NSO Parents Events

New Student Orientation (NSO), Tuesday, September 20 through Sunday, September 25, 2016, is required for all new students and we expect your student to participate fully in NSO activities which will take place from morning to evening each day.

Events for parents and families will take place on the first day of NSO, Tuesday, September 20, 2016. We know that this day marks an important and exciting transition in your son’s or daughter’s life and in your life as well. The events we schedule for parents and families are intended to provide an appreciation for the University’s challenging intellectual life, resources, rich community and lasting traditions. We hope that you will ask questions, meet new families and friends, and enjoy your day on campus.

Detailed information will be updated on September 1, 2016.


Orientation events for parents and families will take place on the first day of NSO, September 20, 2016, between 9:00 a.m. and 8:15 p.m.

  • Begin your day at the residences where new students check in for NSO and move in. Printed NSO Parent Events Calendars will be distributed. After unloading, move your car to free all-day parking at the Galvez Lot , which is near the venue for the Parent Dinner with the Provost, and ride the free Marguerite Shuttle back to the residences.
  • During the day, parents can visit the Parent Resource Center to meet one another and have questions answered by representatives from campus departments and programs.
  • In the afternoon, open houses, welcome programs, and parent panels are available for parents to learn more about the University and its resources.
  • Should you wish to visit academic departments or other offices on campus, they are generally open 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • In the late afternoon, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne will host the 126th Opening Convocation in the Inner Quad at 4:00 p.m., a ceremony that students and their families will not want to miss. Dress casually and bring a hat, as it may be sunny.
  • Following Convocation, meet your student's residential staff, housemates, and their families. This is the traditional time for you to say goodbye to your student.
  • End your day at the Parent Dinner with the Provost for dinner, entertainment, and conversation with other parents. 

Parent Dinner with the Provost

Parents of new undergraduate students are invited to join Provost John Etchemendy, Stanford's chief academic officer, for a casual dinner, dessert, entertainment, and conversation with other parents from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. The Provost will give the dinner address and Stanford Parents' Club hosts will be on hand to welcome you and answer questions.

A link to purchase tickets will be available from this page in June.


Parent Dinner with the Provost


The Approaching Stanford Newsletter that will be emailed to all incoming students on in September will include information about traveling to Stanford and parking on campus as well as links to a printable map and parking pass.

The map and parking pass will be available on this website on September 1.

After unloading at the residences, parents should move their cars to the Galvez Parking Lot for free all-day parking. Free Marguerite shuttles will return you to the residences and will run approzimately every 15 minutes throughout the day. 

Accessibilty & Disability-Related Accommodation Requests

NSO volunteers will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 to provide limited golf cart transportation for people who may require additional assistance traveling between NSO events, including Opening Convocation and the Parent Dinner. To request assistance, please call (650) 72-FROSH on September 15 at least 30 minutes prior to an event.

All locations are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted on the map in the printed Parent Events Calendar. For disability-related accommodation requests or wheelchair access information during NSO for students and family members, please contact the Disability and Access Office:

Diversity & Access Office
Voice: (650) 725-0326
TTY: (650) 723-1216

Approaching Stanford PARENT MAILING

A welcome letter and information will be sent on June 20, 2016, to the parents/guardians of incoming freshmen and new transfers during the summer (as identified by students in their Approaching Stanford Forms). Visit the Approaching Stanford for Parents and Families page for details.


For questions about NSO events for parents, please call the Approaching Stanford/NSO team in Undergraduate Advising and Research at (650) 72-FROSH or email approaching@stanford.edu.