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September 18, 2022
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Dear Frosh and Transfers,

On behalf of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU), I would like to warmly welcome you to the Farm! Welcome to Stanford! We are thrilled to have you join us in a few days and we cannot wait to meet you all and be a part of your Stanford experience. 
The ASSU is Stanford’s student government which (1) represents students’ needs at every level of University decision-making, (2) provides funding to over 500 Volunteer Student Organizations and, (3) delivers services and projects to enrich the quality of student life. Though we are an independent entity from the University, our strategic partnerships with stakeholders across campus ensure that we are uniquely positioned to elevate the concerns of students in a timely manner to effect change. This year, we hope to continue to promote student wellbeing, empower student communities to thrive, and improve upon the visibility and impact of the ASSU, all geared towards a better Stanford for all. I welcome you to partner with us in realizing this vision.
As you prepare for what will hopefully be the best years of your life yet, I encourage you to allow yourself to explore new ways of learning and growth at Stanford. There are numerous opportunities to discover new interests and passions, and develop old ones through fascinating classes, innovative research, and a plethora of clubs. Take that class which sounds interesting, try out for that a cappella group or dance team, but also let loose and have fun! Let the winds of freedom blow you freely, guided by the sails of your heart and mind. To conclude my advice, I want to remind you that you do belong at Stanford. Never forget that.
We look forward to engaging with you on campus! Catch me at TreeSources during NSO where I will be handing out Class of 2026 T-shirts. The ASSU will also have a table at the Fair, so come and meet other elected officials, and learn more about the ASSU, the work we do, and how you can get involved. 
Photo of Darryl Thompson, courtesy of Darryl Thompson
At your service, 
Darryl Thompson, ASSU Executive President
On behalf of the Executive Core Team
Darryl Thompson, ASSU Executive President
Christian Sanchez, ASSU Executive Vice President
Lisa Lu, ASSU Executive Chief of Staff of External Relations
Michaela Phan, ASSU Executive Chief of Staff of Internal Operations

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Image of an Orientation Coordinator nametag with hand-written pronouns

Move-In Maps & Parking Pass 


Review directions to campus and transportation information from nearby airports (SFO, SJC, OAK). Once on campus, navigate to your Housing Service Center’s Check-In Location. Download the Stanford Mobile app and use the “Map” feature, or go to campus-map.stanford.edu.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Housing Service Center Check-In Locations
Check-In Instructions. Go to your Housing Service Center’s Check-In Location to check in and pick up your room key and SUID card. Face masks are required for students and guests. Be ready to show a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. If you have already been issued a SUID card, be sure to bring it, as a new card will not be printed.
If you will be driving to campus with family members, first park your car in the nearest residential parking area (see maps) and walk over to your check in location. Free parking is available in the residential lots and garages on this day with the NSO Parking Pass. Please do not park your car at the curb to check-in.
All new students should be checked in by 5:00 p.m. 


At your dorm, your residence staff will greet you and give you your NSO packet* with your NSO Nametag, Schedule, Map, and Lookbook. Please wear your nametag for the duration of NSO. If comfortable, we encourage you to write your pronouns on it.
*Transfers: If you are living in grad housing, pick up your NSO packet on Sept 20 from the Kimball staff. All new transfers will be affiliated with Kimball Hall and Neighborhood F as your undergraduate residential community..
Health & Safety: In accordance with university policy, face masks are required for all students and guests in the residences on move-in day. If your guests are feeling ill, they should stay home and refrain from coming to campus.


You will receive a packet of COVID tests at check-in. Please take your first test at move-in (Day 0) and your second test on Day 5. In preparation, create your Color Genomics testing account using your SUNetID@stanford.edu email address. If you test positive, follow the instructions online for notifying Vaden Health Center, Housing, and Dining.

You've Approached Stanford! NSO Reminders

The 2022 NSO Schedule is online and in Canvas! You'll receive a printed copy in your NSO packet.
New Student Orientation (NSO) begins on September 21 with the Opening Convocation Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Various welcome events will be held in the afternoon. If you have family accompanying you, please enjoy the day on campus with them, including lunch in the dining hall. Plan to say your goodbyes by 5:00 p.m. so that you can have dinner with your dorm and attend the required First Housing Meeting. Convocation will be livestreamed for families not joining us on campus.
Look through the schedule to see what you can expect for Move-In and NSO. You should participate fully in NSO and must attend all of the required programs. Please do not make any plans to leave campus during NSO.
Transfers: Transfers will experience NSO together as cohort with the Kimball RAs. All transfers will meet in Kimball Hall for residence-based NSO programs.
Academic Planning Videos: Engineering, Math, and Computer Science posted academic planning videos in Canvas that you can watch at any time during NSO.
NSO Disability Accommodations: If you or guests have accessibility questions or will need accommodations during NSO, please contact the Diversity & Access Office: disability.access@stanford.edu, 650-725-0326.
Health & Safety: Faces masks are required for all indoor events held in classrooms, and strongly recommended for outdoor events where social distancing may not be possible. They are also required in residence common spaces.

Frosh: Survey of New Students

Frosh: Be sure to check your email and complete the Survey of New First-Year Students, required for all frosh. You were sent an individualized link on September 1. This is the last of the Approaching Stanford Requirements!
Also, don't forget to check Axess to see if you have any outstanding enrollment holds that need to be resolved, other than the New Student Advisement Hold (for all frosh - released during NSO), and/or the Bechtel International Center Hold (for all international students - released during ISO).

Quick Links & Important Dates

Important Dates and Deadlines

Academic Advising & Planning

Placement Tests & Diagnostics

Approaching Stanford Resources


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