Approaching Stanford

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Welcome to Stanford
Welcome, Stanford Class of 2020 and new Transfers! Approaching Stanford, the process from May through September that will guide you in your transition to Stanford, will begin on May 16, 2016. On this date, we will send freshmen your first mailing with the Approaching Stanford Handbook. This website, along with the Handbook and summer communications to your email account (, will provide you with the information you need to prepare for your first year on the Farm. Be sure to read the time-sensitive materials to complete your required Approaching Stanford Forms online. If you have questions, please contact us:, (650) 723-7674. We look forward to welcoming you to Stanford!
Approaching Stanford
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. Be sure to complete any required actions by the posted deadlines, if applicable to you.
All incoming freshmen and transfers must complete these required forms which will open on May 16 for freshmen and on June 10 for transfers. You will not be able to access your forms before these dates. The deadlines to submit your forms are: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) for freshmen; and Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) for new transfers. 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 housing is assigned through the Approaching Stanford process. New freshmen 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. The Vaden Health Forms are due for freshmen on Thursday, June 30, 2016, and for transfers on Sunday, July 31, 2016. 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 asked questions from new students. The FAQs will be updated throughout the summer. The link to the Stanford Admitted Student Questionnaire will be posted in this section.
We'll be using Canvas this summer 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 Class of 2020" course - read discussion boards, post questions, join in "Office Hour" Q&As, and check the calendar for important dates and deadlines. Canvas is a secure Stanford platform that your course instructors and faculty will use during the academic year to communicate with you, upload course content, deliver assessments, and accept assignments. To change your email notifications, log in and click "Account" > "Notifications".
The Approaching Stanford Guide is the online version of the Approaching Stanford Handbook. Browse the topics in this guide for information on preparing for Stanford, including instructions for completing your Approaching Stanford Forms.
Check here for the weekly Approaching Stanford Newsletter along with PDF documents of the Approaching Stanford mailings and publications, including the Approaching Stanford Handbook. This list will be updated throughout the summer as additional publications and newsletters are released. Remember to check your Stanford email account at each week for the Newsletter.
Welcome, Parents and Families! Check here in June for information about the summer Parent Mailing, tickets for the NSO Parent Dinner with the Provost, and more.
As Move-In Day draws closer, you will be planning what to pack and preparing for your move to Stanford. Check here for guidlelines for packing and shipping and be sure to review the Student Sustainable Living Guide to learn about living Cardinal Green on this campus. Maps, parking permits, and instructions for check-in will be posted on September 1.
New Student Orientation (NSO) 2016 will be held from Tuesday, September 20 (Move-In Day), to Sunday, September 25, 2016, 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. Parent and family events will be offered on the first day of NSO.
Professor Elizabeth Tallent is the 2016 faculty moderator for the Three Books program, a cherished Stanford NSO tradition. This year's selections are: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit, and We the Animals by Justin Torres. Students will be mailed their books during the summer and have the opportunity to discuss them with faculty and each other. The Three Books program with the authors will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016.