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New Student Orientation events begin today, Tuesday, September 14. 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). Events for families on this day will be listed on the NSO Event Schedule for Families, which families will be able to collect in White Plaza.


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.

Family Welcome Booth & NSO Guest Wristband Pick-Up

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. White Plaza
Family members accompanying you may 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. They can also enter a drawing to win free prizes from the Stanford Bookstore. Members of the Stanford Parents’ Club will be present to greet families and answer any questions.

NSO Guest Wristbands: If your family members will be attending any NSO events, including Convocation and lunch in the dining hall, they will need to wear an NSO Guest Wristband, indicating that they 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 will also be available at the Convocation venue.

131st Opening Convocation Ceremony

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Frost Amphitheater, NSO nametag required
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomes new students and your families to Stanford during this formal inauguration of the academic year. Walk over with your dorm and dress casually as it may get hot. Students should enter at the Lasuen Gate of Frost. NSO nametags are required for entrance. Please wear a face covering. Frost has a clear bag policy - please do not bring backpacks.

If you have invited guests to attend Convocation, please remind them to wear their NSO Guest Wristband and to complete the required Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation Form online at visitorhealth.stanford.eduGuests should enter at the Galvez Gate of Frost. Guests must have tickets to attend Convocation; the deadline to order tickets was September 3. Tickets will not be provided on-site. Face coverings will be required for Convocation.

We invite all families to watch Convocation via our livestream at


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls
Lunch for family members accompanying you is complimentary in the residence dining halls today. Please ask them to pick up an NSO Guest Wristband from the Family Welcome Booth. If your local dining hall is not yet open, please eat at Wilbur Dining.

First-Generation and/or Low-Income (FLI) Welcome Lunch

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New students and families are invited to meet FLI Office staff and other students connected to the FLI community. Learn about programs and resources that are specially designed to help you thrive at Stanford as a FLI student. Sponsored by the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Orientation Committee.

Bike Safety Program

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop by the Stanford Transportation’s Bike Safety Program Mobile Bike Concierge to learn about bike safety events this fall and what you need to know about riding a bike on the Stanford campus.

Jewish Community Welcome at Hillel

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
If you are Jewish, Jew-ish, or curious about Jewish life, come visit Hillel, the home for the Jewish community on campus. Help us build and decorate the community sukkah; meet fellow new students, Jewish student leaders, and Hillel staff; and enjoy some kosher nosh (snacks). Everyone is welcome.

Mental Health & Wellness Open House

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Vaden Flourishing Alliance is a collective of six Vaden units: Well-Being; Weiland; Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); Confidential Support Team (CST); Office of Substance Use Programs, Education and Resources (SUPER); and Health and Human Performance (HHP), which exists to ensure the flourishing of all Stanford students in all communities, holding social justice values, such as equity and advocacy, at its core.

Native American Cultural Center (NACC) Open House

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meet the NACC Staff and familiarize yourself with the resources available to you as a valued member of the Native community. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the Native American Orientation Committee.

Office for Religious & Spiritual Life Open House & Welcome

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us on the front lawn of Hillel @ Stanford for an ice cream social to celebrate the beginning of your Stanford experience. Drop-in anytime to meet ORSL student leaders, chaplains, and staff. Sponsored by the Religious & Spiritual Life Orientation Committee.

El Centro Virtual Community Welcome

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Join our students and staff to learn about the diverse experience of Latinidad at Stanford. You will also have the opportunity to engage with other students and meet new students in a breakout session to have meaningful conversations. Zoom registration required.

Asian American Community Welcome

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New students and families are invited to kick off NSO with the Asian American Activities Center (A3C) and hear from members of the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) community at Stanford - all are welcome. Sponsored by the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee.

Black Community Welcome

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Black Community Services Center and the Black Recruitment and Outreach Committee invite new students and their families to attend this virtual event as we welcome you all to the Black Community at Stanford. Join us to hear from faculty and staff and to get a glimpse into our vibrant community. Students are invited to an in-person scavenger hunt after the event. Sponsored by the Black Recruitment and Orientation Committee.

Meet the Markaz

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Markaz supports a vibrant community of students who identify with or are interested in Muslim experiences both here and around the world. Come meet our students and staff, learn about our programs, and find out how you can get involved this year. We will have a special snack, some swag, and a smile waiting for you. Sponsored by the Markaz Orientation Committee.

Women's Community Center Open House

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New students are invited to join the Women’s Community Center for our outdoor open house where you can meet current students and professional staff, pick up some delicious snacks and refreshments, and learn more about the events and opportunities at the Women’s Community Center. You can also pick up an Arts and Crafts kit for our NSO Crafternoon event. This program is only for students. Sponsored by the Women’s Community Center Orientation Committee.

Virtual Panel with Queer Upperclass Students

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join our virtual welcome and learn more about what Queer Student Resources has to offer. We will have a panel of upperclass students who will share about life at Stanford and answer your questions. This program is only for students. Sponsored by the Queer Student Resources Orientation Committee.

First Student Dinner

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls | Transfers meet at Wilbur Dining
Share your first dinner of NSO with your residential staff and new dormmates. If family members accompanied you today, the traditional time to say your goodbyes is at 5:00 p.m. so that you can have dinner with your dorm. If your local dining hall is not yet open, please eat at Wilbur Dining.

Opening House Meeting

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. • Residences | Transfers meet in Kimball Lounge
Participate in this first important and informative house meeting led by your residence staff.