Approaching Stanford

Approaching Stanford, Class of '22
Welcome to Stanford
Welcome to the Stanford family! Approaching Stanford, which began on May 14 for first-years and on June 11 for transfers, is the process that will guide all new undergraduate students in your preparation for and transition to Stanford. This website, along with the Approaching Stanford Handbook and weekly summer communications to your email account (, will provide the necessary information you need to prepare for your first year on the Farm. Be sure to read the time-sensitive materials and complete your required Approaching Stanford Forms online.
Approaching Stanford
In preparation for your arrival, Stanford will send you frequent communications by email ( and postal mail from May to September. Put these important dates and deadlines on your calendar and be sure to complete any required actions, if applicable to you. First-Years: Your first email will be sent on May 14, 2018. Transfers: Your first email will be sent on June 11, 2018.
Cardinal Compass is an online academic resource designed by Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) to help you craft and navigate your first year at Stanford. Find frosh friendly courses, meet your advisors, read Stanford stories by current students and faculty, and find answers to common academic questions. New students should review Cardinal Compass and, beginning August 13, schedule an appointment with your UAR Academic Advisor (Academic Advising Director or AARC Advisor). Your "New Student Advisement" Enrollment Hold will be automatically released on September 20 after: (1) you have completed an initial advising conversation with your Academic Advisor, and (2) you have arrived for NSO. Once the enrollment hold is released, you will be able to log in to Axess and register for Autumn Quarter courses.
All Approaching Stanford materials are available online, including the Approaching Stanford Handbook, the weekly Approaching Stanford Newsletter sent to your email account (, and all items included in the mailings. This list will be updated throughout the summer as additional publications and newsletters are released.
We're using Canvas to share additional information and to let you chat with the Approaching Stanford staff, faculty, and various administrators representing programs and opportunities at Stanford. Click on "SUNet Sign In" to log in to the "Approaching Stanford 2018" course - read discussion boards and post your questions. To change your email notifications, log in and click "Account" > "Notifications". The Approaching Stanford 2018 Canvas course will open on May 14 for First-Years and on June 11 for Transfers. (Canvas is a secure Stanford platform that your course instructors and faculty will continue to use during the academic year.)
Professor José David Saldívar is the 2018 faculty moderator for the Three Books program, a cherished Stanford NSO tradition. Based on the chosen theme of Globality and Migration, this year's selections are: Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee; Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat; and Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera. Students will receive the books in their Approaching Stanford package, which will be mailed to them during the summer. The Three Books program with the authors will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018.
As Move-In Day draws closer, you will be planning what to pack and preparing for your move to Stanford. New Student Orientation (NSO) 2018 will take place from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. All new students must be checked in at their residence by 5:00 p.m. on the first day of NSO and participate in the full duration of NSO. NSO is required for all new students. Click here for the 2018 Move-In Day Information Packet for driving directions and move-in instructions. Download the Stanford Mobile app for campus maps and more.
Welcome, Parents and Guardians! Check here to learn more about communication and infomation for parents/guardians this summer, tickets for the NSO Dinner with the Provost, and more.
All incoming students must complete and submit these required forms by the following dates: First-Year Forms Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT). Transfer Forms Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT). The information you provide in these forms (first year housing preferences, academic information and interests, etc.) will be used to prepare for your arrival. First-year and transfer housing is assigned through the Approaching Stanford process. New first-years and transfers should not complete a housing application on Axess.
You must complete several forms associated with the Entrance Health Requirements before becoming a student at Stanford. First-Year Health Forms Deadline: Saturday, June 30, 2018. Transfer Health Forms Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018. In addition to completing the forms, you will need to submit an official record of your immunizations to the Vaden Health Center.
Find contact information for campus resources and review these frequently ask questions from new students.
Approaching Stanford is the process that guides all new undergraduate students in your transition to Stanford. Meet the Orientation Coordinators and professional staff in Undergraduate Advising and Research who make up the Approaching Stanford team!