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May 16, 2023
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Hello, Class of 2027!

We hope you're settling in and beginning to find your way through the Approaching Stanford information we've shared with you! 
To get started:
Over the summer, you will receive this weekly Approaching Stanford Newsletter with key dates and deadlines, intros to programs, academic resources, and more. If you have questions throughout this process, please reach out! 
In today's newsletter:
Let us know if you have questions - we're here to help!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674

Approaching Stanford Forms

Deadline: June 7, 5PM PT

All new students are required to complete the Approaching Stanford Forms, which include the Housing Application. Because we do not see your admission application, these forms are the primary way for the University to learn about you and how to support you.
Please don't rush to complete your forms - we know you're busy wrapping up high school and celebrating with friends and family! Everyone who submits their forms by the deadline will be given equal consideration. We do NOT make housing assignments based on order of submission. Take time to consider your options and rank your preferences based on what you want.

Approaching Stanford Office Hours

Wednesday, May 17

9-10AM and 4-5PM PT | Zoom Link
Have questions about your forms? Post them to the Q&A Boards in Canvas or drop into our informal Office Hours and chat with Approaching Stanford staff. Office hours are open to all members of the class. We invite you to join, listen to your classmates' questions, and finish your forms together! (Office Hours will not be recorded.)
Virtual sessions this summer will require that you log into Zoom using your Stanford account. To attend our Office Hours, please first download and install Stanford Zoom.

COLLEGE Course Preferences

You are required to take two courses in your first year that fulfill the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) Requirement, a General Education Requirement for first-year students. COLLEGE courses will help you reflect on your own education, evaluate your place within the communities where you belong, and analyze your relationship and responsibility to the globe.
Read the COLLEGE course descriptions to learn about the 2023-24 course options: COLLEGE courses, Education as Self-Fashioning (ESF), ITALIC: Immersion in the Arts, and Structured Liberal Education (SLE).
Read the descriptions, compare the options, post questions on the COLLEGE Q&A Board, and rank your course preferences on your Approaching Stanford Forms.
Screenshot of ITALIC video

ITALIC: Immersion in the Arts

ITALIC is an arts-minded, residence-based academic program that fulfills the COLLEGE and WR-1 Requirements for first-year students. Using art as the frame for discussing big ideas, frosh who participate in this year-long program will be part of a tight-knit community, living together, attending classes, and making art. ITALIC students live together in Burbank House, the ITALIC+Arts Theme House, in the Aspen Neighborhood. 
Application: To apply for ITALIC, select the course and housing option on your Approaching Stanford Forms and respond to the additional ITALIC question. For more information and to ask questions, visit the ITALIC Q&A Board.
Screenshot of SLE video

Structured Liberal Education (SLE)

SLE Info Session

May 22, 7:30 PM PT | Zoom Link
Sometimes called ‘a liberal arts college experience’ within the University, SLE is a year-long residence-based academic program that encourages students to live a life of ideas in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical thinking and interpretation. Focusing on great works of philosophy, religion, literature, painting, and film drawn largely, but not exclusively, from the Western tradition, the SLE curriculum places particular emphasis on artists and intellectuals who brought new ways of thinking and new ways of creating into the world, often overthrowing prior traditions in the process. SLE fulfills the COLLEGE Requirement and the WR-1 and WR-2 Requirements. SLE students live together in East Florence Moore Hall in the Olive Neighborhood
Application: To apply for SLE, select the course and housing option on your Approaching Stanford Forms. There is no additional SLE question to answer. For more information and to ask questions, visit the SLE Q&A Board. Join the Info Session on May 22 to hear from current students and program leadership!
LSP VIII cohort photo (Photo credit: VPUE)

Summer Bridge Programs: LSP, SSEA, and SOAR

LSP/SSEA App Deadline: May 21

SOAR App Deadline: June 12

Stanford's summer bridge programs support the transition to college by offering incoming frosh, including those who are first in your families to attend college, opportunities to take summer courses and engage in community. While each program has a specific focus, they all seek to empower incoming students with the resources, mentors, and community you need to thrive at Stanford.
These programs are all fully funded; there is no cost to participate in them. All incoming frosh are welcome to apply to any/all of these programs. (If selected, you can only participate in one summer bridge program.)
Learn more about the programs, visit Drop-In Hours to talk with staff, and submit your application!

