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September 2, 2022
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Dear Class of 2026 and Transfers,

The NSO schedule is up and we are counting down the days until we welcome you to The Farm! In this week's newsletter we'll ask you to let us know what time you plan to arrive to campus on Sept 20, and we'll share practical info about settling into your new home. Plus, find out from the OCs where the best study spots are around campus!
In the meantime, don't forget to finish up your new student requirements (University Core Values Modules) and check Axess to see if you need to resolve any enrollment holds (Vaden, Civic Engagement, Student Info Update). Transfers began enrolling on Sept 1. But for frosh, the New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold will be lifted on Sept 22 during NSO, at which time you can enroll in courses, if all other holds have been cleared. 
And while you're in Axess, be sure to review your first Student Bill, which was posted today, Sept 2. Payment is due Sept 20.
Read on in this week's Newsletter for:
Have a great weekend, and, as always, let us know if you have questions or want to talk!
Approaching Stanford Team
approaching@stanford.edu
(650) 723-7674
 
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Move-In Day & Arrival Survey

New Student Move-In Day is Tuesday, September 20. On this day, frosh and new transfers can check in at their Housing Service Center anytime between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All new students should be checked in by 5:00 p.m.
To help us anticipate how busy the Housing Service Centers and traffic on campus will be throughout the day, please let us know approximately when you anticipate arriving to campus by completing this brief 2022 New Student Arrival Survey (1 minute) by Sept 11. It is ok if your plans are preliminary and have not been finalized yet. The information you provide will be used only for traffic management purposes on Move-In Day.
Take the time you need settling into your room on Move-In Day. There is no required programming, though we hope to see you at the Residence Welcomes in the late afternoon, and the Neighborhood Socials in the evening. After moving in, you can leave campus to run errands, shop for necessities, or for lunch/dinner. 
If you are participating in a pre-orientation program and will be moving to campus before September 20, or if you are living in Grad Housing, please do not complete the Arrival Survey.
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New Student Orientation

The 2022 NSO Schedule is now online! You'll receive a printed copy at move-in.
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. 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.
NSO Disability Accommodations: If you or guests have accessibility questions or will need accommodations during NSO, please contact the Diversity and Access Office: disability.access@stanford.edu, 650-725-0326.
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What to Bring

Make sure you bring with you what you'll need for your first nights at Stanford: ID, toiletries & towel, clothes & jacket, shoes, basic bedding, and face masks.

Guidelines for Packing

Each student will have in their room: bed with mattress, desk and chair, wardrobe/closet, dresser, bookcase, and trashcan/recycling. Review these guidelines for what to pack and how to be sustainable.
Since Stanford does not provide storage on campus, we recommend you start by bringing only the necessities! Wait until you meet your roommates before deciding on optional items such microwaves, which you can purchase later if desired. Each dorm room will have a mini-fridge provided by Stanford Housing.

Shipping Your Belongings - Mail & Packages

All student mail and packages are received on campus at the Tresidder Mail & Package Center. Residences will not receive mail or packages. If you plan to send items to campus or order items online, follow the instructions to address your mail and packages.
Do not ship your items early, as they will not be accepted until you have moved in. (Exception: If you ordered your bedding through Stanford's OCM program, your OCM packages will be held at Tresidder until you arrive to campus.)
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Dining and Meal Plans at Stanford

We are preparing to welcome you to your home-away-from-home and serve you delicious, nutritious meals while you are at Stanford. 

Stanford Dining

Stanford Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) offers award-winning dining services including high-quality and nutritious cuisine to meet the wide variety of dietary needs within our diverse Stanford community. The Eat Well @Stanford program is committed to enhancing the development of lifelong eating practices that promote health and wellbeing. Students with special dietary considerations, such as food allergies or religious requirements, can receive assistance navigating their needs in the dining halls by contacting nutritionist@stanford.edu.

Meal Plans

New students are automatically enrolled in the 15 Meal Plan (15 meals per week, 300 Meal Plan Dollars for the year, and 5 guest meals per quarter), but are able to select the 19 Meal Plan (19 meals per week with 5 guest meals per quarter) instead via their online account. Students may check their balance by logging into their account online.

R&DE Campus Eateries

Many campus eateries managed by R&DE, including The Axe and Palm, EVGR Marketplace, and The Market at Munger, accept Cardinal Dollars and/or Meal Plan Dollars. Learn more about Cardinal Dollars and locations.

