18, 2019

All new international students for whom the Bechtel International Center issues immigration documents are expected to attend ISO. Students will need to register by checking the ISO registration box on the Housing Preference Form of your Approaching Stanford FormsU.S. citizens, permanent residents living abroad, and any student for whom Bechtel does not issue a visa should not attend ISO, though you may request to attend on the Housing Preferences Form and provide an explanation (requests will be reviewed and approved by the Bechtel International Center staff.) Eligible students will receive additional information in June with their immigration documents.

ISO begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Bechtel International Center on Sunday, September 15. From 2:00-5:00 p.m., Housing staff will come to Bechtel to distribute dorm keys and SUID cards so students may begin moving into their dorm rooms once they have their keys. Students arriving after 5:00 p.m. should contact Bechtel to notify them of their late arrival. More information about ISO, including a schedule, is posted on the Bechtel International Center website.

ISO parking: When you check-in for ISO, you will receive a free all-day ISO parking permit to place in your car for September 15, that will be valid in residence parking lots and the Tresidder parking lot near the Bechtel International Center. Note that this is a one-day parking pass valid only on September 15. If your family returns to campus on September 16, they can park in the Tresidder lot where paid visitor parking is available.

Stanford Native Immersion Program (SNIP) | Friday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SNIP is a six-day, fun-filled experience designed to help incoming first-year and transfer students adjust to life on the Farm. Information and registration forms will be sent to eligible students during the summer. For more information contact the Native American Cultural Center/American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Program (NAAC/AIANNHP).

Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT) | Thursday, September 12 to Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SPOT provides an immersive, outdoor experience that takes place the week before New Student Orientation. It is designed to ease the transition of students to life at Stanford as well as foster Stanford identity, community, and personal growth through activity, self-reflection, and mentorship. SPOT is open to any first-year or transfer student who is not required to participate in ISO. Space is limited and admittance to SPOT is on a lottery basis; the window to apply for the lottery is 8:00 a.m. (PST) on June 18 through 11:59 p.m. (PST) on June 21. For more information, including registration instructions and financial aid, visit or email