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Welcome, Class of 2026!

The Approaching Stanford and New Student Orientation team is thrilled to welcome you as the newest members of the Stanford community. We are eager to get to know you throughout the Approaching Stanford process this summer and are excited to share the orientation events with you this fall.

At this time, please create your Stanford University Network ID (SUNet ID). When the Approaching Stanford process begins, you will need to use your SUNet ID to check your Stanford email account and to complete your Approaching Stanford Requirements. All Approaching Stanford and official university communications will be sent to your Stanford email account.

On May 11, you will receive your first Approaching Stanford Newsletter by email and gain access to Canvas, both of which will be critical sources of information as you begin your Stanford journey. Your required Approaching Stanford Forms, which include your first-year course preferences and your housing application, will be due June 8. As we get closer to the fall, we'll share the schedule of events and programs that will introduce you to the rich academic, social, and cultural life at Stanford through New Student Orientation.

We know there will be a lot of questions, and we seek to answer them through our online resources, Canvas discussion boards, and FAQs. You may also contact us if you don't see information listed or have a specific situation to discuss. We have so much to share with you and we cannot wait to get started.