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Welcome to Stanford!

The Approaching Stanford and New Student Orientation (NSO) team is thrilled to welcome you as the newest members of the Stanford family. Incoming frosh and transfers will move to campus September 11-13 and New Student Orientation will take place September 14-19, 2021. All new undergraduate students are required to live on campus and participate in New Student Orientation. 

Move-In Date Sign Up

Please choose a move-in date (September 11, 12, or 13) and sign up online using the R&DE Arrival Day Portal. The portal will open on June 25, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. PDT. 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.

If you will be living in graduate housing, you will sign-up for a move-in date on the graduate housing application form.

Pre-Orientation Programs

International Student Orientation (ISO) will take place September 11-13, 2021. Learn more about our Pre-Orientation Programs including ISO, Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips with the Outdoor Center (SPOT), Stanford Native Immersion Program (SNIP), First Generation and/or Low-Income Student Orientation (FLI-SO), Cardinal Service Pre-Orientation Experience, and Neurodiversity Transition Orientation.

Students attending ISO have been automatically pre-assigned to move in on September 11. Students attending SPOT have been automatically pre-assigned to move in on September 13 after returning from your SPOT trips. If you are participating in any of the other pre-orientation programs (SNIP, Cardinal Service, FLI-SO, or Neurodiversity Transition), your move-in date will also be automatically adjusted once participant lists are finalized. Move-in dates for these programs are listed on the pre-orientation programs webpage.

Your Stanford Move-In Day

When you arrive to campus for your move-in appointment, please go directly to your residence and check in at your Housing Front Desk to receive your room key and Stanford ID card (SUID card). You may have up to two guests enter your residence to help you move in for the duration of your appointment.

After moving in, we encourage you to walk around our beautiful campus. You may also leave campus to run errands and shop for necessities, if desired. While your guests are welcome to visit campus (including on the days following your move-in), they may only enter your residence during your designated move-in appointment. Thank you for understanding our need to maintain physical distancing in the residences during the move-in period.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will begin on September 14 and continue through September 19. We are pleased to share that we are planning an in-person NSO for our new students. You are expected to participate fully in NSO and should not make any plans to leave campus for the duration of NSO.

In addition, we hope to provide a small number of welcome events on Tuesday, September 14, for parents and family members who are able to accompany their students to campus. We are closely monitoring revisions to the university's health and safety guidelines and will share updates and details in the coming weeks. We know many families will not be able to visit Stanford this fall, and we look forward to welcoming them to campus in the future. Family members who are able to join us on campus on September 14 should plan to say their final goodbyes and depart campus by 5:00 p.m. so that students can have dinner and begin required NSO programs with their dormmates. Students will be occupied with NSO for the remainder of the week.

In the coming months, we will begin sharing the schedule of events and programs that will introduce you to the rich academic, social, and cultural life at Stanford!

Religious Observances

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. In 2021, Yom Kippur will take place from sundown on September 15 to sundown on September 16; there will not be required NSO programs during this time. For more information, visit

Accessibility & Disability-Related Accommodations

If students and/or family members need a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Diversity and Access Office at (650) 725-0326 or