Admitted Student Questionnaire

Stanford Undergraduate Admission is asking for your input! As an admitted student to Stanford, we would like to learn from your experiences. Your insights will be more helpful than ever as we look to improve our work. Please check your email for an invitation email on May 10 from Dean Shaw and complete the Admitted Student Questionnaire. If you have any questions, please contact asq_stanford@lists.stanford.edu.

Questions You're Asking Us

How do I apply for housing?
  • New students apply for first-year housing on your Approaching Stanford Forms. Read Frosh Housing Options and log in to your Forms to rank these options. Housing assignment notifications will be sent in August. Assignments are NOT made on a first come, first served basis. All who complete their forms by the posted deadline will be given equal consideration.
Where in Axess can I update my preferred name, pronouns, mailing address, and or phone?
  • Go to Axess and click “My Information”. Select "Names" to edit your Preferred First Name and Preferred Middle Name. If you do not want your middle name to appear, you can delete it from the field. If you change your preferred first name this summer, please notify approaching@stanford.edu and we will update your name in this e-Newsletter program. Select "Privacy Settings" to edit your Mailing Address and Phone Number. Select "Pronouns" to enter your pronouns. Note: changes made in Axess will take about 24 hours to register in the system.
Where in Axess do I complete the Student Information Update?
  • As part of the Approaching Stanford Forms, there is a checkbox to complete items in Axess: the Student Information Update and Namecoach. Axess recently received a visual refresh, so links to the Student Information Update and Namecoach no longer appear in Axess in the same way. We will update you soon on where you can find them. There's no rush to complete these action items, since frosh will need to wait until NSO in September to enroll in courses. Feel free to work on the rest of your forms, and we will have this resolved before the Approaching Stanford Forms deadline of June 7. Thanks for your patience!
When can I move to campus?
  • New Student Orientation (NSO) is required for all new students in September. New Student Move-In Day is September 19, 2023. NSO will be September 20-24, 2023. You are expected to participate fully in NSO and should not make any other plans during this time.
  • Family members may accompany you to Move-In Day and the first day of NSO, September 19-20.
Where can international students get more information?
Do I need to submit my official ACT/SAT scores?
  • From the Admission Office: If you self-reported ACT or SAT scores, you must have the official scores sent to Stanford. We must be able to match each self-reported score with an official score sent by the ACT or SAT. For the College Board, use the school code 4704. For ACT, use the school code 0434. The deadline to submit official test scores is June 1, 2023. If your scores were submitted previously, you do not need to re-submit them.
If I took a Gap Year, do I need to complete the Approaching Stanford Requirements again?
  • Yes, many of the forms and trainings were valid only for one year, so you will need to complete them again: Approaching Stanford Forms, Vaden Health Forms, online trainings, etc. In addition, if you took any placement assessments last summer, you will need to take them again this summer.
  • If your final high school transcript was submitted last summer to the Office of Undergraduate Admission last summer, you do not need to have it re-submitted.

AlertSU Notices

When you accepted your offer of admission, you became a part of the Stanford community. This means that your information is now registered in Axess and you are listed in the Stanford Directory online. This also means that as a member of the Stanford community, you will begin to receive AlertSU notifications, even before your arrival to campus.
AlertSU is the University's system of distributing a mass notification to Stanford students, staff, and faculty during serious or emergency situations that affect campus. Time-sensitive emergency notifications may be delivered by the Stanford Department of Public Safety via phone, email, text-messaging, and/or outdoor warning sirens. 

Contact Us

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