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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). Check with your advisor for advising appointments and/or Q&A sessions this week.

Academic Planning Sessions & Open Houses

Faculty and staff are eager to meet you and to share how you can get started in academic exploration and engagement in our various fields of study at Stanford, including academic communities, programs, research experiences, resources, and more. Use these opportunities to learn how to launch your academic career at Stanford. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions today, contact your academic advisor to get connected.

Engineering Virtual Presentation

Engineers are driven by the desire to solve problems. Everywhere we look, we see opportunities for improvements or things that need fixing. We work on making lower power circuits, faster computers, lighter-weight vehicles, more reliable aircrafts, more efficient buildings, smaller batteries, and more precise surgical tools. We use computational methods and revolutionary algorithms to make better decisions, infuse technology with intelligence, and predict and optimize the performance of everything from jet engines to cardiovascular implants. We think and we do. We try, fail, try, fail, try, fail, and that’s OK because sometimes we eventually succeed and that changes the world. Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs:

Humanities and Arts Virtual Presentation

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Throughout history, humans have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language to understand the past, question the present, and imagine the future. A core part of an undergraduate education, studying the humanities gives you the freedom to explore ideas, cultures, and peoples that shape the human experience. This will help you develop your own values and deepen your cultural understanding, while also offering a strong foundation of practical knowledge and skills to build a better world. Join a community of curious, independent thinkers with different backgrounds and perspectives, who will open your mind to new ideas and experiences. The range of offerings at Stanford include: Core Humanities (Classics, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, English, and Religious Studies), Arts (Art and Art History, Music, and Theater and Performance Studies), and Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

Social Sciences Virtual Presentation

The social sciences explore how humans organize and understand themselves—as individuals, communities, and international systems—and how their actions influence economics, culture, and society. How can we use big data to understand the causes of inequality? Why does democracy succeed in some countries and fail in others? What happens to your brain when you learn something new? How does media shape society? What is culture? In Stanford’s social sciences departments, you can investigate questions such as these to discover a deeper understanding of the world around you. The social science departments consist of Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Natural Sciences Virtual Presentation

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The natural sciences are devoted to investigating the physical and biological worlds that humans inhabit. Researchers in physics, biology, and chemistry investigate questions ranging from “How did the universe begin?” and “What is the biological basis of memory?” to “How do proteins catalyze chemical reactions essential to all life?” Mathematicians and statisticians are inspired by the pure beauty of their subjects; their works underlie all of the sciences and are also relevant to medicine, engineering, and the humanities. You will have opportunities to participate in both curiosity-driven and application-focused research. Your immersion in a campus environment that fosters collaboration between different research labs and scientific fields will help you become bold, independent thinkers who seek out new knowledge and solutions. The natural sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics.

Math Placement and Introductory Courses Q & A

Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentation
In-Person Q&A: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Math Department will review course recommendations and answer questions about different starting points and sequences available for students based on their background. Students planning to take Math 19, 20, 21, or 51 as their first Math department course at Stanford are required to take the online placement diagnostic prior to enrollment.

Language Center Open House

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Language Center will discuss practical questions about language placement as well as talk about the deep resources Stanford offers for language study and describe the key role language study will play in opening avenues for your many interests in programs, including literary and area cultural studies, international relations, public service, and overseas study.

Music Department Open House

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet Music faculty and staff for information about ways students can get involved in the Stanford music community through ensembles, lessons, and degree or performance certificate programs.

Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) Open House

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet TAPS faculty and learn about the curricular and extracurricular activities offered by our department.

WCC Crafternoon Materials Pick-up

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Come and grab some materials for the WCC Crafternoon event on Sunday, September 19, if you didn't get those on Tuesday. The kits will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis.

Art & Art History Open House

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meet faculty, staff, and students of the Art and Art History Department and learn about our programs, opportunities, resources, and facilities for students.

Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Open House

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Interested in understanding our planet’s history and its future, natural hazards that impact a growing population, the energy and resource base that supports society, a changing climate, and the challenge of sustainability? Stanford Earth offers four undergraduate majors and a myriad of opportunities that will prepare you to meet Earth’s challenges. Come and learn about us at our annual Open House. You’ll meet peer advisors, faculty and staff who can’t wait to show you the opportunities that await with Stanford Earth at our resource fair. Plus, we have some fun swag that you won’t want to miss. If you can’t make it to our Open House, our peer advisors will be hosting drop in office hours in the Stanford Earth Student Lounge (GeoCorner 114) all through Week 1. We can’t wait to meet you.


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. • Residence Dining Halls
Check your dining hall for exact meal times. If your local dining hall is not yet open, please eat at Wilbur Dining.

Pre-Med Advising Open House

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Meet the Pre-Med Academic Advising Team at this virtual open house. Pre-Med advisors are available for individual and group advising during the academic year.

What is Research and How Do I Get Started?

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
New to research? Join the Undergraduate Research team in a conversation about getting started in research at Stanford. We encourage you to bring all of your questions, from “What is research?” to “How do I get to work with a faculty member on their research project?” and more. This program is repeated from Monday.

Learn About VPUE Undergraduate Research Opportunities

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Do you have research experience and feel ready to dive in and apply for a research opportunity? Join the Undergraduate Research team to learn more about research programs and grants at Stanford and how you can prepare for the application process. This program is repeated from Monday.


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls
Check your dining hall for exact meal times. If your local dining hall is not yet open, please eat at Wilbur Dining.

Technology Support Services at the Lathrop Learning Hub

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Come stop by the Lathrop Learning Hub for information about the services available to you at the Learning Hub. From technology checkout, tech support, computers, and study spaces, the Learning Hub has you covered. We’ll give you a short tour outside to show where our spaces are so once we are open in Autumn Quarter, you’ll know where to go. This program is repeated from Monday.

Life, Education, and Career:
3 Versions of your Stanford Future

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
So you got to Stanford – hooray! Now what? Join BEAM, Stanford Career Education and the Stanford Life Design Lab to think about what you’re doing here and how to get the most out of your Stanford experience. You will explore your reasons for being at Stanford and use design thinking mindsets to envision three radically different versions of your college experience. You’ll leave with resources and next steps for gaining experience and test driving your interests at Stanford. This is a highly interactive workshop where you’ll be sharing with your peers and engaging in design activities, so please bring a pen and paper. This program is repeated from Monday.

Bing Overseas Studies Program Open House

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Bing Overseas Studies Program offers a wide range of academic and cultural experiences for students, including the opportunity to study at 12 different global centers or on a short-term, faculty-led program. We invite you to meet our staff, learn more about our programs, and discuss your future study away plans and questions.

Frisbee Golf

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hole in one! Join us for some rounds of frisbee golf. It’s a great way to have some fun, meet new students, and explore campus. Meet us at Meyer Green to grab a map and a frisbee to begin.


5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls
Check your dining hall for exact meal times. If your local dining hall is not yet open, please eat at Wilbur Dining.

Neighborhood Socials

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
S-T-A-N-F-O-R-D. Meet your new neighbors and get to know the people in your residential community at this first Neighborhood Social of the year. Check with your residence staff for details.