Vaden Health Services & Cardinal Care Insurance

Vaden Health Services is the student health facility on campus and provides the following
Read Student Health Matters for more about Vaden, the Campus Health Service Fee, and Health Insurance. Book appointments in VadenPatient.

Transitioning medical and mental health care

If you have a physical or mental health condition that requires continued medical care, we recommend that you speak to your primary care clinician or specialist prior to coming to Stanford in order to plan your transition of care to the university setting. If you are not already independently managing your health care, it is important to plan this transition in advance. Review the list of conditions with specific tips on how to transition to the university setting. For questions and assistance planning, contact the continuity of care nurse at Vaden.

Health Insurance

Because all Stanford students are required to have adequate health insurance coverage, you have been automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care Health InsuranceYou must acknowledge enrollment or request a waiver from enrollment in Cardinal Care no later than September 15 in Axess. 
If your current health insurance plan has comparable benefits, you may wish to waive Cardinal Care by the September 15 waiver deadline. International students can waive Cardinal Care by submitting the International Student Health Insurance Certification Form. To help you consider what's best for you, use the Comparison Worksheet for Choosing Health Insurance Coverage.
For students receiving financial aid: check with the Financial Aid Office to see if Cardinal Care is included in your package. In some situations, it may be beneficial to keep Cardinal Care because there may be no additional cost for students receiving full financial aid. 
Note: Enrollment in Cardinal Care, or the decision to waive it, is an annual commitment for the length of the plan year, from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023.
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Biking on Campus & Other Ways to Get Around

Biking is one of the most popular and fastest ways to get around campus, and bike safety is a priority. If you choose to have a bike on campus:
Check online for Bike Information & Resources for New Students and additional information about other transportation options. For questions about bicycling, email bike-information@stanford.edu.
The Campus Bike Shop is a full service bike shop located in Tresidder Union for repairs and sale of bike gear and equipment. Consider the convenience of renting a bike for the quarter or ordering in advance.

Thriving at Stanford Without a Car

While new transfers can purchase parking permitsfirst-year students are not allowed to park cars on campus. But Stanford is a great place to live car-free with many transportation options, including:
  • Stanford’s free Marguerite Shuttle takes you around campus. Get up-to-the-minute information about bus locations and estimated arrival times for most Marguerite lines with the Live Map on the Stanford Mobile app.
  • Stanford has a university Zipcar program. Join Stanford’s plan for discounts and incentives.
  • Stanford’s Frosh Emergency Ride Home program provides first-year students three free rides back to campus if they are caught without a ride or unexpectedly need non-emergency medical attention. Register now.
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Student Technology

Stanford has an extensive and diverse campus computing environment. Your Stanford University Network Identifier (SUNet ID) and password will give you access to many online services, including email, collaboration tools, course information, and security systems. This guide on technology resources will help you get started as a new student.
In addition to email and Axess, which you have been using this summer, learn about: the Stanford DirectoryCardinal Print, Stanford Zoom, Stanford SlackGoogle Shared Drive, and other Essential Stanford Software.

Lathrop Learning Hub

For technology checkout, tech support, computers, and study spaces, check out all the resources offered by the Lathrop Learning Hub. Also review these tips for preparing to learn online. While we will continue with primarily in-person classes this fall, it is common for students to attend virtual meetings and events.
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Register to Vote

Regardless of what state you're from, you have an election on November 8th. Now's a great time to plan how YOU can make your voice heard. It's important for Stanford students to participate in the democratic process. If you're eligible, take advantage of your right to vote!
Register: Register to vote in any state or check your registration status here.
Make a Voting Plan: 
  • California Voters: If you're registered in Santa Clara County, you can vote in-person on campus. If you're registered in another CA county or prefer to vote by mail, don't worry—you'll get mailed an absentee ballot automatically. If you need to update your mailing address, you can re-register to vote.
  • Non-California Voters: Read up on your state's absentee voting rules and request your absentee ballot ASAP.
Get Informed: Research what's on your ballot here.
Voting Questions? Visit StanfordVotes.org

First Student Bill

Your first University Bill was posted today, September 2, and payment is due September 20. Log in via Axess or at mystudentbill.stanford.edu. At Stanford, the bill will always be sent to you, and it is your responsibility to ensure it gets paid.
Authorized Users: If your parents/guardians or others need access to your financial account to pay your bill on your behalf, be sure to set them up as an Authorized User.
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