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August 15, 2022
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Dear Class of 2026 and Transfers,

We hope you've been reading your Stanford email: Housing Assignment Notifications were sent last Friday and Community Welcome Emails were sent this morning! The next few weeks are going to fly by! Here are more upcoming important emails, dates, and deadlines you can look forward to:
  • Aug 15: ExploreCourses, 2022-23 Stanford course catalog published.
  • Aug 17: Introductory email from your Undergraduate Advising Director (Frosh).
  • Aug 22: Core Values modules required for new students. Deadline to complete: Sep 15.
  • Aug 29: Move-In Day instructions and information.
  • Sep 2: First Student Bill posted in Axess. Deadline to pay: Sep 20.
  • Sep 20: New Student Move-In Day. All new students must be checked in by 5pm. (If you are participating in an on-campus pre-orientation program, you will have an earlier arrival date.)
  • Sep 21-25: New Student Orientation. Required for all new students. Course enrollment opens for frosh.
Read on in this week's 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

2022-23 Course Catalog: ExploreCourses

ExploreCourses, Stanford's course catalog, has now been published for the 2022-23 academic year! Begin browsing courses, watch the summer advising video "Exploring Your Stanford Courses", and use the Academic Planning Worksheet to note any courses that sound interesting.

Enrollment Timeline

  • Frosh: As new students, while you may browse courses, you are required to wait until NSO to enroll in courses.
  • Transfers: If you have completed an advising meeting with the Transfer UAD, your New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold will be lifted and you can begin enrolling in courses on Sep 1 with continuing students. 
  • Other Enrollment Holds: You may have other holds (other than the New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold which will remain in place up to NSO for frosh,) that could prevent you from enrollment: Vaden Health Requirements, Civic Engagement Acknowledgment, 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&A Boards:
Photo of Stanford Quad, History Corner (Photo credit: Andrew Brodhead, Stanford News Service)

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 test or 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.
  • Chemistry Placement
  • Physics Placement
  • Pre-Med Academic Planning
  • Math Placement | Math Dept Q&A Board in Canvas
    Math 18: A New Course for Calculus Readiness - Beginning this fall,  a new 2-unit course, Math 18 “Foundations for Calculus,” will be taught in hybrid format in which each class meeting spends half the time in a lecture format and half the time on active engagement with the material through group work on worksheets. This new course is aimed at students who would desire further experience with fundamental math skills before embarking on learning calculus, or who want a reinforcement of such skills alongside enrollment in Fall Math 19.

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 2022-23 Engineering Undergraduate Handbook (UGHB), program sheets, and major requirements are currently being updated online. If you are interested in math, science, and engineering, the STEM Roadmap is a simple guide for course selection in your first year. Tips on getting started in Engineering.

Getting Started in Stanford Earth & Sustainability

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? Transitioning from Stanford Earth to the new Doerr School of Sustainability are the four undergraduate majors and a myriad of opportunities that will prepare you to meet Earth's challenges. Tips on getting started in Sustainability and Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences. 

Advising Corner: Frosh UAD Emails

Hello Class of 2026 and Transfers!
UAD Emails (Frosh): This week, we are excited to start our direct outreach to you! Your assigned Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) will be writing to you, individually, to introduce themselves and to ask you to book a meeting with them. We know that the only people more excited about this than your UAD, is you!
In preparation for your first advising conversation, please take the time to watch the Exploring Your Stanford Courses Video and fill out the Academic Planning Worksheet for the First Advising Conversation. The video is full of useful guidance and fundamental information that is important for you to know as you start thinking about your plan for Autumn Quarter. And the worksheet will help you think about things you want to talk with your advisor about.  When your advisor meets with you, we want you to be prepared going into the meeting so that it can be as productive as possible.
COLLEGE (Frosh):  As we talked about earlier, one of your two first-year requirements is COLLEGE. Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS) sent an email last week with your COLLEGE quarter assignments (or ESF, SLE, or ITALIC). After reviewing ExploreCourses, if you think your planned academic schedule might conflict with your COLLEGE assignment(s), COLLEGE will open requests to change enrollment on August 22nd.
Placement Tests & Diagnostics: We also want to encourage you to take your placement tests and diagnostics if you haven’t already done so. Please don’t leave those until that last minute, as doing so might delay your enrollment in math, chemistry, physics, or languages, or even mean you might have to wait until a later quarter - or year - to take classes in those areas.
"Ask an Advisor" Q&A Board: Last, but not least, if you have any questions or concerns that you don’t feel can wait until our first meeting, don’t forget about the “Ask an Advisor” Canvas board. For those of you who haven’t visited it yet, it is a great place to ask us the many questions we know you all have. And don’t forget about the Academic Advising website, which is another wonderful place to get answers to your questions.

The OC Zone & New Student Thursdays

Here is the final set of blog posts from your dedicated Orientation Coordinators (OCs) - we might be a little biased, but this last set is the best of the summer and will get you excited about life as a Stanford student! We hope you've enjoyed getting to know the OCs as much as they've enjoyed sharing their reflections, tips, and stories with you this summer.

OC Blog

New Student Thursdays
The OCs are hosting another New Student Social!  All are welcome, Find the Zoom link in Canvas and join us!
Contact Us
Office of Academic Advising
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
590 Escondido Mall | Stanford, CA 94305-3085 US
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