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May 16, 2022
Photo of a group of student orientation volunteers preparing to welcome new students (Photo credit Nick Salazar, NSO)

Hello, Class of 2026! 

We hope you're getting settled into Approaching Stanford! If you're wondering how to get started, check out the following:
Every Monday afternoon this summer, you can expect to receive an Approaching Stanford Newsletter, which will include key dates, deadline reminders, program introductions, academic resources, and stories from our Orientation Coordinators (OCs). If you have questions throughout this process, please reach out! We're here to help: approaching@stanford.edu, (650) 723-7674.
In today's newsletter, we'll be introducing you to the Approaching Stanford Forms and special frosh programs: COLLEGE, ITALIC, SLE, and Stanford's Summer Bridge Programs (LSP, SSEA, SOAR Math & Writing). We'll also answer some questions you've all been asking us.

Approaching Stanford Forms

Forms Link | Forms Deadline: June 8, 5pm PDT 
One of the first things we ask all new students to complete is your Approaching Stanford Forms. 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. 
The forms collect important information, including your first-year course and housing preferences in order to make your assignments. Please be comfortable sharing information and selecting options that best reflect you. We are looking forward to getting to know you: what you're excited about, what you're worried about, and how we can connect you to campus communities and resources.
There is no 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 assignments based on order of submission. While we don't recommend waiting until the last minute, do take time to consider your options and ask questions.
Questions: Check out the Q&A Boards in Canvas where you can post questions, read what others are asking, and talk with program staff.
Log In: To log in, you will need to use your SUNet ID and password, as well as Two-Step Authentication. If you will be traveling, check your authentication method before you leave. If you have problems with Two-Step, contact Stanford IT by submitting a Help Ticket or calling (650) 725-4357.
Note: You must complete your forms yourself and cannot ask anyone else to do them for you - do not share the password for your SUNet ID.

COLLEGE Course Preferences

You are required to take a course in your first year that fulfills 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 2022-23 courses: COLLEGE courses, Education as Self-Fashioning (ESF), ITALIC: Immersion in the Arts, and Structured Liberal Education (SLE). Rank your course preferences on your Approaching Stanford Forms.
We know all the courses look interesting - choosing among these options is the first of what will certainly be many challenging decisions you will make about choosing courses at Stanford! Be mindful about your interests, read the course descriptions, review the Course Comparison Chart, and post your questions on the COLLEGE Q&A Board.
Screenshot of ITALIC video

ITALIC: Immersion in the Arts

ITALIC is an arts-minded, residence-based academic program for first-year students 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 academic 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 Neighborhood "A".
Application: To apply for ITALIC, select the course and housing on your Approaching Stanford Forms and respond to the additional ITALIC question. For more information and to talk with ITALIC staff, visit the ITALIC Q&A Board.
ITALIC Info Session
June 1, 3:00 pm PDT | Zoom Link
Screenshot of SLE video

Structured Liberal Education (SLE)

Sometimes called ‘a liberal arts college experience’ within the University, SLE is a 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 Neighborhood "O".
Application: To apply for SLE, select the course and housing on your Approaching Stanford Forms. There is no additional SLE question to answer. For more information and to talk with SLE staff, visit the SLE Q&A Board.

SLE Info Session

May 27, 4:00 pm PDT
Zoom Link will be posted in Canvas
Photo of LSP 2019 cohort (Photo credit: LSP)

Summer Bridge Programs: LSP, SSEA, and SOAR

Application Link | Application Deadline: May 22
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 participate in 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 this week!

Admitted Student Questionnaire

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

Questions You're Asking Us

How do I apply for housing?
Where in Axess can I update my preferred name and/or mailing address?
  • Go to Axess > Click on “Student Center” > Scroll down to Personal Information. You can edit your Preferred First and Preferred Middle Name(s) and your Mailing Address. If you do not want your middle name to appear, you can delete it from the preferred middle name 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. Note: changes made in Axess will take about 24 hours to register in the system.
When can I move to campus?
  • New Student Orientation (NSO) is required for all new students in September. New Student Move-In is September 20, 2022, state and county health conditions permitting. NSO will be September 21-25, 2022.
What is the deadline for COVID-19 vaccination and other health requirements? Why am I receiving Covid Testing Compliance emails?
  • Students should complete their entrance health requirements by August 1. See the Vaden Health Requirements assignment in Canvas for more information.
  • Now that you have joined the Stanford community, you will receive automated messages sent to all students. If you received a Covid Testing Compliance email from the Dean of Students Office, please submit a service ticket requesting for these notifications to be suspended for the summer: Temporary Absence Form, or just ignore them. These notifications are intended only for current students on campus, not for incoming students!
Where can international students get more information?
Do I need to submit my official ACT/SAT test 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, 2022. 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 last 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 onlineThis 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. 
If you have questions or concerns about any AlertSU notifications this summer, please contact us.

Contact Us

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