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APPROACHING STANFORD A Handbook for Entering Students

Approaching Stanford
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A Handbook for Entering Students

Approaching Stanford

Class of 2014
and Transfer Students

Class of 2014
and Transfer Students

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Website: (650) 72-FROSH (723-7674)
Email: frosh@stanford.edu
Orientation Preview Parent Events
Phone: (650) 723-7674 During New Student Orientation (NSO), you will settle into
Monday–Friday, 9:00–5:00, PDT Your parents are invited to join you for the first day of
CONTENTS your new home away from home, experience the excitement Orientation. During the summer, information will be made
Fax: (650) 725-1436 Welcome to Stanford University 1–3 of intellectual engagement with your peers, explore academic available regarding Orientation events planned for parents
opportunities, build new friendships, and enjoy your first between 11:00 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14.
For mail, including that Academic Calendar 2010–11 4
delivered by courier service: days of campus life. From mid-morning until early afternoon, parents can visit the
Approaching Stanford Stanford, Past and Present  5–6 NSO events will take place Tuesday, September 14 Parent Lounge and Resource Center. In addition to providing
Sweet Hall, First Floor
590 Escondido Mall through Sunday, September 19. A detailed calendar of a place for parents to meet one another, representatives
At the Core: Academics  7–32
Stanford, CA 94305-3094 Orientation events will be provided when you arrive on from campus departments and programs will be on hand to
Requirements, Majors, Degrees  7 campus and will be available on the Freshman page of the answer questions. If your parents or other family members
Approaching Your Academics  18 Undergraduate Academic Life website after September 1. You are interested in reserving tickets for the Parent Dinner with
will be expected to participate fully in Orientation activities, the Provost, they will need to register by mail or online with
Academic Opportunities and Programs  26 which will take place from early morning to late evening. payment postmarked no later than Friday, August 20.
Your Stanford Community  33–46 Parents may join you on the first day.
Students who register for International New Student For Individuals with Disabilities
Belonging at Stanford  33
Orientation should plan to arrive on campus by 5:00 p.m. Students or parents with disabilities requiring assistance during
Approaching Stanford
is available online. Please Values and Standards  34 on Saturday, September 11. Those invited to participate in Orientation should contact our office at (650) 723-7674 as soon
submit your reply forms at the Native American student retreat should plan to arrive on as possible with information about their needs.
http://undergrad.stanford.edu. Finding Your Place(s)  37
campus by 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 12. Students
The Practical Stuff  47–77 who register for Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT) Religious Observances
should plan to arrive on campus by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, We respect students’ religious commitments and have ensured
Housing  47
September 8. More information about these programs will be that there are opportunities on campus for holiday observance.
Dining  52 mailed to students in May. All Orientation and residential staff will be aware of the need
that some students may have to arrive late or leave early
Health Services—Vaden Health Center  54
Tuesday, September 14—First Day on the Farm from some events. For further information about religious
Finances  58 Go directly to your residence where check-in will begin at observances, please contact the Office of Religious Life at
Computing Resources  63 8:00 a.m. Orientation Volunteers and residence staff members (650) 723-1762 or visit http://religiouslife.stanford.edu.
will be waiting to greet you. Plan to arrive and move in before
Getting Here  71
2:00 p.m. so that you and your family can enjoy the day’s
Reply Form Instructions  79 activities. If you cannot arrive by 2:00 p.m., you will need to
pick up your room key and welcome packet from the Housing
New Student Orientation  inside back cover
Front Desk in your dorm complex. Various campus offices will
hold open houses and welcome programs in the afternoon.
Late in the day, President John Hennessy will host the 120th
Opening Convocation, a ceremony you and your family won’t
want to miss. Parents are invited to attend a special dinner
with the Provost after saying their final goodbyes to you. Over
dinner you will have a chance to meet your dormmates and the
day will end with your first house meeting.
Welcome to Stanford University!


I am delighted that you have decided to attend Stanford University. For the next few years, you will have many
opportunities to explore new ideas and to learn from our superb faculty and your fellow students.
As Stanford’s 10th president and a faculty member for more than 30 years, I encourage you to make the most of your
time here, and I offer you a few suggestions to get you started.
This is a challenging time. But at Stanford, we understand that challenges bring opportunities, and we are committed
to finding solutions for the issues we face and to educating our students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Stanford has one of the most accomplished faculties in the nation, and I encourage you to get to know your
professors. Stop by during office hours to continue a class discussion or to ask about research possibilities.
As a research university, Stanford can offer our undergraduates many opportunities not available at other institutions.
The university’s breadth—from the arts to the environment to athletics to the sciences—provides students with
unparalleled freedom to cross departmental boundaries and discover intellectual and personal passions.
You will have the chance to work with distinguished faculty members in small classes from your first days on campus.
If you are interested in research, there are numerous avenues for pursuing student-initiated research or working on
faculty projects.
Your fellow students are a critical part of the Stanford community. Some of your most valuable experiences will be
shared with your peers, whether you are working together to understand a difficult concept or getting to know more
about another’s background or culture. I often hear our alumni say that they made lifelong friends while attending
Stanford University has a tradition of boldness, and I hope you will challenge yourself while you are here. This is your
time, and I hope you will use it to attempt something new—whether in the classroom, in a laboratory, in a theater, or on
the athletic field.
Above all, I urge you to enjoy the intellectual journey and pursue it with enthusiasm.

John L. Hennessy

President Hennessy greets a new student.



The mailings, what you have read
Important Business Points to Tend to:
in Approaching Stanford, filling out
the forms, deadlines, University 1. You must complete and submit the Approaching Stanford forms
requirements, accommodations for online. Make sure you have read this handbook before filling out the
disabilities, housing options, New forms. Many of these forms request personal information. It is not
Student Orientation, extracurricular appropriate for someone else to complete them on your behalf, unless
activities, or anything else related there are extenuating circumstances. The deadline for our receipt
to student life on campus, call the of the forms is 5:00 p.m., PDT, Tuesday, June 8 for freshmen and
Approaching Stanford staff at (650) 5:00 p.m., PDT, Tuesday, July 13 for transfers.
72-FROSH or (650) 723-7674 or send 2. Please go online and create your SUNet ID if you have not already
an email to frosh@stanford.edu. done so. To do this, you will need your Stanford ID number. Your
ID number can be found at the top right-hand corner of the letter
Vaden Health Center’s medical received in the same mailing as this book. You need your SUNet ID to
requirements, please contact Vaden submit your Approaching Stanford forms and to log-in to Axess (the
directly at (650) 498-2336 or online student record system). For instructions on how to create your
vaden-emr@stanford.edu. SUNet ID, see page 63 of this handbook.
3. Check http://undergrad.stanford.edu regularly throughout the
Undergraduate academics, visit the
summer for helpful updates such as unexpected delays or changes in
Undergraduate Academic Life website
the mailing schedule, information on campus resources, and answers
at http://undergrad.stanford.edu. Here
to frequently asked questions. This is also the site where you can reach
you can get guidance on curricular
the Approaching Stanford forms by clicking on the Freshman tab.
opportunities and academic support,
If you have any questions, be sure to check the website first. If your
learn about research opportunities,
answer isn’t there, call or email us at (650) 723-7674 or
scholarships, and fellowships. You
frosh@stanford.edu. We will gladly help you find your answer.
will be able to talk directly with your
Academic Director in mid-August (he 4. To ensure you receive mailings from the University, always keep
or she will send an introductory email your address updated in Axess. It is crucial that this information is
around that time). accurate. Go to page 64 for more information about Axess.
5. As a Stanford student, starting this summer you are expected to check
your @stanford.edu email on a regular basis. The University will send
important information to you at this email address only. See page 64
to learn more about accessing messages sent to your Stanford email

Welcome to the Stanford Family!

Members of the Class of 2014 and Transfer Students,

Nothing excites me more at this time of year than the opportunity to welcome a new class of undergraduates
to the Farm. I picture you at school going through a last set of exams, winding down a set of activities, grasping a
group of friends more tightly than usual knowing that with excited new beginnings, come bittersweet ends. I sense
your eager apprehension, your nervous confidence, your restless calm. I remember this time in my own life when
I, like you, set my compass heading to Stanford. I remember it like it was yesterday. For a Stanford graduate, those
precious memories linger on.
While the times are different and trends have come and gone, the Stanford I knew as a student is the Stanford
you will come to know as well.
Annually, young people choose to grow to become who they are meant to become under our cloudless blue sky,
beneath our red-tiled roofs, within our sandstone colonnades. During their time here they study with faculty eager
to mentor young minds, they learn in equal measure from each other, they have experiences they will remember for
a lifetime, and then they move on to life’s next adventure. As you make your way to the Farm, the Class of 2010 is
preparing to leave us. As I welcome you today I have to say that nothing makes me more wistful at this time of year
than to see a class getting ready to graduate.
I am not alone in thinking about this transition. 119 classes have graduated from Stanford, and hundreds of
thousands of Stanford alumni live in every imaginable corner of the world. With the cyclic rhythm of the school
year still in their souls, alumni far and wide envision your faces lighting Stanford’s pathways, your ideas generating
new knowledge and understanding, your laughter rippling off a dorm room wall. Though for the time being, you
are strangers to us alumni, you are also becoming family. You are inheritors of our promise that Stanford will always
live on.
I hope you’ll find ways to make the most of these last few months before your Stanford life begins. Savor what
you love about where you are and who you are with, and dream about what is to come. Stanford awaits. And though
it may feel like a stranger to you, soon enough—I am all but certain—Stanford will feel like home.


Dean Julie (Lythcott-Haims) ’89

Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education



New Student Orientation

September 11 Students who register for International New Student Orientation should arrive on campus
by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11. More information on this program will be sent to
students over the summer.
September 12 Students invited to participate in the Native American student retreat should arrive on
campus by 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 12. More information about this program will
be sent to students over the summer.
September 14 At 8:00 a.m., freshmen and transfers begin moving in. New Student Orientation begins for
all new undergraduates. See the inside back cover for more information about what you can
expect during Orientation.

Autumn Quarter
September 20 First day of the quarter; instruction begins.
November 22-26 Thanksgiving recess. Residences remain open.
December 6-10 End-quarter examinations. The final exam schedule appears online in Axess. Review your final
examination schedule before committing to travel plans.
December 11 – Winter recess. Residences close at 12:00 noon on December 11 and reopen
January 1 at 1:00 p.m. on January 1.

Winter Quarter
January 3 First day of the quarter; instruction begins.
January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No classes.
February 21 Presidents’ Day. No classes.
February 25–26 Parents’ Weekend.
March 14-18 End-quarter examinations. The final exam schedule appears online in Axess. Review your final
examination schedule before committing to travel plans.
March 21-27 Spring recess. Residences remain open.

Spring Quarter
March 28 First day of the quarter; instruction begins.
May 30 Memorial Day. No classes.
June 3-8 End-quarter examinations. The final exam schedule appears online in Axess. Review your final
examination schedule before committing to travel plans.

* For a detailed listing of the academic dates for 2010-11, see the Office of the University Registrar’s Academic
Calendar site at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/academic-calendar. You can see key academic dates
through 2019-20 at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/calendar-future.

Stanford, Past and Present
THE FOUNDING OF THE UNIVERSITY Leland Stanford Junior University opened its doors
Stanford University is a living memorial to Leland in October 1891 to a set of transfer students who


Stanford, Jr., the young son of Senator Leland and Jane would become the first graduating class, the Class of
Stanford, who died in 1884 of typhoid fever at just 15 1892. These first students attended a university that
years of age. Overcome by their grief and desiring to was untraditional: coeducational in a time when most
create a fitting tribute to their only child, Leland and private universities were all-male; non-sectarian when
Jane soon decided that the most appropriate way to most were associated with a religious organization;
honor him was to do something for “other peoples’ flexible in its program of study when most insisted
children.” After consulting with leaders of the greatest on a rigid curriculum; and boldly practical, seeking
universities of their day, Leland and Jane began to craft to produce “cultured and useful citizens” when most
their vision for the university community that would universities were concerned only with the former.
bear their son’s name. Visionary for their time, Leland and Jane believed that
a liberal education, cultivated through the arts as well
as the sciences, would provide Stanford students with
the basis needed to achieve success and contribute
meaningfully to the world around them.

A reflection of Stanford’s beginnings, the campus is often called

“The Farm.”

In the 119 years since its founding, Stanford has in
many ways stayed the same. It is still on the same
8,180 acres that was the Stanfords’ Palo Alto Stock
Farm and is still a place that never allows tradition
to restrict creativity and innovation. Over the years,
The Stanford family: Leland, Jane, and Leland, Jr. Stanford has grown to seven schools (Business, Earth


Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities and You, the Class of 2014 and transfer students, are
Sciences, Law, Medicine), 1,900 faculty members, whom Leland and Jane envisaged long ago. The path
6,800 undergraduates, 8,400 graduate students, 600 you carve through Stanford adds not only to your
student organizations, and 35 varsity sports. With the own personal history, but also to the growing legacy of
University’s growth comes greater opportunities and Leland and Jane’s generosity. In the name of Leland, Jr.,
challenges to help you grow as a person, develop as a approach Stanford with the goal of developing into the
scholar, and emerge as a leader. scholar and citizen you desire to become.

It is indeed a most exciting time for me to welcome you to the incoming class. You
have worked hard to navigate your way to this time in your life and I am quite
ecstatic that you have chosen to spend the next four years at Stanford University. This is the fifth class at
Stanford that I, along with my dedicated colleagues in Admission, have had the honor of selecting. This is
also the twenty-eighth class I have helped evaluate in my career. Let me assure you that you have been
chosen—in the most competitive application cycle in Stanford’s history— for good reason. Your application
clearly revealed special capabilities, both proven and potential, which led us to the conclusion that in making
this transition to Stanford you will understand and boldly embrace the myriad opportunities that await you at
Stanford and beyond. I am further excited that, for many of you, we have made financing your education less
of a distraction in an effort to make it possible for you to thrive academically and in all other ways.
By accepting you into this community of scholars, I want to emphasize that you have a responsibility to
do your best and be your best. This is a place that really celebrates excellence in all forms and there is no
doubt that you have the capacity to excel here. Be bold and believe that anything is possible if you work
hard to make it so. Avail yourself of the amazing possibilities that lie ahead and grab them with a sense of
adventure. Go for it! Welcome to Stanford!
Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Admission, Financial Aid, and Visitor Information Services

At the Core:
Requirements, Majors, Degrees  7 Requirements, Majors, Degrees
Stanford Bulletin  7
Graduation Requirements  7 STANFORD BULLETIN
Advanced Placement  12 The Stanford Bulletin is Stanford’s online catalog of courses
Majors, Minors, Honors, and Degrees  13 and degrees. The Bulletin’s Explore Degrees website
Degree Options  16 publishes degree requirements, University requirements,
Approaching Your Academics  18 minimum standards for satisfactory academic progress,
Undergraduate Advising and Research  18 and nonacademic regulations, as well as information on
How Many Courses to Take  19
Stanford’s schools, departments, and interdisciplinary
programs. The Stanford Bulletin’s Explore Degrees is
Enrolling in Autumn Quarter Classes  20
available at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/registrar/
Undergraduate Research  24

Academic Opportunities and Programs  26
The Bulletin’s Explore Courses website publishes
Bing Overseas Studies Program  26
courses and class scheduling for the entire University.
Career Development Center  27
The Stanford Bulletin’s Explore Courses is available at
Exchange Programs  27
Haas Center for Public Service  27
Hopkins Marine Station  28 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Hume Writing Center  29 To graduate, you will need a minimum of 180 academic
Introductory Seminars 29 units and must fulfill the following requirements.
Office of Accessible Education  29
Oral Communication Program  30 TO GRADUATE, YOU MUST FULFILL:
Overseas Resource Center  30 1. General Education Requirements
Residential Education  30 • Introduction to the Humanities
Stanford in Washington  31 • Disciplinary Breadth: Engineering and Applied
The Stanford Libraries  31
Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural
Sciences, and Social Sciences
• Education for Citizenship: Ethical Reasoning, The
Global Community, American Cultures, and Gender
2. Writing and Rhetoric Requirement
• Part 1: Program in Writing and Rhetoric
• Part 2: Writing in the Major
3. Language Requirement
4. Departmental Requirements for a Major

Each quarter make sure

to take a class simply
because its description
excites you.
– Jack ’12

ACADEMICS | Requirements, Majors, Degrees

1. General Education Requirements SLE

The General Education Requirements (GERs) are an SLE is a residential program that encourages students
integral part of your undergraduate education at Stanford. to live a life of ideas in an atmosphere that stresses
Their purpose is to introduce you to a broad range of fields critical thinking and interpretation, while at the same
and areas of study within the applied sciences, humanities, time fostering close student-instructor relationships.
natural sciences, social sciences, and technology. Whereas In contrast to theme-focused IHUM courses, SLE is a
the courses you take in your major will provide you with chronologically structured three-quarter course beginning
depth of knowledge in a field, the General Education in the ancient world and ending with the modern period,
Requirements have the complementary purpose of leaving students with a strong sense of the history of the
providing you with breadth. Together they will serve as the ideas that have shaped our world. SLE freshmen live and
nucleus around which you will build your four years here learn together in three houses (one all-freshman and two
and perhaps pursue graduate study or professional work. four-class) within one residence hall. This is the informal
The General Education Requirements are divided into setting for lectures, small-group discussions, films, and
three areas: Introduction to the Humanities, Disciplinary plays. Because of its intensive concentration on both the
Breadth, and Education for Citizenship. You are required analysis of texts and the written communication of ideas,
to take a specified number of courses within each area. The students who complete SLE satisfy the full Writing and
courses you take must be designated as a GER in the given Rhetoric requirement (PWR 1 and 2), as well as the GER
area. Once you begin using the Stanford Bulletin, you will breadth requirement in Humanities. SLE offers students
see courses that satisfy a GER are identified as such at the 28 units during freshman year: 9 units in the Autumn
end of the course description. and Winter Quarters, and 10 units in the Spring Quarter.
Students who select SLE as their first Introduction to the
INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES Humanities preference on their Approaching Stanford
During your freshman year, you must fulfill the forms and are admitted to SLE will automatically be
Introduction to the Humanities requirement by completing assigned to SLE housing as their first housing preference.
a three-quarter series of courses. These courses promote
vital intellectual development through the study of human IHUM
thoughts, values, beliefs, creativity, and cultures. They also Students choosing to fulfill this requirement by taking
enhance your skills in analysis, reasoning, argumentation, a year-long series of IHUM courses will find a diverse
and oral and written expression, all of which will help range of courses designed and taught by Stanford faculty
prepare you for future academic success at Stanford. You from various disciplines or fields of study. Students
may satisfy this requirement in one of two ways: by taking choose one interdisciplinary Autumn Quarter course
a year-long series of IHUM courses, or by signing up for and one discipline-based two-quarter Winter/Spring
a residence based year-long program, Structured Liberal course sequence. IHUM courses consist of two 50-minute
Education (SLE). lectures per week given by Stanford faculty. Lectures are
complemented by small discussion seminars, which also
meet for 50 minutes, twice a week. IHUM courses are
4 units each quarter, for a total of 12 units during the
freshman year.
IHUM and SLE are fully described in the Introduction
to the Humanities Course Catalogue, which you received
along with Approaching Stanford. Read the choices
carefully and then complete Form 4. Transfer students
are not required to complete the Introduction to the
Humanities requirement.

Stanford is committed to a broad liberal arts education for all of its


ACADEMICS | Requirements, Majors, Degrees

DISCIPLINARY BREADTH Autumn Quarter, you will review the courses to be

These courses provide students with educational breadth by offered on the Undergraduate Academic Life website in
giving them experience in the areas of (i) Engineering and mid-August and submit your top seven choices later in
Applied Sciences, (ii) Humanities, (iii) Mathematics, (iv) August. The PWR Enrollment Coordinator will contact
Natural Sciences, and (v) Social Sciences. You are required you via email when the section descriptions are available
to take five certified GER courses, with one course in each online, also informing you of the deadline for submitting
subject area. You will know which courses satisfy a GER by your section preferences. You will be informed of your
checking the course descriptions in the Stanford Bulletin. assigned PWR 1 section early in September, and you
will have the opportunity to petition for a change of
EDUCATION FOR CITIZENSHIP section during New Student Orientation if necessary.
Education for Citizenship is divided into four subject areas: If you are assigned to the Winter or Spring Quarter
(i) Ethical Reasoning, (ii) The Global Community, (iii) for PWR 1, you need do nothing before coming to
American Cultures, and (iv) Gender Studies. These courses campus. Before each of those quarters, PWR will post the
provide students with skills and knowledge necessary for descriptions of all classes to be offered the following term
citizenship in our contemporary national cultures and for on the Undergraduate Academic Life website. Before your
participation in the global cultures of the 21st century. assigned quarter begins, you will consult this site to preview
You must take two certified GER courses in Education the PWR course offerings, identify those that best match

for Citizenship; each course must be in a different subject your interests, and submit your top seven choices online.
area. IHUM courses do not satisfy this requirement. Some PWR offers approximately 110 sections of PWR 1
courses in Disciplinary Breadth (Humanities and Social per year, taught in a seminar/workshop format with 15
Sciences subject areas) may also fulfill an Education for students in each class. In these small classes, you will read
Citizenship requirement. Courses that meet both the and analyze your own and other students’ work and meet
Disciplinary Breadth and the Education for Citizenship frequently with your instructor. Classes explore writing and
requirements will be designated in the Stanford Bulletin. rhetoric from a range of perspectives, as described online.
Building on the analytical and research-based writing focus
2. Writing and Rhetoric Requirement of PWR 1, the second-level course, PWR 2, will give you
The Writing and Rhetoric requirement, which will develop opportunities to develop more sophisticated abilities in
your abilities in analysis, academic argument, and research- oral and multimedia presentation of research. In PWR 2,
based writing and oral presentation, consists of three you will analyze written, oral, and visual texts, carry out
courses. The first course is taken in the first year, the second research projects requiring work with a range of sources
by the end of the sophomore year, and the third in the and methods, and present your research in both written
major you declare. and oral forms.


Email: pwrcourses@stanford.edu
(650) 723-2631
Through instruction and practice, you will
develop increasingly sophisticated research, speaking,
and writing abilities during your years at Stanford.
Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) courses will
engage you in producing complex and well-researched
academic arguments and oral presentations.
During the summer you will be informed of the
quarter in your first year in which you will take your
4 unit PWR 1 course and the quarter during your
sophomore year in which you will take your 4 unit
PWR 2 course. If you are assigned to take PWR 1 during
Students work on a group editing exercise in a PWR 2 class.

ACADEMICS | Requirements, Majors, Degrees

PART 2: WRITING IN THE MAJOR not satisfied any part of the writing requirement, please
http://undergrad.stanford.edu/AP/univ_req/PWR/WIM/ consult with the office of Undergraduate Advising and
WIM.html Research (UAR) during the summer or when you arrive on
You will satisfy the Writing in the Major (WIM) campus and then contact PWR at pwrcourses@stanford.edu
component of the Writing and Rhetoric requirement by to arrange to enroll in the appropriate PWR course, making
completing a certified writing-intensive course in your sure to complete the course at your earliest opportunity.
major. If you are working on a double major, you will be
required to complete a WIM course in each major. Each 3. Language Requirement
degree-granting department or program offers at least one http://language.stanford.edu
WIM course annually. For information on WIM courses in You are required to complete one year of college-level
any particular major, see the table of Undergraduate Major study, or the equivalent, in a foreign language. Courses
Unit Requirements and individual department or program taken to fulfill the Language Requirement may be taken
listings in the Stanford Bulletin. credit/no credit. You can fulfill this requirement in a
number of different ways:
TRANSFER COURSES AND THE WRITING AND RHETORIC • Complete three quarters of a first-year language course
REQUIREMENT (12–15 units) at Stanford or the equivalent at another
If you have taken writing courses at other colleges or recognized postsecondary institution, subject to current
universities, you may be able to apply them toward the Stanford transfer credit policies.
Writing and Rhetoric requirement. • Obtain a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement
Freshmen: Request that the other college or university (AP) language test in one of the following: Chinese,
mail official transcripts directly to the Office of the French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish Language
University Registrar. You will need to file a request for (please note: AP tests in foreign literature do not fulfill
credit evaluation and certify that the course was not used the Language Requirement).
to satisfy requirements toward your high school diploma.
• Obtain a satisfactory SAT II score, taken prior to college
Additional information and instructions are available
matriculation, in the SAT II table on the next page.
at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/
• Take the two-part language placement test (written
and oral) that either demonstrates you have met the
Transfer students: You will be mailed a preliminary
Language Requirement or diagnoses you as needing one,
evaluation of transfer courses in May, which will address
two, or three additional quarters of college-level study.
whether previously completed courses can be applied
Placement test results are valid for one year.
toward the Writing and Rhetoric requirement. If you have
The written portion of the placement tests are offered
online throughout the summer in Chinese, French,
German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and
Spanish for Home Background Speakers. The date of your
written exam is determined by the first letter of your last
name, as noted in the “Online Test Dates” table on the
next page. Latin and Ancient Greek written tests will be
administered on campus on Wednesday, September 15. For
languages not listed, the placement test is by appointment
only—contact Patricia de Castries at patricia@stanford.
edu for more information. If you have difficulty meeting
this schedule, send an email to patricia@stanford.edu.
Information about the exams is available on the web at
http://language.stanford.edu. Locations and times for the
oral tests, as well as the Greek and Latin written tests, will
be announced in your Orientation materials when you
arrive on campus.
Andrea Lunsford, Professor of English, talks with students after class.

ACADEMICS | Requirements, Majors, Degrees

SAT II Scores Needed to Satisfy the Language Requirement If you are going to continue studying the language
Chinese 630 you studied in high school, you must take the placement
French 640
test to determine the level at which you should enroll
German 630
at Stanford. There may be good reasons to start a new
Hebrew 540
Italian 630 language, however. For example, if you have a strong
Japanese 620 interest in Renaissance art and want to go to the Florence
Korean 630 overseas campus in your junior year, you may wish to begin
Latin 630 studying Italian instead of continuing in the language you
Spanish 630
studied in high school.
Online Test Dates
4. Departmental Requirements for a Major
Last name begins with:
A–C June 14–30
Each degree program specifies the courses necessary for
D–F July 1–11 completion of the major. These will include prerequisites,
G–J July 12–22 core courses, electives, and sometimes a capstone experi-
K–M July 23–31 ence such as a senior thesis. Check the individual depart-
N–Q August 1–8 ment or program listings in the Stanford Bulletin to find the
R–U August 9–19
specific requirements for the majors of interest to you.

V–Z August 20–31

To the incoming class of 2014, I extend my hearty congratulations and warmest

welcome to you as you prepare for your Stanford career. Now is indeed a special
time rich with possibilities, for Stanford is a place of unparalleled intellectual opportunities, ranging from
scientific research to theatrical practice to overseas studies at any of our eleven different campuses abroad.
You embark on a new adventure which will not only further your academic interests but challenge them, one
that will not only ask you to think deeply, but differently.
We encourage you to use your freshman and sophomore years as a time of exploration, before you
declare a major. This is a time for you to find and chart your own intellectual course, perhaps by selecting
a road less travelled, but one that appeals particularly to you and that pushes your academic curiosity. For
some, your career path may seem clear, while for others, your interests are too many at present to select
just one. In either case, we urge you to take a few risks, to experiment. You will find unexpected educational
rewards in such seeming divergences.
We hope that you will take full advantage of the varied academic resources that Stanford has to offer.
This is a time of new beginnings as you enter college and embrace a new wondrous fellowship of the mind.
We are indeed pleased that you have chosen Stanford, and we look forward to helping you become the
student, the person, the lifelong learner you are to be.
Harry J. Elam, Jr
Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities
Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT such as General Certificate Education “A” levels, French

http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/ap Baccalaureate, and German Abitur may also be awarded
A maximum of 45 units of Advanced Placement (AP) credit. For more details on Advanced Placement, see
and/or transfer work and/or other external credit may http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/ap.
be applied toward the 180 units required for graduation You may check in Axess (the online student records sys-
for freshmen; transfers can transfer in up to 90 units of tem—see page 64 for more information about Axess) after
external credit to count towards the 180 units required for the first day of classes to determine the AP credit you have
graduation. AP units count as units toward graduation, been granted. It is your responsibility to have the College
but do not fulfill the General Education Requirements. Board send your AP scores directly to Stanford.
AP units may be applied toward completion of the You can call the College Board regarding questions about
Language Requirement. The International Baccalaureate your AP scores at 888-308-0013. The College Board website
Examination and other advanced placement examinations is http://www.collegeboard.com.


