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Stanford Report, September 18, 2001

Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the start of the Stanford school year

  1. Is Stanford opening as scheduled?
  2. Stanford is opening as planned and on schedule.

  3. What happens if I have to arrive late?
  4. If you are a new frosh or transfer student and must arrive late, please be in touch with us by emailing our orientation office at (or call at 650-725-2487). Once you arrive on campus, please check in first at your residence hall. There will be a packet waiting for you.

    If you are a returning undergraduate, please be in touch with the Housing Office at 650-725-2810.

    If you are a graduate student, please be in touch with your department or school. You also may visit the Graduate Student Information Center on the second floor of Tresidder Union for general information. The information center will be open until September 28. Phone: 650-723-5155. Email:

  5. How will I make up any Orientation activities I might miss?
  6. New undergraduates who must miss part of Orientation should be in touch with the orientation office (see above). Once you arrive on campus, please go directly to your residence hall; upon arrival, the Resident Advisor (RA) and Peer Academic Advisor (PAA) will fill you in on missed activities and information.

    Parents of late-arriving new undergraduates are invited to help their student check in at the residence hall, and to attend a reception for late-arriving parents. Receptions for late-arriving parents will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 through Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the living room at the Frances Arrillaga Alumni Center (the living room is the area directly behind the reception desk and the elevators). We encourage all to come by for refreshments and conversation.

    New graduate students should be in touch with their department or school.

  7. Where can I turn if I am having trouble arranging transportation to Stanford?

    A number of parents from around the country have stepped forward to serve as information gatherers and contact sources for those considering their transportation options. To link up with a parent contact in your area, please visit this web page.
  1. What if I have to miss Sunday morning's Foreign Language Placement Tests?
  2. Language placement examinations will take place as scheduled. Accommodations will be made for those unable to be on campus by Sunday morning. The Head Peer Academic Coordinator (HPAC) in your residence will be the contact person for this information.

  3. What happens if I have to miss the first day (or more) of class?
  4. Faculty understand that extenuating circumstances may lead to some students' late arrival, and will make every effort to accommodate students who arrive after the quarter has started.

  5. What support will be available to me if I need it?

We are aware that some students may want or need extra support during this time. Staff members from counseling services and the Office of Religious Life will be available to provide support, comfort and a trained ear. Additionally, Stanford's residence system includes an extensive network of Resident Deans, Resident Fellows, Resident Assistants, Peer Advising Associates and other staff who are eager to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

For more information, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 650-724-CARE, or the Office for Religious Life at 650-723-1762.

8. What if my financial circumstances have changed as a result of recent events?

Families who have experienced a significant change in financial circumstances are encouraged to be in touch with Sue Wood, Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid, at or 888-326-3773.