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Move-In: September 11-13, 2021

Students received their neighborhood and housing assignment notification email from Stanford Housing in mid-August, including the link to sign up for a move-in appointment. Each student may have two guests assist them in the residence during their move-in appointment. To protect the health and safety of our community, all guests must adhere to Stanford's Visitor Policy and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite.

After moving in, please walk around and enjoy our beautiful campus. Download the Stanford Mobile app for a searchable campus map as well as other campus information including eateries, restrooms, and places of interest. 

Free parking in residence parking garages will be provided. Your student will receive a printable NSO Arrival Day Parking Pass to place in your car.

Family Welcome Booth & NSO Guest Wristband Pick-Up
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • White Plaza
Stop by the Family Welcome Booth in White Plaza to pick up the NSO Event Schedule for Families, the Students’ Guide to Stanford campus map, and NSO Scavenger Hunt instructions. You can also enter a drawing to win free prizes from the Stanford Bookstore. Members of the Stanford Parents’ Club may be present to greet families and answer any questions.

NSO Guest Wristbands: If you will be attending any NSO events on September 14, including Convocation and lunch in the dining hall, you will need to wear an NSO Guest Wristband on this day, indicating that you have completed the Stanford Visitor Daily Health Attestation Form and are in compliance with the Stanford Visitor Policy. To receive a wristband, guests will be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival onsite*. Wristbands may also be picked up on September 14 at Frost before the Convocation Ceremony.

NSO: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Parents and families are invited to campus for NSO events on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. In addition to the Opening Convocation Ceremony, families may have lunch in the dining hall with their students and attend a small number of NSO welcome programs with our campus communities.

Guest tickets are required to attend Convocation. Each student may invite up to two guests to join us at this in-person event held outdoors. Tickets must be reserved in advance. We do not plan to offer tickets on the day of the event. The deadline to reserve tickets was Friday, September 3. We have reached venue capacity and closed ticket orders. If you have reserved tickets, please review event entry instructions at: Convocation Guest Instructions

If you will be attending events on September 14, please stop by the Family Welcome Booth in White Plaza to pick up your NSO Guest Wristband, which will indicate you are in compliance with Stanford's Visitor Policy. To pick up a wristband, guests will need to bring photo ID and will be asked to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival onsite*.

At the Family Welcome Booth, you will also be able to pick up an NSO Event Schedule for Families, a Student's Guide to Stanford campus map, the NSO Scavenger Hunt instructions, and resources and information for families. Members of the Parents' Club of Stanford University will be on hand to greet you and answer your questions.

Click here for additional NSO events on September 14

After enjoying your day on campus, plan to say your goodbyes and depart campus by 5:00 p.m. so that your student can have dinner with their dorm and attend their first House Meeting that evening.

Some of our NSO events for families will be in-person, and others will be virtual. We know many families will not be able to visit Stanford this fall, and we look forward to welcoming you to campus in the future! 

*To show proof of vaccination, you may show one of the following:
Vaccine card or a photo of your vaccine card; or
Digital COVID-19 vaccine record using California’s My Vaccine Record App.

COVID-19 vaccines accepted are those approved for emergency use authorization by the FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, and WHO: AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm, Sinovac-CoronoVac.

COVID-19 tests accepted: PCR tests and LAMP tests.

If seeking an exemption for religious or medical reasons, please contact by September 3, 2021. If granted an exemption you will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of your arrival to campus. You will also be required to follow the current mask mandates as specified by Santa Clara County.