New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation Overview
Welcome! New Student Orientation will introduce you to the wide array of academic, intellectual, leadership, cultural, and social experiences available to you at Stanford. You are expected to attend many engaging and educational programs during NSO, but you will also have time to settle into your room, make friends, and prepare for classes. NSO 2015 begins on Tuesday, September 15, and runs through Sunday, September 20. All new students must be checked in by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, and are required to attend the full duration of NSO. Detailed information about NSO 2015, including the NSO 2015 Calendar, Placement Tests, NSO 2015 Parking Pass, and more, will be posted here by September 1.
Check here for packing guidelines, maps & driving directions, and other useful information for moving to the Farm! The NSO 2015 Parking Pass for Move-In Day (Tuesday, September 15, 2015) will be posted here on September 1.
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 the Stanford Native Immersion Program. These programs will conclude by September 15, 2015, 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.
We respect students’ religious commitments and have ensured that there are opportunities on campus for observance. In 2015, the Jewish observance of Rosh Hashanah will occur during NSO. New students unable to travel during Rosh Hashanah may submit a request (by the July 1 deadline) for early arrival on September 13 to their residence on the basis of this religious conflict.
New Student Orientation events for parents and families will take place on the first day of NSO: Tuesday, September 15, 2015. This page offers information about parent events, resources, and guidance on getting around campus. Tickets for the NSO Parent Dinner with the Provost may be purchased online here from June 10 to August 21. A limited number of tickets will be available on Move-In Day.
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. Current Stanford students and VSOs should review the "NSO Policy for Student Groups on Recruitment and Tabling."
New Student Orientation (NSO) will take place from Tuesday, September 15, through Sunday, September 20, 2015. We will update our online content and provide more information by September 1 after we have finalized the schedule. Until then, you are welcome to browse the NSO 2014 calendar.