Wednesday, September 20

2017 NSO - Wednesday, September 20


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Language Placement Tests

8:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. • Doors close at 8:50 a.m. sharp – tests begin at 9:00 a.m. Bring your SUID card

The tests listed below are mainly oral and written tests. For French, German, Italian, and Spanish, you should have already taken a written placement test online. If you have not taken this online test, contact Results will be posted tonight at


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. • Memorial Auditorium, NSO nametag required

Per our founders’ wishes, Stanford’s undergraduate curriculum aims to prepare you for “direct usefulness in life” by engaging you in a wide-ranging search for knowledge, regardless of perceived practical applications. Provost Persis Drell will address the purpose of a liberal education and offer guidance and perspective as you begin your Stanford journey. You will also hear from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research.

Zero-Waste Lunch

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. • Lomita Mall

Frosh – Pick up a lunch and enjoy an outdoor picnic along Lomita Mall. Look for instructions and volunteers to help you compost your meal materials for this zero-waste lunch. Check out the informational tables to learn more about sustainability on campus, too. If you have a specific dietary allergy, look for the designated table to pick up your lunch. Note: Your SUID card will not work in the dining halls today for lunch.


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Oak Lounge, Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd Floor

Transfers — Enjoy your zero-waste lunch with new transfer students, transfer advisors, and Stanford administrators. Returning transfer students will share their experiences and offer suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Stanford.


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Your Academic Advising Director is the key advising resource in your dorm complex. Meet your AAD and learn about preparing for your first quarter, how to choose classes, the advantages of working with your various advisors, and more.

Academic Planning Sessions

2:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The following academic information sessions are designed to help you choose your first-year courses, plan for academic success, and prepare you for meeting with your advisors. Most sessions are offered twice. Faculty speakers are listed online.

Academic Planning for the Arts

Faculty will offer valuable tips on selecting introductory or gateway courses that open doors to further exploration in the arts and that prepare you for study in particular majors.

Academic Planning for Chemistry & Biology

Faculty from Biology and Chemistry will describe preparation for study in any of the majors that have these courses as foundations. Learn about where you should begin in each of these course sequences given your background.

Academic Planning for Computer Science 

This session is intended for anyone thinking about taking computer science classes, from those with no background to those who are considering this major. Faculty will discuss areas of this discipline and at what level it would be appropriate for you to begin coursework.

Academic Planning for Engineering

Faculty will discuss the notably wide breadth of fields encompassed in the School of Engineering. Learn about the foundational and introductory courses that will guide exploration of your interest and the possibilities in engineering.

Academic Planning for Foreign Language

Faculty will discuss practical questions and the deep resources Stanford offers for language study and describe the key role language study will play in opening avenues for your many interests in programs, including literary and area cultural studies, international relations, public service, and overseas study.

Academic Planning for the Humanities

Faculty will introduce you to the range of humanities offerings at Stanford and offer valuable tips on how to choose courses and explore potential majors.

Academic Planning for Mathematics

Faculty from Mathematics, Computational and Mathematical Engineering, and Statistics will describe preparation for study in any of the majors that have these courses as foundations, and will recommend different starting points and sequences available for students based on their background.

Academic Planning for Physics and Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences 

Faculty from Physics and Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences will describe preparation for study in any of the majors that have courses in these departments as foundations. Learn about where you should begin in course sequences given your background. Also find out about introductory or gateway courses that open doors to further exploration and opportunities.

Academic Planning for Pre-Med

This presentation will guide you in assessing your interests in the health professions and will include details on course selection and other criteria necessary to prepare for a career in the health fields.

Academic Planning for the Social Sciences

Faculty will offer valuable tips on selecting introductory or gateway courses that open doors to further exploration in different social science disciplines and that prepare you for study in particular majors.

Active Learning Strategies

Do you know your learning style? Do you want to polish old study habits or learn new techniques? The study skills required for academic success at Stanford may surprise you. This session will teach strategies to ease your transition from high school to Stanford study.

Research and Independent Projects

Original scholarship in a wide range of disciplines can be an integral part of your undergraduate experience. Come get inspired by the range of project possibilities in research, the arts, and senior synthesis. Learn some key steps in getting started and think about the timeline that might make the most sense for you.

Thinking Matters, PWR, and IntroSem Classes

Faculty directors and staff will answer your questions about strategies for achieving your goals in Thinking Matters, PWR, and Intro Sems. The session will also highlight the role of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking in your undergraduate education.


Transfer Drop-In Advising

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Undergraduate Advising and Research, Sweet Hall, 1st Floor

Transfer Academic Advisor Sally Mentzer will be available for drop-in advising. Repeated on Friday and Saturday.


5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls


7:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium, NSO nametag required

Witness the rich and broad diversity that contributes to the quality of excellence of the Stanford student body. Through reflection, narratives, dance, and music, current students will introduce you to the faces of our community. Note: This program addresses sensitive topics. Student and professional staff will be available in the lobby to help if you feel uncomfortable, have questions, want more information, or need support.


9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. • Residences, Transfers meet in Kimball Lounge

Return to your residences and share your thoughts about the students’ stories from Faces of Community in a discussion facilitated by your residential staff.

AANSOC Okada Chillout

11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. • Okada House Lounge, Wilbur Hall

Explore the Asian American theme dorm and mingle with new and upperclass students at this year’s first AANSOC social mixer. Sponsored by the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee and Okada House.