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2023 Dates and Deadlines

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

Mid-May  |  Approaching Stanford Begins

In mid-May, 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. At this time, you will be able to log in to the Approaching Stanford Canvas Course for the Approaching Stanford Requirements Checklist. A small mailing will be sent to your Mailing Address, as listed in Axess.


June 1  |  Official Test Scores Deadline

If you self-reported test scores on your admission application, 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. 


Early June  |  Approaching Stanford Forms & Housing Application Deadline

Log in to Canvas to complete the Approaching Stanford Forms, which include the housing application, 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. All forms submitted by the deadline will be give equal consideration. Housing assignments are not made in the order of submission.


June 15  |  Academic/Housing Accommodations Registration

If applicable, register with the Office of Accessible Education in order to ensure proper academic and/or housing accommodations have been implemented prior to the fall.


Mid-June  |  Parent & Guardian Newsletter

The first of this monthly Approaching Stanford newsletter will be emailed to the parent(s)/guardian(s) you listed on your Approaching Stanford Forms.
(To add a contact to our email list after the Forms deadline, 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.)


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. 


August 1  |  Vaden Health Requirements & Forms Deadline

Review the 2023-24 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 a medical or religious exemption. You will need to upload or submit an official immunization record to Vaden Health Center. For questions regarding Vaden's Entrance Health Requirements, please submit a Service Ticket to 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. 


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 mid-August. Between August 1– September 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, 2022–August 31, 2023).
For International Students enrolling in Cardinal Care: If planning on acknowledging/enrolling in Cardinal Care, there is no action required until August 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, 2023–August 31, 2024).
The deadline for waiving or acknowledging Cardinal Care for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents is September 15.


Mid-August  |  Student Housing Notification

Email notification of your first-year housing assignment from R&DE Student Housing and Residential Education


Mid-August  |  ExploreCourses 2023-24

ExploreCourses, Stanford's official course catalog, will publish 2023-24 course listings in mid-August. Begin browsing 2023-24 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.


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 the week prior to the start of Autumn Quarter, national and county health conditions permitting.


Mid-September  |  Stanford Required Online Education Courses

Check your Stanford email for notification about these required online courses in mid-August. Complete them by September 15, before NSO begins:

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

Mid-September  |  Stanford Survey of New Students

Check your Stanford email for your unique survey link that will be sent on September 1 and complete this important university survey by September 15.


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

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: Between August 1 – September 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, 2023–August 31, 2024).
The deadline for international students to submit a waiver is in mid-August.


September 20 |  University Bill Payment Deadline

In early September, log into Axess to view your first University bill. Also set up Authorized Users and Direct Deposit, if desired. Your first University bill is expected to be due by September 20, 2023. The 2023-24 payment schedule will be posted in summer 2023.


September 19 (tentative) |  New Student Move-In Day

New students will move to campus on September 19, 2023, national and county health conditions permitting. All new students should be checked in by 5:00 p.m. on Move-In Day. Guests must adhere to Stanford's Visitor Policy.

Pre-Orientation Programs: Students participating in the pre-orientation programs offered this year may also have an earlier move-in date. Please see details of your program when your participation is confirmed.


September 20-24 | New Student Orientation (NSO)

Welcome to Stanford - NSO will introduce you to the Stanford community! NSO is held the week prior to the start of Autumn Quarter 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 2023 Course Enrollment Opens

Course enrollment for new students will open during NSO. You will have until September 26 to register your preliminary study list in Axess. Learn how to enroll in classes through SimpleEnroll or Axess.


September 26, 5:00 p.m. (PDT)  |  First Day of Autumn Quarter & Preliminary Study List Deadline

Register your Autumn Quarter courses in Axess by the Preliminary Study List Deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, the first day of the quarter. You can make adjustments to your study list until the Final Study List Deadline at 5:00 p.m. on Friday of Week 3.