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June 8, 2022
Photo of Transfers holding Class of 2022 banner at the Transfer Graduation Dinner on June 3. Photo credit: Aljon Celis.
Photo of Transfers holding Class of 2022 banner at the Transfer Graduation Dinner on June 3. Photo credit: Aljon Celis.

Welcome, Stanford Transfers!

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.
Approaching Stanford, in the Office of Academic Advising, is the process that will guide you in your preparation for and transition to Stanford. Bookmark our website, approaching.stanford.edu, and visit it throughout the summer to complete action items, to review Important Dates and Deadlines, and to learn about life at Stanford.
In the weeks ahead, the Approaching Stanford team will communicate regularly with you as you get ready to start your Stanford journey. Check your @stanford.edu email frequently (webmail.stanford.edu) and look for this weekly newsletter every Monday afternoon to stay up to date with important information and upcoming deadlines.
After you provide your family contact information on your Approaching Stanford Forms, we will begin sending monthly e-newsletters to your parents and guardians as well. If interested, please ask them to review the Parents and Guardians tab on our website.
Our Approaching Stanford professional staff are here to answer your questions and ensure that your transition to Stanford is a smooth one. Be sure to let us know how we can help you by emailing approaching@stanford.edu or calling (650) 723-7674.
We're also excited to introduce you to our Orientation Coordinators, the student staff in our office who will be spending this summer welcoming you to Stanford. Meet the OCs and follow them this summer on the OC Blog and @approachingstanford on Instagram!
Welcome to Stanford. You're going to love it here.

Approaching Stanford Handbook

If you're ready to dive into the Approaching Stanford process, begin by reading the Approaching Stanford Handbook online. This Handbook will serve as your primary introduction to Stanford and will answer many of your questions. We encourage you to share the Handbook, along with these weekly emails, with your parents and guardians. Handbook chapters include:
  • University Values & Policies
  • Academic Life
  • Campus Communities
  • Life on the Farm
  • New Student Orientation
  • Just for Transfers

Approaching Stanford Requirements in Canvas

We'll be using Canvas, a secure Stanford portal, this summer to help you track and complete your Approaching Stanford Requirements, including the Approaching Stanford Forms, Vaden Health Forms, and more. Please review the Approaching Stanford Requirements in Canvas and note important deadlines on your calendar. All incoming new students must complete these requirements by the posted deadlines in order to enroll in your Autumn Quarter courses.
When you log in to Canvas, you'll see information organized in Modules as well as Q&A Discussion Boards where you can ask questions and chat with faculty and program staff this summer about a variety of topics such as Advising, Housing, Communities, and more. 
To log in, go to canvas.stanford.edu, click on "SUNet Sign In," and select the "Approaching Stanford 2022" course. Canvas will send auto-notifications via email. To edit your email notification settings, log in and click "Account," then "Notifications."

Approaching Stanford Forms & Housing Application

When you're ready to begin, log in to your Approaching Stanford Forms and Housing Application, which all new students are required to complete. The forms and Transfer Housing options, are due June 30, so you have plenty of time to complete them. Since we do not see your admission application, these forms are a critical part of getting to know you and learning how we can best support you.
Log in to your Approaching Stanford Forms & Housing Application
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Meet the Class of '26 & Transfers in Stanford Slack

Get to know each other this summer in the "Class of 2026 & Transfers" Slack Workspace! This informal group chat will stay with this class until you graduate. (Note: Stanford will not host an official class Facebook group this year.)
To access Slack, log in to Stanford Slack and search for the "Class of 2026 & Transfers", or log in directly to stanfordclassof2026.slack.com. If you're new to Slack, check out these tips and resources and don't forget to adjust your notification settings!
We've created a private channel within this workspace just for transfers: #transfers-2022. We invite you to post your intros and begin meeting each other in this smaller group chat. Feel free to also hop into the Transfers Virtual Lounge any time this summer for meet-ups (Zoom link posted in the Slack channel). The slack channel and lounge are students spaces just for the transfer community.
If you're interested in engaging with the larger frosh class, which began Approaching Stanford on May 11, feel free to meet and interact with them in class-wide channels: #introductions and #everyone-main. 
Please remember that the Class Slack is intended to be an inclusive and welcoming space. With that in mind, please take a minute to review the #community-norms channel with the Fundamental Standard and Reporting & Resources.

