NSO Events for Parents & Families


Move-in Day and New Student Orientation 2020

*August 13 update: Due to current health conditions, we will not be able to invite first-year and new transfers to campus for the autumn quarter, as we had hoped. We will continue to offer on-campus housing for students approved to be in residence due to a special circumstance and who continue to wish to be on campus, despite the plan for mostly remote instruction. If public health conditions allow, we plan to invite frosh and new transfer students to campus for the winter quarter.

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 finalizing new dates for Move-In and New Student Orientation. We will announce the new Move-In date as soon as possible. Please note that information on this website is subject to change. We will update it as new information becomes available.

July 22 update for students approved to live on campus in the fall due to special circumstances: Because we will need to take extra precautions this year to protect everyone’s safety, parents and families will not be able to enter the residences or dining facilities during move-in. This was a difficult decision as we know that moving onto campus for the first time is a very special moment for students and families. If you will be driving your student to campus, families will be allowed at vehicle drop-off sites near student residences. But then, we ask that families plan on departing campus right away. Exceptions will be made for students with registered accommodations. We encourage you to ask your student to call you once they've checked in to give you a virtual tour of their room and residence. 

We know that Move-In Day and NSO marks an important and exciting transition in your student’s life and in your life as well. We are expecting to plan a virtual NSO program to welcome parents and family members to Stanford, including:

  • virtual Opening Convocation Ceremony
  • virtual Community Center Welcomes
  • virtual Q&A session to learn about health, safety, and resources at Stanford

Visitor Information

Information about traveling to Stanford and a local lodging guide is available on our Visitor Information website

For disability-related accommodation requests or wheelchair access information for family members, please contact the Diversity and Access Office:

Diversity & Access Office
(650) 725-0326

Approaching Stanford Parent and Guardian Newsletter

Monthly newsletters will be sent this summer to the parents/guardians of incoming frosh and new transfers during the summer (as identified by students in their Approaching Stanford Forms). These newsletters will contain helpful information and resources for our families. Visit the Approaching Stanford for Parents and Guardians page to view this information.

Contact Us

Approaching Stanford/NSO Team
(650) 723-7674