Effective for Undergraduates Matriculating 2010-11
A maximum of 45 quarter units of Advanced Placement (AP), transfer credit, and/or other external credit (such as International
Baccalaureate) may be applied toward the undergraduate degree. Stanford University policies on AP and other external credit are subject
to review and change on an annual basis. Subjects not listed on this chart are not eligible for AP credit at Stanford University.


Calculus AB (or AB Subscore) 5 MATH 51 10
4 MATH 42 5
Calculus BC 4, 5 MATH 51 10
3 MATH 42 5
Chemistry 5 CHEM 33 or above 4
Chinese Language & Culture* 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language. 10
Computer Science A 4, 5 CS 106B or CS 106X 5
Computer Science AB 4, 5 CS 106B, CS 106X, or CS 107 5
French Language* 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language. 10
German Language* 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language. 10
Italian Language & Culture 4, 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language. 0
Japanese Language & Culture* 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language. 10
Latin (Literature or Vergil)† 4, 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language. 0
Physics B 5 PHYSICS 25 8
4 PHYSICS 23 and 25 4
Physics C (2 Parts)
Mechanics only 4, 5 PHYSICS 43 and 45; or PHYSICS 23 and 25 4
3 PHYSICS 41, 43, and 45; or PHYSICS 23 and 25 4
Electricity and Magnetism only 4, 5 PHYSICS 41 and 45; or PHYSICS 21 and 25 5
3 PHYSICS 41, 43, and 45; or PHYSICS 21 and 25 4
Both 4, 5 PHYSICS 45; or PHYSICS 25 9
3 PHYSICS 41, 43, and 45; or PHYSICS 25 8
Spanish Language* 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language. 10

*A score of 4 or 5 on this test fulfills the Language Requirement. A score of 5 is required to receive 10 units of credit.
† A score of 4 or 5 on this test only fulfills the Language Requirement and does not earn quarter units

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Stanford believes the choice of a major is best made after Honors programs provide juniors and seniors the
exploring a variety of courses. Therefore, you are neither opportunity to work on advanced independent research
required, nor expected, to arrive in September knowing projects. Under the supervision of faculty researchers,
your major. We encourage you to spend your first two years undergraduate honors students conduct lab experiments,
exploring a variety of disciplines and classes. You have until do library research on campus, or travel to an archive
the last quarter of your sophomore year to declare a major. or fieldwork site. The honors thesis is a substantial
The purpose of declaring a major is to allow you to achievement that the University recognizes by conferring
study, in considerable depth, a field that interests you. the degree “With Honors.” We encourage you to think
Think of majors not as career paths but as the opportunity about whether you have intellectual interests that might
to explore a field of study, to pursue original and creative lead to an honors project. Honors projects provide a
work, and to join with a community of scholars who share wonderful capstone experience to your four years of
common interests. Once you have declared a major, you undergraduate work, and, many times, form the basis for
will become a member of the department or program research you will continue in your graduate career.
that offers that major. You will be invited to departmental
programs, including undergraduate societies, have access to
research funding, and have the opportunity to work with

faculty and graduate students in the department.
The requirements for each major vary. You can find out
what they are by referring to the online Stanford Bulletin or
by going to departmental websites. Minors may be a limited
version of a major concentration or a specialized subset of
a field defined by a department or degree program. Refer to
the departmental listings in the online Stanford Bulletin for
more information about minors.
Although most students declare only one major, it is
certainly possible to declare more than one major within
a single bachelor’s degree. Multiple majors require, more
than anything else, very careful planning of your four-year
schedule because individual courses cannot be used to
meet the requirements of both majors. If you are interested
in pursuing multiple majors, you should meet with your
Academic Director early in your freshman year to discuss
a four-year schedule, making sure that you will be able to
Students discuss their assignments for class in Tresidder Memorial
fulfill the requirements of both majors. Although most Union.
students who pursue multiple majors do so in related fields
within a broad discipline—for example, in economics
and political science, both of which are social sciences—it Stanford’s Three Undergraduate Degree-Granting Schools
is possible to pursue multiple majors in cross disciplin- Like most universities, Stanford is made up of
ary fields, such as physics (natural sciences) and history schools specializing in different academic disciplines.
(humanities). Undergraduates at Stanford earn bachelor’s degrees from
For the administrative policies and procedures the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences,
governing the declaration of majors and minors, consult and Engineering. Undergraduate degrees are not offered
the Stanford Bulletin at http://bulletin.stanford.edu or the in Stanford’s Business, Education, Law, or Medical
Office of the University Registrar website at schools, although faculty from each of those schools teach
http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students. undergraduate courses.

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SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES awareness, and ethical reflection that underpin a variety of
http://stanford.edu/dept/humsci advanced degrees and professional careers.
(650) 723-2275 Languages and Literatures Central to these disciplines
The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the is the interpretation of literary texts. Scholars explore the
largest of Stanford’s seven schools and home of the liberal powers of language to express the personal and cultural
arts education offered by the University. H&S includes experiences of diverse peoples, regions, and times.
the fine arts, core humanities, languages and literatures, Departments in this cluster include Asian Languages,
mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. The Comparative Literature, English, French and Italian,
School of Humanities and Sciences also offers 19 interdis- German Studies, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and
ciplinary degree-granting programs. These include such Slavic Languages and Literatures.
programs as: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Arts In the departments of Art and Art History, Drama,
Feminist Studies; American Studies; Human Biology; and Music, scholars focus on analyzing the products of the
International Relations; Public Policy; Science, Technology human imagination as articulated in dramatic and musical
and Society; Symbolic Systems; and Urban Studies. The texts and performances, and in visual representations.
School of Humanities and Sciences allows individually Students explore the history and theory of the arts as well
designed majors (IDMs), but only in rare cases when what as participate in the creation of art. In addition to enrolling
you are interested in pursuing cannot be accommodated in academic courses in these disciplines, students may also
by an established academic department or program of take part in extracurricular opportunities in music, drama,
the University. The departments within H&S are divided dance, and other performance forms.
into three academic clusters—humanities, social sciences, Core Humanities Traditionally, this cluster of
and natural sciences—each of which has its own distinct disciplines addresses fundamental questions about the
character, described below. human condition. The departments of Classics, History,
Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies offer students
a range of approaches for developing a deep understanding
of knowledge, its creation, history, and implications.
They provide occasions to think critically about diverse
beliefs, values, and traditions, as well as the origins and
development of human languages and cultures.

Social Sciences
Social sciences focus on the systematic examination of
the human experience. Social scientists study why people
behave as they do over time. They look at questions
ranging from the causes of economic growth to the
reasons for social stratification to the explanation of
psychopathologies. Social scientists examine human
behavior in all its facets. How do we learn? How do
we organize ourselves into families, communities,
organizations, and societies? What are the economic,
Playwright and director Stan Lai and a student work on a scene from
his English-translated play, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land.
political, and social issues surrounding health care? Why
are some countries rich and others poor? Why do people
Humanities vote the way they do? For many students, a social science
Critical interpretation is at the heart of humanistic inquiry. major provides the ideal background
The quarter system
Scholars in the humanities analyze the nature of being for a variety of advanced degrees and
gives students many
human, through historical, comparative, and critical career opportunities, including law,
opportunities to explore
study of languages, literature, arts, and ideas. Students business, and government. The core
different fields of
encounter questions about the meaning and significance social science departments consist
study and take unique
of life through examination of creative representations of of Anthropology, Communication,
human thought and experience. Students in the humanities Economics, Political Science,
– Paolo ’11
learn skills of logical thinking, effective writing, cultural Psychology, and Sociology.

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Natural Sciences and Mathematics and geology to explore the Earth using seismic waves,
The disciplines in the School of Humanities and Sciences electromagnetic fields, satellite data, and rock physics,
that are called the natural sciences include the core and to address questions about global Earth structure,
physical and biological fields of study: Physics, Chemistry, earthquakes and fault mechanics, volcanic processes,
Biology, and related programs. Traditionally, physics is surface deformation, and groundwater contamination.
the domain of the inorganic world, biology the domain of The program in Energy Resources Engineering builds on
the organic world, and chemistry the bridge between the a foundation of engineering principles to explore a variety
two. In recent years, however, study in any of the natural of aspects of Earth’s energy resources, including optimizing
sciences has become more interdisciplinary, with some new oil recovery from petroleum reservoirs, carbon capture and
areas of study defined by the intersection of two or more sequestration, efficient geothermal energy extraction, and
fields, such as in the areas of biophysics and biochemistry. non-traditional energy resources. The program in Earth
Mathematics is considered the language of the sciences, Systems goes beyond the disciplines within the School of
but it is also a fundamental discipline in which the world is Earth Sciences to combine science fundamentals with the
understood quantitatively. economic, societal, and political expertise necessary for the
Broadly, the goal of studying the natural sciences is to investigation of complex environmental problems caused
achieve understanding of how the natural world works. by human activities in interaction with natural changes in
The specific topics are diverse and fascinating: ecological the Earth system.

processes to DNA replication, the evolution of the cosmos
to quantum mechanics, the structure of proteins to the
synthesis of polymers, set theory to differential geometry.
Students who plan to pursue graduate work and careers
in science or medicine often choose to major in one of the
natural science disciplines. However, in our increasingly
technological society, an understanding of the sciences and
math is valuable for all students. Many students who major
in one of the natural sciences or math go on to careers that
are not directly related to the sciences.


(650) 724-0984
Earth scientists work to gain a better understanding of
our planet’s history and its future, the energy and resource
base that supports society, geologic hazards that impact a
growing population, a changing climate, and the challenge of
sustainability. Earth scientists use a variety of methods and
tools to address their research questions, including field work,
Robotics lab provides students with hands-on opportunities.
laboratory and experimental studies, and computer modeling.
The School of Earth Sciences offers four degree- SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

granting undergraduate programs. All provide a means http://engineering.stanford.edu

for students to study the Earth and its processes in an (650) 723-5984
interdisciplinary fashion using various approaches. The Engineers design, build, and analyze structures, devices,
program in Geological and Environmental Sciences focuses and systems. These may be physical entities, such as
on the history and structure of the Earth, the physics and buildings or integrated circuits, or they may be analytical
chemistry of Earth materials, the processes that cycle those models or computer programs. Although engineers focus
materials on a global scale, and the interaction of human on the intended function of their creations, they must also
activities with geological processes and resources. The consider such things as the life-cycle costs of a design, its
program in Geophysics combines the principles of physics environmental impact, and the financing available for its

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manufacture. Students with a diversity of postgraduate and Computational Science; in the Program in Symbolic
interests major in engineering. Of course, many pursue Systems; and, when appropriate, in the Program for
careers in engineering, but many others, who are inter- Individually Designed Majors. Candidates who fulfill major
ested in business, law, policy, and even medicine, major requirements in other schools or departments receive the
in engineering. Engineering majors represent about 20 Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
percent of the undergraduate body. Thirty-five percent of
these majors are women, a number that has steadily risen
over the past several years.
The School of Engineering provides the fundamental
scientific and technical education necessary for basic engi-
neering practice and for advancement to graduate study.
This is achieved within the context of Stanford’s broad
educational programs, which include a substantial amount
of work in the liberal arts and the social sciences. The
Stanford engineering graduate is able to pose and answer
questions that have both technical and societal implications
and receives, in every sense, a balanced education. If you
are thinking of majoring in engineering, you will need to
plan your four years early on, especially if you want to go
overseas during your junior year.
Small group classes often meet outside in the many open areas of
In addition to the traditional engineering degrees,
the School of Engineering also provides a mechanism for
students to design their own majors. Many students use this
Individually Designed Major program to create original The Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS) is awarded to
and innovative courses of study—no surprise given the those who complete undergraduate degree requirements
entrepreneurial atmosphere of a school with many ties to and fulfill the requirements for two majors, one leading
Silicon Valley. to a BA degree and one leading to a BS degree (e.g.,
economics and civil engineering; international relations
and geophysics).
Individually Designed Majors
To earn a BS, BA, or BAS degree, you will have to
To learn more about designing your own major, consult the
complete a minimum of 180 units of University work that
Stanford Bulletin for the policies and procedures governing
includes the General Education, Writing and Rhetoric,
IDMs, as well as the Office of the University Registrar web-
and Language Requirements. At least 135 units must be
site at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students.
earned at Stanford by incoming freshmen. At least 90 units
must be earned at Stanford by incoming transfer students.
Single Degrees Ask a lot of questions Curricular requirements for at least one undergraduate
about scheduling major must also be fulfilled.
The Bachelor of Science (BS)
classes. It can get
is awarded to students who
confusing. Dual Bachelor’s Degrees (concurrent BA and BS)
complete undergraduate
– Tommy ‘11 You may work concurrently toward both a BA and a BS
degree requirements in the
degree. To qualify, you will have to complete a minimum
School of Earth Sciences, in
of 225 units of University work that includes the
the School of Engineering,
General Education, Writing and Rhetoric, and Language
or in the Departments of Applied Physics, Biology,
Requirements. A minimum of 180 units must be taken at
Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics in the School of
Stanford. Curricular requirements for both majors (one
Humanities and Sciences. The University also awards
leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and the other to a
BS degrees to candidates in the Program in Science,
Bachelor of Science degree) must also be fulfilled.
Technology, and Society; in the Program in Mathematical

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Coterminal Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

Bachelor’s and master’s degrees may be pursued
simultaneously. The two degrees do not have to be from
the same department, though they can be. You may, for
instance, combine a BA in Economics with an MS in
Management Science and Engineering, or a BS in Biology
and an MA in East Asian Studies.

Accelerating the Degree

In some cases, you can accelerate the earning of your degree
by completing the requirements for graduation in fewer
than the traditional 12 quarters or four years of work. You
might be able to do this by taking the maximum number
of units allowed in some quarters (20), by attending classes
on a year-round basis, or by having sufficient Advanced
Placement or transfer credit units to graduate early. Due to
major or minor requirements and University graduation

requirements, it is not always possible to accelerate earning
of your degree.
The most common argument for accelerating the degree
is persuasive: significant financial savings may be possible.
Acceleration has disadvantages as well. Stanford abounds
with opportunities, many of which take place outside of
the classroom. It is difficult enough to take advantage of
all that Stanford has to offer when you are working toward
your degree in four years; it is more difficult to try to do it A student ascends the stairs to the second floor of Green Library.

in three.

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Approaching Your Academics year), when you will be reassigned to a faculty advisor in
your chosen department.
UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING AND RESEARCH Your Academic Director, or AD, is a full-time
Sweet Hall, First Floor (Academic Directors have offices in professional UAR advisor whose office will be in your
your residences) residential complex. Academic Directors focus on the
http://undergrad.stanford.edu freshmen in their residence and sophomores living
(650) 723-2426 nearby, and can assist with both routine and complex
Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) assigns matters pertaining to academic requirements and
every freshman two advisors—a Pre-Major Advisor and policies, course selection, investigating majors, research,
an Academic Director. The Pre-Major Advisor is a faculty fellowships, and post-graduate study.
or staff member who volunteers to mentor you and a A third set of advisors—the professional advising
handful of other freshmen from the point of your arrival staff in UAR located on the first floor of Sweet Hall—are
on campus until you declare a major. An attempt is made available during daily drop-in hours or by appointment,
to match your stated academic interests with the scholarly in the event that your Pre-Major Advisor or Academic
interests of one of the Pre-Major Advisors associated with Director is unavailable or if you seek specialized advice
your residence. Pre-Major Advisors serve in a variety of regarding pre-professional interests (e.g., pre-law, pre-
professional roles on campus and are the first of many health, pre-business). Varsity athletes have an additional
mentors we expect you will find at Stanford. You will set of UAR advisors available to them in the Athletic
meet at least once a quarter with your Pre-Major advisor Academic Resource Center (AARC) located in the
until you declare a major (by the end of your sophomore Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation.

As you prepare for your journey to Stanford this fall, you will be filled with a mix
of excitement and uncertainty. You’ll likely wonder what your dorm and roommate
will be like, what classes to take, and how to find activities that interest you. We hope to provide answers
to many questions through the Approaching Stanford process, the correspondence you’ll have with students,
faculty, and staff before you arrive, during NSO, and in the months that follow.
Once you begin your Stanford career, you’ll find that your initial uncertainties are replaced with new
ones—about choosing and changing majors, getting involved with research, forming meaningful relationships
with faculty and peers, defining your purpose, and crafting your intellectual path. These profound questions
about the shape of your Stanford experience will persist throughout your time here, and they will require
constant reflection and examination. The answers will be yours alone to resolve, but you will never be alone
in this process.
One essential element of the character of this institution is the depth of its community. Whether you
are the first in your family to attend college, the first to travel out of state or overseas for college, the first
to consider a new academic path, or the next to continue a particular tradition, you will find at Stanford a
deeply caring community eager to support you as you determine your unique path. We are committed to your
personal success, and we are deeply honored to be part of your Stanford experience.
Koren Bakkegard, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Advising and Research

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Perhaps you already know what you want to quarter during the first year. The choices for filling those
study at Stanford. Perhaps you are weighing different slots offer rich possibilities. Here are some suggestions for
alternatives. Perhaps you have no idea. Whatever the how to approach your choices:
case may be, come to Stanford ready to ask questions Freshman and Sophomore Seminars We urge you to
and seek guidance. Your Pre-Major Advisor and apply for at least one freshman seminar during your first
Academic Director are the first of many people eager year; many students will take two or more. A link to a PDF
to help you along your way. They will read the Advisor of the catalogue will be available in early August; print
Questionnaire Form carefully (Form 7/7T), so be copies of the catalogue will be mailed to your home address
thoughtful about completing shortly afterward. These classes give you the opportunity
it. Keep in mind that while Guidance from my to form relationships with a faculty member and up to 15
Pre-Major Advisor and
advice will abound, the other students as you explore current research questions
AD helped me discover
choices will still be your own. together. The seminar setting is intimate and focused, allow-
my true interests and
Rarely will advisors tell you ing you to engage in the materials and methods of a particu-
opened exciting doors.
what to do, but they will help lar field. Many students describe these courses as the best
– Laci ’11
you reach decisions that are way to get to know a professor early in one’s undergraduate
right for you. career, as well as being invaluable in helping to narrow down
areas for a potential major. Seminars vary in subject matter

HOW MANY COURSES TO TAKE and approach, and enable you to investigate a new area of
Stanford’s undergraduate program is divided into 10-week interest or to delve more deeply into an area that you have
quarters (3 per year, the summer quarter typically “off ”).
The quarter system provides you the opportunity to take
several courses each year, allows courses to be focused
and specialized, and gives you the opportunity to choose
courses 12 times over the course of your four years instead
of 8 times, as is the case at semester schools. The result is
more flexibility and more choice. However, one challenge
of your first year will be getting used to the fast pace of
the quarter system. In a 10-week quarter, you may have
midterms as early as your third week, and they may last
until the eighth week. Good time management skills are
absolutely essential for keeping up with your classes, and
for balancing your coursework with your other commit-
ments. If you do not have good time management skills
now, you will need to develop them by the end of your first
year. Your Academic Director and the professional advisors
in UAR and the Center for Teaching and Learning can help
you develop strategies to use your time efficiently.
You may take between 12 to 20 units per quarter. The
typical freshman load is 15 units. Transfer students tend to
carry a similar load in their first year. Courses range from
1 to 5 units, and most entering students enroll in three to
four courses. Most students see the wisdom of carrying a
moderate load during the Autumn Quarter of their first
year to allow time for adjusting to Stanford, getting a feel
for the quarter system, adjusting to residence life, and
exploring extracurricular activities.
Along with your required IHUM and PWR courses, Undergraduate Advising and Research is located on the first floor of
students will usually select one to three other courses per Sweet Hall.

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already begun to explore. Many seminars also fulfill General In most cases, course prerequisites are intended to serve as
Education Requirements. More than 100 freshman seminars a guide rather than a deterrent. If you are in doubt about
are offered throughout the academic year. an appropriate match between your background and a
Language Requirement If you have not already satis- particular class, talk to the instructor. Before you arrive on
fied the Language Requirement (discussed on page 10), and campus, you will log on to the PWR and IHUM websites to
you plan to continue studying the language you studied learn your quarter and course assignments, respectively, and
in high school, consider continuing your language study you will have an opportunity to learn about Introductory
during your first year at Stanford. If you want to study a Seminar offerings. Then, armed with all of this information,
new language, consider beginning during your first year. you will meet with your Pre-Major Advisor and Academic
This will allow you to use your newly acquired language Director during Orientation, and you will then decide which
skills if you apply to study overseas in your sophomore or courses you will take. You will learn details about the time
junior year. and location of your advising appointment after you arrive
Fulfilling Science Prerequisites Students interested on campus. After these advising conversations take place,
in a major in the sciences or engineering find it best to you will register your preliminary Study List/Class Schedule
take prerequisites in the first year. This is particularly online, using Axess.
true for majors that require math, chemistry, or physics. All students are expected to register “at status” by 5:00
See “Information on Specific Subject Areas” for more p.m. on the first day of the quarter. However, you do not
information. have to finalize your Study List/Class Schedule until the
Exploring a New Field Take something for the sheer Final Study List deadline at the end of the third week of
pleasure of it. classes, as you may want to research a few classes prior to
making your final choices. You can pick up syllabi (lists of
ENROLLING IN AUTUMN QUARTER CLASSES assignments, readings, etc.), look at the textbooks for the
Be proactive about connecting with advisors and gathering courses, listen to lectures, and talk to your advisors before
multiple perspectives on how best to explore your interests deciding your final set of classes. However, do not take too
within the Stanford curriculum. While your Academic long to finalize your list. The quarter system moves quickly,
Director and your Pre-Major Advisor will be the two key and faculty begin assigning work on the first day of class.
resources when you choose and enroll in your first-year If you do not keep up with everything you are considering,
courses, you may also wish to consult with staff and faculty you may have a hard time catching up in those classes you
in specific academic departments and with professional finally choose. You should always verify course scheduling
advisors in UAR. information and the final exam schedule online in Axess
All entering students are required to enroll in Autumn before finalizing your course of study for any quarter.
Quarter, but you will not be able to enroll in Autumn
Quarter classes until the advising component of Orientation
concludes on Friday afternoon. This enrollment timeline
puts you at no disadvantage and will not affect your ability
to get into the classes you would like to take. The purpose is
to ensure that you have the benefit of guidance from advi-
sors while making your course selections.
Over the summer, use resources such as the Stanford
Bulletin, the Stanford Introductory Seminars Course
Catalogue, the Undergraduate Academic Life website and
departmental websites to identify the types of classes and
the specific courses in which you are interested. Every first-
year student has full access to the undergraduate offerings
in the School of Engineering, School of Earth Sciences, and
the School of Humanities and Sciences. The curriculum
is not strictly divided into upper and lower divisions, so
you may enroll in any course for which you are prepared. In Mechanical Engineering 204, each student designs and builds a
custom bicycle frame.

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Transfer Students in CHEM 31X. Both tracks will arrive at the same end-
Transfer students may go online to enroll in classes when point. CHEM 31A is a prerequisite for taking CHEM 31B.
ready to do so. If you are on financial aid and expect to Students must decide Autumn Quarter whether or not they
have some financial aid funds to help with expenses not will take the two-quarter track because it is only offered as a
on your student account (e.g., books) and want to have sequence in Autumn and Winter Quarters.
those funds by the first day of classes, you must pre-enroll CHEM 33 CHEM 33 is the next course in the chemistry
in Axess by September 11. The alternative is to enroll as sequence after CHEM 31A/B or CHEM 31X. It is the first
soon as you arrive on campus; typically, your check will be organic chemistry course in the introductory sequence.
cut within a week of your registering online. If you have Students who scored a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam may
questions about this, please contact the Financial Aid Office be able to start their study of chemistry with CHEM 33
at (650) 723-3058 or financialaid@stanford.edu. beginning Winter Quarter.
Students with advanced placement and strong calcu-
Information on Specific Subject Areas
lus skills can consider enrolling in CHEM 135, Physical
Chemistry for Biosciences, in Autumn Quarter. This course
http://stanford.edu/dept/biology/programs_bs.html is the second half of the introductory chemistry sequence,
(650) 723-1826 but taught at a calculus level. This course is a prerequisite
The Biology introductory sequence is known as the Bio for enrolling in the biochemistry sequence.

Core. It is the fundamental sequence for students who plan Students who are planning to apply to medical school
to major in Biology and consists of a three-quarter lecture should be aware that not all medical schools accept AP
sequence (BIO 41, 42 and 43) and a two-quarter laboratory credit. Therefore, it is recommended that students with
sequence (BIO 44X and 44Y). Because CHEM 31X (or 31A pre-med interests who earned a 5 on the AP exam and who
and 31B), CHEM 33, and calculus are prerequisites for do not wish to take more advanced chemistry courses than
the Bio Core (and CHEM 35 is recommended), students the minimum required by some medical schools consider
generally begin the Core no earlier than Autumn Quarter enrolling in CHEM 31X.
of their sophomore year. In addition to freshman seminars, Chemistry Placement Test As noted above, the
BIO 1, 3, and 20 are all open to freshmen. Department of Chemistry requires students to place into
CHEM 31X based on the results of the Chemistry AP Exam
or the Chemistry Placement Test. The Chemistry Placement
http://stanford.edu/dept/chemistry/classes/index.html Test has no impact on your grades; it is simply a tool to
(650) 723-1525 help identify which chemistry course is best for you. It will
The Chemistry Department offers the following intro- be given during New Student Orientation and at the start
ductory lecture courses: CHEM 31A and 31B, 31X, and 33. of Autumn Quarter. For dates, locations, and additional
Students begin their study of chemistry in CHEM 31A, 31X, information, please see http://www.stanford.edu/dept/
or 33, depending on their prior knowledge of chemistry. chemistry/classes/index.html.
CHEM 31X Offered Autumn Quarter only, CHEM
31X is an accelerated course for students with a strong
high school chemistry background. A score of 5 on the
Chemistry AP Exam or a passing score on the Chemistry
Placement Test is required to enroll in this course in Axess.
CHEM 31X covers the more advanced portions of the same
topics covered in Chem 31A/B and moves at a faster pace.
CHEM 31A and 31B The CHEM 31A and 31B
sequence is for students with moderate or no background
in high school chemistry. CHEM 31A and 31B cover all
the essential topics in general chemistry that are required
to prepare students for the subsequent courses in the
curriculum, and emphasize problem solving. Only the
more advanced portions of these same topics are covered
Students gain practical experience in a biology lab.

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ENGINEERING differential equations. This sequence is recommended for

http://engineering.stanford.edu/current_students/ students considering majors in engineering, science, or
under_apply.html economics and who scored a 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam
(650) 723-5984 or a 4 or 5 on the BC exam.
Freshmen who are thinking about an engineering MATH 51H-52H-53H The 50H sequence is the honors
major should plan carefully from the start. Prospective version of the 50 series. It covers similar topics, but in more
engineering majors should refer to the current Handbook depth and from a more theoretical point of view. Placement
for Undergraduate Engineering Programs, which is available into the honors sequence requires a 5 on the AP Calculus
at http://ughb.stanford.edu, for academic information BC exam or permission of the instructor.
and major-specific requirements. First-year students can CME 100-102-104-106 The CME sequence of com-
gain the most flexibility by enrolling in basic science and putational mathematics courses covers important areas
mathematics courses. Freshman engineering seminars and of engineering mathematics and computation, such as
Engineering Fundamentals (see the Handbook for course multivariable calculus, linear algebra, ordinary and partial
listings) also offer an introduction to specific aspects of differential equations, numerical methods, and probability
engineering. and statistics, and emphasizes engineering applications and
computation using MATLAB. The sequence consisting of
MATHEMATICS CME 100 (multivariable calculus with applications), CME
http://math.stanford.edu /undergrad/undergrad.html 102 (ordinary differential equations), CME 104 (partial
(650) 725-6284 differential equations with linear algebra), and/or CME 106
The Mathematics Department offers three calculus (probability and statistics) can be used to satisfy the general
sequences: Math 19-20-21, Math 41-42, and Math engineering mathematics requirement and replaces the
51-52-53. Calculus is the first step in the mathematics Math 50 series in an engineering program.
major and is a fundamental component of study in engi-
neering, the sciences, and the social sciences; however, all PHYSICS
students who have an interest in learning calculus or who http://www.stanford.edu/dept/physics/academics/
enjoy mathematics are welcome. undergrad.html
MATH 19-20-21, Calculus The Math 19-20-21 (650) 723-4344
sequence forms the basic single-variable calculus course. The Physics Department offers three entry-level physics
After completing Math 21, you will be prepared to take courses: the 20, 40, and 60 series. These series are designed
the multivariable calculus course, Math 51. for various majors that require different levels of physics
MATH 41-42, Calculus The Math 41-42 sequence is study. However, all students who have an interest in learn-
an accelerated version of the Math 19-20-21 sequence: ing physics are encouraged to take the course that best fits
both sequences cover the same material, but Math 41 their background.
and 42 cover it in two quarters rather than three. After The Physics 20 series is a three-quarter sequence
completing Math 42, you will be prepared to take the intended for general, pre-medical, and biology students.
multivariable calculus course, Math 51. If you have While calculus is not required, knowledge of it is helpful in
limited background in mathematics, you should probably the 20 series.
take Math 19 rather than Math 41. In deciding whether The Physics 40 series is a three-quarter sequence of
to take Math 19 or 41, you should consider how comfort- calculus-based physics intended for students in engineering
able you are with your high school algebra, geometry, and and the natural sciences. Prospective engineering, math, and
precalculus. Feel free to consult with a faculty member in physics majors usually start this sequence in freshman year.
the Mathematics Department Chemistry majors normally begin the series in sophomore
for advice. year. Pre-med and biology students, particularly those with
MATH 51-52-53 Go to office hours. AP credit in physics and those who anticipate a need for
The 50s sequence integrates Seriously. physics in their work, often begin the series in junior year.
several topics in multivariable – Amanda ’12
Previous coursework in physics and calculus at the high
mathematics: multivariable school or college level is recommended but not required.
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40 sequence in the Winter Quarter with Physics 41 faculty interests, research opportunities, and degree
(Mechanics). Only those freshmen who have a strong phys- requirements in a specific department.
ics preparation in high school (e.g., a score of at least 4 on • Even if a course from your previous institution will
the AP Physics C exam or 5 on the AP Physics B exam) are count towards the total number of units required
advised to start with Physics 45 in Autumn Quarter. for graduation or for a specific General Education
The Physics 60 series is a fast-paced introduc- Requirement (GER), it does not guarantee it will fulfill
tory physics sequence for students who desire a more specific requirements for your major. Consult with the
mathematical treatment of physics than is given in the 40 Student Services Administrator in those departments
series, and who have strong physics and math backgrounds immediately to determine which courses they will and
from high school (e.g., high scores in the equivalent of will not accept toward major requirements.
AP Physics C and Calculus BC). In three quarters, the 60 • Pay particular attention to your GERs before you arrive.
series covers the content of the three-quarter 40 series, plus These course requirements can affect the length of time
Physics 70 (Modern Physics). you will spend at Stanford, and it is your responsibility to
know the requirements. With your admission offer, you
Additional Advising Opportunities
received a credit evaluation outlining the requirements
UAR, in conjunction with campus community and
you have met through previous course work. Review
ethnic centers, provides additional advising opportu-

this report during the summer, and note if any of your
nities through Expanded Advising Programs (EAP)
transfer course work is not reflected in the report. Your
for first-year students who share a common interest
questions regarding transfer credit can be answered by
or background. These programs include Partners for
one of the three methods below:
Academic Excellence (PAE) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender-Community Academic Support and Advising • Visit the Student Services Center in person on the
(LGBT-CASA). The PAE programs are co-sponsored by the second floor of Tresidder Union
Black Community Services Center (PAE I), the Athletics • Call the Student Services Center at (650) 723-7772 or
Department (PAE II), El Centro Chicano (PAE IV), and the (866) 993-7772
Native American Cultural Center (PAE V); LGBT-CASA is • Submit a HelpSU ticket at https://helpsu.stanford.edu
co-sponsored by the LGBT Community Resources Center. Request Category: Student Services
EAP offers access to graduate and undergraduate Request Type: Student Services Center
mentors; community-themed workshops; seminars and Request Description: include inquiry
discussions on academic opportunities like scholarships,
fellowships and research; dinners with distinguished
Stanford faculty; and networking with Stanford alumni.
Students may elect to participate in EAP for 1 unit of
credit during Autumn and/or Winter Quarters. On aver-
age, students commit two hours per week to the program.
For a full description of EAP and to sign up for one of its
programs, please visit http://eap.stanford.edu.

Special Advice for Transfer Students

Please read carefully the material you receive during the
summer and consider the following:
• Contact Sally Mentzer over the summer if you have any
questions. Call (650) 723-4379 or email
smentzer@stanford.edu to arrange a telephone or
in-person appointment.
• Begin to investigate potential majors right away.
Refer to the Undergraduate Academic Life website
(http://undergrad.stanford.edu) to learn about courses, A student works on a helium-neon laser as part of her Physics 107

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• Save your syllabi from courses taken at your previous you have chosen, using advanced coursework, directed
school. You should have them available in case the readings, and methodology classes.
transfer credit office needs additional information. Bring • Turn your research ideas into a working project by learn-
materials from prerequisite courses in your potential ing about the approximately 35 campus-wide, depart-
major to assist department faculty in evaluating your mental research programs that match undergraduates
correct course placement at Stanford. Remember, it is with faculty projects or by finding the financial resources
up to the department to determine whether any of the to support your research and travel expenses.
courses taken at your previous school will satisfy the UAR also provides grants directly to students who wish
major degree requirements. to design their own research and creative projects under
• Attend New Student Orientation events, as they will the guidance of a faculty sponsor. These grants (http://
acquaint you with Stanford, with other students, and studentgrants.stanford.edu) can cover project-related
with your academic options. expenses such as travel, books, material expenses, and
• Once you are on campus, make the most of your time minor equipment, as well as summer living expenses.
with your Transfer Pre-Major Advisor. Come prepared Sponsored by UAR, the Symposium of Undergraduate
by reading the credit evaluation material, General Research and Public Service (SURPS) is a campus-wide
Education Requirements, and your prospective major forum where more than 100 undergraduates give poster
requirements. Write down your questions. Sketch your presentations of their current research, service, and
possible courses for Autumn Quarter for review with creative projects. SURPS takes place twice each academic
your first meeting with your Transfer Pre-Major Advisor. year. Attend the symposium to talk with undergraduates
• Take advantage of drop-in advising, especially during already engaged in research about how they developed their
the first week of the quarter. Advising is available every intellectual interests, formulated their research projects,
weekday in the UAR office in Sweet Hall. and made faculty connections. Like many students in the
past, you may find inspiration for a project of your own.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Academic Directors and professional UAR advisors
http://undergrad.stanford.edu/AP/planning_research/ serve as sources of information and support for your
ResearchPlanning.html post-research activities as well. Whether you are interested
Engaging in research is a chance to pursue your in writing an honors thesis based on your research experi-
intellectual passion within a close community of faculty ence, or you want to leverage your research experiences
and students mutually committed to exploration and the into strong applications for scholarships, fellowships, and
discovery of new knowledge, whether it is in the humani-
ties, social sciences, arts, natural sciences, or engineering.
Research partnerships between faculty and students can
be among the most satisfying and intellectually exciting
experiences of your undergraduate education. Research
with faculty can also foster lasting mentorships built upon
shared interests and close collaborative work.
UAR sponsors programs and services that help you to
engage in this kind of research, scholarship, and creativity.
Think of UAR as your central resource to discover and
tap into the rich and dynamic research life of the Stanford
campus. For example, working with an Academic Director
or professional UAR advisor can help you:
• Identify a faculty member who shares your intellectual
interests and might serve as your research mentor.
• Understand the course sequences and seminars that will
best prepare you for the advanced scholarship you are
pursuing. They can also help you identify the right ways UAR provides a program during New Student Orientation to
to structure a substantive foundation in the discipline discuss ways to fulfill the pre-medical requirements at Stanford.

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graduate programs, these advisors are able to help you Post-Graduate Advising
identify the best opportunities. UAR works with students Students interested in pursuing degrees beyond their
on a wide variety of research and non-research related undergraduate degree should consult early and often
fellowship competitions and can help you prepare for the with their Pre-Major Advisor, Academic Director, and
intellectual explorations that await you after Stanford. the professional advisors in UAR. Most pre-professional
programs—including law, business, veterinary, medical,
Tutoring Resources
nursing, and dental schools—do not require students to
major in a particular field. Indeed, they will reward your
(650) 736-7996
pursuit of a major that will enable you to develop your
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers
intellectual talents and interests fully while also sharpening
free peer tutoring by appointment for biology, chemistry,
relevant skills. Most other graduate programs—such as
computer science, economics, engineering, human biol-
Ph.D. programs—will expect students to major in a field
ogy, math, physics, statistics, and several foreign language
related to their graduate work. In all instances, advisors and
courses. In addition, many dorms have resident tutors in
Academic Directors are available to assist you in selecting
chemistry, economics, math, and physics. Peer and resident
a major, finding relevant opportunities such as field work
tutors are trained Stanford undergraduates who offer
and research, and preparing application materials.
assistance with understanding and applying the material in

courses they have recently completed. Tutoring for writing
is available through the Hume Writing Center (see page 29
Students interested in the health professions must complete
for more information). Oral communication tutors are also
requirements that are set by the schools of medicine,
available through the Oral Communication Program, as
veterinary medicine, nursing, dentistry, etc. Although
described on page 30.
coursework in the natural sciences is required, students do
not need to major in the sciences. During Orientation, UAR
Academic Skills Resources
will offer a program providing information on the many
paths you can follow to meet these requirements.
(650) 723-8676
Through courses, workshops, and individual coaching,
CTL can help you enhance your academic skills for the
fast-paced and intense Stanford learning environment.
Topics covered by CTL include time management, exam
preparation, test-taking skills, reading for meaning,
and avoiding procrastination. To make an appointment
with CTL’s Academic Coach, contact Adina Glickman at

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Academic Opportunities and Programs

http://bosp.stanford.edu All courses taught overseas in the BOSP programs offer
(650) 723-3558 direct Stanford credit that frequently counts toward one
Every Stanford undergraduate should give serious or more majors. In addition, many BOSP courses fulfill
consideration to studying overseas. Regardless of the General Education Requirements. Prominent members
academic path you choose, you will be enriched by time of the local academic community and Stanford faculty
spent in another country. Achieving cultural literacy and teach classes. One of the most enticing aspects of studying
gaining substantive understanding of other perspectives overseas is the opportunity to interact with these faculty
in the world will deepen your awareness of yourself, your members, often in an intimate seminar setting.
own society, and your educational goals. Nearly one-half At certain BOSP programs, you may take classes at an
of each graduating class has studied abroad through one of affiliated local university or complete an internship or pub-
Stanford’s overseas programs. lic service with an arts, governmental, business, technology,
The Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) offers you or nonprofit organization. Students are encouraged to
the opportunity to study abroad while remaining enrolled initiate mentored research projects, using resources often
at Stanford. BOSP operates programs in Australia, Beijing, available only at the program locations, in order to prepare
Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Kyoto, Madrid, Moscow, a foundation for an honors thesis or other extended
Oxford, Paris, and Santiago. BOSP also participates in two academic projects. The academic program overseas is
consortium programs located in Barcelona and Kyoto. further complemented by group cultural excursions, class
BOSP quarter-length programs provide challenging aca- field trips, and personal explorations into the local culture.
demic programs designed as entry points to the intellectual At many of the programs, you will have the opportunity
resources of the host nations. In addition, BOSP’s Asia to live in a home stay, an experience that deepens cultural
Internships provide students the opportunity for deeper understanding and engages your language skills.
engagement with local language and culture, as well as the
Length of Stay
chance to gain practical, international work experience in a
You may plan a course of study for one or more quarters at
given field in various countries throughout Asia.
a single center or choose to study at more than one center
during different quarters. Additional academic, internship,
and cultural opportunities are available to those students
who participate for at least two quarters. Depending on
your major, however, it may be challenging to plan around
the timing of your major requirements. Therefore, the
BOSP staff recommends you do some advance planning
and early consultation with both BOSP staff and academic
advisors in Undergraduate Advising and Research. With
such preparation, it is possible for nearly every undergrad-
uate to fit one or preferably more quarters of study abroad
into his or her Stanford career.

Language Requirements
While some programs require completion of specified
language courses prior to arrival, others are conducted
in English or a combination of English and the local
language. The Berlin and Moscow programs, for instance,
offer intensive beginning language courses to enable
students with no previous language background to enroll
Students in BOSP’s Madrid program visit the Roman ruins of Mérida in these programs. BOSP does not recognize Advanced
in Extremadura, Spain.

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Placement or SAT II credit received prior to matriculation trends. If you are unsure about which career is right for
as satisfying its language prerequisites. Therefore, if you you, the CDC has career-related assessments you can take
are interested in BOSP programs that have a language to see where your interests, values, and skills might point.
prerequisite, you should plan on completing additional Workshops on resume writing and interviewing are held
language study at Stanford. regularly, as are CDC-sponsored career/internship fairs,
alumni panels, and information sessions with potential
Passport Requirement
employers. You can also schedule an appointment with a
A valid passport is required to participate in all BOSP
CDC counselor to discuss your plans for the future. Keep
programs. BOSP strongly encourages you to ensure that
your eyes open for information on the CDC’s annual Frosh
you are in possession of a passport that will be valid until
Open House held in early January.
your anticipated graduation date.
Costs and Financial Aid
Because the Bing Overseas Studies Program is considered
an integral part of a Stanford undergraduate education,
The Stanford Diversity Exchange allows Stanford
the basic cost of a quarter overseas is about the same as the
students to trade places with students from another college
cost of a quarter on campus. Tuition remains the same,
or university for a quarter, a semester, or an academic year.

and instead of on-campus room and board, students are
The Diversity Exchange now enjoys the participation of
charged an Overseas Fee, equivalent to mid-level housing
three historically black colleges and universities: Howard,
and a 19-meal plan, which covers lodging, meals, and
Morehouse, and Spelman.
program activities. Costs associated with airfare and
Exchange students pay tuition to and receive
personal expenses will vary for each student and are the
appropriate financial aid from their home institution. They
student’s responsibility. However, since participants of
pay room, board, and fees to their host schools. Academic
BOSP remain registered at Stanford, financial aid continues
work completed during an exchange is reviewed for
uninterrupted. The Financial Aid Office automatically
transfer credit by the Office of the University Registrar.
adjusts aid packages in accordance with differences in
Participants in an exchange are not eligible to transfer
travel and personal expenses while abroad, and with
permanently to the host school. If you permanently
consideration for a student’s inability to work while out of
withdraw from Stanford to attend one of the participating
the country.
schools, you are no longer eligible for Stanford services.
Student Advisors
Student Advisors who have recently returned from at least HAAS CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
one quarter abroad represent each overseas program. If you http://haas.stanford.edu
want more information about a particular location, contact (650) 723-0992
one of the student advisors. Their profiles and email We encourage you to visit the Haas Center for
addresses are available on the BOSP website. Public Service, where numerous staff-led programs
and community service student organizations offer
CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER opportunities for a wide variety of service activity:
http://cdc.stanford.edu hands-on action in communities, government service,
(650) 723-3963 policy research, and community development. When you
Aside from its obvious purpose, which is to help you participate in service, you learn with, from, and about
find satisfying and meaningful employment at the end people whose lives may be very different from your own.
of your Stanford student days, the Career Development An initial volunteer activity may lead
There’s no better place
Center (CDC) is also a great place to go long before you to deeper understanding of underlying
in the world to find out
graduate. The CDC can help you find campus jobs during social issues and a desire to learn
who you are and who
the academic year, as well as summer jobs and internships, more. By fostering student initiative,
you want to be, with so
locally and elsewhere. Go to the website and register with leadership, and a spirit of giving and
many awesome people
Cardinal Careers to receive online newsletters about jobs, sharing, the center can help you gain around you.
internships, relevant programs, resources, and the latest knowledge and skills necessary to be – Kelsie ‘12

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a leader in a democratic, multicultural society, and make HOPKINS MARINE STATION

decisions about possible public service careers. http://hopkins.stanford.edu
Through outreach by Frosh Service Ambassadors, you (831) 655-6200
can learn about campus-wide service initiatives available Hopkins Marine Station is located on the shoreline
through the residences, ethnic community centers, religious of the Monterey Peninsula, 90 miles south of the main
organizations, fraternities, and sororities, as well as at the Stanford campus. The intertidal and offshore waters
Haas Center. The center works with faculty to build service- surrounding the station are a protected California State
learning courses and community research opportunities Marine Reserve and provide excellent resources for research
across a range of disciplines. Courses may take the form of and teaching in marine biology. The lab is fully equipped
seminars, lecture courses, directed readings, internships, for molecular, physiological, neuro, and ecological research,
practica, and senior honors seminars. You may explore and and is home to nine faculty and scores of postdocs and
gain experience in areas such as urban youth development, graduate students. University housing is available within
social entrepreneurship, community organizing, affordable walking distance of the station.
housing, environmental issues and climate change, ethical
challenges in public and community service, education
policy, philanthropy, and research as a form of public
service. In your junior year, you may want to consider
applying for the Public Service Scholars Program, a vibrant,
supportive, learning community where seniors doing
honors research write theses that meet both academic and
community standards of excellence and usefulness. Lists of
service-learning courses, updated quarterly, are posted on
the Haas Center website.
Haas programs include the Public Service Leadership
Fellows Program, a range of youth and education
programs, Alternative Spring Break, (http://asb.stanford.
edu), and Stanford in Government (http://sig.stanford.
edu). If you qualify for financial aid, you can participate
in a service experience while earning a portion of your
The learning environment at Stanford extends well beyond The Farm.
award through the federally-funded Community Service
Work-Study program. Haas staff can help you design or Winter Quarter emphasizes upper level biology classes
find campus or local placements during the academic with hands-on lab experiences such as molecular ecology,
year or anywhere in the U.S. during the summer. Staff physiology, oceanography, and invertebrate biology. In
members also will help you apply for the wide range of Spring, a section of the Bio Core course BIO 43 and
local, national, and international summer fellowships, some associated lab is taught as well as an intensive course in
of which are direct placements and others self-designed undergraduate research methods. In odd years, Stanford@
service projects. Finally, the center offers postgraduate SEA (http://stanford.sea.edu) spends half of the Spring at
fellowships for seniors seeking leadership experience in Hopkins and the remainder doing shipboard research in
government, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic the South Pacific. Holistic Biology (http://holisticbiology.
foundations for a year following graduation. stanford.edu) is offered in even years combining
When you get to campus, come into the Bing instruction at the station with an extended field expedition
Information and Resource Center (the BIRC) at Haas. to the Gulf of California.
Talk to the staff and use the wealth of resources housed Applications for courses at Hopkins Marine Station are
there. Visit the Haas website for current information on all due the quarter before, except for a longer lead time for
service-related events, courses, jobs, fellowships, and more. Stanford@SEA. Applications and more information are at
the Hopkins website and the Biology Department’s Student
Services Office in Gilbert 108.

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HUME WRITING CENTER Students who may be eligible for services have a variety
Email: writingcenter@stanford.edu of disabilities, including mobility impairments, chronic
(650) 723-0045 illnesses, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, and
Founded in 2001, the George and Leslie Hume Writing psychological disabilities. The office’s goal is to enable
Center has quickly become an important hub of Stanford’s students with disabilities to participate fully in the
lively culture of writing. At the core of the Hume Writing educational experience at Stanford while meeting the
Center’s services are individual consultations available to academic standards maintained by the University.
students working on any kind of writing. In addition, the In accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the
Center provides workshops for students enrolled in PWR, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities
IHUM, and WIM classes. The Center hosts “How I Write,” Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the
a series of engaging conversations with faculty about their OAE offers an array of accommodations and auxiliary
own writing in a range of fields, as well as a broad range of aids and services to students with documented disabilities.
readings, performances, and open mic nights. The Center Direct support services include, but are not limited to,
offers the Innovative Research Award (IRA), which recog- notetaking, Brailing, oral or sign language interpretation,
nizes the creative application of research methodology and CART, books on tape or electronic text, examination
outstanding use of sources in PWR 1 essays. It also awards accommodations, and special housing arrangements.
excellence in multimedia presentations performed in PWR The OAE supports a variety of assistive computer

2 classes with the Oral Presentation of Research Award technology applications throughout the University. These
(OPRA). Beyond support for academic work, the Center applications are intended to assist students in meeting
provides a meeting and performance space for students their academic objectives and support their learning needs.
working in a variety of forms, including poetry, spoken Assistive technology software such as screen magnification,
word, and drama. It also participates in outreach to public speech recognition, text-to-speech screen readers, and
schools in our area. Whatever your writing challenges and graphic outliners are available from any of the computing
interests may be, the Center provides academic support and clusters in Meyer, Tresidder, and the residences, as well as
a place to share your words and ideas. the Lane and SSRC Reading Rooms in Green Library.
During the academic year, the OAE runs a golf cart
INTRODUCTORY SEMINARS service, DisGo Cart, for use by students or any other mem-
http://introsems.stanford.edu ber of the Stanford community who have temporary and
Introductory Seminars give freshmen and sophomores permanent mobility impairments or who use a wheelchair.
the opportunity to connect with Stanford faculty in an To arrange for an on-campus ride, call (650) 725-2484
intimate and focused setting. They are specially designed to (725-CHUG). To learn about the office’s services, contact
create a sense of intellectual excitement, to encourage active the OAE directly at (650) 723-1066.
critical inquiry, and to explore areas of academic interest.
Faculty from the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Schwab Learning Center
Medicine, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Education, Law, and The Schwab Learning Center (SLC) offers enhanced
Business participate in this program, offering seminars on services (beyond those required by state and federal laws)
a wide range of fascinating topics. You will have access to specifically for gifted students with learning disabilities
these courses in both your first and second years, and you and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Established in
should make a point of applying each quarter in each of 2001 by a generous endowment from Charles and Helen
those years. An Introductory Seminar catalogue describing Schwab, the center is designed to be a supportive learning
the 2010-11 seminars and application dates will be mailed environment offering comprehensive, innovative programs
to your home address in August. and services to provide students who are LD and/or ADHD
an optimal experience at Stanford. Among the services
OFFICE OF ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION offered are screening assessments for learning differences,
http://stanford.edu/group/OAE individual learning strategy sessions, tutoring in various
(650) 723-1066, TTY: (650) 723-1067 academic disciplines, and community outreach programs.
The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) provides There is no cost to use Schwab Learning Center services;
services and resources to students with disabilities. students may self-refer to the SLC.

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ORAL COMMUNICATION PROGRAM for study and research abroad. The ORC administers
http://undergrad.stanford.edu/ARS/help_oral/oct.html major postgraduate awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall,
(650) 723-1326 and Fulbright, and advises on many smaller awards that
Would you like to be able to grab an audience’s atten- provide funding for undergraduates to participate in study
tion and hold it? Would you like to feel more confident abroad or language programs throughout the year. The
speaking in front of a group? The Oral Communication ORC also offers information and advising on postdocs.
Program at the Center for Teaching and Learning can help The ORC offers one-on-one advising sessions and provides
you develop your skills in spoken expression and presenta- support in all aspects of the application process. The ORC
tion. It provides personalized assistance to meet your oral maintains a library of scholarship literature and binders of
communication needs, including reducing speech anxiety, previous successful application essays. In addition to the
practicing class presentations, and integrating multimedia advising service, the ORC also sells passport photos and
tools. Introductory and advanced services are available issues International Student ID Cards.
to accommodate all students. The Oral Communication
Program also offers such resources as a Speaking Center (a RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION
rehearsal studio for practicing oral presentations), a peer http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/resed
tutoring and consulting program, and quarterly credit- (650) 725-2800
bearing courses such as CTL 117: The Art of Effective The University considers the residential component of
Speaking. For more course information, look in the your education so important that you are required to live
Stanford Bulletin listings under Center for Teaching and on campus as a freshman or first-year transfer student.
Learning or drop by the Oral Communication Program’s The Residential Education program at Stanford provides
office on the fourth floor of Sweet Hall. undergraduates with a small-community experience within
the context of a large research university. Our conviction
OVERSEAS RESOURCE CENTER is that living and learning should be integrated, and that
Bechtel International Center formal teaching, informal learning, and personal support are
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/icenter/orc/index.html important components of a Stanford education. Residential
(650) 725-0881 Education complements the academic curriculum with pro-
Housed in Bechtel International Center, the Overseas grams and activities essential to your preparation for a life of
Resource Center (ORC) is Stanford’s advising center for leadership, intellectual engagement, citizenship, and service.
students and alums pursuing international scholarships
Priorities of Residential Education
1. Intellectual development – through interaction with
faculty, residence-based classes, informal learning
experiences, exposure to arts and cultures, discussions
of issues, and introduction to an array of stimulat-
ing people, ideas, and multicultural experiences; and
through residence-based advising, personal counseling,
assistance in the use of technology, and programs
and services aimed at enhancing your well-being and
your ability to use Stanford’s educational and other
2. Interpersonal development – providing support for
students’ personal growth and maturation, recognizing
there are developmental stages and stressors com-
mon to college students, but not a common timeline;
through discussions of social norms, parental and peer
pressure, and health education; and through programs
designed to enhance students’ well-being and ability to
Students prepare for a presentation on World War II at the Bing use the campus resources available to them. In addition,
Overseas Studies Program in Berlin.

ACADEMICS | Academic Opportunities and Programs

students will explore membership in a pluralistic supervisors, who frequently are policymakers, allow
community, where each student feels fully included students an insider’s view to the decision-making process.
and where the environment is characterized by mutual In addition to the internship and coursework, students will
concern, empathy, the active exchange of views, and the explore Washington’s cultural resources and rich history,
freedom to differ intellectually, culturally, and politically. including tours of the Smithsonian museums, perfor-
3. Leadership development – where opportunities exist to mances at the Kennedy Center, and trips to Monticello,
build skills and exercise responsibility for personal and Gettysburg, and other places of national interest.
group decisions. The program is designed for students in any major
in their junior year or in the first and/or second quarters
of their senior year. Note that Winter Quarter at SIW
is focused entirely on health and environmental policy.
Stanford in Washington is not incompatible with a quarter
overseas, but doing both requires careful academic planning.
Students apply to the program two quarters in advance of
the quarter they wish to attend. However, if they are overseas
or otherwise not on campus during that time, they will need
to apply and be interviewed three quarters in advance.

(650) 725-1064
The Stanford Libraries are an integral part of the
academic life of Stanford providing an extraordinary array
of resources and services to the community. Stanford
community members have access to world-class print and
Residential programs offer freshmen a way to interact academically digital collections at nearly 20 libraries. Subject librarians
and connect with peers outside of the classroom. are available to provide research consultation to students
across all disciplines. The libraries also provide a variety of
individual and group study spaces, basic and specialized
computer clusters, and wireless internet access.
(650) 736-2319
The Stanford in Washington (SIW) program is an Green Library and the Information Center
opportunity to spend a quarter studying in the nation’s http://infocenter.stanford.edu
capital. During the quarter, students work at full-time (650) 725-1064
internships in the world of Washington politics and policy, The Cecil H. Green Library, which houses the humani-
take courses from visiting Stanford faculty and Washington ties and social science research collection, is the largest
experts, and meet with Supreme Court justices, members library at Stanford. Green Library houses the Department
of Congress, government officials, journalists, and public of Special Collections and the University Archives, plus the
interest group leaders. Learning both inside the classroom Media and Microtext collections (DVDs, CDs, microfiche,
and beyond it in the Washington community, where day- etc.). The library has a “reserves” collection for those
to-day policy decisions are made, provides students with materials reserved by faculty for use by students taking par-
an exceptional opportunity to focus their studies and their ticular courses. These reserve services
future career goals. There’s no reason to
are also available in many of the branch
For most students, the internship is the highlight of libraries (e.g., Education, Sciences, learn everything by
the program. The Washington community offers a wealth Art, Music). Green Library also has yourself when you’re
of internships in all areas of study. Students may work large and small study rooms, computer immersed in a pool of
with such organizations as the Department of Justice, clusters, printers and scanners. talent this vast.
the National Institutes of Health, the World Bank, and The Information Center at the – Adam ‘11
the National Endowment for Democracy. Internship library serves the basic reference and

ACADEMICS | Academic Opportunities and Programs

instructional needs of students in the humanities and social Facilities located on the second floor of Meyer include
sciences. Specialized subject reference assistance is also the Tech Desk, the Multimedia Studio, the Academic
available in Green and in the other research libraries. Technology Lab for faculty, clusters with computers
Each of the research libraries has professional staff with running Mac OS X and Windows XP, and laptop areas. The
expertise in the field who can help you with your research Digital Language Lab and the multipurpose FlexClass are
needs. You are welcome to use these libraries at any point also on the second floor. The student staff of the Tech Desk
in your undergraduate career. Explore these resources once provides general consulting and help for Meyer services
you are on campus: and study spaces, multimedia production, poster printing,
• Archive of Recorded Sound and AV equipment checkout.
• Art and Architecture The Multimedia Studio is an all-Mac drop-in facility
• Biology that includes equipment and software for digital video
• Chemistry and Chemical Engineering editing, image scanning and manipulation, and video
• Earth Sciences and Map Collection format conversion.
• East Asia (in the Meyer Library) The Digital Language Lab (http://thelab.stanford.edu)
• Education is the hub for multilingual computing and communication
at Stanford. The Lab comprises four learning spaces
• Engineering
configured to support instruction and learning of the
• Marine Biology
world’s natural languages. Workstations in the Lab are
• Mathematics and Statistics
customized to allow users to do work in foreign character
• Music
sets, to record voice, and to communicate using Voice Over
IP. The Lab also hosts large-scale online testing for the
Meyer Library
Stanford Language Center.
(650) 723-5600
The J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library houses the
following services and collections:
Academic Computing Services provides a variety of
instructional support services within Meyer Library. The
first floor hosts technology-enhanced classrooms and
flexible, informal 24-hour study areas equipped with laser
printers, wireless access points, and computers running
Mac OS X and Windows XP. The lobby area is also open The Bing Wing of Green Library is among the University’s historic
24 hours and offers a mix of group study, laptop areas, and landmarks and a popular place to study.
computer stations.

Your Stanford Community

Belonging at Stanford  33
Vice Provost for Student Affairs  34
Belonging at Stanford
Values and Standards  34
We are proud of the diversity of the students, faculty,
Acts of Intolerance Protocol 35
and staff of the Stanford family. This wide range of life
Alcohol and Drinking 36 experiences and backgrounds is critical for building
Judicial Affairs 34 a vital intellectual community within the University.
Policy on Smoke-Free Environment 36 At Stanford we affirm our respect for diversity in all
Sexual Violations 36 of the characteristics that describe people, including
The Fundamental Standard 35 age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability
The Honor Code 35 difference, economic status, nationality, political beliefs,
Finding Your Place(s)  37 and geographical background. We believe encounters
Arts in Student Life  37 between people with different perspectives and points
Asian American Activities Center  40 of view stimulate creative thinking, foster a deeper
understanding of the world beyond Stanford, and promote
Associated Students of Stanford University  40
the development of a strong community on our campus in
Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation  40
which all members are truly valued.
Bechtel International Center  41


Black Community Services Center  41
El Centro Chicano  42
Greek Community  42
LGBT Community Resources Center  42
Native American Cultural Center/American Indian,
Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Program  42
Old Union  43
Publications and Media  43
Religious Groups at Stanford  43
Stanford Traditions  44
Student Clubs and Organizations  45
Tresidder Memorial Union  46
Women’s Community Center  46

YOUR STANFORD COMMUNITY | Values and Standards


Values and Standards
As a member of the campus community, you are expected
(650) 725-1808
to live by a code of ethical behavior, and you are account-
The office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs sup-
able for your actions and the consequences of those actions,
ports the academic mission of the University and strives
both in and out of the classroom. Integrity and civility
to enhance the overall quality of life at Stanford for all
toward others in all areas of academic and community life
students. The Student Affairs division is committed to the
are expected of all students, faculty, and staff.
social, psychological, ethical, and cognitive development,
and well-being of students. Offices and programs include:
Student Life, Educational Resources, Student Activities
and Leadership, Ethnic and Community Centers, Career
(650) 725-2485
Development Center, Office of Accessible Education,
The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for respond-
Vaden Health Center, Residential Education, Graduate Life
ing to all concerns that a violation of a student conduct
Office, Bechtel International
The sooner you get policy may have occurred. Members of the Office of
Center, Office of the University
involved, the sooner Judicial Affairs staff assist students in understanding the
Registrar, Judicial Affairs, and
Stanford becomes
Fundamental Standard and Honor Code, handle concerns
the Haas Center for Public
filed with the office, and work directly with students
Service. home.
regarding any such concerns. The Office of Judicial Affairs
– Brian ’12
also ensures student participation in the judicial process
through the Judicial Panel Pool.

Within a few months you’ll be arriving on campus, carrying all your favorite
belongings and bringing with you a slew of questions about your new life. Some
will be answered as you meet your roommate and your Resident Fellow, move into your dorm room, and eat
your first meal in the dining hall. Others will take much longer and some questions will crop up just as you
answer others.
At Stanford you are continually encouraged to try new classes, to explore new activities, and to challenge
yourself in the quest for knowledge and self enlightenment. You have the opportunity to learn from the truly
amazing people who will be your teachers and the equally amazing people who are your peers. The staff in
student affairs stands ready to assist and champion you in your career at Stanford whenever the need arises.
It is our job to support the academic mission of the University and to enhance your college experience and all
of us believe that we are here to serve students.
Our community is built on diversity and a profound but fundamental respect for individual differences.
Bring an open, questioning mind, an observant eye, a desire to learn as much as possible, and I expect that
your Stanford years will be fulfilling in ways you cannot yet imagine.
Greg Boardman, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

YOUR STANFORD COMMUNITY | Values and Standards

THE FUNDAMENTAL STANDARD and 80 hours of community service. Additional sanctions

The Fundamental Standard has set the standard of con- include other penalties up to and including expulsion.
duct for students at Stanford since 1896. It states: The full text of the Honor Code, the Interpretations
Students at Stanford are expected to show both within and Applications of the Honor Code, the full text of
and without the University such respect for order, the Student Judicial Charter—which applies to both
morality, personal honor, and the rights of others as is the Fundamental Standard and the Honor Code—as
demanded of good citizens. Failure to do this will be well as the text of other student conduct policies are
sufficient cause for removal from the University. available on the Office of Judicial Affairs website at http://
Over the years, the Fundamental Standard has been judicialaffairs.stanford.edu.
applied to a great variety of situations. Although there
Acts of Intolerance Protocol
is no standard penalty that applies to violations of the
Stanford is committed to providing a safe living and
Fundamental Standard, all violations are taken very
learning environment in which everyone is valued and
seriously. Infractions have led to penalties ranging from a
respected, inclusion is assured, and free expression and
formal warning to expulsion. In each case, sanctions are
debate are encouraged. The Acts of Intolerance Protocol
determined based upon the seriousness and context of
establishes a mechanism for addressing situations involving
the violation.
a real or perceived act of intolerance. In such an instance
The Honor Code we wish to proceed thoughtfully, providing support to
The Honor Code is the application of the Fundamental all of those affected, while also affirming that we value
Standard to academic matters. It is based on a differences, free expression, and debate as sources of
collaborative effort between faculty and students to create strength for our community.
an academic environment based on trust. At Stanford, An act of intolerance is defined as conduct that
faculty and teaching assistants do not proctor exams adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group on the
or take any action that would result in a breach of that basis of one or more of the following actual or perceived


trust (such as searching a student for notes before the characteristics: gender or gender identity; race or ethnicity;
student enters a test room). This means students assume disability; religion; sexual orientation; nationality; or age.
full responsibility for their conduct and will be held The protocol outlines procedures to be followed when
accountable for the same. acts of intolerance (or perceived acts of intolerance) occur
The Honor Code states, in part: and to promote a climate of respect: it is not intended to
1. that [students] will not give or receive aid in be used as a means of censorship or to limit in any way
examinations; that they will not give or receive dialogue and the free expression of opinions and ideas.
unpermitted aid in class work, in the preparation of A student who witnesses or views the evidence of an act
reports, or in any other work that is to be used by the of intolerance is encouraged to report the incident to police
instructor as the basis of grading; or, if it occurs in a residence hall, to a Resident Fellow (RF),
2. that they will do their share and take an active part in Resident Assistant (RA), or Residence Dean (RD), who
seeing to it that others as well as themselves uphold the will in turn notify the Director of Residential Education
spirit and letter of the Honor Code. and the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of
Educational Resources.
Violations of the Honor Code are taken very seriously.
Acts of intolerance (or perceived acts of intolerance)
The standard penalty for a first violation of the Honor
will be addressed by the University on a case-by-case
Code is a one-quarter suspension from the University
basis with immediate attention focused on the well-being
and 40 hours of community
of the targeted individual or group and the community
service. In addition, most The Honor Code comes members impacted by the incident. The Associate Vice
faculty members issue a “no
to guide how and why Provost has ultimate responsibility to ensure that the Acts
pass” for the class in which
of Intolerance Protocol is being followed and will ensure
the violation occurred. The we work, and pushes us
that appropriate educational tools for students, faculty,
standard penalty for a second
to do even more. and staff are developed.
violation of the Honor Code
– Thom ’10
A copy of the protocol is available online at:
is a three-quarter suspension

YOUR STANFORD COMMUNITY | Values and Standards


Stanford University is absolutely committed to student Sexual assault is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
safety, and we maintain an educational approach to dealing at Stanford. The University urges an individual who has
with campus alcohol issues. We build a community of experienced a sexual assault to make an official report.
individual and collective responsibility where students who A report of sexual assault will be dealt with promptly.
legally drink alcohol live and study with nondrinkers in Confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent
a safe and comfortable environment. In fact, a significant possible. The University is committed to treating those
number of Stanford students abstain from alcohol use. who have experienced unwanted sexual contact with
Overall, we want you to care for each other by preventing sensitivity and respect, and to providing information
yourself and others from engaging in dangerous alcohol- regarding on- and off-campus services and resources. A
related behaviors. student, faculty member, or staff member who commits an
The vast majority of you will make respectable choices act of unwanted sexual contact will be subject to discipline
about alcohol consumption and behave appropriately. up to and including termination or other appropriate
That is the norm. However, for those who engage in high- institutional sanctions. Prosecution by external authorities
risk and/or excessive drinking, the University takes swift may also result.
and serious steps to educate and/or discipline students. Students who have experienced a sexual assault, or are
Our foremost commitment is to create and sustain a safe supporting someone who has, are encouraged to call the
and healthy campus through education and firm alcohol YWCA Sexual Assault Center at Stanford. The 24-hour
policies. hotline number is (650) 725-9955. Stanford’s policies on
For those who will be coming to Stanford from out-of- sexual assault and sexual harassment are available at
state or from another country, you should be aware that http://adminguide.stanford.edu/23_2.pdf and
in the state of California, it is illegal to drink alcohol if you http://adminguide.stanford.edu/23_3.pdf.
are under 21 years of age, and it is illegal to buy alcohol for,
Policy on Smoke-Free Environment
or to serve it to, those under 21. Also, it is illegal to possess
It is the policy of Stanford University that smoking of
a fake ID. The Stanford Police Department enforces the
tobacco products in enclosed buildings and facilities,
drinking-age requirement.
and during indoor or outdoor events on the campus,
Stanford University offers a plethora of programming
is prohibited. Specifically, smoking is prohibited in
about alcohol safety in the residences, especially during
classrooms and offices, all enclosed buildings and facilities,
New Student Orientation. The campus works together as
in covered walkways, in University vehicles, during indoor
partners in these efforts with students, faculty, staff, and the
or outdoor athletic events, and during other University-
police. Specific information about programs, policies, and
sponsored or designated indoor or outdoor events.
initiatives can be obtained from the Vaden Health Center,
Substance Abuse Prevention Program at (650) 723-3429 or
at http://alcohol.stanford.edu.

Sexual Violations
It is the policy of Stanford University to maintain the
University community as a place of work and study for
students, faculty, and staff free of sexual harassment. It is
further the policy of the University to prevent, correct, and
remedy sexual harassment. All students, faculty, and staff
are subject to this policy.


Finding Your Place(s) world and spanning 4000 years. The Center brings a full
range of changing exhibitions to campus and offers free
ARTS IN STUDENT LIFE admission to everyone. It features the largest collection of
http://studentarts.stanford.edu Auguste Rodin bronzes outside of Paris, an organic café,
Email: studentarts@stanford.edu a bookshop, and a variety of free programs throughout
To join the ArtsUpdate list, email artsupdate-join@lists. the year. Faculty and students use the Center’s collections,
stanford.edu from your Stanford email account to stay exhibitions, and facilities to support teaching and research.
up-to-date on the arts at Stanford. There are many ways for students to engage with the
At Stanford, the arts make up a large part of student life, Center. Sign up for a free Student Membership to hear
culture, and tradition. Whether it’s dance, drama, creative about student-curated exhibitions, gallery openings, free
writing, visual arts, film, or music, the arts cross boundaries studio art classes, invitations to student-only events, and a
and sub-communities within the University and provide 10% discount at the Center Bookshop, among other great
common ground for Stanford students. Whether you are opportunities. To sign up, come to the Cantor Arts Center
planning to integrate the arts into your studies by becom- and fill out an application located at an entrance desk.
ing an arts major or minor, continue your artistic passion This year’s “Party on the Edge,” an annual event just for
through an extracurricular student organization, or simply Stanford students, is Thursday, October 14, from 9:00 p.m.
support your talented classmates by becoming a dedicated to midnight. It features a variety of live performances by
audience member and fan, there are many ways to engage students, free food, open mic, student-produced films, stu-
in the arts at Stanford. dent artwork, and more. “Party on the Edge” is also a good
The Stanford Student Arts Website is the online hub time to sign up for your free Stanford student membership.
for Stanford’s student arts community. The site features Each Autumn Quarter, Stanford students can train
a comprehensive arts events calendar, a community to become Student Guides in sessions with curators and
blog, an extensive resources section, a bulletin board for museum staff through the one-unit ARTHIST 99A class. For


connections and opportunities in the arts, a media gallery more information about the Student Guide class, contact
for posting your creations, and much more. The site is a key Kristen Olson at (650) 723-4435 or klolson@stanford.edu.
resource to engage with the Stanford arts scene. Visit the The Center awards the Geballe Prize for Writing every
URL above to learn more about what’s going on at Stanford Spring Quarter for written work relating to the Cantor
in the arts. Arts Center’s collection. For more information about these
programs, student employment, and exhibitions curated
Cantor Arts Center by students through coursework, visit http://museum.
http://museum.stanford.edu stanford.edu, and click on the “Students and Faculty” link
(650) 723-4177 at the top.
The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University’s own
museum, has 24 galleries presenting art from around the Drama and Dance
(650) 723-2576
The Drama Department offers a dual approach to the
study of performance—scholarly and creative. In addition
to a spectrum of academic courses devoted to the history
and theory of performance and theatre, Drama also offers
creative courses devoted to acting, directing, and designing.
The department also supports and creates a variety
of major productions, original works, one-act plays, and
staged readings. Open auditions are held at the beginning
of each quarter for upcoming shows. Students interested
in lighting, make up, costume, stage management, carpen-
try, and design are also given opportunities to work on
A fun way to get to know the Cantor Arts Center is to go to its “Party productions. In addition, through a partnership with the
on the Edge” in October.


Public Theater in New York, there are opportunities for addition to working with professional guest artists, students
students to work with professional playwrights, actors, interested in choreographing and performing can partici-
directors, and others each year. The department offers pate in student-run clubs including Alliance Streetdance,
both a major and a minor. Arabesque Middle Eastern Dance, Ballet Folklórico de
Student-run theatrical organizations include Ram’s Stanford, Bent Spoon Contemporary Dance Company,
Head, the oldest and largest group, which produces three Cardinal Ballet, Cardinal Whirlwinds Square Dance
shows each year: Gaieties, a student-written, pre-Big Game Exhibition Team, Chocolate Heads, Decadance, dv8, Grupo
performance; the Original Winter One Acts, three student- Folklórico Latino Dance, Israeli Folk Dance, jam pac’d Jazz,
written and performed plays; and a spring Broadway-style Hip Hop, Stanford Ballroom Dance Club, Stanford Tango
musical. Other student theater organizations include the Club, Swing Kids, Swingtime, and Urban Styles LA-style
Stanford Improvisors, the Committee on Black Performing Jazz Dancing.
Arts, the Asian American Theater Project, the Stanford
Shakespeare Society, the Stanford Savoyards, and the Music
Institute for Diversity in the Arts, which often features a http://music.stanford.edu
drama or dance professional. The Stanford Theater Activist (650) 723-3811
Mobilization Project (STAMP) was started in 2006 and uses The Department of Music offers a broad spectrum
the power of performance as a means to cultivate social of academic classes and performance opportunities.
change. In addition to student groups, many residences also Beginning instruction is available in piano, guitar, and
present a show each year. voice. Private lessons at intermediate and advanced levels
The Drama Department’s Dance Division offers a range can be taken for credit in the instruments found in the
of technique, composition, repertory, and dance history orchestra, as well as some early instruments and unusual
classes. Studio classes in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, Afro instruments (extra fees are involved, but scholarships are
styles, and social dance are offered at all levels. Open format available). Check the department’s bulletin boards in Braun
low tech performances are offered every other month Music Center or the departmental website for minimum
showcasing individual and student group choreography. In proficiency requirements for private lessons. Auditions
are held at the beginning of each quarter. In addition, the
Department of Music offers many ensembles open by
audition to the general student body. In fact, most of the
students in these ensembles are not music majors.
The Department of Music has five choral ensembles
that perform a wide range of literature from early music
and chant to works by emerging composers. Auditions
for all ensembles are during Orientation; check at the
Department of Music for audition information during
Orientation activities.
The Stanford Chamber Chorale (http://chorale.
stanford.edu) is the most selective of the choral ensembles,
choosing 24 students from a two-tiered audition process to
build the best blend of voices possible.
The Early Music Singers specializes in the performance
of choral literature from the Medieval, Renaissance, and
Baroque eras.
University Singers (http://usingers.stanford.edu) is
a select ensemble of about 50 members from the student
body and the Stanford community.
Symphonic Chorus (http://www.stanford.edu/group/
SymCh) is made up of approximately 150 students, staff,
Students spin around the dance floor at a ball held in the Roble faculty, and members of the Stanford community.
Dance Studio.


Memorial Church Choir provides music for the Sunday

morning services in Memorial Church and performs
combined-ensemble programs for events, such as the
Festival of Lessons and Carols, throughout the year.
The Department of Music also has a number of
instrumental ensembles. The groups perform diverse
programs of baroque, classical, romantic, jazz, and
contemporary works.
Auditions for these ensembles are held during
Orientation as well; check the music office in Braun Music
Center for more information.
The Stanford Symphony Orchestra (http://sso.
stanford.edu), founded just two months after the University
in 1891, has now expanded to nearly 90 members from
across the student body and the surrounding community.
The Stanford Philharmonia (http://sso.stanford.
edu/philharmonia) is a select chamber orchestra of 35
performers. The group offers accomplished musicians an
opportunity to perform works for a small orchestra.
The Stanford Laptop Orchestra or SLOrk
(http://slork.stanford.edu) is a large-scale, computer-
mediated ensemble that explores cutting-edge technology
in combination with conventional musical contexts, while


radically transforming both. The Department of Music sponsors a variety of student vocal and
instrumental ensembles for both music and non-music majors.

Over the next few years, you’ll hear a lot about community and you’ll soon discover
that the concept of community is integral to life here at Stanford. As a member of our
community, you will be afforded many privileges—participating in student organizations, engaging in opportuni-
ties to develop your leadership abilities, and exploring your academic and extracurricular interests. You will be
able to draw upon many campus resources to promote your personal and intellectual growth.
Inherent in the privilege of being a member of our community is the responsibility to uphold community
standards. We trust that you will treat others with respect and that you will ensure that all members of our
community feel valued and included. We also trust that you will help us maintain the highest academic stan-
dards. The Fundamental Standard and the Honor Code exist to protect these important community values.
During New Student Orientation (NSO) you’ll be introduced to many people who can support and advise
you and who will be cheering you on throughout your Stanford career. Whether you’re trying to decide
what activities to join, or you’re struggling with a difficult personal decision, remember that we want you to
achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. Our role in the community is to help you thrive on that journey.
Welcome to the Stanford community.
Chris Griffith, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life


The Stanford Jazz Orchestra (http://stanford.edu/ ASIAN AMERICAN ACTIVITIES CENTER

group/jazz) is a group of about 20 students, faculty, and http://a3c.stanford.edu
staff who focus on and keep alive the tradition of big band (650) 723-3681
jazz. The Asian American Activities Center (A3C) is the hub
The Stanford Wind Ensemble (http://stanford.edu/ of the Asian American community at Stanford and home
group/windensemble) features about 40 undergraduates, of more than 40 Asian American student organizations.
graduate students, and community members. The A3C collaborates with faculty, alumni, and staff to
Stanford Taiko (http://taiko.stanford.edu) is an entirely provide seminars, mentoring programs, and lecture series
student-run group that performs the traditional art of for the campus community. It houses an Asian American
Japanese drumming. resource library and sponsors a speaker series that provides
Many extracurricular musical opportunities abound opportunities for students to interact with faculty and
on campus outside of the department. Stanford is home staff in small, informal sessions. The center also provides
to talented and recognized a cappella groups that compete organizational advising, a computer cluster, and meeting
and tour nationally and internationally. To find out more and rehearsal space.
about specific groups, do an internet search for “Stanford
(650) 725-2778
On the third day of classes in 1891, the student body
met and established itself as the Associated Students
of Stanford University (ASSU). The ASSU represents
Stanford’s 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students on
campus issues, funds student organizations, and provides
important student services. Each year, the ASSU appoints
students to University committees, brings important speak-
ers to campus, holds concerts, sponsors community service
projects and student advocacy campaigns, and offers free
legal help. The ASSU consists of the President, the Vice
President, the Undergraduate Senate, and the Graduate
Student Council, along with Stanford Student Enterprises
(SSE), a business subsidiary of ASSU. The Undergraduate
Senate and the ASSU Executives have intern programs for
new students. Look for more information at ASSU’s website
The Band shows its school spirit by participating in campus-wide or attend one of its information sessions held during
events, such as this traditional Admit Weekend performance Orientation.


The Savoyards are a Gilbert and Sullivan troupe that
performs two operettas by the comic duo every year.
Stanford also features many rock and jazz bands organized
(650) 723-4591, Intercollegiate Athletics
and run by students. These bands play at parties, special
(650) 723-7686, Physical Education
dinners, and other locales.
(650) 724-9872, Recreation
Last, but never least, is Stanford’s infamous and quirky
Stanford promotes excellence in academics, athletics,
Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (http://
and recreation. Stanford has won the Division I Directors’
lsjumb.stanford.edu). Neither experience nor musical back-
Cup, which honors the most successful program in NCAA
ground is required to join the band. They will teach you
sports, the last 15 years. Approximately 850 students
everything that’s important (like when to jump during “All
participate in Stanford Athletics’ 35 intercollegiate varsity
Right Now” and what combinations of clothing/uniforms
sports. Stanford maintains 1,000,000 gross feet of indoor
look horridly funny).
facilities and more than 100 acres of outdoor fields.


Among Stanford’s facilities are the 6,786-yard Stanford two individual gold medals and its head coach was named
Golf Course; the 7,613-seat Maples Pavilion; the 4,000- NCTA Coach of the Year; and Men’s and Women’s Ultimate
seat Sunken Diamond; the 17-court Taube Family Tennis Frisbee both finished 3rd at Collegiate Nationals.
Center; the Avery Aquatic Center; and the 50,000-seat In addition, almost 6,000 students, faculty, and staff
Stanford Stadium. participate annually in a variety of team and individual
The Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation opened intramural sports, including softball, flag football,
in Autumn 2005, and houses a variety of recreational basketball, soccer, volleyball, table tennis, and dodge ball.
sports, including basketball, squash, fitness, climbing, Residence halls, departments, and friend groups compete
fencing, and weight training, all of which are available to all for bragging rights and Intramural Champion T-shirts that
students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the center provides are awarded to Stanford Intramural Sports Champions.
an academic support center, and a sports medicine clinic
Students may join a club sport, which competes at the http://icenter.stanford.edu
intercollegiate level and accommodates a wide spectrum (650) 723-1831
of talent. Most teams accept novices, yet still challenge The Bechtel International Center (I-Center) is the
top-quality athletes. Available sports include archery, office at Stanford that handles visa issues and concerns of
badminton, cheer, cricket, cycling, equestrian, horse international students. It also helps international students
polo, ice hockey, judo, lacrosse, rugby, running, skiing, adjust to the Stanford culture, offers special orientation
squash, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon and ultimate programs to incoming students, and serves as a place for
frisbee. In 2008-2009, Cycling won 2nd in the Nationals cultural exchange. Social activities at the I-Center highlight
Women’s Team Time Trial; Equestrian finished 3rd at the diversity of cultures at Stanford and include language
Nationals; in their fifth straight final championship game exchanges, film series, discussions, and lectures about
appearance, Women’s Rugby finished 2nd at Division I current events, dance and art classes, as well as support for
more than 30 international student organizations.


Collegiate Nationals hosted at Stanford, one player was
selected by the US for the 7’s Rugby World Cup in Dubai Incoming international students should visit the
and another player selected for the U-20 US Team; Squash I-Center website for answers to the questions that tend to
finished the season ranked 26th in the nation among club be unique to international students, including informa-
and varsity teams and 2nd among club teams in the US; tion on the pre-orientation program for new international
Taekwondo finished 2nd at Collegiate Nationals including undergraduates.


(650) 723-1587
The Black Community Services Center (BCSC) is a
thriving clearinghouse of resources and opportunities
for all students of African descent. The staff at the BCSC
are committed to ensuring that Stanford’s African and
Black American students, staff, and alumni enjoy the full
intellectual, cultural, and social benefits of University
life. The center implements intellectual programs, offers
individual counseling and
coaching, provides programming If you’re interested
assistance and event advising, in trying something
and coordinates leadership new, there’s plenty to
development for more than choose from in terms of
30 black volunteer student extracurriculars.
organizations. In addition, – Mattias ’10
The Activities Fair, an annual event at which hundreds of student the BCSC provides computer
groups showcase their activities.


workspace, meeting space, academic recognition programs, LGBT COMMUNITY RESOURCES CENTER
and a variety of workshops and activities. http://lgbt.stanford.edu
(650) 725-4222
EL CENTRO CHICANO Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT)?
http://stanford.edu/dept/elcentro Questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity,
(650) 723-2089 or the significance of personal and cultural differences?
El Centro Chicano is a focal point for the Chicano/ Concerned about being assigned an LGBT-friendly
Latino community at Stanford. The center provides roommate? Or wondering if, when, and how to come out
a variety of academic, cultural, social, and leadership at Stanford?
development programs, and serves as an important link If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the
to faculty, campus resources, and alumni. It houses more LGBT Community Resources Center (LGBT-CRC) is your
than 20 volunteer student organizations, giving students oasis on campus. The LGBT-CRC is located on the second
many opportunities to explore career options while serving floor of the Fire Truck House, next to Tresidder Memorial
the Stanford and outside community. Through advising Union. Whether you are out and proud, questioning, or
and referrals, El Centro’s professional staff helps students allied, the center is a great place to meet other queer and
succeed academically and personally. allied students, join one of a wide range of LGBT student
organizations, hang out, study, check email, browse books and
magazines, watch DVDs, or learn about campus resources.
We offer a range of programs including Community
(650) 723-0778
Academic Support and Advising (LGBT-CASA), which is
Fraternities and sororities have been part of the
a small-group mentoring program for queer, questioning,
Stanford student experience since 1891. The Greek
and allied freshmen and Safe and Open Spaces at Stanford,
community is made up of a total of 28 organizations with
a student-run dorm outreach and diversity awareness
ten having housed facilities. All Greek organizations have
program. In addition, the LGBT-CRC provides and
affiliations with a national organization. Stanford has a
coordinates lecture series, colloquia, seminars, mini-
deferred recruitment period that does not take place until
courses, residence programs, support groups, health
early Spring Quarter. Freshmen cannot join a fraternity
education workshops, diversity trainings, social and
or sorority before this time, nor does Stanford accept
cultural events, leadership development retreats, as well
recommendations as part of its recruitment process.
as support for LGBT volunteer student organizations and
student-driven initiatives through our Queer Awareness
Days program. More information is available on the LGBT-
CRC website. Featuring a comprehensive campus LGBT
events calendar, searchable database of LGBT-friendly
faculty and staff, and listings of classes with LGBT content,
the website is a great way to learn about Stanford’s vibrant,
diverse, and thriving LGBT community even before you
arrive on campus.
The LGBT-CRC professional staff is available to answer
your questions, address your concerns, and help you to have
a fabulous first year at Stanford. Contact Ben Davidson or
Haleema Jazmin Quill at lgbtcrc@stanford.edu,
(650) 723-5851, or (650) 724-2306.


(650) 723-4078, (650) 725-6944
The Annual Stanford Powwow brings together people from many The Native American Cultural Center and American
tribes for a three-day celebration of diverse Native American cultures. Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Program


(NACC/AIANNHP) are the nucleus of the Native American PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA
community at Stanford. The center is headquarters for Freshmen may contribute their writing, editing, and
nearly 20 Native organizations on campus, including the business skills to Stanford publications; often, no experience
Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO). The is necessary. Currently there are 24 student publications
NACC/AIANNHP provides resources and a nurturing and media groups. Three of the most widely distributed
environment in which community members and friends can publications on campus are The Stanford Daily, The
gather. The center is also the site of frequent Native leader- Stanford Review, and The Stanford Chaparral. Designed
ship activities, cultural awareness education workshops, as a traditional campus newspaper, The Daily publishes
academic tutoring, and research assistance. five days a week and covers news, sports, features, arts,
Each May since 1970 the SAIO plans and manages the entertainment, business, and science. The Review is known
Annual Stanford Powwow, a diverse intertribal gathering as the conservative voice on campus and typically publishes
of artists, dancers, and singers. The largest student-run every week. The Chaparral, which prides itself as the second
powwow in the United States, approximately 30,000 visitors oldest campus humor publication, typically publishes twice
come to campus for this event. per quarter.
There’s so much to
Beyond these broad-based publications, there are many
OLD UNION thematic ones actively involving students including the
do here, it’s almost
Constructed in 1922, Old Stanford Scientific Review and The Stanford Progressive.
impossible not to get
Union was one of the first Other forms of media include a student-run TV station,
buildings on campus to house involved.
SCBN, and Stanford’s radio station, KZSU 90.1 FM, which
student services. Over the – RJ ’11
has an active sports department covering many Stanford
years, the building evolved into sports. Some publications change from year to year and
an administrative center and there is always room for student creativity. For example,
became less and less a student center. In 2006, Old Union there are a number of online academic journals, a campus-
was temporarily closed for renovation in order to restore it


based student blog, and a weekly humor sheet, The Flipside,
and return it to its original purpose. modeled on The Onion.
In Autumn 2007, Old Union was rededicated by Provost
John Etchemendy and reopened as a central site for student RELIGIOUS GROUPS AT STANFORD
groups and services. Located inside the Old Union are http://religiouslife.stanford.edu
offices for ASSU, Student Activities and Leadership, Student (650) 723-1762
Life, Educational Resources, the Wellness Room, and the Stanford’s support of a multi-faith university chaplaincy
Office for Religious Life with its centerpiece known as the presumes that faith and spiritual quest, both in the individual
CIRCLE (Center for Inter-Religious Learning, Community,
and Experiences), a stunning multi-faith sanctuary. The
building also offers plenty of comfortable study space and
a variety of meeting rooms. No student union would be
complete without food service, and Old Union features the
Axe and Palm, a modern version of a neighborhood diner.
The southern wing of Old Union is dubbed the
Clubhouse and there you can find the Asian American
Activities Center and the Native American Cultural Center.
Opposite the Clubhouse on the northern edge of the
courtyard is the Nitery that houses El Centro Chicano, a
small theater, and meeting rooms.
When you get to campus, be sure to check out Old
Union. You’ll discover it’s a good spot for hanging out with
friends and studying.

Memorial Church is one of many historic buildings on Stanford’s



and in the community, are consonant with the academy’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Undergraduate and
most vital pursuits of meaning and purpose. The Dean, Graduate Groups)
Senior Associate Dean, and Associate Dean for Religious Life ISKCON Student Association at Stanford
lead worship, teach courses, convene study groups, promote Islamic Society at Stanford University (ISSU)
interfaith dialogue, sponsor lectures and discussions, and Ismaili Student Association at Stanford (ISAS)
offer spiritual counsel to individuals and groups. Latter-Day Saints Student Association
The deans direct activities and services at Memorial Lutheran Student Fellowship at Stanford
Church and the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Stanford (OCF)
Learning, and Experiences (CIRCLE) on the third floor Parakaleo Christian Ministries
of the Old Union. They provide support and supervi- Quakers at Stanford
sion for Stanford Associated Religions (SAR). Members Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)
represent more than 35 religious groups and worshipping ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship
communities, including Baha’is, Buddhists, Hindus, Satrang Sikh Student Association
Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalists, Roman Sports Challenge
Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians, and many Unitarian Universalists at Stanford
Protestant Christian communities, both denominational United Campus Christian Ministry
and nondenominational. AHA! (Atheists, Humanists, World Peace Buddhists
and Agnostics) is also a member group in SAR. University
Public Worship, Compline, and Roman Catholic Mass
are held each Sunday at Memorial Church, located in the
center of campus. Islamic worship as well as Jewish Shabbat
services (Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform) are offered
elsewhere on campus on Friday and Saturday. Many other
worshipping and faith-study groups regularly meet in the
church and in other departments, centers, and student
residences. Check the Office for Religious Life’s website
for details on all services, and note that some are held only
during the academic year.

Stanford Associated Religions (SAR) Member Groups

Abundant Life Christian Fellowship’s Growth Group
Acts Graduate Christian Fellowship (AGCF) A huge show of Cardinal spirit hangs from Meyer Library during Big
Acts 2 Christian Fellowship Game Week 2007.
Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!)
Baha’i Association at Stanford
Your participation in unique traditions links you to the
Buddhist Community at Stanford
many alumni who have come before you. Carrying on these
Cardinal Life
traditions ensures that the classes that come after yours will
The Catholic Community at Stanford
also share in these same special experiences.
Chabad at Stanford
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship (XA) Big Game
Chinese Campus Evangelistic Fellowship Big Game is the biggest football game of the season,
Christian Students where the Cardinal takes on its rival across the bay, the
Cornerstone University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears. This is the
ekklesia most highly anticipated and raucous of campus sporting
Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry events. The symbol of the rivalry between Stanford and
Berkeley is the Stanford Axe, awarded each year to the
Hindu Student Council (HSC)
winner of Big Game.
International Students Christian Outreach


Dance Marathon Auditorium (MemAud) with crowds of rowdy, spirited stu-

The biggest and most exhausting party of the year is dents eager to “Beat the Weenies.” Your Resident Assistants
Dance Marathon, a 24-hour fundraiser supporting HIV/ will buy a block of tickets for your dorm in advance.
AIDS-related causes. Stanford joins hundreds of campuses
around the country in embracing the Dance Marathon Mausoleum Party
concept. At Stanford’s traditional Halloween party, students
gather on the grounds of the Stanford Mausoleum, in
FLiCKS which Leland, Jane, and Leland, Jr. are interred, for a
Head over to Memorial Auditorium to engage in the slightly irreverent dance party.
world’s largest paper fight and catch a great movie at the
Sunday night FLiCKS. Check out http://flicks.stanford.edu Midnight Breakfast
to see what’s playing each week. Midnight Breakfast kicks off Winter Quarter Dead
Week with Stanford administrators and faculty “hashing”
Fountain Hopping this late night meal in dining halls across campus.
Fountain hopping consists of running from fountain to
fountain, submerging oneself into the refreshing water, and
splashing around.
Full Moon on the Quad More than 600 student organizations reflect the diverse
At the first full moon of Autumn Quarter, freshmen interests of Stanford students. Every Autumn, Stanford
can be found heading toward the Quad, getting ready for holds an activities fair where many Stanford campus groups
the clock to strike midnight. You are not truly a Stanford promote their activities and recruit new members. This is
student until you have been kissed at midnight by a senior the best way to check out clubs you might be interested in
under the first full moon of the quarter. joining. Students organize around a wide array of interests


and talents, some of which follow:
Gaieties • Academic (e.g., BioMASS, Undergraduate Psychology
The most well-known and loved theatrical production Association, Stanford Solar Car Project, Stanford
on campus, Gaieties is the student-written, student- University Mathematical Organization)
produced musical performed the week of Big Game. Filled • Athletic/Recreational (e.g., cycling, golf, juggling, kayak-
with inside humor, Gaieties guarantees to pack Memorial ing, rugby, tae kwon do, tennis, windsurfing)
• Career/Pre-professional (e.g., Stanford Black Pre-Med
Organization, Stanford Consulting, Business Association
of Stanford Engineering Students, Engineers for a
Sustainable World, Women Leaders of Tomorrow)
• Community Service (e.g., Green Team, Habitat for
Humanity, Stanford Global AIDS Campaign, Kids with
• Creative Arts (e.g., Cardinal Ballet, Talisman A Cappella,
Stanford Chamber Chorale, Shakespeare Society)
• Ethnic/Cultural (e.g., Armenian Students Association,
Hong Kong Student Association, Indonesian Club,
Stanford India Association)
• Political/Social Awareness (e.g., Labor and Immigration
Project, Stanford Conservative Union, Stanford Political
• Religious/Philosophical (e.g., Chinese Christian Society,
Undergrad Philosophy Association, Islamic Society)
Spring warmth leads to an impromptu game of volleyball in White
Memorial Fountain, also known as “The Claw.”



Tresidder Memorial Union is centrally located and http://wcc.stanford.edu
offers a variety of administrative and retail services (650) 723-0545
especially designed as a community gathering place at the The Women’s Community Center (WCC) promotes
center of campus. Tresidder offers indoor and outdoor the success of women students at Stanford by providing
dining with a variety of dining options which include meaningful opportunities for scholarship, leadership, and
Jamba Juice, The Coffee House, Subway, Fraiche Yogurt, activism. WCC staff works with both graduate and under-
Express Lunch, The Treehouse, and Union Square. graduate students in a variety of capacities, including pro-
Tresidder also houses Tresidder Express convenience gramming, student organization advising, and networking.
store, The Student Store, Stanford Federal Credit Union, In addition, the WCC serves as a hub for the various
Wells Fargo Bank, Tresidder Fitness Center, The Bike Women’s Volunteer Student Organizations that provide
Shop, Stanford Hair, FedEx, and The Lively Arts Ticket/ opportunities for students to get involved in academic,
Information office for on-campus events and the campus political, and social organizations focused on needs and
Lost-and-Found. Tresidder is home to the Vice Provost for issues regarding women and gender. The WCC also offers
Student Affairs, Residential Education, the Student Services its own programming, examples of which include the
Center, Student ID Badge Office, Judicial Affairs, Tresidder Women at Work Series, the Stanford Women’s Leadership
Meeting Services, Stanford Catering Office, and the LAIR Conference, and a Feminist Theory Reading Group. Many
Computer Center. of these programs are coordinated by student staff that are
always eager to work with volunteers. All are welcome to
drop by the center in the Fire Truck House or contact us if
you are interested in getting involved.

In just a short time you will be joining the Stanford community. And as you are
preparing for this next step, I want to join the many who are welcoming you.
Not only are you joining the larger Stanford community, but you will be a member of a residential
community, as well. Your new home can be a dynamic and essential part of your Stanford experience. Living
in the residences at Stanford is like no other experience. We believe that the dorms are not merely for sleep
and study—but are places of discovery and engagement.
This is a time to question and explore—who you are and who you want to be. But perhaps even more
incredible is the chance to engage in that exploration with fellow members of the Stanford community. Where
the diversity of thought and life experience they bring enriches your understanding of yourself and of others.
This is an opportunity that is not to be missed. Seek to learn, about yourself, about others. Challenge your
thinking. Seek out those who are different than you. Find opportunities to be tested and questioned. It is the
richness of these exchanges that can shape friendships and connections that will last a lifetime.
At its core that is what living on campus offers and what the residential experience is about. Making
connections. Whether they be interpersonal or intellectual, collective or individual—the connections you make
can and will be life changing.
Welcome to this new community. Welcome to the Farm. And welcome home.
Deborah Golder, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Residential Education

The Practical Stuff

Housing  47
Residential & Dining Enterprises  47
Student Housing 47 Residential & Dining Enterprises
Freshman Housing  48 Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) is one of
Residence Staff  50 Stanford’s largest auxiliary departments, comprised of
Roommates  50 Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality &
Special Circumstances  51 Auxiliaries, and Stanford Conferences. R&DE implements
Dining  52 a wealth of programs intended to promote the well-being
Meal Plans  52 of the entire campus community and offers a robust
Administrative Details  53 living and learning environment which includes several
Health Services—Vaden Health Center  54 wellness programs, such as EatWell, the Love Food Hate
Six Must-Do Requirements Before Entering Stanford  54
Waste campaign, and Living Green, the Student Housing
Sustainability program.
Health Insurance  56
Personal Health Services  56
Student Health Checklist  58 http://studenthousing.stanford.edu
Finances  58 (650) 725-2810
The University Billing Process  58 Stanford is a residential university where 96% of
Financial Aid Office 61 undergraduates (6,300) live in on-campus housing.
Student Services Center  62 Residences are focal points of intellectual and social
Banking Options  62 life at the University. Stanford considers the residential
The StanfordCardPlan  62 experience such an integral part of your education that you
Part-Time Employment  62 are required to live on campus as a freshman or first-year
Computing Resources  63 transfer student. Under the Guaranteed Housing Plan,
Getting Online Access  63 entering freshmen are guaranteed four years of University
Axess 64 housing, sophomore transfer students are guaranteed three


Residential Computing  65 years, and junior transfers are guaranteed two years.
Security Considerations  67 All housing locations are managed by full-time staff
Stanford Bookstore Computer Department  68 dedicated to keeping the residences safe, clean, and
Computer Clusters  68 comfortable. Student Housing is responsible for managing
Computer and Network Usage Policy  69 and maintaining the physical aspects of student residences,
Getting Here  71 assigning students to housing, and operating the Housing
Directions to Campus  71 Front Desks (HFDs). The HFDs are the place to go
Hotels and Motels  71
with any housing and dining-related matters including
assignments, meal plans, keys, maintenance, or other
Guidelines for Packing  71
building-related issues.
Shipping Your Belongings  74
Mail  74
Housing Options
Telephone Services  74 University residences differ in their physical character-
Cable Television Service  74 istics, including age, style of architecture, and layout of
Textbooks and Supplies  75 student rooms and common areas. They also vary in size,
Getting Around—Bicycles, Buses, Cars, and More  75 accommodating between 30 and 300 students. Some are
New Student Orientation  inside back cover traditional residence halls and others are connected houses


made up of smaller residences that share common facilities 1. Structured Liberal Education (SLE)
for eating and recreation. Most rooms are shared by two 2. Freshman-Sophomore College
students; a few houses have one-room triples. In some resi- 3. Cross-cultural theme houses
dences, four students share between one and three rooms.
4. All-freshman residence halls
All residences (with the exception of fraternities, sorori-
5. Four-class residence halls
ties, and one upperclass all-women’s house) are coed, some
within floors, some floor-by-floor. In several residences, Read the descriptions of each housing option carefully, and
both options are available. All rooms for freshmen are then fill out Form 8 online.
single-gender. Women living on coed floors will share a
1. Structured Liberal Education
room with other women, but will have men as neighbors,
and vice versa. More information on single-gender and
Students are drawn to Structured Liberal Education
coed floors is provided on page 50.
(SLE) for the intensive year-long academic program and
In accordance with California law, smoking is pro-
its integration with life in the residences. Because of this
hibited in all University residences, including all interior
integration, if you choose SLE as your first preference for
common areas, individual rooms and apartments, covered
your Introduction to Humanities course, you must also list
walkways, outdoor areas where smoke may drift into build-
SLE as your top housing preference.
ings, and during organized indoor and outdoor events.
SLE freshmen live and learn together in the three houses
of East Florence Moore Hall: two four-class houses and
one all-freshman house made up of both SLE and IHUM
students. The residence provides an informal setting for
lectures, small-group discussions, films, and plays. The SLE
community promotes the vigorous exchange of ideas, not
only in the classroom setting, but also in the dining room
at mealtime and in the dorm late at night. SLE instructors
participate actively in the intellectual life of the dorm,
regularly dining with students and holding individual
writing tutorials. For more information about the academic
requirements and the SLE program, please see page 8 and
visit the URL above.
Roble staff welcome freshmen as they arrive on move-in day.
2. Freshman-Sophomore College
FRESHMAN HOUSING http://frosoco.stanford.edu
Your residence will be more than just a place to sleep, For entering freshmen, Freshman-Sophomore College
study, and leave your belongings. Residential living is an (FroSoCo) combines the energy and excitement of an all-
opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom, to frosh house with the perspectives of a four-class residence.
make lifelong friends, to relax and hang out, and to learn Approximately 180 freshmen and sophomores participate
about yourself and others. Housing assignments are made in all the usual dorm social activities and also have a variety
on the basis of your answers to the Housing Preference of optional academically-oriented activities to choose
Form (Form 8) and Roommate Information Form (Form among according to their interests. Students may opt to
11) submitted online. Assignments are made in random return to this assignment for their sophomore year without
order, once the deadline has passed for the return of the applying to the yearly housing draw. The strong sense of
forms. This is an important reason to make sure your forms community that results provides freshmen with a tightly-
are submitted on time. When making freshman housing knit support network and a house full of potential friends
assignments, the housing staff tries to make each residence and mentors.
a microcosm of the freshman class, balancing factors such FroSoCo is particularly designed for students interested
as home state, academic interest, gender, and ethnicity. in broad intellectual exploration of the liberal arts and
If you are a freshman, you will rank your preferences sciences, enhanced opportunities to interact with faculty,
among these housing options: and exposure to academic resources and opportunities on


campus. There is no required academic component. Some events such as Floricanto, Posadas, and Chicano/Latino
key FroSoCo traditions include courses, workshops, and Reunion Homecoming, as well as host to performing
tutorials to improve public speaking and writing skills, groups such as El Mariachi Cardenal, Ballet Folklorico, a
and mini-seminars on a wide array of subjects designed cappella groups, and service organizations.
and led by sophomores and open exclusively to FroSoCo Muwekma-Tah-Ruk is the American Indian, Alaska
residents. Dean’s Dinners are another signature event, in Native, and Native Hawaiian Theme House located on the
which the dean of the college hosts faculty talks in the lower row. It is named after the Muwekma Ohlone, the
lounge followed by dinner at his home. indigenous people of the Bay Area. Programs and seminars
FroSoCo offers an augmented staff for its residents, presented in the house are representative of the legal, land,
including resident tutors in writing, public speaking, water, language, and leadership issues that are pertinent to
multimedia, and other common freshman academic the over 500 diverse native and tribal entities who still exist
subjects. Two professional staff couples live in-residence on the islands and mainland of the United States. Native
as college directors, and the college dean lives in a home cultures, histories, and current issues are explored in a
across from the college. FroSoCo occupies two adjoining supportive environment for all freshmen and upperclass
houses in Governor’s Corner, and rooms for freshmen and students, Native and non-Native. The public is always
sophomores are interspersed on all floors in both houses. welcome to come and learn.
FroSoCo is coed by hall. Okada, established in 1971 as an Asian American theme
house, was renamed in 1979 after Japanese American
3. Cross-Cultural Theme Houses author John Okada. Okada celebrates cultural diversity
These four class houses provide cross-cultural living at while serving as a focal point for residents to explore
its best. Students of different racial, ethnic, religious, and the Asian American experience and Asian American
social backgrounds participate in activities that celebrate, issues through activities and events such as theater,
inform, and teach all of the residents about the focus. film screenings, dance, guest speakers, campus service
Exploration of traditions, history, and politics fosters organizations, and excursions to local cultural centers.
cross-cultural dialogue and relationships. Symbolizing Ujamaa focuses on the histories, issues, and cultures
the diversity of Stanford, approximately one-half of the of the African Diaspora. The name comes from the
residents in a theme house are of a different ethnic or Swahili word for extended family. This house prides
cultural background from the theme/focus of the house. itself on fostering that sense of family by creating a
Theme houses offer the same opportunities and resources safe environment for open, honest, and sometimes
available in other residence halls but, as four-class challenging dialogue. A wide range of opportunities
houses, they also provide the added bonus of mentoring and activities are offered to residents to deepen their
opportunities for frosh. Each theme house has a staff knowledge and understanding of their peers, themselves,


of Resident Fellows, Resident Assistants, and Theme and the world. Whether it is a presentation by an
Associates to help plan the educational and social activities upperclassman on The African Sensibility in Mexico,
of the house, including in-house classes, film and lecture debating the social relevance of The Cosby Show in a
series, group discussions, drama productions, music Black Sitcoms class, or engaging with notable Ujamaa
recitals, and readings by noted authors. These residences alumni like Jeff Raikes or Charles Ogletree, residents
house between 30 and 110 students. The following four of Ujamaa are encouraged to step out of their comfort
theme houses are available: zone and explore all that Stanford has to offer.
Casa Zapata focuses on the Chicano and Latino
experience through educational and cultural programs. 4. All-Freshman Residence Halls
Zapata residents are engaged in a wide range of activities— In all-freshman houses, students enjoy the camaraderie
staging plays for Zoot Suit week, planning film series, and and support generated by living with an entire house of
sharing poetry and music at regular house gatherings. first-year students where everyone in the house is going
Zapata has been a source of inspiration, creativity, and through similar adjustments and facing similar challenges.
community for over three decades. Decorated with All-freshman houses usually are characterized by high
vibrant murals by renowned Latino artists throughout the spirit and an almost constant buzz of activity. These
common areas, Casa Zapata is also a hub for community residences house between 65 and 100 students.


5. Four-Class Residence Halls much, but I had high hopes for the ideas.” RAs are upper-
Freshmen in four-class houses benefit from the best of all class students who will work closely with you and your RF
worlds—bonding with fellow freshmen who are undergo- to plan activities and programs. RAs are available when-
ing similar first-year experiences, plus close interaction ever you have a problem and can provide valuable insights
with upperclass students who have much to share from from their own Stanford experiences; they are students
their own campus history. In addition, upperclass students who want to listen and help. The RCCs will support your
can often assist with problem sets, serve as sounding boards network connections, your personal computing, and your
for ideas for IHUM papers, introduce stress-reducing residence computer cluster. They also conduct workshops
social events during exam times, and lend guidance to and provide general technical education and consulting.
house activities and intramural teams. These residences The PHE provides resources and advice on health and
house between 50 and 300 students, and approximately wellness topics.
50% of the residents in a four-class house will be freshmen. In addition, each residence is assigned a Residence Dean
In some instances, freshmen comprise up to 70% of the (RD), an Academic Director (AD), and a Residence Student
residence’s population. Affairs Specialist (RSAS). The RD is a trained professional
who can advise students about personal matters, assist with
Coed or Single-Gender Floor? personal emergencies, and intervene directly in behavioral
All residences in which freshmen live are coed. However, concerns, when necessary. RDs advise on issues of housing
within a residence, individual floors may be coed or single- and roommate concerns, and other administrative matters.
gender. It is possible that a single-gender floor will have a Residence Deans work closely with the AD, RFs, and RAs in
staff member of the opposite gender. On coed floors, men each house.
and women are assigned to separate rooms. The AD, a member of the Undergraduate Advising and
On single-gender floors, there is one bathroom. Some Research professional advising staff, will help you build
coed floors have separate men’s and women’s bathrooms; your academic path through Stanford. See page 18 for
while others have private shower and toilet facilities with more information about ADs. RSASs are frequently the
a coed sink area. The Housing Preference Form allows you first point of contact for students and provide support for
to express your preference for coed or single-gender floor residence staff, Resident Fellows, and College Directors.
arrangements. RSASs have a broad range of knowledge about campus
procedures and resources, enabling them to answer many
of the questions that students might have about life in the
The central support of your residence life will be your
residence staff. The staff includes your:
• Resident Fellow (RF) or College Director (CD) ROOMMATES
• Resident or College Assistants (RAs/CAs) Unlike many other colleges and universities, Stanford
• Resident Computer Consultant (RCC) does not give you the option of requesting a particular
• Peer Health Educator (PHE) roommate nor does it reveal the name of your roommate
in advance of the day you move into your residence. This
• Residence Dean (RD)
policy is rooted in the belief that the relationship you and
• Academic Director (AD)
your roommate have with each other will be more positive
• Residence Student Affairs Specialist (RSAS) and successful if it begins from the point of face-to-face
Your RF or CD will be a faculty member or a senior interactions, rather than being shaped by any preconceived
administrative staff member. In addition to guiding the notions stemming from limited information or online
life of the house, the RF or CD will bring his or her own communications. We realize there are practical conse-
unique combination of interests to the residence while quences to this policy that may create temporary inconve-
affording you the opportunity to become acquainted with niences for you, but year after year, experience tells us this is
a professor or senior staff member in an informal setting. a winning way to handle roommate assignments.
As one former Resident Fellow said, “I spent about half my As roommate assignments are based on the information
time with Soto students discussing ideas and about half you provide on the forms submitted online, you are urged
playing ping-pong. The ping-pong didn’t influence anyone to think carefully about your responses. New Undergraduate


Housing, the division of Housing Assignments that handles Non-Traditional Students

the roommate matching process, applies a great deal of time Non-traditional students generally are those who are older
and care towards devising good roommate pairings. They than the average 18 to 23 year-old Stanford student. Single
work to match you with someone who shares important non-traditional students can choose to live in the residence
habits (e.g., you both note similar sleeping hours), but who halls, but they also have the choice of living in graduate
is not so similar that you have nothing to learn from each housing. Non-traditional students have been comfortable
other (e.g., someone from California will most likely have with both types of housing. If you are a non-traditional
a roommate from another state; two varsity athletes are student and wish to live in a graduate student residence,
unlikely to be roomed together). If you have health concerns please indicate this on the Housing Preferences form to
or important personal circumstances that you feel should be receive the appropriate application.
taken into account when making your roommate assign-
ment, please make sure you let us know about them in your Couples/Students with Children
response to Question 13 on the Roommate Information Freshmen and transfer students who are married, in a
Form (Form 11). long-term same-gender or opposite-gender domestic
partnership, or who have children should indicate this
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES on the Housing Preferences form in order to receive the
Transfer Students appropriate application from the Housing Assignments
New transfer students are typically housed in either a four- office. Couples and students with children are assigned to
class or all-upperclass residence. apartments in Escondido Village, an on-campus residential
After the first year at Stanford, students can choose from neighborhood.
among 70 different houses on campus. Residences vary in
Students with Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
size and are located within a 10 minute walk to classrooms.
Like other undergraduates, you will be guaranteed housing
Incoming first-year and transfer students who have
after your first year if you apply on time and are willing to
concerns about their roommate match and/or hous-
accept an assignment to any residence for which you are
ing assignment in relation to their sexual orientation or
eligible. If you refuse your assignment, you forfeit a year of
gender identity can request and receive assistance. Please
your guaranteed housing.
include your concerns on Question 13 of the Roommate
International Students Information Form (Form 11) or contact the Student
International students who register for International Housing Assignments office. All inquiries will remain
New Student Orientation (INSO), Saturday, September confidential. Student Housing has gender-neutral housing
11 – Monday, September 13, arrive on campus three days options for interested students beyond their first year. You


earlier than other incoming freshmen. In order for your can read more about the gender-neutral housing program
housing to be ready for move-in on Saturday, September on the Student Housing website (http://studenthousing.
11, participating international students must register stanford.edu).
for INSO with the Bechtel International Center by the
deadline. Information and details about INSO will be sent
to international students during the summer. You can
also check Bechtel’s website for this information at http://
icenter.stanford.edu. During winter break, undergraduate
residences will be closed.
Winter break housing options Meet everyone in your
are available on campus for a dorm.
– Stephanie ’12
fee for international students
who will not be traveling
during that time. You should
budget about $300-$400 for Freshman roommates are paired by New Undergraduate Housing
this continuous housing option. Coordinators, using the information you provide on your Approaching
Stanford forms.


Cardinal Dollars
Dining Cardinal Dollars (available in any amount) function just
like cash or a debit card and are accepted at every Stanford
(650) 723-4751 or (650)725-1508
dining hall, as well as at campus eateries and cafes operated
Many of your most memorable conversations will
by Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries. One Cardinal Dollar
take place around the dinner table with your housemates.
is equivalent to U.S. $1. When part of a meal plan, a maxi-
Eating in the dining halls is an essential part of Stanford’s
mum of $50 unused Cardinal Dollars will carry over to the
Residential Education program. Many academic programs
next quarter, provided you are enrolled in a meal plan.
such as Faculty Speaker Education Series and dinner
You can also add Cardinal Dollars to your card at any
lectures, as well as social activities like Midnight Breakfast
time. These additional, non-meal plan dollars do not
and themed dinners, will take place at your dining hall.
expire. For added savings, with every Cardinal Dollar
Award-winning Stanford Dining features the highest-
purchased, you will receive a 10% bonus in Cardinal
quality, locally-grown, sustainable foods in every dining
Dollars. For more information, including current
hall. Fresh soup and salad bars are always available along
promotions, or to purchase Cardinal Dollars online via
with a daily variety of delicious, nutritious entree options,
your student bill, go to My Account at http://dining.
including meat, vegetarian, vegan, and halal. Stanford
Dining is Green Business Certified and welcomes your
suggestions and new ideas. Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries Retail Cafes
In addition to the residence dining halls, students can also
enjoy the regional menu selections and inviting ambiences
offered through the following Stanford Hospitality &
Stanford Dining’s goal is to provide a meal plan for every
Auxiliaries retail cafes. Updated information can be found
appetite—light, medium, or constantly hungry—as well as
at http://hospitality.stanford.edu:
to provide maximum flexibility in eating locations across
• The Axe and Palm, Old Union
campus. Stanford Dining serves 19 meals each week.
Three All-You-Care-to-Eat meal plans (19, 14, 10 meals/ • Union Square, Tresidder Memorial Union
week) allow you to choose from all menu selections in the • Subway, Tresidder Memorial Union
dining hall. At the end of the day on Saturday, the following • Express Lunch, Tresidder Memorial Union
week’s meal allotment (19, 14, or 10 + any rollover meals) • The Cafe at Arrillaga Alumni Center
is added to your card. Any additional unused meals expire • Olives@Bldg. 160
at the end of the week. Your Stanford ID card is your dining
• Russo Café at Munger
card and you will need it with you to eat in the dining halls.
Religious Food Practices
Meal Plan Description Cost per year Stanford Dining values the cultural and religious diversity
that is intrinsic to the Stanford community. We take pride
19 All-You-Care-To-Eat Meals/Week $5,176
in our efforts to honor most requirements and constraints
14 All-You-Care-To-Eat Meals/Week in each of our dining halls. You may request an exemption
+420 Cardinal Dollars/Year $5,176 to the meal plan requirement if you have concerns about
meeting religious dietary requirements. Each exemption
10 All You-Care-To-Eat Meals/Week request must be accompanied by acceptable written
+750 Cardinal Dollars/Year $5,176 documentation from an independent (non-relative) clergy.
Religious exemption applications are processed by the
Guest Meals Office for Religious Life. Visit http://religiouslife.stanford.
A feature of your meal plan, guest meals allow you to edu for more information.
take a friend, relative, or professor to dine with you at
Peanut Allergies
no additional cost. The 19, 14 and 10 meals/week plans
If you have a peanut allergy that requires special dining
provide five guest meals every quarter.
accommodations, please contact the Student Disability
Resource Center to file a request for a special housing


accommodation and check the appropriate box at the top Choosing and Changing Your Meal Plan
of the Housing Preference Form (see page 29 and Form Every new freshman is assigned to the 19 meals/week plan.
8 online). For more information on our Peanut Sensitive When you submit your Residence Agreement (after you
program, located only at Ricker Dining Hall, please call receive your housing assignment later this summer), you
Stanford Dining’s central office at (650) 725-1508 or email will have the opportunity to either confirm the 19 meals/
diningservices@stanford.edu. week plan or switch to one of the other two plans.
You may make a meal plan change at any time during
ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS the quarter with the exception of the last two weeks. Any
changes made during the last two weeks of a quarter will be
Meal Cards
reflected in the upcoming quarter.
Your Stanford ID Card also serves as your dining card.
Please remember to carry the Dining Questions
card with you at all times, When I’m eating in the
If you wish to change your meal plan after you arrive or
especially when entering the dining hall and catching
you need answers to your questions about dining, you can
dining hall; otherwise, you will up with friends, I realize go to your Housing Front Desk, to the Dining Manager in
need to pay cash. Exceptions how strong a community your dining hall, or to the meal plan office on the second
will not be made. my dorm is. floor of Tresidder Memorial Union.
– Anne ’11


The Residential & Dining Enterprises team (R&DE) is passionate about providing
you with an exceptional housing and dining experience at Stanford. Our mantra
“Students First!” communicates our belief that students are never an interruption in our day, for you are the
reason we are here.
Student Housing’s motto of “Welcome Home” reflects our commitment to making your Stanford home
a comfortable, clean, safe, and sustainable environment that supports your educational endeavors and
personal growth. Stanford Dining’s commitment to excellence defines our dedication to providing you with
delicious, organic, and healthy dining options, while also addressing special dietary needs. Our EatWell pro-
gram assists you with identifying healthy eating habits for taking on rigorous academics—the very reason
you are here!
Once you are settled in your new home on campus, I invite you to join me at a student dinner series
discussion to engage with me and other senior administrators about how to evaluate and further enhance our
programs and services. We want your feedback and will solicit it often.
R&DE is excited to welcome and support the Class of 2014!
Shirley Everett, Senior Associate Vice Provost, Residential & Dining Enterprises

THE PRACTICAL STUFF | Health Services – Vaden Health Center

Health Services – Vaden Health Center

http://vaden.stanford.edu If you were born after 1956, you must provide the
(650) 498-2336 following information even if it differs from the practices in
your state or country of origin:
For Measles AND Mumps: Provide ONE of the following:
• Dates of vaccination with one measles/mumps/rubella
PLUS a second vaccine that contains measles and
Before you can become a student
mumps or
at Stanford, you must complete six
health-related requirements online: • For measles: date and physician’s signature of physician-
1. Personal information diagnosed measles OR
2. Immunizations • Dates and titer results of blood tests (serology)
3. Health history confirming immunity to measles and mumps
4. Tuberculosis screening For Rubella: Provide ONE of the following
5. Agreement to treatment • Date of vaccination (one rubella OR one measles/
6. Notice of privacy practices mumps/rubella) OR
Stanford University requires all new students to • Date and titer results of blood test (serology) confirming
provide proof of measles, mumps, and rubella immunity immunity
and to be screened for tuberculosis risk before they begin If you have not previously completed these require-
their studies. These are required regardless of your health ments you will need to be immunized now. A combined
insurance plan. measles/mumps/rubella immunization is available at
Vaden’s Allergy, Immunization, and Injection Clinic for a
What to do:
fee. Cardinal Care, Stanford’s student health insurance plan,
• Gather all your health history, medication, and immuni-
does not cover this expense.
zation records.
A student may request a religious or philosophical
• Review them, and your family history, with family exemption from the immunization requirement by
members. completing the form (http://vaden.stanford.edu/pdf/
• Log on to the Vaden website, new student section: ReligiousorPhilosophicalExemptionfromRequired
http://vaden.stanford.edu/new_students/entrance_req. Immunizations.pdf) prior to June 30 for freshmen and
html. Using your SUNet ID and password, complete
the following sections. If you do not have Internet
access and need a paper copy of the Entrance Medical
Requirements, fax a request using our toll-free fax
number (866) 336-0164 (U.S. only) or (650) 723-1600
(international). Be sure to include your name and return
fax number.

This establishes your confidential personal medical file at

Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious communicable
diseases that can spread in close living or classroom
environments. All students must be vaccinated to prevent
these outbreaks.
The state-of-the-art Vaden Health Center.

THE PRACTICAL STUFF | Health Services – Vaden Health Center

July 31 for transfer students. Attitudes, beliefs, or 3. HEALTH HISTORY

preferences that are purely personal are not grounds for an This information gives Vaden staff your medical history,
exemption. enabling them to treat you effectively. The information
It is important for you to enter your complete in your file is electronically secure and completely
immunization history in your personal medical file. confidential. It cannot be released without your consent,
except as required by law.
Recommended Immunizations
New students and their families often request 4. TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING
recommendations for appropriate immunizations before Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that can be spread in
entering Stanford. Here are the immunizations that the close living or classroom environments. All students must
staff at Vaden suggests: answer the questions in this section. Recommendations for
Meningococcal Meningitis is an inflammation of the tuberculosis screening are continuously updated. Please
lining of the brain and spinal cord caused by a bacterium. check our website for the most current requirements at
The vaccine is about 85% effective against the strains http://vaden.stanford.edu/new_students/entrance_req.
of bacteria it addresses. We recommend this vaccine for html#tb.
first-year students and other students who wish to reduce
their risk. Others at higher risk include people traveling to 5. AGREEMENT TO TREATMENT
high-incidence areas and those with weakened immune This section presents the Vaden Health Service Agreement
systems. to Treatment form, which you must read and sign before
Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver that can lead we can provide medical services to you.
to liver failure, liver cancer, or death. We recommend this
immunization, especially for those at high risk: people who 6. NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
are sexually active, have multiple sex partners, are men This section presents the Vaden Health Center Notice of
who have sex with men, have had a sexually transmitted Privacy Practices, which you must read and acknowledge
disease (including HIV), and people who are health-care before we can provide health services to you.
workers, use injectable drugs, or live in a household with
a hepatitis B carrier. The hepatitis B vaccine consists of a Deadlines for your six entrance medical requirements
series of three shots. The six requirements must be submitted by June 30
Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization is for freshmen and by July 31 for transfer students.
recommended for adults who have not had chicken pox. International students have until September 20 to
The chicken pox vaccine consists of a series of two shots. complete and submit tuberculosis screening only; the
Hepatitis A immunization is recommended for other requirements must be completed by the above dates.


travelers, food handlers, men who have sex with men,
and people with certain chronic diseases. The hepatitis A
A mandatory quarterly fee of $167 is charged to the
vaccine consists of a series of two shots.
University bills of all students enrolled on the main
Tetanus diphtheria immunization is recommended
campus. The Campus Health Service Fee covers most
every 10 years, or sooner for a substantial wound. For
services at Vaden Health Center. For more details, go to
adults 19 to 64 years, substitute one dose of tetanus,
diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine for tetanus diphtheria.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is
recommended for female college students up to 26 years of When in doubt, check
age. The HPV vaccine consists of a series of three shots. Vaden out! Seriously,
it’s great to have a
place that’s well-staffed
and eager to take care
of you.
– Sophie ’11

THE PRACTICAL STUFF | Health Services – Vaden Health Center

HEALTH INSURANCE Students Covered by an HMO

http://vaden.stanford.edu/insurance/index.html If you have a primary care physician through your health
Email: healthinsurance@stanford.edu maintenance organization (HMO) at home, you can use
(650) 723-2135 Vaden’s medical services for all your primary care as a
The Insurance Office provides health insurance and student. The cost of primary care at Vaden Health Center
dental information for students. It is the primary resource is covered by the Campus Health Service Fee. With your
for the University’s student health insurance plan, permission, Vaden health care providers can talk to your
Cardinal Care. personal physician to ensure the continuity of your care.
All students are required to have health insurance Specialty providers outside Vaden Health Center must
that covers the costs of specialty care, mental health care, be pre-approved by your primary care physician (PCP) or
prescriptions, emergency and inpatient care, and other off- primary care medical group (PMG) in order to be covered
campus health services. This requirement can be met either by your HMO. Generally, HMO coverage outside your
by purchasing Cardinal Care, the University-sponsored primary care area (home) is for emergency services only.
student health insurance plan, or an alternative insurance
plan that has comparable benefits. Information about Dental Care
Cardinal Care can be found on the web at http://vaden. Cardinal Care covers injury to natural and sound teeth
stanford.edu/insurance/index.html. only. Vaden provides information about voluntary dental
plans and local dentists who offer discounts to students. To
Cardinal Care Features request information about these dental options, including
• Access to specialists at the Stanford University Medical premiums and how to enroll, visit the Vaden Insurance
Center and Menlo Medical Clinic with a $20 co-payment office or send your name and address to healthinsurance@
• Year-round coverage anywhere in the world stanford.edu.


How to Enroll or Waive Coverage in Cardinal Care
At the start of each academic year, you will automatically Medical Services
be enrolled in Cardinal Care for the entire policy year Medical Services offers comprehensive health care to
(through August 31) unless you waive the plan. If you Stanford students. Services include diagnosis, treatment, and
have an alternative insurance plan, you can waive Cardinal prevention of acute illness, injury, and chronic conditions.
Care via Axess at http://axess.stanford.edu by the deadline. You can make an appointment to see the staff for any
If you do not waive Cardinal Care by the deadline, you reason Monday through Thursday until 8:00 p.m., Friday
will be charged for the plan on your university bill. More until 5:00 p.m. On weekends, appointments for acute
information about Cardinal Care and the deadlines to illness or injury requiring same-day treatment are available
waive can be found on the web at http://vaden.stanford. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. See the Vaden website for the most
edu/insurance/index.html. up-to-date hours of service. A nurse is available during
weekdays to answer medical questions. When the clinic is
International Students closed, phone advice for urgent medical conditions is avail-
To ensure that international students have sufficient able 24 hours a day from one of the physicians.
health insurance coverage during their academic career The Vaden medical staff has expertise in general medicine
at Stanford, the university requires that all international and sports medicine. If you need to see a specialist, the staff
students enroll in Cardinal Care, the University-sponsored
will refer you to the appropriate clinic at Stanford Hospital
student health insurance plan. International students
and Clinics or Menlo Medical Clinic. They also provide
may request an exception on an annual basis to the
immunizations to meet the entrance medical requirements,
mandatory Cardinal Care insurance by having their
physical exams for scholarships and employment, allergy and
insurance company complete an Insurance Coverage
other optional immunizations, physical therapy, laboratory
Certification Form. The insurance policy must cover the
and X-ray services, a travel clinic, and a pharmacy. There
entire academic period of September 1 – August 31 with
is a fee for some services. The cost of primary care visits is
benefits that meet or exceed minimum standards. More
details and the form can be found on the Vaden website at covered by the Campus Health Service Fee.

THE PRACTICAL STUFF | Health Services – Vaden Health Center

Counseling and Psychological Services • Relationships

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers evalua- • Sexuality and sexual health (EDUC 193S)
tion and brief counseling, including individual, couples, and • Relationship abuse prevention and awareness
group therapy. CAPS staff includes psychiatrists, psycholo- (FEMST 138)
gists, and clinical social workers. The cost of an initial evalu-
• Self care including stress management, meditation, and
ation and short-term counseling is covered by the Campus
breast and testicular self exams
Health Service Fee. Students requesting or requiring longer,
HPS also actively supports peer health programs.
ongoing therapy incur fees. Other services include:
Enthusiastic, dedicated, and compassionate students make
• Crisis counseling for urgent situations, 24 hours a day
a difference in the health and well being of fellow Stanford
• Evaluation of the need for medication
students. See http://vaden.stanford.edu/wellness/index.
• Workshops and groups that focus on students’ social, html for more information on programs and volunteer
personal, and academic effectiveness opportunities.
• Consultation and outreach to faculty, staff, and student
organizations Medical Requirements: Frequently Asked Questions
CAPS strictly maintains confidentiality. Do I need to have a physical examination before I start at
Health Promotion Services While it is a good idea to finish any ongoing treatments
Health Promotion Services (HPS) empowers and educates before you leave for school, Stanford does not require you
students to pursue optimal health so they can thrive to have a physical exam. With the exception of certifying
academically and achieve personal fulfillment. HPS is a physician-diagnosed measles and tuberculosis testing, there
partnership between Vaden’s professional health education is no need to have a physician complete any portion of the
staff, Stanford Peer Health Educators, and peer counselors. entrance medical forms.
HPS professional staff offers educational workshops
and seminars, individual health advising and academic What happens if I don’t meet the medical requirements
internships, and customizes presentations for the needs on time?
and interests of residences, community centers, and student A hold is placed on your Winter Quarter enrollment. If
groups in these areas: Vaden Health Center does not remove the hold, you may
• Alcohol and other drug education and prevention incur additional registration fees, lose pre-selected classes,
(PEDS 216) and loan and/or stipend checks may be interrupted.
• Mental Health and Well-Being (PEDS 205/215)
• Nutrition My doctor has retired and I can’t get my medical records.


What should I do?
• Body image, disordered eating prevention
Ask your parents if you have a separate immunization
record at home. Your medical records may also be on file at
the school you last attended. If you cannot determine the
dates of the required immunizations or test, you have to
repeat them.

What is a PPD skin test?

PPD is the standard method of screening for tuberculosis
in the United States. PPD, the purified antigen from the TB
bacterium, is injected under the skin and causes a raised
reaction in those who have been previously exposed to it.

What is a Quantiferon (QFT) test?

The Quantiferon test is a blood test for tuberculosis
screening. Previous BCG vaccine will not alter the QFT test
The California sun makes the outdoors a tempting place to study. results (unlike some skin test readings).



• Complete your entrance requirements, listed on page 54
• Complete your required immunizations and bring your
When you accepted Stanford’s offer of admission, you
optional immunizations up to date (tetanus, diphtheria,
made a binding contract with the University to pay all
and pertussis , hepatitis A , hepatitis B, human papil-
debts, including tuition and fees, for which you are liable.
lomavirus vaccine (HPV), meningococcal, polio, and
The University’s financial agreement is with you personally,
not with your parents. For this reason, your careful study
• Bring a copy of your important medical records to of this section is important in order for you to understand
Stanford your financial responsibilities as a Stanford student.
• See your doctor to complete any treatments currently in You are urged to set up your accounts on Direct
progress Deposit and Stanford ePay prior to the start of school.
• See your dentist Direct Deposit and Stanford ePay are Stanford University’s
• Buy basic over-the-counter medications (see below) standard funding and payment methods because they are
fast, secure, and unaffected by student address changes. For
• Refill your prescriptions
more information, see:
• Keep your health insurance card in your wallet
• http://fingate.stanford.edu/students/universbill/quick_
• Put together a first-aid kit. Here’s what to include: steps/enroll_direct_deposit.shtml
Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes) • http://fingate.stanford.edu/students/universbill/
Adhesive tape (1" wide) resources/stanford_epay.html#how_to_instructions
Antibiotic ointment Stanford University’s policy is to furnish timely and accu-
Antihistamine (diphenhydramine) rate billing information as well as effective payment options
Antiseptic wipes to its students. Billing and payment services are delivered
Cotton roll and balls electronically on a monthly basis through Stanford’s online
Cotton-tipped swabs billing and payment service, Stanford ePay. Bill notifica-
Cough drops tion is sent to a student’s @stanford.edu email address as
Decongestant (pseudoephedrine) recorded in Axess. More information about Stanford ePay
Elastic bandage (3" wide) may be found at http://epay.stanford.edu.
Gauze pads
Hot/Cold pack (reusable)
Hydrocortisone cream
Pain-relief medicine (aspirin, acetaminophen,
• Bring your bike helmet
• Get an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses, and keep
a copy of your prescription on hand

Special Needs
If you have questions about a special health care need, call
Vaden’s administrative office at (650) 725-1364.

Students enjoying a late afternoon chat.


Bill Structure and Components * Stanford Cardinal Care Health Insurance may be waived
Charges and credits from University departments are annually in Axess by the first payment due date if you have
aggregated in a student’s individual account and presented outside coverage.
** Documentation fee is usually paid by your admission deposit.
on the monthly bill. Charges for tuition, room, and board
are billed prior to the beginning of each academic quarter. For more information, please see the University bill section
Examples of other quarterly charges are ASSU (Associated of the Gateway to Financial Activities website for students
Students of Stanford University) fees, the Campus Health at http://financialgateway.stanford.edu/students/universbill.
Service Fee, and, if not waived, Cardinal Care Health
Due Dates
Insurance. Information about waiving Cardinal Care
Health Insurance and applicable deadlines can be found For undergraduate students, all term charges (tuition,
at http://vaden.stanford.edu/insurance/using_your_own. health insurance, ASSU fees, and a onetime document fee)
html#waive. Charges such as cable and other IT service are due prior to the start of the quarter unless otherwise
charges are billed monthly as incurred. For the August bill specified. All other charges are billed and due monthly.
only, the annual Post Office Box fee, a one-time docu- Monthly bills are generated on the 20th of each month
ment fee, and a one-time Orientation fee will be reflected. and due on the 15th of the following month. Your first
Other monthly charges may include phone feature fees, University bill will be generated on August 20. Payment for
miscellaneous items such as music lessons, room damage charges on this bill is due by September 15.
or room re-key charges, StanfordCardPlan purchases,
Payment Methods
and changes to quarterly charges listed above. Posting of
Stanford offers the following payment methods:
or adjustments to University charges to student accounts
• eCheck via Stanford ePay We highly recommend this
may occur at any time during the academic year. Students
method of payment. Stanford ePay is the online method
who are not enrolled at the University (e.g., due to leave of
for making payments to your University account.
absence, withdrawal, graduation, or discontinuation) may
eChecks are accepted from United States bank accounts.
see adjustments to charges and/or financial aid on their
No service charges apply to payments made by eCheck.
account. If changes occur, additional bills may be generated
• Check via mail Check payments may be sent to the
after students have left campus. Students must maintain a
University Cashier’s Office, 459 Lagunita Drive, Suite
current email address in Axess to ensure they continue to
7, Stanford, CA 94305-6036. Checks must be drawn
receive billing notices.
in U.S. funds payable through U.S. banks and must
In addition to the charges on your University bill,
not be post-dated. Checks must be made payable to
students are expected to need about $600 per quarter
Stanford University and include the student’s Stanford
for books and about $900 per quarter for personal and
ID number.
miscellaneous expenses such as phone service, toiletries,


bicycle repairs, and snacks. These charges are paid as • Drop Box For your convenience, a check payment drop
incurred and are not included on the University bill unless box is located outside of the Student Services Center
paid for with the StanfordCardPlan. (SSC) between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
• Walk-in Customers may make a payment in person at
Projected Costs for Autumn Quarter 2010 the Student Services Center (SSC) between 9:00 a.m. –
Tuition $12,600 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Personal checks, travelers’ checks,
Room and board 5,086 cashier’s checks, and money orders (U.S. funds payable
House dues 100 through U.S. banks) are accepted. Stanford does not
ASSU fee 120 accept post-dated checks.
Telecom 70
• Wire Transfer The University Everyone at Stanford,
Post Office Box fee 70
accepts payment to student ranging from your RA
Campus Health Service Fee 167
accounts via direct wire to Dean Julie, is open
Health Insurance* 1,024
service. Students living and friendly, eager to
Documentation fee** 200 help you in any way
overseas find this option
Orientation fee 438 they can.
particularly convenient as they
Total $ 19,875 – Siddhartha ’11
may wire funds directly from


overseas banks to the University for credit to the student and then they must make a trip to the bank to deposit or
account. Please direct wired funds to: cash the check. Students who opt for the Direct Deposit
Wells Fargo Bank feature are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of routing
Corporate Banking Division and banking account numbers to avoid delays in receiving
Attention: Banking Services Officer for their funds. For more information and instructions about
Stanford University setting up Direct Deposit, please visit http://fingate.
San Francisco, Main Office, 420 Montgomery Street stanford.edu/students/universbill/quick_steps/enroll_
Our bank account number is: 4944-863596 direct_deposit.shtml.
Our bank ABA number is: 121-000-248 Please be aware that receipt of a refund via paper check
Our BIC or SWIFT code is: WFBIUS6S or Direct Deposit does not imply that all charges on your
All wires must reference the student’s name as well as bill have been paid. Students are responsible for reviewing
the student’s Stanford ID number. Please note that your their bill and ensuring all charges are paid by the due date.
bank will typically charge a service fee to initiate the wire To ensure charges are paid prior to receiving a refund, please
transfer. see the section below regarding “Student Permissions.”
For future reference, wire instructions are always
Student Permissions
available on Fingate at: http://fingate.stanford.edu/
Student Permissions is a new feature in Axess by which a
student can authorize Student Financial Services to apply
If the wire transfer is not posted to the student account
their financial aid funds to all charges on their University
in five business days, please contact the University Cashier’s
bill. Without Student Permissions, some financial aid may
Office at (650) 723-1676 and provide the details of the wire
be restricted from paying some charges. Signing up for
instructions for follow-up.
Student Permissions prevents the student from receiving
Payments Received Containing Financial Aid a refund check when the student account has a remaining
All financial aid funds, such as scholarships and employee balance due. The Student Permissions feature is entirely
tuition benefit plans, must be reviewed by the Financial Aid optional. Your decision whether to sign up for Student
Office. Therefore, when a financial aid check is submitted to Permissions will not affect the amount of your charges
the Cashier’s Office, the funds are not immediately applied or your financial aid award. For instructions on granting
to the student’s account. Financial aid funds are applied permissions, see http://fingate.stanford.edu/students/loan-
to the student’s account after review by the Financial Aid scholarship/resources/faq_permit_fund2_all_charges.html.
Office. All payments made with financial aid are exempt
Past Due Accounts
from late fees.
The University must receive the full amount due on or
Refunds before the due date indicated on the bill. Unpaid balances
Refunds to students are the result of several processes. First, after the due date will be subject to a late payment penalty
department administrators may complete a “stipend to of one percent of the amount past due. Anticipated aid
student” transaction, which will result in a refund from the (aid that has been accepted but not disbursed and is shown
account paid directly to the student. Second, an overpay- on the student account) will reduce the total amount due
ment of charges will result in a credit balance on the bill. prior to late fees being applied. Student accounts that
Credit balances that are refundable are processed on a daily become past due are subject to financial holds that block
basis and either mailed as a check to the student mailing enrollment, course changes, transcripts, and diplomas.
address on record or deposited electronically into the
Returned Checks
student’s checking or savings account.
Check or eCheck payments returned due to insufficient
Direct Deposit is the fastest and most convenient
funds have already been submitted twice to the
method of processing refunds. By using Direct Deposit,
bank. Checks returned for any reason are assessed a
you will receive any refund or stipends within 24 hours
nonrefundable $25 administrative fee. In addition to
of processing and refunds will reach your bank account
this fee, student accounts are subject to holds and late
regardless of address changes. Students without Direct
payment penalties.
Deposit must wait to receive a printed check in the mail


Account Collection and Credit Reporting http://financialaid.stanford.edu/loans. If you want your

Delinquent accounts may be reported to one or more of loan proceeds to be available in time for the Autumn
the national credit reporting agencies. Severely delinquent Quarter bill, be sure to complete loan processing in August.
accounts or unpaid returned checks may be referred to Additional information about financial aid programs
a third party collection agency and/or pursued through and the application process is available on the FAO website.
litigation in accordance with state and federal laws. You may also speak directly with a financial aid counselor
Students with delinquent accounts may be held responsible by phone or in person. The FAO is located in Montag Hall
for all collection costs, attorney fees, court costs, and at 355 Galvez Street. The office is open Monday through
interest rates up to the maximum allowed by California law. Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except on Tuesdays,
when the office is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Federal regulations prohibit Stanford University from
releasing student information (records) to third parties
(including parents, spouses, or relatives) without written
consent from the student. Full details concerning the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
(FERPA) can be found at http://ferpa.stanford.edu.


(650) 723-1676
The University Cashier’s Office is a part of the Student
Services Center and is responsible for processing University
Bill payments. The SSC is located at on the second floor of
Tresidder Memorial Union (above the CoHo) with office
hours between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays.


Email: financialaid@stanford.edu
(650) 723-3058
The Financial Aid Office (FAO) administers federal


and institutional financial aid funds including grants,
scholarships, student loans, and work-study. The FAO also
coordinates processing of student aid funds from outside
sources. FAO staff members determine eligibility for aid The clock tower contains the clockworks that hung atop Memorial
and provide information and advising. Church before the church’s steeple was destroyed in the 1906
Outside scholarship checks should be made payable to
Stanford University when possible. The student’s full name
and Stanford ID number should be included in the memo
section of the check. Funds received will be automatically
credited to the student’s account. Outside scholarship
checks should be mailed to the Financial Aid Office at
Montag Hall, 355 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6106.
Checks should be mailed by mid-August when possible to
ensure that the funds are credited to the student account
for the September 15 billing deadline.
For detailed information about accepting and
processing any student loans, please refer to


STUDENT SERVICES CENTER a branch near campus. If you already have a checking
http://studentservicescenter.stanford.edu account, you should check with your bank or credit union
http://askJane.stanford.edu to determine whether it has a branch near Stanford.
(866) 993-7772 or (650) 723-7772
The Student Services Center (SSC) is committed to THE STANFORDCARDPLAN
providing a single point of friendly, professional service http://fingate.stanford.edu/students/universbill/stanford-
for answers to questions concerning administrative and cardplan.html
financial issues. The SSC strives to resolve 90% of students’ The StanfordCardPlan (SCP) allows you to use your
issues upon first contact. The SSC can assist you with Stanford ID card to make purchases of up to $1,000 per
University billing, financial aid disbursements, refunds, quarter at the Stanford Bookstore and other on-campus
cash advances, registration, course enrollment, Stanford locations. The charges are added directly to your University
ID cards, forms pickup/drop-off, and more. Students may bill. The SCP accommodates the needs of students who
contact the SSC by submitting a HelpSU ticket, calling often must purchase books and other necessities early in
(866) 993-7772 or (650) 723-7772 Monday through Friday the quarter before their financial aid is available. In order to
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or visiting the SSC in person on participate in the new StanfordCardPlan, you need to sign
the second floor of Tresidder Memorial Union (above the up in Axess. Log onto Axess, click on the Student Center
CoHo) Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. tab, Finances section. Choose StanfordCardPlan from
Answers to commonly-asked questions of the SSC the drop down menu and follow the prompts. You must
are available 24/7 by searching askJane at http://askJane. confirm your agreement to the Terms and Conditions of
stanford.edu. the StanfordCardPlan in order to participate. Complete
information may be found at the link above.
Banking Options
You may want to consider opening a personal checking PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT
account when you arrive at Stanford. Wells Fargo Bank http://cdc.stanford.edu
and the Stanford Federal Credit Union have branches and Many Stanford students work up to 10 hours per week
ATMs on campus at Tresidder Memorial Union. Bank of during the academic year.
America has an ATM at Tresidder Memorial Union and The Career Development Center (CDC) maintains
a database of available jobs for students, which can be
accessed via the website shown above. Here is a partial list
of departments and organizations that hire students:
• University libraries
• Stanford Bookstore
• Stanford Dining
• Faculty Club
• Academic departments

Personal Documentation for Students Working on Campus

You will need personal documentation if you anticipate
working on campus. If you are a U.S. citizen, you will
need to provide either a U.S. Passport or a driver’s license
and a Social Security card or birth certificate. If you are a
permanent resident or international student, you will need
to provide a certificate of citizenship or naturalization or an
alien registration card.

Students bike and walk alongside the Main Quad as they make their
way to and from their classes.

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Computing Resources Your University ID Number
You will need your Stanford ID number to create your
Stanford has one of the most extensive, diverse
SUNet ID and password. Your Stanford ID number is also
computing environments of any university campus
required for any inquiries you make about your record,
in the country. While you are a student, your SUNet
including transcript requests, both while you are here as a
ID and password will give you access to many online
student and once you have graduated. You have received
resources—email, personal web space, and online
this number as part of your correspondence from the Office
information including library resources and student
of Undergraduate Admission. It is also printed on the letter
information systems. Email is used as a primary means of
you received in the first Approaching Stanford mailing. If
communication on campus, not only for administrative
you cannot find your Stanford ID number, please call the
matters, but for staying in touch with your advisor
Approaching Stanford staff at (650) 723-7674.
and for communicating with your instructors.
To use Stanford’s online resources before you arrive,
Stanford University Network Identifier (SUNet ID) and
and to submit your online Approaching Stanford forms, Password
you will need access to a computer with an internet A SUNet ID provides access to the Stanford University
connection and a web browser. We recommend you Network and its services. As a member of the Stanford
use Internet Explorer for accessing these forms. If community, you create a unique SUNet ID and password
you prefer, you can also use Firefox or Safari. If you that identifies you as authorized to use campus electronic
do not have personal access to the internet, ask your services. SUNet IDs provide:
current school or public library about public-access • Email service and an email address
computers with internet connections. Once you (e.g., jdoe@stanford.edu)
arrive on campus, you will find substantial access to
• Web services, including serving of personal webpages
online resources through public computer clusters in
• Login access to various web-based applications,
both common buildings and student residences.
including Axess
• Storage space within Stanford’s distributed file system
• Access to campus computing clusters, the wireless
network, and printing and other services

Setting up your SUNet ID, Password, and Email Account

Read the tips below carefully then follow the instructions
for creating your SUNet ID.


• Think carefully about what name you want to use for
your SUNet ID. Once you select it, it cannot be changed
and it will be associated with you for the period that you
are at Stanford. The most common form of a SUNet ID
is a combination of your first and last name.
• The SUNet ID can be as short as three characters or as
long as eight characters. It must contain only lower-case
letters and numbers (no special characters), cannot be
composed of all numbers,
and must begin with a letter, Ask for help when you

not a number. need to, because there

is plenty around.
– Ming ’11

A Resident Computer Consultant helps a student with her computer


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• Your SUNet ID automatically forms part of your email edu and setting your Stanford email account to forward
address and, if you create one, part of your webpage. For messages to another email address, or following the
example, Jane Doe may choose the SUNet ID “jdoe”. Her instructions at http://email.stanford.edu to set up an email
email address would then be: jdoe@stanford.edu. Picking program to manage your mail.
a funny name may distinguish you on campus, but it will
not seem quite as funny when you are applying for jobs AXESS
and using it on your résumé. You will, however, be able https://axess.stanford.edu
to set up email aliases based on your name. Once you Axess is Stanford’s web-based student information
have chosen your SUNet password, it is vital that you not system that allows you to take care of many of the adminis-
share it with anyone. trative responsibilities associated with your undergraduate
education, such as reviewing your financial aid informa-
• If you need help understanding the steps necessary
tion, checking the balance of your University Bill, enrolling
to apply for your SUNet ID or using Stanford email,
in classes, updating your personal and emergency contact
contact the Approaching Stanford staff at (650) 723-7674
information, reviewing your grades, requesting an official
or frosh@stanford.edu.
transcript, reviewing the status of your University degree
• If you need help making a connection to the internet
requirements, adding or dropping courses, evaluating
through an internet service provider, we ask that you
courses at the end of each quarter, and checking which
contact the provider directly.
information in your record is releasable to the public.
Instructions: From your computer, connect to the Your SUNet ID and password are required each time
Internet and open a web browser. Connect to the SUNet ID you use Axess. For your personal information to remain
webpage at http://sunetid.stanford.edu. Choose the Request secure, it is vital that you do not share your SUNet ID pass-
My Own SUNet ID link and follow the instructions. word with anyone else. You may not authorize anyone else
After you successfully complete the application process, to use Axess on your behalf. It is a violation of University
your SUNet ID will be created and available to you within policy to misrepresent yourself in any way and you may
an hour; your Stanford email account should be available lose student privileges or be subject to disciplinary action
within 24 hours. if you use another student’s SUNet ID password or if you
Your SUNet ID will also give you access to University deliberately provide false information in Axess.
websites, and you can begin downloading software that
may be of interest to you. Most students will want to wait Connecting to Axess
until speaking with the Resident Computer Consultant To connect to Axess, go to https://axess.stanford.edu. You
(RCC; see page 50 for more information about RCCs) to will be prompted for your SUNet ID and password. If you
make decisions about what email programs to use, etc., have trouble using Axess once you are connected, try the
but some students may wish to do so ahead of time. The Axess online help by clicking on the Help link.
standard software choices Stanford uses are available for
download at http://ess.stanford.edu (a password-protected
site for which you will need your SUNet ID and password),
and a list of email programs at Stanford can be found at
http://email.stanford.edu. Select the Email Programs at
Stanford link.

Checking Your Stanford Email Account

Email is an important way of communicating with faculty,
staff, and students. You are responsible for knowing the
information sent to your Stanford email account, even
during this summer, and thus should check this email
account regularly. To read your messages, log in with your
SUNet ID and password at http://webmail.stanford.edu.
Other options include going to http://stanfordyou.stanford.

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RESIDENTIAL COMPUTING If I want to bring an older computer, will it be good

Each student residence has one or more study spaces enough?
including a cluster of computers, scanners, and laser You will probably be fine if the computer meets certain
printers supported by Residential Computing and available specifications. The configurations listed below are the
24 hours a day. Cluster computers, running both Windows minimum specifications that Residential Computing
and Mac OS operating systems, are connected to the recommends for reliable use in 2010. Computers meeting
Stanford University Network (SUNet) and are equipped these specifications should remain serviceable for at least
with a rich offering of software applications. You can also your first year, and possibly longer. If you have an older
connect your personal computer to SUNet throughout computer, or any other operating system, you should be
the residences and adjacent common areas via high-speed proficient in its use. RCCs will do their best to assist you,
ethernet ports or wireless networking. but ultimately they are not responsible for your personal
One or more Resident Computer Consultants computer and should be considered a supplemental
(RCCs)—upperclass students who provide technical resource. Also, regardless of the age of your computer,
support and education—live in each dorm as part of your please bring all software/operating system CDs, DVDs, and
residence staff. In addition to helping you get hooked up to manuals, because you will need them if there are problems.
the network (see the FAQs at right), RCCs offer two 1 unit
courses in the residences: “Introduction to Computing at Minimum Configuration for Used Personal Computers
Stanford,” and an advanced multimedia production course, • Mac: Intel processor
“Intermediate Computing at Stanford.” • Mac: Mac OS X
• PC: 1.5 GHz Intel, AMD, or equivalent processor
Personal Computing: Frequently Asked Questions
• PC: Windows XP
Do I need my own computer and printer?
Although nearly all Stanford students own a computer, • 1 GB RAM
you are not required to have one on campus. In addition to • 40 GB hard drive
the residential computer clusters, other public computing • DVD-ROM drive
facilities on campus provide Macs, Windows PCs, and Unix • Ethernet capability
workstations at several convenient locations. Some students
find these resources adequate and get along fine without If I’m going to buy a new computer, should I buy it at
having their own computers. Likewise, owning a printer home or wait until I arrive on campus?
is not necessary as laser printing is available in computer There are arguments for both options, but most students
clusters for a fee (currently 10¢/page), and your personal buy before they come. If you do wait, you will have a chance
computer can be configured to print to these printers. to experience the campus computing environment firsthand


Given printer and ink costs, this is a cheaper option, but and to evaluate your particular needs on campus. For
may not be as convenient as having your own printer or example, the decision whether to buy a laptop or a desktop
sharing one with a roommate. computer may depend on the size of your room, the kinds
of classes you take, or whether you like to study in other
Either Macs or PCs will campus locations where wireless networking is available.
do, since both types
On the other hand, you may be more comfortable
bringing a computer with which you are already familiar
of computer are pretty
from home. If you are accustomed to being connected at
much available any-
all times, having your own computer from day one will be
where around campus.
easier than using the computer cluster. Lastly, you may not
– Charlton ’11 want to spend time buying a computer (and getting used to
it) during the whirlwind that is Orientation.
If you do choose to buy a computer before you come,
wait long enough that you get the most for your money
(computer technology advances rapidly, and thus becomes
dated and less expensive very quickly), but also leave

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enough time to get to know your new computer. Be sure most purposes. If you are buying a laptop, you may want to
to bring all software/operating system CDs, DVDs, and consider a larger external monitor and keyboard.
manuals, because you will need them if there are problems. Many students have small external hard drives as an
Whether you wait or buy now, the Stanford Bookstore easy and high-capacity way to backup files, an important
offers appealing computing packages and discounts for task. Additionally, Stanford offers all students 2 GB of
students. You may be able to find similar discounts by storage on central servers, also useful for backing up or just
comparison shopping. You can also purchase computers moving files. For quick transfers, high-capacity USB flash
directly from Apple or Dell at discounted prices only drives are useful, and all cluster computers have USB ports
available online through Stanford. For details on special and DVD±RW drives.
educational pricing for computers and software, see For networking purposes, if you are using Windows
“Information for New Students” on the ResComp website 7 or Vista, choose the Home Premium or higher (not
(http://rescomp.stanford.edu). Computer rental or lease Home Basic). If you are planning on using Windows XP,
programs are not available on campus. XP Professional is more secure and has better networking
capabilities than XP Home, which also makes it easier
Should I buy a Mac or a PC? to do things like share files or printers. If you would like
Both Macs and Windows PCs are used and supported on specific package recommendations, see Information for
campus. About 41% of undergraduates have PCs, about New Students on the ResComp website (http://rescomp.
61% have Macs (some have both), and public computer stanford.edu). As for software, basic applications for Macs
clusters include both operating systems. If you are on the and PCs (anti-virus, anti-spyware, online storage, etc.) are
fence, Residential Computing recommends Macs over PCs, freely available to the campus community.
because they have found them easier to support and, more
importantly, far less susceptible to viruses and network What do I need to connect to the Internet at Stanford?
vulnerabilities. The overwhelming majority of security All residences on campus have network connections
issues on campus resulting in network disconnection are (100baseT) available in student rooms for direct
on Windows-based machines (see the security section on access to SUNet and the Internet. The mandatory
page 67 for more details). Furthermore, all new Macs have telecommunications fee on your University bill covers all
the capability to run the Windows operating system. If network connections (and basic land-line phone service) in
you choose an operating system other than these two, you the residences, so there is no fee for registering a computer
should be proficient in its use, because trained assistance
for alternative platforms may be unavailable.

Should I buy a laptop or a desktop?

Laptops are overwhelmingly more popular than desktops
because of their mobility and the widespread availability of
wireless networking on campus. If you will be studying in the
libraries, like to work outside, or plan to take your computer
home over breaks, consider a laptop. If you will work mainly
or exclusively at your desk, however, consider that desktop
computers offer more power and better ergonomics for less
money than laptops. Netbooks and handheld devices are con-
venient, but hardly replacements for full-featured computers.

What features should I get on my computer?

Different users have different needs, and the features of
your computer (like screen and hard drive size) will depend
on what you want and how you work. In our experience,
memory is more important than processor speed. These Old Union’s Axe & Palm provides a comfortable place to relax or
days, even slower processors are more than fast enough for study with friends.

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(or smartphone, or any other device). To register your SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS

computer, simply take a standard ethernet cable (it looks When you connect a computer to the Internet, it is
like a phone cable but with a wider connector), plug your scanned by potential hackers within minutes to see
computer into the colored jack in your room, and open a whether a break-in is possible. Because Stanford’s network
web browser. Using our automatic network registration is an open research and educational environment, its
system, most students get connected in less than 15 network is accessible to almost anyone, worldwide. Once
minutes. However, there are sometimes problems and you connect your computer to Stanford’s network, you
special cases, so please allow a few days after you arrive for may be vulnerable to these hackers as well. Each year,
the residential network connections to be activated. In the outsiders successfully breach several personal computers
meantime, dorm and public clusters will be available. on the Stanford University campus network. Many of these
When you are in a location where wired networking compromised systems are then used to mount attacks
is available (e.g., at your desk), it is superior to wireless on other computers. There are reported incidents where
networking because of its speed, reliability, and security. computers had significant content erased or modified. But
Residential Computing encourages you to bring an there are steps you can take to reduce the risk that your
ethernet cable (15 feet or longer will give you more computer is breached and at the same time help the entire
flexibility with various room layouts). Stanford network stay secure.
Stanford’s Information Technology Services (ITS),
Will there be someone to help me set up my computer along with the Information Security Office, periodically
once I get to campus? scans the network for vulnerable machines and reports
You will be expected to get yourself up and running and to problems to the system owners. However, it is essential
follow instructions for getting connected to the Stanford that you take additional security measures to protect your
network. Make sure you bring all the discs and manuals accounts and computer.
that come with your computer, in case there are problems. The first time you connect your computer to the
Your RCC will be available for consulting and to help get network in your residence, you will be automatically
you oriented with the Stanford computing environment. directed to the Residential Computing In-Room Network
Registration System to register your computer with the
If I have a disability, who can help me with my adaptive University. During the registration process, you will be
technology needs? prompted to set your password, your computer will be
If you own or require adaptive computing equipment, scanned for malicious software, and you will be asked to
contact the Student Disability Resource Center, (650) 723- select your level of firewall protection. Also, your computer
1066, TTY calls: (650) 723-1067. The staff there can advise will be checked to validate that it has current anti-virus
you on system configurations that work best in Stanford’s software, has an operating system that meets a minimum


environment and describe the computing resources avail- (safe) patch level, and is set to automatically maintain
able to students with disabilities. current patches.
After your initial computer registration, cleaning,
Where can I turn if I still have questions? patching, and firewall selection experience, the University
For many questions, you will want to wait until you arrive provides a number of additional resources to help you
on campus. Once on campus, your RCC is best suited to maintain a safe computer security profile. Residential
answer your questions and help you assess your comput- Computing’s “Practicing Safe Net” webpages at
ing needs. Keep in mind the best way to understand the http://rescomp.stanford.edu/info/security and the
computing environment at Stanford is to experience it Information Security Office’s “Secure Computing”
firsthand. If you want to get a jump on things and do some webpages at http://securecomputing.stanford.edu (click
independent research, start by visiting http://rescomp. on the “Personal Computer User” option) both provide
stanford.edu. If you have questions now (e.g., about buying helpful advice regarding the importance of operating
a computer), feel free to email approaching2010@rescomp. system patching, virus scanning, using good passwords,
stanford.edu or call Ethan Rikleen ’91, Senior Network and safe email practices.
Administrator, Office of Residential Computing, at The Essential Stanford Software website at http://ess.
(650) 996-0550. stanford.edu also includes a variety of software, provided

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free to students, to keep your password secure, protect COMPUTER CLUSTERS

against computer viruses, and patch operating systems. The In addition to residence-based computer clusters, Stanford
software tools are provided for both Mac OS and Windows- also has public computer clusters. Details of these clusters
based computers. Your RCC can assist in making your are listed below. You can use these clusters for coursework,
computer and electronic information secure from hackers. email, academic research, and other related purposes. You
cannot use them for commercial or political use; see the
Computer and Network Usage Policy (see page 69). Meyer
Library also hosts the Digital Language Lab for foreign
language students.

Terman Engineering Library Cluster

• PCs, scanner, and laser printing available for a fee (10¢/
• First come, first served

Terman Engineering Computer Cluster

• Linux systems
• HP laser printing available for a fee (10¢/page)
• Priority given to students in selected engineering courses

Meyer Library First Floor

• 24-hour quiet study area (Room 160)
• 24-hour lobby area with computers running Mac OS X
and Windows XP
Dorm lounges provide a great place to work with your study group.
• Group study and laptop areas with wireless networking
• Collaboration areas with large-screen LCDs and
http://bookstorecomputers.stanford.edu Meyer Library Second Floor
Email: computers@bookstore.stanford.org • Computers running Mac OS X and Windows XP
(650) 329-1217 x456 or (800) 533-2670
• Laptop and general study areas with wireless networking
Stanford Bookstore’s computer department carries
personal computers, peripherals, supplies, and software, • Mac multimedia stations for digital video editing and
all available to Stanford students at educational discount image scanning
prices. Educational pricing provides savings that are often • Meyer Technology Services desk staffed with multimedia
deeper than discounts offered by traditional retail outlets. consultants during all open hours
Selections can be shipped to your home as soon as your • Overnight camcorder, laptop, and AV equipment check-
enrollment has been accepted by the University. You must out (with Stanford ID card)
have a current Stanford ID or letter of acceptance to be • Fee-based laser printers (black and white, and color) and
eligible for the special educational pricing. The Bookstore full-service poster printer (up to 44 inches)
carries Apple, IBM/Lenovo, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, • Blank media for purchase (CD, DVD, and MiniDV)
Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec, and more. You can call the
• Lost and Found for Meyer and Tresidder Clusters
Bookstore or visit the website for current pricing, including
vendor specials.
Tresidder Computer Cluster
Any repairs or upgrades you may need can be handled
• Computers running Mac OS X and Windows XP
by the Stanford Bookstore’s service department.
• Laptop and general study areas with wireless networking

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• Black & white and color laser printers (all printing must which is available at http://rescomp.stanford.edu/about/
be pre-paid via the StanfordCardPlan) policy/use.html.
• Open 24 hours a day
File-sharing and Copyright Infringement
• First come, first served
The University does not tolerate the use of its networks to
facilitate the unlawful distribution of intellectual property.
While the law provides limited exceptions, it is generally a
Stanford has a Computer and Network Usage Policy that
violation of law to either upload or download copyrighted
translates the University’s general business practices into
content, such as songs, movies, TV shows, video games,
the electronic domain and conforms to federal, state,
software programs, and textual works, without the express
and local laws. This policy defines the appropriate usage
permission of the copyright owner. The consequences
of computers and networks with respect to intellectual
for students who use the Stanford network to unlawfully
property rights, privacy issues concerning information
file-share can be severe and can come from different
belonging to others, and the integrity of information
fronts. Both the copyright owner and the University may
resources. A key piece of the policy is that your campus
impose penalties. Under the provisions of the Digital
identifiers (such as your Stanford ID, SUNet ID, and
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a copyright owner
password) never be shared with anyone. We urge you to
or an authorized agent may lawfully scan internet traffic
read and become familiar with the policy, which will also
and send a complaint to Stanford as the internet service
be covered after your arrival on campus by your RCC. You
provider (ISP) if it is discovered that a copyrighted work
can view the policy online at http://adminguide.stanford.
was shared without permission. If the copyright owner
chooses to follow up with civil litigation, it may file a “John
In addition, you should familiarize yourself with the
Doe” lawsuit against the IP address and Stanford would
related Residential Computing Acceptable Use Policy,
have to provide the identity of the Stanford network user
in response to a valid subpoena. From 2005 through 2008,
the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
brought claims against more than 50 Stanford network
users. Stanford estimates that collectively Stanford students
paid over $100,000 to record companies to settle their
claims. Although the RIAA announced in 2009 it would
end its litigation campaign, students should be mindful
that litigation continues to be a viable option for copyright
holders to pursue and some rightsholders continue to


actively pursue litigation.
Stanford requires that users of the Stanford network
respect copyright law (http://adminguide.stanford.
edu/62.pdf). Stanford is required by law to follow up and
respond to every copyright complaint, and even a first-
time complaint for a student may result in the disruption
of network services for that student. On a second valid
copyright complaint, the student’s internet connection is
disabled and the student is referred to a Residence Dean.
Upon receipt of a third complaint, Stanford immediately
terminates internet connectivity, may disable the SUNet ID,
and the matter is referred to Judicial Affairs as a possible
violation of the Fundamental Standard (see page 35 for
more information on the Fundamental Standard). In cases
where a student’s network privileges are interrupted, there
A student finds a quiet, shady seat in the Main Quad to finish up
is an escalating schedule of network reconnection fees:
her work.

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$100 for the first DMCA complaint; $500 for a second

DMCA violation; and up to $1,000 for a third DMCA
offense, which the university may choose to impose (see
fee_Final1007.pdf for more information).
There are many excellent resources on copyright and
file-sharing at Stanford. For more information, see the
General Counsel’s Office FAQ on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
(http://stanford.edu/dept/legal/faqs/p2p.html), Residential
Computing’s file-sharing FAQ (http://rescomp.stanford.
edu/info/dmca), and The Provost’s Copyright Reminder for
2009-10, (http://stanford.edu/dept/legal/Recent/DMCA_
Reconnect_fee_Final1007.pdf). Other questions about file-
sharing may be addressed to Lauren Schoenthaler, Senior
University Counsel, at lks@stanford.edu. Please respect
the wishes of copyright owners and the University: do not
file-share copyrighted works unless you have the express Each year new students and parents gather in the Main Quad for
permission of the copyright owner to do so. Opening Convocation, part of New Student Orientation.


Getting Here The next intersection will be with Campus Drive, which
circles campus.
You may hear people say that going to college was one Freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus
of the biggest moves of their lives. You will soon find out during the academic year. If you or your parents plan to
whether this holds true for you when you begin the process have a car on campus during Orientation, you will need to
of packing in preparation for your move to Stanford. display a temporary pass in your parked car on Tuesday,
September 14, to avoid receiving a ticket while moving
into your dorm. This pass will allow you a maximum of 30
minutes to unload; you can then move your car to Galvez
The University’s visitors’ website has great travel-related
Field where free parking is available for that day. You
information as well as a searchable campus map. See
received this parking pass in the first Approaching Stanford
mailing; it will also be available online on the Freshman
page of http://undergrad.stanford.edu if you misplace it.
By Airplane
Transfer students who intend to keep a car on campus after
If you are flying, you will most likely be choosing one
Orientation must be sure to purchase and display a parking
of three airports to get to Stanford: San Francisco
permit. Transfer students can buy a parking permit online
International (SFO), San Jose International (SJC), or
at http://transportation.stanford.edu even before arriving
Oakland International (OAK). The San Jose airport is
on campus. Your parking permit will be mailed to you or
approximately 35 minutes from campus, the San Francisco
held for you, depending on which option you select when
airport approximately 40 minutes, and the Oakland airport
you purchase the permit.
approximately 75 minutes, though traffic could easily make
this a two-hour ride. Shuttle service is available from all
three airports. HOTELS AND MOTELS
Remember that you will have to get your luggage on and There are many hotels and motels in the area, some within
off the shuttles, so make sure you do not pack a bag that is a short drive of campus. A list of nearby guest lodging is
too heavy for you to lift or so many bags that you cannot available on the University visitors’ website, http://stanford.
carry them all if you have to manage alone. Make sure edu/dept/visitorinfo.
each piece of luggage is clearly labeled, inside and outside, The Stanford Guest House also offers friends and family
with your full name and Stanford residence. See below for convenient, on-campus lodging while visiting Stanford.
information about shipping belongings to campus. The beautiful, recently constructed facility offers air condi-
tioning, high-speed internet access, cable TV, DVD player,
By Car fitness center, and complimentary Starbucks coffee. There
From Highway 101 North and South take the is free parking as well as free shuttle service throughout the


Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford. At El Stanford campus. Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers Stanford
Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Street as it discounts and free lobby pick-up service. Be sure to make
enters the University. Stay in the left lane and continue room reservations as early as possible to ensure availability.
toward the center of campus. Galvez will intersect Campus See http://guesthouse.stanford.edu for more information.
Drive, which circles campus.
From Highway 280 North and South exit Sand Hill GUIDELINES FOR PACKING
Road east toward Stanford. Continue east, turning right at What to Bring
the traffic light on to Santa Cruz Avenue. Make an immedi- Based on the expert advice of the freshmen and transfers
ate left onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. You can turn left who have come before you, below is a list of what you will
at either the first stoplight, for Campus Drive West, or the likely need or want in your room. One important thing to
second stoplight, for Campus Drive East (take the one that keep in mind is that over the next four years you will be
will bring you closest to your residence). moving at the beginning and end of every school year (and
From El Camino Real exit El Camino Real at sometimes in between, if you go overseas). This means that
University Avenue. Turn toward the hills (away from the you will have to unpack and pack a total of at least eight
center of Palo Alto). As you enter Stanford, University times. So, while having all the clothes you own, all of your
Avenue becomes Palm Drive. Go through one traffic light. photo albums, and tons of sports equipment may sound


like a good idea now, it is unlikely this will feel like a good • Overhead light
idea at the end of the year. We recommend you start by • Bookcase, either attached to the wall or freestanding, for
bringing only the necessities. each roommate
While we list the following as necessities, we are not • Wall-to-wall carpeting
recommending that you have every single item in hand on
• Small closet or freestanding wardrobe, shared or
the day you move in. Also, since you will not know your
roommate(s) until you arrive, we recommend that you
• Mirror, shared or individual
wait until after you meet them before buying or renting
large items such as microwaves and refrigerators. This way • Dresser drawers for each roommate
you can discuss and coordinate with your roommate. • Desk and chair for each roommate
In addition, Stanford prides itself in being an energy- • Wastebasket and recycling bin for each roommate
conscious campus. Coordinating with your roommate • Cubby or shelf for toiletries (in the bathroom)
to minimize the number of appliances and electronics
• Window covering
in your room is the “green” approach to take. You do not Don’t try to bring your
• Robe hook or towel bar, shared or
need to have everything on day one, and you can purchase entire wardrobe to
many of these things online, at the Stanford Bookstore, or
• Heating system college. You’ll get lots
at local stores.
of T-shirts in the first
• At least one communication outlet
Shipping versus Shopping with two ethernet ports, a telephone few weeks!
Moving from across the country or across the globe can be line, cable, and a shared landline – Erin ’12
difficult in terms of getting the necessities here. If you are telephone
flying, packing a desk lamp, office supplies, and laundry
detergent may be impractical. Buying items such as these The Necessities
after you arrive is easier than shipping them. Linens and When deciding what to pack or purchase, these are items to
towels, on the other hand, lend themselves well to being include:
shipped, but you will want to make sure that you bring Personal ID and necessary cards (e.g., auto insurance
enough with you for your first couple of nights (see page card, bank/ATM card, driver’s license, health insurance and
74 for information about shipping). For your first week, prescription cards)
be sure that you have bed linens, a pillow, a blanket or Bedding
comforter, an alarm clock, and essential toiletries. • Twin extra-long sheets (all mattresses are 80" extra-long
It is easy to shop for what you need once you are in length)
here; you are not moving to a remote location. Almost • Pillows and pillowcases
everything on the list below can be purchased locally, • Twin comforter and/or blankets
online, at the Stanford Bookstore, or from ASSU Stanford
Student Enterprises. In addition, there are Bed, Bath, and
• Rain jacket and/or umbrella
Beyond, Wal-Mart, and Target stores located within a few
• At least two weeks’ worth of underwear/socks (the more
miles of campus, several specialty shops in downtown
you have, the less frequently you will need to do laundry)
Palo Alto carrying everything on our lists and far more,
and many popular stores in the Stanford Shopping Center • Warm coat (the temperature can drop to the 30s and 40s
(such as Bloomingdale’s, Crate and Barrel, and Pottery at night)
Barn). Many of these shopping areas can be easily accessed • Comfortable clothes that layer easily (e.g., T-shirt,
by foot, bike, the Marguerite campus shuttle service, sweatshirt, fleece vest, jacket)
Zipcar rental, or Zimride ride-share system. Toiletries
• Shampoo/conditioner
What is Already Provided
• Soap
Your room will include the following, so you will not need
• Toothbrush/toothpaste
to pack these things:
• Extra-long (80") twin bed for each roommate • Deodorant/hair products/face products/razors
• Shower caddy with which to transport these items


Towels • Formal wear (you can wait and see if you need it, then
• Bathrobe or large bath towel(s) have it shipped if you do)
• Washcloth(s) • Iron (ironing boards are available in each residence
• Extra towel(s) laundry room)
Laundry supplies • Sports equipment (baseball glove, Frisbee, etc.)
• Laundry bag • Games (deck of cards, board games, etc.)
• Detergent/dryer sheets • Computer, ethernet network cable (as long as possible),
Alarm clock and computer accessories
Shower sandals (plastic flip-flops) • Computer speakers (using your computer to listen to
Desk lamp (preferably LED design) music, watch movies or TV saves space and energy)
Surge protector (get the largest one available; we recom- • Headphones
mend getting one which also helps prevent cord fires) • Bike (for more information, see page 75)
Extension cord (UL approved, two- or three-pronged; you
• Mini-refrigerator and microwave oven (look for Energy
do not need a heavy-duty one)
Star-rated appliances)
Permanent markers (to label everything)
Things We Discourage You from Bringing
Desk supplies (stapler, scissors, push pins, tape, reusable
To support Stanford’s sustainability goals, think twice
pens, and recycled paper)
before bringing the following items that are less energy
First-aid kit (see page 58 for contents recommended by the
Vaden Health Center)
• Holiday string lights
Personal emergency kit (flashlight, water, medications/
• Non-Energy Star-rated appliances
prescriptions, snacks)
• Disposable products that are not “green”
The “You-Decide” List • Most electronic equipment (try alternatives like playing
The following contains items some of you will view as music or watching movies through your computer)
necessities and others of you can easily live without:
• Small toolkit
• Portable blanket (for taking with you down to the
• Slippers
• Foldable chair (like a camping chair)


• Stationery and stamps (enough to get you through the
first quarter)
• Flashlight and batteries (choose a LED flashlight for
longer life)
• Camera
• Plastic mug and spoon (for liquid or food, heated or
• Plastic vertical shelves (like a hanging shoe rack)
• Large plastic storage tubs (convenient for in-room
• Music and movies
• Books (only a few—you will pick up plenty more for
your classes)
• Pictures (from home to show your new friends) Many members of the Stanford community look forward to
• Room decorations (posters, stuffed animals, etc.) welcoming you on Move-in Day.


What You May Not Bring in Axess once it is assigned to you in September. Your P.O.
The following items are strictly prohibited in residence Box address and key will be available when you check-in at
halls: New Student Orientation. The fee for your P.O. Box will be
• Candles, torches, incense, and open-flame devices included on your August bill. You may keep the same P.O.
• Halogen lamps Box for as long you stay at Stanford.
• Non-University lofted beds In order to keep the same box number once assigned,
you will need to renew it on Axess annually, prior to the
• Dangerous weapons and ammunition (they must be
deadline, usually July 30. You will receive an email each
stored with Stanford Police)
year around mid-May, reminding you to renew. If you fail
• Appliances with open heating elements such as hot
to follow the instructions in the email, your box will expire
plates, toasters, and electric heaters (toaster ovens are
automatically on August 31.
Please note:
• Mercury thermometers • The city associated with your mailing address and the
• Pets of any kind (including aquatic) location of your residence is Stanford, CA, not the city
of Palo Alto. The ZIP code for P.O. Boxes is 94309. The
SHIPPING YOUR BELONGINGS nine-digit ZIP is simply 94309 + the last four digits of
Guideline #1 Regardless of how you choose to ship your your P.O. Box number.
belongings to campus, pack everything in boxes that • A sample address follows:
you can lift and carry. If you have to lug stuff on and off
John Doe
shuttles, or up and down the stairs in your residence, it
P.O. Box 12345
will be much easier if you have packed in such a way that
Stanford, CA 94309-2345
you can handle the load without needing the help of three
• The ZIP code for your residence and your Post Office
professional weightlifters.
Box are not the same. Residence ZIP codes are 94305;
Guideline #2 Stanford is working on a new solution for P.O. Box ZIP codes are 94309.
package deliveries. If you are planning to ship items as
you move to campus, please continue to check back at the TELEPHONE SERVICE
Approaching Stanford or Student Housing (http://www. http://studentphones.stanford.edu
stanford.edu/dept/rde/shs/moving/mail.htm) websites Stanford operates its own telephone system. A shared
for updated information. It is not possible to receive phone is available in residence common areas with basic
packages until after you arrive. Therefore, do not send phone service including call waiting, free local calling, and
your belongings in advance of your arrival. Packages free domestic long distance. International long distance
that arrive before you do will be returned to sender. If calls as well as 411 (directory assistance) calls must be
you or your family/parents are planning to stay at a hotel placed using a code called a Personal Billing Number
before checking in at Stanford, it may be possible to have (PBN). The PBN can be ordered through Axess. Charges
belongings that you cannot carry with you shipped there. for billable calls will appear on the University bill.
Please check with your hotel.
Guideline #3 If you are shipping packages via the U.S. http://mycellphone.stanford.edu
Postal Service, please read below for more information Stanford has negotiated discounted personal wireless
about mail and Post Office Boxes. Be prepared to do some cellular rates with AT&T and Sprint for currently registered
waiting in line once you are here and ready to pick up your students. See the website above for more information.
boxes. Remember, you will need to carry whatever you have Whether ordering online or in person, be sure to include
had shipped from the Post Office to your residence. your Stanford affiliation to obtain your discount.


Stanford has a U.S. Post Office on campus with a unique http://stv.stanford.edu
ZIP code. The Post Office does not deliver mail directly to Student residences are wired for cable TV service.
student residences. Your P.O. Box address will be recorded Courtesy Room Service (Stanford-derived programming


and some local channels) is provided in student residences bottled beverages, pastries, snacks, and light lunches. The
at no charge. Additional cable service including premium, Bookstore is equipped with wireless internet, which makes
digital, HD, and pay-per-view programming is available by it a great place to study.
subscription. If you do choose to subscribe, you must do so
through the University. The local cable TV companies do GETTING AROUND—BICYCLES, BUSES, CARS, AND MORE
not provide service at Stanford. Charges will appear on the http://transportation.stanford.edu
University bill. (650) 723-9362
University policy prohibits freshmen from bringing cars
to campus. To get around, Stanford encourages freshmen to
take advantage of the many alternative forms of transporta-
tion available both on campus and in the region. See the
following programs and resources at Stanford and contact
commuteclub@stanford.edu for assistance:
• Thriving at Stanford (without a car):
• Bicycle program:
• Zipcar (car sharing) at Stanford:
• Zimride (ridematching) at Stanford:
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car on campus:
Stanford Bookstore http://transportation.stanford.edu/enterprise
• Freshman Emergency Ride Home:
TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES http://transportation.stanford.edu/frosh_erh
http://www.stanfordbookstore.com • Marguerite Shuttle: http://marguerite.stanford.edu
(650) 329-1217 • Transit: http://transportation.stanford.edu/transit
Stanford Bookstore sells the required textbooks and
supplies selected by the faculty for all coursework at Biking
Stanford. A complete selection of both used and new books Biking and walking are the most popular ways to get
is offered to help students manage educational expenses. around campus, and Stanford is designated a Gold Level
Buying used books can be a good way to save some money Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American


on textbooks, which can cost more than $100 for a single Bicyclists. The heart of the central campus is a bike and
course. You can use the StanfordCardPlan (see page 62) for pedestrian-only zone. There is a bike shop on campus and
purchases at the Bookstore. others near campus, some of which sell used bikes. The
All Stanford students receive a 7% discount on required Campus Bike Shop has an online ordering program, so
and optional course-related materials purchased in-store you can have a new bike ready for you when you arrive.
or online. Stanfordbookstore.com carries all required and Information on this program can be found at http://
optional course-related materials. Reserving textbooks campusbikeshop.com. For bicycling information tailored
online early will help you save time and avoid lines. At the to new students, visit http://transportation.stanford.edu/
End of the Quarter Buyback, the Bookstore will pay cash nso-bike.
for your textbooks, depending on the future need of the
book on the Stanford campus. SOME BICYCLING TIPS:
The Bookstore also carries school and office supplies, • Register your bike: it is required by law, costs $3.50 and is
computers, printers, items to customize your dorm room valid for up to three years, and it is your only chance of
(including refrigerators), electronics, Stanford clothing, recovery if your bike is stolen. Parking & Transportation
greeting cards, class rings, general interest books, and Services gives free bike lights and reflective pant-leg
more. Stanford Bookstore’s Café serves coffees, teas, bands with registration during New Student Orientation.


• Always wear a helmet when riding your bike. The • Use designated bicycle racks and spaces for bike parking.
Campus Bike Shop sells high-quality helmets for $20— To allow sight- and mobility-impaired access, do not
an inexpensive way to protect one of your most valuable park your bike in front of stairs, ramps, doorways, or
assets: your brain. entrances.
• Front headlights are required when riding on campus • Request free bike-route maps, bike safety classes, and
after dark, and bicyclists must obey all traffic laws, other bike information at bike-information@stanford.
including stopping at stop signs, riding on the right side edu or visit http://transportation.stanford.edu/bike.
of the road, and yielding to pedestrians. See Stanford
bicycle tips, such as how to ride your bike in a traffic
circle: http://transportation.stanford.edu/pdf/bicycle-
• Despite our best efforts, bike theft continues to be a
problem on campus.
– A “clunker” bike is recommended for campus riding,
rather than an expensive bike.
– The only recommended lock is a U-type lock that can
deter theft. It is worth the investment. Although cables,
padlocks, and chains may be less expensive, they can be
cut in seconds and are nearly useless against theft.
– Always lock your frame and a wheel to an immovable
object, preferably a bike rack.

Students register their bikes during New Student Orientation.

When you arrive on campus in the fall you’ll begin a new chapter in your life. Any
new venture brings excitement and uneasiness, especially when you’re leaving
family and familiar surroundings, so don’t worry if you have mixed feelings about the future.
Initially you’ll be surrounded by new faces— faculty, staff, your RF, your RA, your roommate, and your
classmates. The excitement of stimulating academic challenges will be matched by the unique opportunity to
meet amazing people—individuals with different religious and political beliefs, ethnic and cultural heritage,
or gender and sexual orientation. While making new acquaintances can be uncomfortable at times, we all
know from past experience that building relationships can be life changing.
Stanford students possess extraordinary talents and abilities and each student’s background and personal
life experience contribute to the dynamic and diverse environment of the campus. You are an important mem-
ber of the class of 2014 and your presence adds to the richness and diversity of our community.
Please know that as staff in the Student Affairs division we are here to support and guide you as you
embark on this incredible adventure and your life as a Stanford student.
Sally Dickson, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean for Educational Resources


Marguerite Shuttle Service • Zipcar operates a car-sharing program at Stanford,

Stanford’s free Marguerite shuttles will take you nearly with cars at various locations on campus available for
everywhere you need to go, whether to a class at the far hourly and daily use by Zipcar members. Membership
end of campus, a store for some shopping, or a restaurant is open to individuals age 18 and over for a low annual
for a bite to eat. The Marguerite runs five days a week year fee. Stanford members receive $35 in driving credit when
round, with late-night and weekend service during the joining and special Stanford rates start at $8 per hour,
academic year. Here are places the Marguerite can take you: including gas and insurance. Visit http://transportation.
• Local shopping and dining at the Stanford Shopping stanford.edu/zipcar for more information.
Center, the San Antonio Shopping Center, Town & • Zimride is a carpool ridematching application that
Country Village, and downtown Palo Alto. enables students to arrange rides with others in the
• Palo Alto Caltrain stations, where you can catch buses Stanford network—or choose to share a ride with the
and trains to San Francisco, San Jose, the East Bay, and broader Zimride community. Students can connect with
other destinations. one another for trips to the airport, nearby entertain-
Real-time bus information, routes, schedules, and more ment, and more at http://transportation.stanford.edu/
information are available at http://transportation.stanford. ridematch.
edu/marguerite. All Marguerite buses are equipped with a • Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a branch on campus that
bike rack and are wheelchair accessible. rents to Stanford students age 18 and over, offering
hourly, daily, and weekly vehicle rentals. In addi-
Cars tion, campus residents can register for the Enterprise
Since parking is in short supply on campus and in keep- Residents Rental Program and receive weeknight car
ing with the University’s efforts to limit vehicle traffic to rentals for only $10. Visit http://transportation.stanford.
and from campus, freshmen are not allowed to bring cars edu/enterprise for more information.
to campus. However, students can take advantage of the
• The Freshman Emergency Ride Home program
following programs if they need access to a vehicle:
provides freshmen with a taxi ride back to campus if
they are caught without a ride within eight miles of
campus or to the Vaden Health Center or Stanford
Hospital in a non-life-threatening emergency. You are
allowed three free rides per academic year. Visit http://
transportation.stanford.edu/frosh_erh for important
restrictions and to register.
• Transit and bike planning assistance is available as an


alternative to vehicle trips. Send an email to commute-
Freshmen who can demonstrate a compelling need
for a car or who would suffer undue hardship under the
Freshman Parking Policy may apply for a waiver. Waivers
are reviewed by a committee and will be kept to an absolute
minimum. Requests for waivers should be submitted in
early August. Visit the P&TS website for more information.

5-SURE Escort Services

For nighttime travel, call Stanford United for Rape
Elimination (S.U.R.E) to receive Stanford’s free safety escort
service. Using radio-dispatched golf carts, drivers will take
you to any campus destination when you are uncomfort-
able traveling alone. Call (650) 725-SURE (or 5-SURE
Shumway Fountain, the red hoop near Green Library, is one of over from a campus phone) or request the service online. Visit
20 fountains on campus. http://5-sure.stanford.edu for more information.

Stanford University
Reply Form Instructions


Forms must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m., PDT, on the following dates:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010, for Freshmen and
Tuesday, July 13, 2010, for Transfer Students

• Your SUNet ID must be set up before you can go into the forms site. See page 63 for instructions on how to set up your
• Go to the Freshman page at http://undergrad.stanford.edu, or the Transfers page if you are a transfer student, to submit
Forms 1–14. Read all of the relevant sections of this publication carefully before submitting your online forms.
• Start working on your forms early to allow time for any unexpected problems or issues. Please be advised that you’ll need
to submit a digital photo in Form 14. There are a number of specific requirements that your photo must meet, so please
start looking for a photo that meets the requirements early on (or take a new one that fits the requirements). You cannot
complete your Approaching Stanford forms until a photo is uploaded to Form 14. For help on submitting a digital photo,
follow the link on the Freshman page at http://undergrad.stanford.edu.
• Unless otherwise indicated on the specific form, both freshmen and transfers must fill out all of the forms.
• Contact us at frosh@stanford.edu or (650) 72-FROSH if you have any questions about what you have read or how to fill
out the forms. If you cannot submit your forms online, please contact us as soon as possible; the deadlines for receipt of
your forms remain the same. We prefer that you use your Stanford email account to contact us via email. If you call
(650) 72-FROSH and have to leave a message, please remember to provide your full name, your SUNet ID, and your
phone number along with your inquiry.


INDEX Disabilities, see Office of Accessible Education  29
Academic Advising  18 Disciplinary Breadth 9
Academic Calendar  4 Dorm Rooms, see Guidelines for Packing  71
Acts of Intolerance Protocol 35 Dorms, see Housing Options 47
Advanced Placement (AP)  12 Drama  37
African American Community Center, see Black Community Earth Sciences, School of 15
Services Center  41 Education for Citizenship 9
African American Theme House, see Ujamaa  49 El Centro Chicano  42
Alcohol Policy  36 Email  64
Arriving at Stanford  71 Engineering  22
Asian American Activities Center  40 Engineering, School of  15
Asian American Theme House, see Okada  49 Enrolling in Classes 20
Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU)  40 Entrance Medical Requirements  54
Athletics  40 ePay, see Stanford ePay  59
Axess  64 Exchange Programs  27
Banking  62 Finances 58
Bechtel International Center 41 Financial Aid Office (FAO)  61
Bicycles  75 Food Service, see Dining  52
Big Game  44 Foreign Language Requirement  10
Bing Overseas Studies Program  26 Forms 79
Biology  21 Fraternities, see Greek Community  42
Black Community Services Center (BCSC)  41 Freshman Seminars  19, 29
Bookstore, see Stanford Bookstore  75 Freshman-Sophomore College  48
Buses, see Marguerite Shuttle Service 77 Full Moon on the Quad  45
Cantor Arts Center  37 Fundamental Standard  35
Cardinal Care Health Insurance  56 Gaieties  45
Cardinal Dollars 52 General Education Requirements (GERs)  8
Career Development Center (CDC)  27 Geological and Environmental Sciences  15
Cars  71, 77 Getting Around  75
Casa Zapata  49 Graduation Requirements  7
Cell Phone Services  74 Greek Community  42
Chemistry 21 Green Library  31
Chicano/Latino Student Center, see El Centro Chicano  42 Guaranteed Housing Plan  47
Chicano/Latino Theme House, see Casa Zapata  49 Guidelines for Packing  71
Church Groups, see Religious Groups at Stanford  43 Haas Center for Public Service  27
Community Service, see Haas Center for Public Service  27 Health Insurance  56
Computer Clusters  68 Health Promotion Services 57
Computer Security, see Security Considerations 67 Health Services  56
Computing Resources  63 Health-Related Checklist  58
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  57 Honor Code  35
Couples/Students with Children Housing, see Housing  51 Honors Programs  13
Cross-Cultural Theme Houses  49 Hopkins Marine Station  28
Dance  37 Hotels  71
Degree Options  16 Housing  47
Dental Care  56 Humanities and Sciences, School of  14
Dining  52 Hume Writing Center  29
Directions to Campus  71 IHUM, see Introduction to the Humanities  8
Immunizations  54 Residential Education  30
International Center, see Bechtel International Center  41 Roommates  50
International Students 41, 51, 56 Sexual Assault Policy  36
Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM)  8 Sexual Harassment Policy  36
Jobs, see Part-Time Employment  62 Shipping Your Belongings  72, 74
Judicial Affairs  34 SLE, see Structured Liberal Education  8, 48
Language Requirement  10 Smoke-Free Environment  36
Learning Resources  24 Social Sciences  14
LGBT Community Resources Center  42 Sororities, see Greek Community  42
Libraries  31 Stanford Bookstore  68, 75
Mail  74 Stanford ePay  59
Majors  13 Stanford in Washington Program 31
Mathematics 22 Stanford Introductory Seminars  19, 29
Meal Plans  52
Stanford Traditions  44
Medical Services  56
StanfordCardPlan  62
Meyer Library  32
Structured Liberal Education (SLE)  8, 48
Music  38
Student Clubs and Organizations  45
Muwekma-tah-ruk  49
Student Union, see Old Union and Tresidder Memorial
Native American and Alaska Native Theme House, see Union  43, 46
Muwekma-tah-ruk  49
Student Services Center  62
Native American Cultural Center  42
Study Abroad, see Bing Overseas Studies Program  26
Natural Sciences and Mathematics  15
SUNet ID  63
New Student Orientation  inside back cover
Telephone Service  74
Office of Accessible Education  29
Television Service  74
Okada  49
Television, see Publications and Media  43
Old Union  43
Textbooks and Supplies  75
Oral Communication Program  30
Theme Houses, see Cross-Cultural Theme Houses  49
Orientation, see New Student Orientation  inside back cover
Transfer Credit 10, 12. 17
Overseas Resource Center (ORC)  30
Transfer Students  10, 21, 23, 51
Peanut Allergies  52
Transportation, see Getting Around  75
Physics  22
Tresidder Memorial Union  46
Post Office  74
Tuition and Fees  59
Post-Graduate Advising  25
Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) 9 Tutoring Resources  25

Public Service, see Haas Center for Public Service  27 Ujamaa  49

Publications and Media  43 Undergraduate Academic Life Website  inside front cover

Radio, see Publications and Media  43 Undergraduate Advising and Research  18

Recreation  40 University Calendar, see Academic Calendar  4

Religious Food Practices 52 University Cashier’s Office  61

Religious Life at Stanford  43 Vaden Health Center  54

Reply Forms  79 Values and Standards  34
Required Courses  7 Vice Provost for Student Affairs  34
Research, see Undergraduate Research  24 Washington Program, see Stanford in Washington Program 31
Residence Staff  50 What to Bring  71
Residences, see Housing  47 Women’s Community Center  46
Resident Computer Consultant (RCC)  50, 65 Writing and Rhetoric Requirement  9
Residential Computing  65 Writing Center, see Hume Writing Center  29
Approaching Stanford is produced by Undergraduate Advising
and Research, a department within the Office of the Vice Provost
for Undergraduate Education. This publication is also available
online at the Freshman page of the Undergraduate Academic Life
website (http://undergrad.stanford.edu).

Editors: Michael Kyono, Amanda Wilson Bergado

Designer: ChaseVP, Morgan Hill CA
Photo credits: Rachel Altmaier, cover (bottom center, bottom
right), Kayvon Beykpour, pp. 16, 73; BOSP, Madrid Staff, p. 25.
L.A. Cicero,Stanford News Service, cover (bottom center), pp. 1,
3, 6, 7 (top left), 9, 14, 15, 18, 27, 29, 30, 33, 34, 36, 40, 42, 43,
44, 45, 46, 47 (left), 48, 51, 53, 54, 61, 62, 70, 75, 76 (bottom);
Dean Eyre, cover (full center, bottom left); Adrian Gaitan, pp. 21,
38, 58; Toni Gauthier, cover (bottom left); Mike Keiser, Office of
Residential Computing, p. 68; Jason Langer, 8, 10, 13, 24, 31, 37,
39, 47 (right), 57, 69, 76 (right); Katherine Liu, Stanford Daily,
p. 41; Masaru Oka, cover (bottom right); Ethan Y. Rikleen, Office
of Residential Computing, p. 63; Mae Ryan, Stanford Daily, p. 66;
Rod Searcey, p. 20; Shams Shaikh, p. 52; Stanford News Service,
p. 7 (top right); Stanford University Archives, p. 5; Ginger Turner,
p. 77; Lina Yamaguchi, p. 19; Sevgi Yuksel, Stanford Daily, pp. 7
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CONTENTS your new home away from home, experience the excitement Orientation. During the summer, information will be made
Fax: (650) 725-1436 Welcome to Stanford University 1–3 of intellectual engagement with your peers, explore academic available regarding Orientation events planned for parents
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For mail, including that Academic Calendar 2010–11 4
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Approaching Stanford Stanford, Past and Present  5–6 NSO events will take place Tuesday, September 14 Parent Lounge and Resource Center. In addition to providing
Sweet Hall, First Floor
590 Escondido Mall through Sunday, September 19. A detailed calendar of a place for parents to meet one another, representatives
At the Core: Academics  7–32
Stanford, CA 94305-3094 Orientation events will be provided when you arrive on from campus departments and programs will be on hand to
Requirements, Majors, Degrees  7 campus and will be available on the Freshman page of the answer questions. If your parents or other family members
Approaching Your Academics  18 Undergraduate Academic Life website after September 1. You are interested in reserving tickets for the Parent Dinner with
will be expected to participate fully in Orientation activities, the Provost, they will need to register by mail or online with
Academic Opportunities and Programs  26 which will take place from early morning to late evening. payment postmarked no later than Friday, August 20.
Your Stanford Community  33–46 Parents may join you on the first day.
Students who register for International New Student For Individuals with Disabilities
Belonging at Stanford  33
Orientation should plan to arrive on campus by 5:00 p.m. Students or parents with disabilities requiring assistance during
Approaching Stanford
is available online. Please Values and Standards  34 on Saturday, September 11. Those invited to participate in Orientation should contact our office at (650) 723-7674 as soon
submit your reply forms at the Native American student retreat should plan to arrive on as possible with information about their needs.
http://undergrad.stanford.edu. Finding Your Place(s)  37
campus by 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 12. Students
The Practical Stuff  47–77 who register for Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT) Religious Observances
should plan to arrive on campus by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, We respect students’ religious commitments and have ensured
Housing  47
September 8. More information about these programs will be that there are opportunities on campus for holiday observance.
Dining  52 mailed to students in May. All Orientation and residential staff will be aware of the need
that some students may have to arrive late or leave early
Health Services—Vaden Health Center  54
Tuesday, September 14—First Day on the Farm from some events. For further information about religious
Finances  58 Go directly to your residence where check-in will begin at observances, please contact the Office of Religious Life at
Computing Resources  63 8:00 a.m. Orientation Volunteers and residence staff members (650) 723-1762 or visit http://religiouslife.stanford.edu.
will be waiting to greet you. Plan to arrive and move in before
Getting Here  71
2:00 p.m. so that you and your family can enjoy the day’s
Reply Form Instructions  79 activities. If you cannot arrive by 2:00 p.m., you will need to
pick up your room key and welcome packet from the Housing
New Student Orientation  inside back cover
Front Desk in your dorm complex. Various campus offices will
hold open houses and welcome programs in the afternoon.
Late in the day, President John Hennessy will host the 120th
Opening Convocation, a ceremony you and your family won’t
want to miss. Parents are invited to attend a special dinner
with the Provost after saying their final goodbyes to you. Over
dinner you will have a chance to meet your dormmates and the
day will end with your first house meeting.
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