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 email@example.com. Results will be posted tonight at canvas.stanford.edu.
- Arabic Oral and Written Test • Bldg. 260-012
- Chinese Oral Test (includes some writing) • Bishop Auditorium
- French Oral Test • Cubberley Auditorium
- German Oral Test • Bldg. 30-101 & 30-102
- Hebrew Oral and Written Test • Bldg. 260-001
- Hindi Oral and Written Test • Bldg. 260-003
- Italian Oral Test • Bldg. 260-244
- Japanese Oral Test (includes some writing) • Littlefield 103, 104, 107
- Korean Oral Test (includes some writing) • Bldg. 300-303
- Latin and Classical Greek Written Test • School of Education 334
- Persian Oral and Written Test • Bldg. 260-004
- Portuguese Oral and Written Test • Bldg. 260-301
- Russian Oral Test (includes some writing) • Bldg. 260-011
- Spanish Oral Test • Dinkelspiel Auditorium
- Spanish Oral and Written Test for Home Background Speakers • Bldg. 260-113
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.
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.
TRANSFER LUNCH WITH ADVISORS & ANSWERS FOR TRANSFERS PART I
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.
DESIGNING YOUR FIRST QUARTER (FRosh)
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.
- Florence Moore Hall & Muwekma-Tah-Ruk • Bldg. 320-105
- Freshman-Sophomore College • Bldg. 370-370
- Lagunita Court • Bldg. 420-040
- Roble Hall • Bldg. 420-041
- Stern Hall (Burbank, Serra, Zapata) • Bishop Auditorium
- Stern Hall (Donner, Larkin, Twain) • Hewlett 200
- Wilbur Hall (Arroyo) • Bldg. 200-002
- Wilbur Hall (Cedro, Rinconada, Soto) • Cubberley Auditorium
- Wilbur Hall (Junipero, Okada, Otero) • Hewlett 201
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
- 4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. • Bishop Auditorium
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
FACES OF COMMUNITY – PART I
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.
FACES OF COMMUNITY – PART II
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.