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New Student Orientation is comprised of multiple events over the course of five days. As a new student, NSO is intended to show you the diversity of the community around you. The following events will seek to broaden your perspective as you begin this academic journey.

*Indicates student attendance is required.

For Students and Families

New Student Arrival*

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Housing Service Centers and Residences

Welcome to Stanford! Check in at your Housing Service Center where you will pick up your SUID card, room key, and COVID-19 tests. Move in to your residence, meet your residence staff, and receive your NSO packet. Transfers will receive their NSO packet at Kimball Hall. Begin wearing your NSO nametag, which will serve as your entrance ticket to all NSO events this week. Your NSO meal plan will begin today.
All new students are required to be checked in by 5:00 p.m. on this day. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Welcome Home

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.  Residences | Transfers meet in Kimball Hall
Come meet your Resident Fellow(s), residence staff, and your dormmates at this residence welcome for students and families.

132nd Opening Convocation Ceremony*

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. • 
Frost Amphitheater
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomes new students and families to Stanford during this formal inauguration of the academic year. Walk over with your dorm and dress casually, as it may get hot. If you would like to sit with your guests, please meet them at Frost. This event is open to all, and no tickets are needed. Complimentary parking for guests is in the Galvez Parking Lot, located near Frost Amphitheater. This will be a large outdoor event; face masks are encouraged.

Convocation will also be livestreamed and recorded.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Parents and families are invited to join their student in the residence dining halls for a complimentary lunch on this day.

Community Welcomes & Open Houses

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • V
arious Locations

Community centers and offices will welcome new students and families by introducing you to staff, resources, opportunities, and programs.

The conclusion of this day on campus is the traditional time for families and students to say your goodbyes. Families are asked to depart campus by dinnertime.

For Students Only

First Student Dinner*

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Share your first dinner with your residential staff and new dormmates. Transfers meet at the Gerhard Casper Dining Hall.

Opening House Meeting*

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  • Residences | Transfers meet in Kimball Hall

After dinner, participate in this first important and informative house meeting with your residence staff.

Discover Stanford*

Thursday, September 22, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. • Frost Amphitheater
Provost Persis Drell and Assistant Vice Provost for Residential Education Cheryl Brown will offer guidance and perspective for creating a strong foundation within our Stanford community as you embark on your Stanford journey.

Transfer Welcome Lunch (Transfers only)*

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Galvez Mall
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Rick Shaw and Undergraduate Advising Director Dr. Alice Petty welcome new transfer students to Stanford at this annual event. Get to know your transfer cohort and current transfer students over a delicious lunch.

Designing Your First Quarter Advising Presentation (Frosh only)*

Thursday, September 22, 2022
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. Zoom
Your Undergraduate Advising Director in Academic Advising is a key advising resource for your first year. At this virtual presentation, meet your advisor and learn about preparing for your first quarter, choosing classes, working with your various advisors, and more.

Axess Opens for New Student Enrollment

2:00 p.m. •
The New Student Advisement Enrollment Hold will be released for all frosh. You have until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26 to register your Preliminary Study List in Axess. You can make changes to your study list until the Final Study List Deadline at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

President's Reception & Class Photo*

Thursday, September 22, 2022
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Hoover House Lawn
Enjoy refreshments and informal conversation with President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and other members of the university faculty and staff at this special reception for new undergraduate students. Wear your neighborhood t-shirts for the class photo and walk over with your dormmates. Class photos will be taken at 4:30 p.m.

Faces of Community*

Thursday, September 22, 2022
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. • Frost Amphitheater and Residences
Take in the personal stories, reflections, and artistic performances of Stanford students—introducing you to the diverse faces of community. Faces strives to be honest, engaging and thought provoking—and is a long-standing avenue for rich story-telling and expression at Stanford. This year’s speeches center on themes of resilience, community, loss, transformation, and include some sensitive topics. Professional staff will be available during and after the program, should you need support. Opportunities for ongoing engagement will be shared and encouraged. Following the program, you will have the opportunity to process and share your reflections on the Faces stories and performance in small groups facilitated by your residence staff. Produced by the Office for Inclusion Belonging and Intergroup Communication (IBIC) and by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA).

Beyond Sex Ed: Consent and Sexuality at Stanford*

Friday, September 23, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Frost Amphitheater and Residences
Students will share personal stories about sexuality and relationships, interspersed with a presentation on how human sexuality fits into our lives, community, and culture. This program is about cultivating empathy, agency, and the skills to connect with ourselves and one another. Professional staff will be available for support if you want to talk or if you have questions. Following the program, you will be invited to share your thoughts about the program in a facilitated discussion at your residence. Produced by the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Education (SHARE) Office.

Answers for Transfers Resource Fair (Transfers only)*

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Lathrop Library, Room 282
Meet representatives from a wide variety of campus resources who will help you during your time at Stanford, including Bing Overseas Studies Program, Haas Center for Public Service, Financial Aid, Career Education, Pre-Health Advising, and more. Please wear a face mask to this indoor event.

Three Books

Friday, September 23, 2022
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium

Join faculty moderator Dr. Liz Hadly for a discussion on this year’s Three Books theme of Biodiversity with guests Cyril Dion, director of Animal, and Ed Yong, author of An Immense World. Following the event you are invited to meet the guests. Please wear a face mask to this indoor event.