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In preparation for your arrival, review these important dates and deadlines and complete the following items.

May 10, 2021  |  Approaching Stanford Begins

On this day, the Approaching Stanford process begins! Check your Stanford email for the Approaching Stanford Handbook and the first of your weekly newsletters. You are responsible for regularly checking your email and completing any required action items throughout the summer. Beginning May 10, log in to the Approaching Stanford Canvas Course for the Approaching Stanford Requirements Checklist.


June 1  |  Official Test Scores Deadline

Contact the ACT or College Board to have your ACT and/or SAT scores sent to Stanford, if applicable.

An Enrollment Hold will be placed on Autumn Quarter Enrollment for students who self-reported test scores, but do not submit them. 


June 4, 12:00pm (PDT)  |  Approaching Stanford Forms Deadline

Log into Canvas to complete the Approaching Stanford Forms online and upload your photo for your Stanford ID card. These forms collect personal information; academic course and housing preferences; and parent/guardian contact(s) for the university. It is through the Approaching Stanford Forms that you will apply for first-year housing.


Mid-June  |  Parent & Guardian Newsletter

The first of this monthly newsletter will be emailed to the parent(s)/guardian(s) you listed on your Approaching Stanford Forms. You can review the newsletter archive online. To add a contact to our email list, students should email approaching@stanford.edu with the contact's name and email address. (Please note that we can only add contacts provided by students, therefore the request must come from you, and not your parent/guardian.)


June 25 | Move-In Date Portal Opens

The R&DE Arrival Portal will open on June 25, at 9:00 a.m. PDT. Please choose a move-in date (September 11, 12, or 13) for undergraduate housing and sign up online using the portal. In early August, when you receive notification of your housing assignment, you will log back into the portal and sign up for a specific move-in appointment on your chosen date.

Students accepted to pre-orientation programs will have their move-in date automatically adjusted to their program's move-in date.


July 1  |  Final Official Transcript Deadline

Submit your final high school transcript by July 1 to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. If you have previously submitted your final transcript, you do not need to resubmit it. Email credentials@stanford.edu with questions.

An Enrollment Hold will be placed on Autumn Quarter Enrollment for students who do not submit their final high school transcript. 


July 23  |  Vaden Health Requirements & Forms Deadline

Review the 2021-22 Student Health Matters handbook and complete your required Entrance Health Requirements and Forms. All students will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or receive approval for an extension or a medical or religious exemption. You will need to upload or submit an official immunization record to Vaden Health Center. For questions and extension requests, please submit a SNOW ticket for Vaden. For more about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, please see Student COVID Vaccination FAQ

An Enrollment Hold will be placed on Autumn Quarter Enrollment for students who do not complete their Entrance Health Requirements and Forms. 


Mid-August  |  Student Housing Notification

Email notification of your first-year housing assignment from R&DE Student Housing and Residential Education. You will receive further instructions for using the Arrival Day portal to sign up for a move-in appointment on your chosen move-in date.


Mid-August  |  Stanford Survey of New Students

Check your Stanford email for your unique survey link and complete this important university survey by September 6.


August 15  |  Cardinal Care Health Insurance Deadline (International)

For International Students waiving Cardinal Care: If planning to waive Cardinal Care, you must first submit the International Student Insurance Coverage Certification Form by August 15. Between September 1–15, you must log into Axess and formally waive Cardinal Care. Students who fail to waive Cardinal Care by September 15 will be automatically enrolled for the plan year (September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022).
For International Students enrolling in Cardinal Care: If planning on acknowledging/enrolling in Cardinal Care, there is no action required until September 1–15, when you will log into Axess and formally acknowledge your enrollment in the plan. If no action is taken by September 15, you will be automatically enrolled for the plan year (September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022).
The deadline for waiving or acknowledging Cardinal Care for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents is September 15.


Mid-August  |  ExploreCourses 2021-22

ExploreCourses, Stanford's official course catalog, will publish 2021-22 course listings in mid-August. Begin browsing 2021-22 courses. New students will enroll in Autumn Quarter courses during New Student Orientation (NSO).


Mid-August  |  Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Email

Check your Stanford email for notification of your required VPUE first-year courses (COLLEGE & PWR1; ESF; ITALIC; or SLE) and featured courses (Introductory Seminars and Frosh 101).


Mid-August  |  Academic Advisor Introduction

Receive an introduction email from your Academic Advisor with information about the required summer Advising Presentation. You will also be able to schedule a small group advising appointment with your assigned advisor prior to NSO to have an initial advising conversation around academic interests, course selection, opportunities, and resources. Browse the course planning resources and make a list of questions to share with your advisor.


Mid-August  |  Stanford Required Online Education Courses

Check your Stanford email for notification about these required online courses. Complete them by September 13, before the academic year begins:

  • Office of Community Standards: Fundamental Standard and Honor Code
  • Office of Inclusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication
  • Alcohol Education for College
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • Sustainability - Zero Waste Training

    Late August  |  Move-In Information

    Email notification with instructions for moving to Stanford, including packing/shipping guidelines, a printable map, and details of what to expect. New student move-in will take place September 11-13. We advise waiting to make travel arrangements until you have scheduled your move-in date.


    September 15  |  Cardinal Care Health Insurance Deadline (US Citizens & PR)

    For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: Between September 1–15, you must log into Axess and formally waive or acknowledge Cardinal Care. Students who fail to waive Cardinal Care by September 15 will be automatically enrolled for the plan year (September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022).
    The deadline for international students to submit a waiver is August 15.


    September 11-13*  |  New Student Move-In

    New students will move to campus September 11-13. Please wait to make travel arrangements until you have scheduled your move-in date. Each student will be permitted to bring two guests into the residence to help with their move-in. Guests must adhere to Stanford's Visitor Policy.

    *International students who will not be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept 11 will be required to arrival early to campus on Sept 4 to complete a 7-day Restricted Activity Period before participating in any in-person activities.


    September 14-19 | New Student Orientation (NSO)

    Welcome to Stanford! NSO will introduce you to the Stanford community and is required for all new students. We will have a full schedule of programs and events that you will be expected to attend. Please do not make any plans off-campus during this week.

    Stanford supports students, faculty, and staff in celebrating religious holidays of significance to them. NSO and residential staff are aware that religious commitments may influence attendance at some events.


    NSO  |  Autumn 2021 Course Enrollment Opens

    Course enrollment for new students will open during NSO. You will have until September 20 to register your preliminary study list in Axess. Learn how to enroll in classes through SimpleEnroll or Axess.


    September 20, 5:00 p.m. (PDT)  |  First Day of Autumn QuarterPreliminary Study List Deadline

    Register your Autumn Quarter courses in Axess by the Preliminary Study List Deadline of 5:00 p.m. on September 20, the first day of the quarter. You can make adjustments to your study list until the Final Study List Deadline of October 8.


    September 30  |  University Bill Payment Deadline

    Beginning September 10, log into Axess to view your first University bill. Also set up Direct Deposit and ePay in Axess, if desired. Your first University bill is due September 30.