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May 30, 2023
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Dear Class of 2027,

We hope you've been well! This week's newsletter wraps up the information you need to complete your Approaching Stanford Forms: due on June 7 at 5PM. You have plenty of time to work on them, but please don't wait until the last minute to submit. The system will slow down if you're all logged in at the same time!
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Best wishes as you finish up your forms this week. Next week, we'll introduce the pre-orientation programs!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674
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Approaching Stanford Forms

 Due Wednesday, June 7 at 5:00 PM PDT

All incoming frosh are required to complete the Approaching Stanford Forms & Housing Application.
Equal consideration is given to everyone who submits by the deadline. Give yourself a few hours, work on them in any order, just save as you go! Once the deadline passes, we will begin accessing your information.

Office Hours with Approaching Stanford Staff

Wednesday, May 31, 9AM and 3PM PT | Zoom Link 
Have questions or still not sure where to begin? We're here to help! Stop by our Drop-In Office Hours with your questions and chat with staff. Or feel free to email, call, and post in Slack or in the Canvas Q&A Boards

Preferred Name & Photo on SUID Card

Your preferred name and the photo you upload will be printed on your Stanford University ID (SUID) card. To update your preferred name in Axess, look for "Names" under the "My Information" tab. Please also review all of your Personal Information under this tab in Axess and make any updates, as needed.

Student Information Update

On the Forms, you are asked to complete the Student Information Update in Axess. Axess recently received a visual refresh, so the link to this item no longer appears. Since we have not received an update yet for when the Student Info Update "To-Do" item will be placed on your Axess accounts, you may check the box without completing this action item and we will remind you later this summer when it becomes available.  

Frosh Housing & Themes

Frosh Housing Options

Consider all the frosh housing options, read students' experiences, and rank your preferences on your Approaching Stanford Forms, which serve as your Housing Application for your first year. You are required to rank ALL the options, expect SLE and ITALIC which are academic courses.

"I Am Stanford" - Ethnic & Academic Theme Houses

Curious about our ethnic and academic theme houses? Check them out on the @approachingstanford Instagram. We also asked current students to share their Stanford stories with you in our "I Am Stanford" series. Up now are posts about Casa Zapata and ITALIC in Burbank. Stay tuned - we'll keep posting throughout the week! 

Zoom Info Sessions

Come to these Info Sessions, meet faculty, staff, and current Stanford students, and learn about living in some of Stanford's theme houses. Stanford authentication required - please download and use Stanford Zoom to join.
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COLLEGE Requirement & Options

COLLEGE Requirement

All frosh 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.

Courses that fulfill the COLLEGE Requirement:

  • COLLEGE courses
  • Education as Self-Fashioning seminars, Autumn only
  • Structured Liberal Education (SLE) residence-based course
  • Immersion Through the Arts (ITALIC) residence-based course
Learn about the courses, read student perspectives, and compare the options to decide how you'd like to fulfill the COLLEGE Requirement. Rank your preferences on your Approaching Stanford Forms.

Language Requirement & Placement Tests

Language Requirement

As part of your General Education Requirements, you must complete one year of university-level study of a foreign language or demonstrate that you have already achieved the equivalent.

Language Placement Tests to fulfill the Language Requirement

One way to fulfill the Language Requirement is by taking a Language Placement Test, which may have both written and oral components. Most tests are offered online, beginning June 1. Complete the written portion by July 15 and sign up for an oral interview as soon as possible. The online tests should be fully completed by August 31. Check the schedule for a list of placement tests offered online in the summer or in-person during New Student Orientation.

Language Placement Tests for language study at Stanford

Many students enjoy continuing to study a language or learning a new language, even if they have already fulfilled the Language Requirement. If you plan on continuing a language at Stanford, you should take a language placement test. If you plan to begin studying a new language, you do not need to take the placement test. 
For questions about the Language Requirement, placement tests, or schedule, email the Language Center or post your questions on the Language Q&A Board in Canvas.

Quick Links

Important Dates and Deadlines
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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