New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation Overview
**New Student Orientation (NSO) will take place from Tuesday, September 15, through Sunday, September 20, 2015. We will be updating our online content and provide more information in May 2015 when we launch the Approaching Stanford process for the Class of 2019 and new transfers. Until then, you are welcome to browse the information below about NSO 2014.** 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. It is also an important time for forming relationships with your classmates, dormmates, and other members of the Stanford community. During these six days, there will be many engaging programs to attend, but you will also have time to settle into your room and prepare for classes.
The 2014 NSO Calendar is now available online and you will receive a printed copy when you check-in to your residence hall on the first day of NSO, Move-In Day: Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The 124th Opening Convocation Ceremony will also be held later that afternoon.
New Student Orientation events for parents and families will take place on the first day of NSO, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. This page offers information about parent events, including the Parent Dinner with the Provost, resources, and guidance on getting around campus.
A listing of Faculty presenters from this year's sessions and additional information and handouts.
Placement tests are offering during NSO in specific subject areas to help you determine where to focus your studies during your first year.
We respect students’ religious commitments and have ensured that there are opportunities on campus for holiday observance. For general information about religious observances at Stanford, go to
Now that it's September, you will be planning what to pack and preparing for your move to Stanford. Check here for maps, the NSO parking pass to use on Move-In Day (Tuesday, September 16, 2014), and more.
Students who are invited to attend these pre-orientation programs will need to register in advance for them: International Student Orientation (ISO), Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT), and Stanford Native Immersion Program. These programs will conclude by September 16, 2014, so that you can participate fully in NSO. If you are eligible to attend any of these programs, you will receive more information with registration instructions and deadlines during the summer.
There are many opportunities for members of the Stanford community to contribute to NSO. Student volunteers, staff members, faculty, and alumni play a vital role in supporting new students and their families and we hope you will join us in welcoming the newest members of our family to the Farm.