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August 15, 2023
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Dear Class of 2027 and Transfers,

We hope you've been reading your Stanford email: Housing Assignment Notifications were sent last Friday (watch the fun video above about residential life) and you'll hear from your Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) this coming Monday! The next few weeks will fly by! Here are more upcoming important emails, dates, and deadlines to expect:
  • Aug 14: ExploreCourses, 2023-24 Stanford course catalog published.
  • Aug 21: Introductory email from your Undergraduate Advising Director (Frosh).
  • Aug 21: Core Values modules open - required. Deadline to complete: Sep 18.
  • Aug 22: Health Insurance Info Session, 9am-10am PT. Acknowledge/Waive Cardinal Care by Sep 15.
  • Aug 25: First Student Bill posted in Axess. Deadline to pay: Sep 20.
  • Aug 30: Course enrollment opens for transfers.
  • Aug 30: Move-In Day instructions. Move-In is Sep 19. All new students must arrive by 5pm.
  • Aug 31: IntroSem priority applications due.
Read on in the newsletter for:
Have a great week and reach out if you have questions!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674

2023-24 Course Catalog: ExploreCourses

ExploreCourses, Stanford's course catalog, has now been published for the 2023-24 academic year! As you begin browsing courses, use these helpful resources:

Enrollment Timeline

  • Frosh: As new students, while you may browse courses, you are required to wait until NSO to enroll in courses.
  • Transfers: The Transfer UAD will release your New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold so that you can begin enrolling in courses on Aug 30 with continuing students. Click here to learn how to enroll.
  • Other Enrollment Holds: You may have other holds (other than the New Student Advisement Hold) that could prevent you from enrollment: Vaden Health Requirements, Civic Engagement Acknowledgment (US citizens only), Student Information Update. Now is a good time to check Axess to see if you have anything outstanding that you can resolve at this time. Note: International students will have a Bechtel Center hold that will be released during ISO.  


If you already have some general questions or want to see what others are asking, visit these Canvas Q&As:
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Getting Started In...

During NSO, you will be able to meet faculty and staff from many academic departments and programs. As you begin exploring these academic communities, consider the following guidance:

Getting Started in the Humanities

Stanford’s humanities departments and interdisciplinary programs explore the historical, literary, artistic, and cultural dimensions of the human experience. Classes in these subjects provide you with tools of creative and critical reflection and expression. Check out this humanities opportunities brochure, as well as these tips for connecting with the Stanford humanities community, including:

Getting Started in the Natural Sciences

Natural sciences include Applied Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics and Statistics. If you plan to enroll in courses in Chemistry, Math, and/or Physics, take the summer placement diagnostic (which does not commit you to enrollment in the course). The assessments give you critical information about where to begin your studies in these departments at Stanford, should you choose to enroll. Tips on getting started in the Natural Sciences.

Getting Started in the Social Sciences

Social Sciences include Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. In addition, many interdisciplinary programs also draw heavily on the social sciences. A great way to begin is with the intro level courses to these departments. Also check out Cardinal Service coursesTips on getting started in the Social Sciences.

Getting Started in Engineering

The 2023-24 Engineering Undergraduate Handbook (UGHB), program sheets, and major requirements are currently being updated. If you are interested in math, science, and engineering, the STEM Roadmap is a simple guide for course selection in your first year, along with Exploring Engineering CoursesTips on getting started in Engineering.

Getting Started in Sustainability & Earth Sciences

Interested in understanding our planet’s history and its future, natural hazards that impact a growing population, the energy and resource base that supports society, a changing climate, and the challenge of sustainability? Check out the Doerr School of Sustainability for departments, programs, and a myriad of opportunities that will prepare you to meet Earth's challenges. Tips on getting started in Sustainability.

Health Insurance Info Session

All Stanford students are required to have adequate health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care, the university-sponsored health insurance plan, at the start of their entry quarter each year. They have the option to remain enrolled in or to waive Cardinal Care according to the posted deadlines. Once enrolled, enrollment in Cardinal Care is for the full year from September 1, 2023 - August 31, 2024.
Vaden Health Services is offering two Info Sessions next week specifically about the Health Insurance Requirement:
  • Health Insurance Info Session for Frosh/Transfers: Tuesday, August 22, 9am-10am PT
    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 999 4952 4326, Passcode: 866056
  • Health Insurance Info Session for Parents/Guardians: Wednesday, August 23, 9am-10am PT
    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 922 3017 0691, Passcode: 744637
For questions, submit a help ticket for the Vaden Health Insurance Office.

NSO Dinner with Provost for Parents & Families

On August 11, we sent an email to your parental contacts inviting them to purchase tickets for the NSO Dinner with the Provost on Tuesday, September 19, if they will be accompanying you to Stanford. The Dinner will take place immediately following the Opening Convocation Ceremony, which will be the traditional time for you to say your goodbyes. While you will head back to your dorm for your First Dinner and House Meeting with your dormmates (required), the Stanford Parents' Club is eager to greet your families at this casual dinner. Please ask your parents and families to consider joining us for this annual tradition! 

Quick Links

Frosh Requirements
Transfer Requirements
To Do in Axess
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines
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Contact Us

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