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Welcome Class of 2028 and Transfer Students!

The Approaching Stanford and New Student Orientation (NSO) team is thrilled to welcome our undergraduate first-year and transfer students as the newest members of the Stanford family.

2024 Expected Dates:
New Undergraduate Student Move-In Day: September 17, 2024
Opening Convocation Ceremony: September 17, 2024
New Student Orientation (NSO): September 17-22, 2024
 Dates will be confirmed when Approaching Stanford begins in May 2024

NSO Requirement: All new undergraduate students are required to live on campus and participate in New Student Orientation. The multi-day orientation will introduce you to the rich academic, social, and cultural life at Stanford. Plan to arrive to campus and move in to your residence on Move-In Day between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If possible, we encourage students to arrive by 12:00 p.m. to enjoy welcome events beginning that afternoon. You will be fully engaged in NSO programs for the week, please do not make any plans or commitments that will prevent you from participating in NSO or that will take you off campus during this time.

Pre-Orientation Programs: If you are selected to participate in a pre-orientation program, you will need to arrive to campus a few days earlier than Move-In Day. Dates and details will be provided by your program.

International Student Orientation (ISO): ISO is required for all students who are not US citizens/permanent residents and will include a mandatory session on immigration. ISO will begin on Saturday, September 14, prior to Move-In Day. On this date, students will move directly into their dorm rooms for the academic year. ISO registration will be open only to students who are not US citizens/permanent residents. More information will be provided by the Bechtel International Center.

Families: We invite family members to accompany your students to Move-In Day and the first day of NSO! Welcome events and Open Houses for students and families will be held in the early afternoon. Our Opening Convocation Ceremony will be held in the late afternoon. Plan to say your goodbyes before dinner, so that students can join their dormmates for their first dinner and house meeting together. 

Local Lodging Guide: If you arrive to the area before Move-In Day, we recommend that you book local lodging, as you cannot move in earlier than your designated move-in day.

Stanford Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and make visible the University’s relationship to Native peoples.

A Note About Accessibility & Accommodations

Accommodations are available for those with accessibility or disability needs during New Student Orientation. Contact the Diversity and Access Office by calling (650) 725-0326 or emailing for disability access information and/or to request assistance for NSO.
All NSO event locations are wheelchair accessible.

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