Pre-Orientation Programs

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 September 16, 2020 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)

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

International Student Orientation (ISO)

Sunday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 16, 2020

All new international students for whom the Bechtel International Center issues immigration documents are required to attend the three-day ISO as part of their transition to Stanford. Students will need to register by checking the ISO registration box on the Housing Preference Form of your Approaching Stanford Forms. 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 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. There is no additional cost to participate.

ISO check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Bechtel International Center on Sunday, September 13. Later in the afternoon, from 2:00 p.m. - 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, will be posted on the Bechtel International Center website during the summer.

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 13, 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 13. If your family returns to campus on September 14, they can park in the Tresidder lot where paid visitor parking is available.

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 be on hand to support students for the duration of the program. Participating students will move into their assigned Autumn Quarter dorm room at the start of the program, further facilitating a smoother transition into college. Applications open in the summer and there is no additional cost to attend. For more information, visit

Stanford Native Immersion Program (SNIP)

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

Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT)

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. SPOT is open to any first-year or transfer student who are 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 June 16 - June 21. There is a trip fee in order to participate (financial aid is available). For more information, including registration instructions and financial aid, visit, or contact SPOT staff at (650) 736-7768 or