Pre-Orientation Programs

June 3, 2020 Update: We are pleased to announce that our plan is to welcome first-year and new transfers students to campus in the fall, subject to ongoing public health and safety guidance. Because the academic calendar has been re-set to begin Autumn Quarter one week earlier on September 14, we are currently in the process of determining new dates for Move-In and New Student Orientation. We will announce the new dates as soon as possible. *

First-year and transfer students who are invited to attend the following pre-orientation programs will need to register in advance for them. These programs will conclude by the first day of NSO 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.

International Student Orientation (ISO)

Tentative Dates: September 8-9, 2020

All new international students for whom the Bechtel International Center issues immigration documents are required to attend ISO as part of their transition to Stanford. U.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 Approaching Stanford Form and provide an explanation (requests will be reviewed and approved by the Bechtel International Center staff.) Eligible students will receive additional information this summer. There is no additional cost to participate.

For 2020, ISO will be provided in a virtual format. More information about ISO, including a schedule, will be posted on the Bechtel International Center website during the summer.

Neurodiversity Transition Orientation


By participating in the Neurodiversity Transition Orientation, students will gain knowledge and receive information on topics including campus resources, residential life and independent livnig skills, transportation, community resources, social support, and an introduction to neurodiversity. In addition to the Stanford Neurodiversity Project staff, peer mentors will support students for the duration of the program.  Applications open in the summer and there is no additional cost to attend. For more information, visit

Stanford Native Immersion Program (SNIP)

Tentative Dates: September 2-3, 2020

SNIP is a fun-filled experience designed to help incoming native first-year and transfer students adjust to life on the Farm. There is no additional cost to attend. 

For 2020, SNIP will be provided in a virtual format. Program 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) at (650) 725-6944.

First-Generation/Low-Income Student Orientation (FLI-SO) - NOT OFFERED IN 2020

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 the 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 provided during the summer. There is no additional cost to participate. For more information, contact the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Office.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak and change to the academic year schedule, FLI-SO will not take place as a pre-orientation program this year. The FLI Office looks forward to providing additional programs and opportunities to connect during NSO and through the fall quarter.

Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT) - NOT OFFERED IN 2020

SPOT provides immersive experiences that takes place the week before New Student Orientation and are designed to ease the transition of students to life at Stanford.  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. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: SPOT is a tradition that stands on in-person community-building amongst the incoming frosh, transfers, and upperclass student leaders. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak and the cancelation of all off-campus pre-orientation programs at Stanford, SPOT will be taking a break this year. Being a SPOTlet is not the only way to experience SPOT, check out our academic classes to lead SPOT 2021