Summer Online Writing Course for Transfers

Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Rhetoric of the University
June 20 - August 11, 2022
The Writing and Rhetoric Requirement, one of Stanford’s general education requirements, includes courses at three levels. The first level is WR 1, which most students fulfill by taking PWR 1, a four-unit course centered on analysis and research-based arguments.
This year, we are pleased to offer 15 members of the incoming transfer cohort an opportunity to take PWR 1 together over the summer. If selected, you will enroll in a remote, synchronous PWR 1 class, “Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Rhetoric of the University.” The course will run during Summer Quarter, June 20 - August 11, 2022. Once successfully completed, this course will fill your WR 1 requirement and you will have earned four units of academic credit. This pilot is offered at no cost to students.
Contact the Undergraduate Advising Director for Transfers, Dr. Alice Petty, with any questions and to discuss whether this opportunity is a good fit for you: aapetty@stanford.edu.
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Stanford Pre-Orientation Programs

In addition to New Student Orientation (NSO), Stanford offers the following beloved pre-orientation programs to our incoming students. In order to attend any of these programs, students must register in advance. This year, all programs will take place in person (subject to state and county public health policies) and conclude before the first day of NSO. As these programs occur at the same time, while you can apply to multiple programs, you can only attend one pre-orientation program. 
International Student Orientation (ISO): Overseen by the Bechtel International Center, ISO is an on-campus program that supports your transition to living in the U.S. through presentations, panel discussions, and social activities. All new international students for whom Bechtel issues immigration documents are required to attend ISO and cannot sign up for an additional pre-orientation program. There is no cost to attend. Registration Deadline: June 30 (on your Approaching Stanford Forms).
First-Generation/Low-Income Student Orientation: Through the Stanford FLI-Office, FLI-SO is an on-campus program for new students who identify as first-generation and/or low-income. This program is focused on supporting the transition to Stanford with an emphasis on the unique challenges FLI students may face as you enter a university setting. There is no cost to attend. Registration Deadline: June 17.
Stanford Native Immersion Program (SNIP): Through the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai'ian Program/Native American Cultural Center (AIANNHP/NACC), SNIP is an off-campus six-day program designed to welcome incoming new students to The Farm. Participants will be led by current students and staff who will direct them in activities, explore Native issues, and advise them on academic and student life at Stanford. There is no cost to attend. Eligible students will receive registration materials in June.
Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT): Coordinated by Stanford Recreation & Wellness, SPOT provides immersive outdoor experiences off-campus that take place the week before NSO. These trips are designed to foster community and personal growth through activity, self-reflection, and mentorship. Participation fee; financial aid available. Because there is typically more interest than spaces available, SPOT will run a lottery selection process for all students who register by June 15. SPOT Lottery Registration Period: June 9-15.

Getting Started - Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?
What will I need to do this summer?
What are time-sensitive items I should pay attention to now?
  • Transfer Summer Writing Course - Contact Alice Petty to enroll, if interested.
  • Academic and/or Housing Accommodations - If you will need accommodations, including emotional support animals, register with the Office of Accessible Education by June 15, if possible.
  • Pre-Orientation Programs - Register by the deadlines, if interested.
How do I communicate with Stanford? 
  • Always use your Stanford email account when contacting Stanford offices by email.
  • Call us at (650) 723-7674 to talk with the Approaching Stanford team.
  • Post questions on the Canvas Q&A Discussion Boards.
  • Remember that you will need to use Two-Step Authentication when accessing email and secure sites. Never give your SUNet ID password to someone else (including parents/guardians).
How do I update my Preferred Name?
  • Log in to Axess and under the "Student" tab, navigate to the "Personal Information" section to update your Preferred Name.
  • If you do not want your middle name to appear on your account (Stanford email, Canvas, etc.), you can delete it from the Middle Name field.
Why is there an Enrollment Hold that is "Past Due" on my account in Axess?
  • All new students have a "New Student Advisement" Enrollment Hold on your student account, which will be released by September 1 after you have completed an academic advising conversation with the Transfer Undergraduate Advising Director. Don't worry, this hold is not "Past Due" and there is no action you need to take at this time.
  • International students have an additional hold that will be released by the Bechtel International Center after you attend their required immigration session.
  • Course enrollment for continuing students and transfers will open on September 1. You must complete all Approaching Stanford Requirements, including submission of health forms, final transcripts, and test scores (if applicable) in order to enroll in your courses.
What are Stanford's COVID-19 vaccination requirements and policies?
When is Move-In and New Student Orientation (NSO)?
  • New Student Move-In Day: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (state and county health conditions permitting).
  • NSO: September 21-25, 2022. NSO is required for all new students the week before Autumn Quarter begins. We invite families to join us on the first day of NSO, Sept 21.
  • International Student Orientation (ISO): September 18-20, 2022.
What else?
  • We know you're excited. So are we. But there's no need to rush - you have plenty of time to prepare for Stanford. Take a moment to pause and reflect. Enjoy your summer. Give thanks to those who have helped you get to where you are today. Know that there will be more people ahead to support you, and that in time you'll be helping those who will come after you.
Video introducing the 2022 Stanford Orientation Coordinators

Contact Us

Office of Academic Advising
Vice Provost for Undergaduate Education
590 Escondido Mall | Stanford, CA 94305-3085 US
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