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May 11, 2022
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Welcome, Stanford Class of 2026!

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 parent/guardian email information on your Approaching Stanford Forms, we will begin sending monthly e-newsletters to your parents and guardians as well. 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, Class of 2026. You're going to love it here.
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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

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 Summer Bridge Programs, Frosh Courses, Housing, 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

When you're ready to begin, log in to your Approaching Stanford Forms, which all new students are required to complete. The Forms are due June 8, 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.
As you prepare to begin your Forms, please read the Approaching Stanford Handbook and the Forms Descriptions in Canvas. You can also read the COLLEGE course offerings and frosh housing options, as you will be asked to rank your preferences on the Forms.
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Meet the Class of '26 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 your 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!
Begin by posting your intro in #introductions and use #everyone-main as the main channel for the group chat.
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.

Getting Started - Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?
What will I need to do this summer?
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 in September after you have arrived for New Student Orientation. 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 the required immigration session during International Student Orientation in September.
  • Course enrollment for new students will open during NSO in September. 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 final days of high school. 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.
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Contact Us

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