Preparing for Stanford | Parents & Guardians

Approaching Stanford 2021 will be updated by Spring 2021. You may review 2020 information on this page.

Welcome, Stanford parents and guardians. We are excited to welcome you to the Stanford family!


Approaching Stanford Newsletters will be sent during the summer. These emails will contain helpful information about preparing for Stanford.

Information for parents and guardians during the summer may include: 

Once the academic year begins, parents/guardians will begin receiving the monthly Stanford Parent/Guardian Newsletter.

Parent/Guardian Contacts

The Newsletters will be sent only to the parent/guardian contacts listed by students on their Approaching Stanford Forms. If your student enters your contact information on their Approaching Stanford Forms, you will receive Approaching Stanford Newsletters this summer.

To be added to our parent/guardian database after the Approaching Stanford Forms deadline (June 5 for frosh; June 26 for transfers), please ask your student to send an email request with your name and contact information to, or once the academic year begins, to The request must come from your student.

Approaching Stanford e-Newsletters for Students

Students began receiving weekly Approaching Stanford Newsletters beginning May 8 to their Stanford email account. You are welcome to read these student Newsletters which are all available in our Approaching Sanford Newsletter archive online

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents and guardians often have many questions as you prepare to send your student to Stanford. Please review our frequently asked questions (FAQs) about paying the University Bill, packing and moving to Stanford, Cardinal Care Health Insurance, and more. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us!

Please note:

Installment Payment Plan - Students may opt to enroll in this plan by August 1 (updated deadline) if they wish to spread payment of large University fees (tuition, room and board, etc.) over three monthly installments per quarter. Students can enroll in Axess.

Cardinal Care Health Insurance - Students must acknowledge or waive enrollment in Cardinal Care Health insurance between September 1 and September 15 online in Axess. International students must submit the International Student Insurance Coverage Certification Form by September 15 if they do not wish to enroll in Cardinal Care Health Insurance.

Information about COVID-19 and Autumn 2020

Move-in and Virtual 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.

We know that beginning the Stanford journey marks an important and exciting transition in your student’s life and in your life as well. We are planning a virtual NSO program to welcome parents and family members to Stanford, including a virtual Convocation and various virtual community welcomes and Q&A sessions.

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. 

For information about traveling to campus and local accommodations, please see our Visitor Information website.

Stanford Families Website

During the academic year, please refer to the Stanford Families website for important information and updates about events and resources, including Stanford Family Weekend, Commencement, the Stanford Parents' Club, and more.


Approaching Stanford/NSO Team | For questions before your student's arrival to campus
(650) 723-7674

Stanford Parent & Family Help Line | For questions during the academic year
(650) 725-0649