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August 1, 2022
Photo of Old Union Courtyard (Photo credit: Andrew Brodhead / Stanford News Service)

Dear Class of 2026 & Transfers,

Welcome to August! While some of your friends might be leaving home soon for colleges on the semester system, in many ways, Stanford, too, will be opening up its many communities and opportunities to you this month, inviting you to learn more and to engage with our campus community. Whether it's browsing the 2022-23 course catalog, Explore Courses, or joining your neighborhood and residential community, or being welcomed by our vibrant community centers, programs and offices around campus, we can't wait to show you all the many ways you'll get to live and learn at Stanford. Throughout this month, we encourage you to read the "Campus Community" chapter of the Approaching Stanford Handbook.
And, as a final reminder: your Vaden Health Forms & Requirements are due today, August 1! If you have any questions, we encourage you to submit a help ticket for the friendly staff at Vaden. 
Read on in the Newsletter for:
Have a great week, and, as always, let us know if you have questions or want to talk!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674
Photo collage of students at NSO Community Welcomes (Photo Credit: NSO)

Communities at Stanford

We're excited to introduce you to Stanford's many communities! Students of all backgrounds and identities come to our community centers, offices, and programs to connect with each other, find mentors, and cultivate meaningful conversations and initiatives around inclusion and belonging. Whether in-person or virtual, these opportunities for engagement enrich the Stanford community as a whole. 
Now is a great time to read the "Campus Community" chapter of the Approaching Stanford Handbook to learn about all the offices, programs, and spaces that create student community and engagement on campus and that will help Stanford start to feel like home for you.
Additionally, the community centers and offices listed below will send out welcome messages later this week to students based on your Approaching Stanford Forms. All of the student community coordinators introduced in these letters have joined our orientation committees because they're committed to helping you in your first year at Stanford. You've been getting to know them in their "I Am Stanford" stories on the OC Blog this summer and will get to meet them in person when you arrive for NSO/ISO. This week - meet Airin with the Women's Community Center!
Once they're sent, we'll share all the welcome messages for everyone to read on the Communities Canvas Board.

The OC Zone & New Student Thursdays

From the Orientation Coordinators (OCs) this week:

OC Blog

New Student Thursdays

Join us for more fun, more games, and more laughter at our next New Student Social this week! All are welcome, especially if this will be your first time. Every Thursday, the OCs host a social or a topic-based webinar. Find the Zoom links in Canvas and join us!

Orientation Volunteer Outreach Emails

If you opted on your Approaching Stanford Forms to be contacted by current students, our crew of Orientation Volunteers and OCs have been sending their individual outreach emails to you. Have fun connecting with your friendly neighborhood OV to talk about life at Stanford!

Advising Corner: "Ask An Advisor" Opens Today

Hello, everyone! As you draw closer to the start of your Stanford adventure, your Undergraduate Advising Directors (UADs) are excited to be here alongside you and have opened up the "Ask an Academic Advisor" Q&A Board in Canvas.  
What is this space? We are glad you asked! Here, you will be able to post your academic questions and get answers from your Undergraduate Advising Directors. We encourage you to ask general questions, like how to explore majors, whether you need to take a placement test or diagnostic, or about Stanford's general education requirements. We'll check in a few times each day, Monday-Friday, to respond to your questions.
[Do note that you won’t be getting answers from your specific UAD. As a reminder, in mid-August, you will receive an email introduction from your assigned UAD, inviting you to make an appointment with them - that will be a great time to ask questions that are really specific to your own academic journey.]
All frosh and transfers are welcome to post to and read this Q&A board - it's one of the most frequented boards every year. And remember to also watch our Summer Advising Presentation: Exploring Your Stanford Courses. This video provides useful, introductory information from which we expect you'll generate many more questions for us! 
Contact Us
Office of Academic Advising
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
590 Escondido Mall | Stanford, CA 94305-3085 US
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