New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation Overview
New Student Orientation (NSO) 2014 will be held from Tuesday, September 16, to Sunday, September 21, 2014, 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. 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. We are currently updating our online content and will begin posting information about NSO 2014 in May when we launch the Approaching Stanford process for the Class of 2018 and new transfers.
What You Need to Know about NSO
As September draws closer, you will be planning what to pack and preparing for your move to Stanford. This information will be updated in the summer and will provide some guidance for these processes, including maps and a parking pass to use on move-in day (Tuesday, September 16, 2014).
The 2014 NSO Calendar will be available by September 1, 2014, 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. To get a sense for the programs and opportunities available during NSO, please review the 2013 NSO Calendar.
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.
Placement tests are offering during NSO in specific subject areas to help you determine where to focus your studies during your first year. 2014 placement test information will be updated in May 2014.
We respect students’ religious commitments and have ensured that there are opportunities on campus for holiday observance. All orientation and residential staff will be aware of the need that some students may have to arrive late or leave early from some events. Information about religious observations during New Student Orientation will also be included in the printed NSO Student Events Calendar. 2014 information will be updated in the summer. For general information about religious observances at Stanford, go to
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.
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.