Approaching Stanford

Approaching Stanford, Class of '23
Welcome to Stanford
Welcome to the Stanford family! Approaching Stanford, required for all new undergraduate students, is the process that will guide you in your preparation for Stanford and provide information about: academics and course enrollment, housing assignments, health requirements, student communities, opportunities, resources, and more. Approaching Stanford will begin on May 8, 2019, for first-years, and on June 7, 2019, for new transfers. Beginning on the appropriate start date, please be sure to log in to your Stanford email account for your first email communication ( with information about the required Approaching Stanford Forms. You may review the Approaching Stanford Checklist by logging into our online portal at **Information about Approaching Stanford 2019 will be updated on this website by April 2019. Please check back in April for updated information and deadlines.**
Approaching Stanford
In preparation for your arrival, Stanford will send you weekly email communications ( 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 May 8, 2019. Transfers: Your first email will be sent June 7, 2019. Once you accept your offer of admission: (1) ensure your mailing address is correct in Axess; (2) on May 8 / June 7, check your email and read your first Approaching Stanford email.
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.
In order to enroll at Stanford, all incoming students must complete and submit these required online forms in the early summer by the appropriate deadlines. First-Year forms will be available from May 8 - June 7, 2019. Transfer forms will be available from June 7 - 28. Instructions and deadlines will be updated by April 2019. 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.
Cardinal Compass is an online academic planning resource for first-year students designed by Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR). 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 schedule a required appointment with your UAR Academic Advisor in August/September. After this initial advising conversation, your "New Student Advisement" Enrollment Hold will be released during New Student Orientation (NSO) and you will be able to log in to Axess and register for Autumn Quarter courses. Your course registration is conditional upon completion of NSO, which is required for all new students.
You must complete several forms associated with the Entrance Health Requirements before becoming a student at Stanford. First-Year Health Forms Deadline: June 30, 2019. Transfer Health Forms Deadline: July 31, 2019. In addition to completing the health forms, you will need to submit an official record of your immunizations to the Vaden Health Center.
Canvas is a secure, online platform at Stanford that we use 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 2019" course - review the Approaching Stanford Checklist, read discussion boards, and post your questions. To change your email notifications, log in and click "Account" > "Notifications". The Approaching Stanford 2019 Canvas course will open on May 8, 2019, for First-Years and on June 7, 2019, for Transfers. You will also use Canvas for summer online placement diagnostics and tests, and for your courses during the academic year.
As Move-In Day draws closer, you will be planning what to pack and preparing for your move to Stanford. New Student Orientation (NSO) 2019 will take place from Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 22, 2019. 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.
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.
Find contact information for campus resources and review these frequently ask questions from new students. This page will be updated by April 2019.
Approaching Stanford is the process that guides all new undergraduate students in your transition to Stanford. Meet the 2018 Orientation Coordinators and professional staff in Undergraduate Advising and Research who make up the Approaching Stanford team. We will announce the 2019 team in April 2019!