Approaching Stanford

Welcome to Stanford
**We will be updating our online content in May 2015. Please check back in May when we launch the Approaching Stanford process for the Class of 2019 and new transfers. In the meantime, you are welcome to review our 2014 Approaching Stanford material on this page.**
Approaching Stanford
We are delighted that you have chosen to spend the next few years here on The Farm, and we are excited to get to know you. Each of you will bring a unique set of experiences, ideas, and enthusiasms to Stanford, and we can’t wait to see what happens when you come together as classmates and share those parts of yourself with one another. In the days and weeks ahead, we will be communicating with you regularly as you get ready to start your Stanford journey. Our Freshman Transition Coordinators (FTCs) as well as our entire professional staff in Undergraduate Advising and Research are here to answer your questions and ensure that your transition to Stanford is a smooth one. Be sure to let us know how we can help you, whether by email, phone, or using our online platform, Stanford InYourClass. - Rob Urstein, Dean of Freshmen
Browse the topics in this online guide to learn how to prepare for Stanford. It contains all of the information in the Approaching Stanford Handbook, including detailed information for each form, and more.
New Student Orientation (NSO) 2014 will be held from Tuesday, September 16, to Sunday, September 21, 2014, the day before Autumn Quarter classes begin. NSO is required for all new students and you are expected to participate fully in NSO activities, which will take place from morning to late evening each day. NSO is designed to provide you with an introduction to the wide array of academic, intellectual, leadership, cultural, and social experiences available to you at Stanford.
As September 16 draws closer, you will be planning what to pack and preparing for your move to Stanford. Find maps, parking permits, and more on this page to help you move to the Farm.
In preparation for your arrival, Stanford will send you frequent communications by email and postal mail from mid-May to September. Those listed on this page are essential to your transition process.
Complete the items on this helpful and comprehensive to-do list to ensure that you will be ready for Stanford in September.
The weekly Approaching Stanford Newsletter along with PDF documents of the Approaching Stanford mailings and publications, including the Approaching Stanford Handbook, can be found in this section. This list will be updated throughout the summer as additional publications and newsletters are released. Be sure to check your Stanford email account at each week for the Newsletter.
All incoming freshmen and transfers must complete these required forms. The deadline for freshmen is Thursday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) and the deadline for new transfers is Wednesday, July 2 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT). The information you provide in these forms will be used to prepare for your arrival.
You must complete several forms associated with the health-related Entrance Medical Requirements by the stated deadlines before becoming a student at Stanford. The Vaden Health Forms are due for freshmen on Monday, June 30, and for transfers on Thursday, July 31.
Do you have a question? Check this list of contact information for campus resources to see who you should contact and review these updates and frequently asked questions that new students may have about the transition to Stanford. The FAQs will be updated throughout the summer.
Connect with students and Stanford administrators on our new social media platform, Stanford InYourClass. Start talking with each other and with us! You will need your SUNet ID and password to log in. Updates are installed periodically; if the site has trouble loading, please clear your cookies and cache and try logging in again. If you have any questions or concerns about Stanford InYourClass, please send an email to
Meet the student Freshman Transition Coordinators and professional staff at UAR who will be helping you over the summer as you prepare for Stanford. Feel free to contact us - we're looking forward to getting to know you.