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We have been eagerly awaiting you and are delighted that you have chosen to spend the next few years here with us on the Farm.

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Class of 2028 & Transfers

Welcome! We are excited to welcome you to our Stanford family and help you prepare for your first year on The Farm.

We are thrilled that you are matriculating at Stanford and honored to be helping you consider what your unique undergraduate pathway will be as you join Stanford’s distinguished and exceptionally talented faculty and student scholar community. Stanford’s faculty and staff are eager to work with you, inspire you, challenge you, and help you reach your fullest potential. Your fellow students are also excited to get to know you better in your classrooms, dorms, and other campus spaces.

Approaching Stanford will help you launch your Stanford journey. Undoubtedly, you will experience adjustments and reorientations as you “approach Stanford.” Choosing first-year courses from among the many COLLEGE and Introductory Seminars course options, for example, can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. Please know that we are prepared to support and encourage you along the way. Your Academic Advisor will be a tremendous resource to you as you select classes that not only reflect your current interests, but also enable you to experiment and explore new subjects and pursuits. Stanford affords you many opportunities to demonstrate both your determination and your curiosity as you chart a path unique to you.

You will encounter educational, experiential, and cultural opportunities outside the classroom as well—from research projects, public service internships and artistic performers to film screenings, field trips, and much more. Your dorm will also be a central nexus of activity where you will get to know new classmates from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic and personal interests. Students tell us that many of their best experiences at Stanford emerge from the supportive friendships forged within your frosh hall.

Over the coming months, Approaching Stanford will guide you to the resources that can address any curiosities or concerns you might have as you prepare to come to Stanford. Please contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to meeting you at New Student Orientation and welcoming you to the Stanford Family.

Image of 6 student orientation coordinators in front of fountain. Photo by Niles Wilson.

Approaching Stanford

For 2024, Approaching Stanford will begin on May 10 for incoming frosh, and on June 7 for incoming transfers. Be sure to create your Stanford Network ID (SUNet ID) and begin checking your Stanford email for weekly messages from Approaching Stanford. Throughout the summer, you'll be introduced to the Stanford community while completing your New Student Requirements (health forms, housing application, first-year course preferences, and more). The process culminates with New Student Orientation when you move to campus in September.

Move-In & New Student Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to campus! Move-In and New Student Orientation will take place the week before the start of Autumn Quarter. All new students are required to live on campus and participate in New Student Orientation. New Student Move-In Day is Tuesday, September 17, 2024. NSO is September 17-22, 2024. Course enrollment will take place during NSO. The NSO website will be updated with the 2024 detailed schedule of events on/around September 1. Please do not make other plans during the week of NSO. 

Approaching Stanford Handbook

The Approaching Stanford Handbook is our primary resource for introducing students and families to Stanford. Review the Approaching Stanford Handbook for detailed information about policies, academics, campus life, and resources.

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Stanford Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and make visible the University’s relationship to Native peoples.

Two student volunteers hold sign on Move-In Day reading, "Welcome to the Farm." Photo by David Gonzales.

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