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Prior to the start of NSO, event times, locations, and Zoom links will be listed in the 2021 Approaching Stanford Canvas course (SUNet ID log-in required). Today’s events are open to frosh, sophomores, and new transfers.


Check your dining hall for exact meal times.

Cardinal Service Fair

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wilbur Field
Through Cardinal Service you can join a student service organization or service program, take a community-engaged course in your major, embark on a service internship locally/nationally/globally, and integrate service into your future career. At the Cardinal Service Fair you will join student leaders of 50+ student service organizations and the staff of Stanford’s nationally recognized Haas Center for Public Service to learn about the many service opportunities at Stanford, participate in activities, grab a bite to eat, meet others, and start your service journey.

Squaring is Caring

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wilbur Field
It’s square dancing time! Learn how to square dance from the full-time barn caller of Pie Ranch, Andy Wilson. No partners or experience necessary. Class of 2025 t-shirts sponsored by the Stanford Alumni Association will be handed out. Please wear a face covering.

FLI Talk

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Are you still a bit unsure about what exactly the experience of being a FLI student at Stanford will be like? Here’s your chance to ask our diverse student panel about their experiences as FLI students at Stanford. Learn about finding campus jobs and balancing financial obligations to family with academics. Hear about the Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks. Find out how to afford textbooks and dorm supplies, and much more. Sponsored by the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Orientation Committee.

Queer Community Fountain Hopping

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
QSR will set up around Terman Fountain for queer students to enjoy the California sun, meet new friends, and, of course, fountain hop. Come check out all the fun things (wet and dry) planned for this event. Sponsored by the Queer Student Resources Orientation Committee.

DACAmented/Undocumented Student Webinar

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stanford welcomes undergraduate and graduate members of the undocumented/DACAmented community and their families to join us for a webinar. We will introduce you to resources and people, including other students, that will ease your transition to campus and give you a sense of community and belonging. The webinar style allows for anonymity and privacy. Registration is not required.

NSO Football Watch Party: Stanford at Vanderbilt

Kickoff at 5:00 p.m. Stanford Stadium Gate 1, SUID card required
Enter through the Stanford Stadium tunnel and watch the Cardinal battle Vanderbilt from the field! Doors open 30 minutes before kickoff. Hang out with the Band, Cheer, and Axe Comm and learn all the Stanford game traditions. Bring a towel or blanket to sit on, but leave cleats, balls, and outside food at home. SUID card required. Please wear a face covering.


5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls
Check your dining hall for exact meal times.

Dance Workshop

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Interested in Stanford’s hip-hop dance scene? Come by for a workshop led by Common Origins, Stanford’s largest hip-hop dance team, featuring two original pieces taught by our COreographers. No partners or previous experience necessary — we hope to see you there.


8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
One of NSO’s oldest traditions, come to the O-Show and watch Stanford’s a cappella groups showcase their talents and light up Meyer Green. Bring a blanket to sit on.

Video Game Night with Cardinal Nights

8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Join Cardinal Nights for SMASH BROS on Wilbur Field. Choose your hero and battle it out on a large inflatable screen. Swing by to grab your free Cardinal Nights shirt and learn more about our program.

AANSOC Okada Chillout

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Explore Okada, the Asian American ethnic theme dorm and mingle with new and upperclass students over music and snacks. Sponsored by the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee.