Approaching Stanford for Parents and Families

The information on this page will be updated in May 2016.

2015 Approaching Stanford Parent Mailing

If your student entered your contact information as part of her or his Approaching Stanford Forms, we sent you the Approaching Stanford Parent Mailing on June 22, 2015, with information from the following university offices and administrators:

  • Welcome letter from Rob Urstein, Dean of Freshmen and Director of Undergraduate Advising & Research
  • A Guide for Parents brochure
  • Vaden Health Center & Cardinal Care Insurance brochure
  • New Student Orientation information for parents, including the NSO Parent Dinner with the Provost
  • NSO 2015 Move-In Day Parking Permit
  • Letter from the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education
  • Letter from the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education & Response and Title IX Coordinator
  • Student Services Center information
  • Student Financial Services information
  • Stanford Guest House brochure

2015 Approaching Stanford for Parents & Families Online Platform

UPDATE: The Approaching Stanford for Parents and Families period has now closed. Thank you for making this summer pilot program such an amazing experience. We are very interested to hear your thoughts about this platform, so you may be contacted by our team with a survey. Don't forget that you can continue to ask questions via the Parent Help Line phone number (650-725-0649) and email (

Through this social media platform, we provided information about subjects important to new Stanford families this summer. This pilot project aimed to enhance our communication with new parents and to help build the Stanford parent community, so let us know what you think! 

Parent Q&A Sessions - Online "Office Hours"

"Office Hours" Schedule:

2015 NSO Parent Dinner with the Provost

NSO Parent Dinner with the Provost Tickets

Parents of new undergraduate students were invited to join Provost John Etchemendy, Stanford's chief academic officer, for a casual dinner, dessert, entertainment, and conversation with other parents from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. The Provost gave the dinner address and Stanford Parents' Club hosts.

Online ticket sales have closed. A limited number of Parent Dinner tickets will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis at the Parent Lounge and Resource Center on September 15 from starting at 11:00 a.m.

For more information about parent events at New Student Orientation, please review our NSO website.

Stanford Parents Website

Now that Approaching Stanford has concluded and the academic year has started, please refer to the Stanford Parents Website for important information and updates, such as Stanford Parents' Weekend, Commencement, Stanford Parents' Club, and more. Contact information for the Stanford Parent Help Line is also avilable on this website.

Contact Information

If you have specific questions about your student, we are happy to assist you!

Approaching Stanford
Undergraduate Advising and Research
Stanford University
Phone: (650) 723-7674

For more information

Approaching Stanford

New Student Orientation

Stanford Parents Website

Pre-Major Advising Information for Parents

Academic Advising