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Welcome to fall: resources, events, and Gandalf

We want to help you start the quarter well. 

Hello students and families!

We are pleased to welcome you to autumn quarter. We’re especially delighted to have a new class of frosh and new transfers joining our community. We know each of you is already busy with your first week of classes and have lots to do as you settle into a new schedule. We want to help you start the quarter off well. 

Below our signatures, you’ll find information for students living on campus this quarter. Here’s some news for everyone.

Resources for everyone

First and foremost, if you’re looking for help navigating the new quarter, we encourage you to check out our Re-Approaching Stanford website, which we will continue to update. You’ll find the latest information on autumn 2020 here, neatly organized and quick to read.

Here’s a quick tour for all students:

  • The home page offers information for all students, including social life and well-being resources.
  • We hope you've had a chance to watch the Academic Advising video "Your Choice," designed to help you think through your academic planning for the year ahead, especially considering the new Flex Term option. 
  • The Registrar's Office has created an online version of an enrollment options table with a filtering capacity to help support your academic planning.

We are also looking into the very best way to collect upcoming virtual events for you. In the meantime, here are three in particular we hope you take part in:

  • All students are invited to participate in this fall’s Student Activities Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT, Thursday-Friday, September 17-18. All you need to do is click here.
  • Stanford is planning a series of virtual conversations with campus leaders this quarter. The first, on the residential student experience, will be held 3-4 p.m. PDT, Sept. 23. You’ll find more information here.
  • Fraternity and sorority formal recruitment for the Class of 2023 is set for winter 2021, and for the Class of 2024 for autumn 2021. Learn more on the FSL website

We want to acknowledge that our community, nation and world are facing unprecedented challenges, and Stanford is responding. For example, updates will be shared soon on the university’s initiatives to counter racism and create a more inclusive culture on campus, President Tessier-Lavigne shared in his welcome back message.

In closing, with help from Gandalf

These are difficult times to be sure. Here in the Bay Area, the smoke and haze are clearing and healthier air is slowly starting to return. But as we each watched orange skies through our windows this past week, we were reminded of the exchange between Gandalf and Frodo in Lord of the Rings: 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

We appreciate your patience, your grace, your guidance and, perhaps most importantly, your support for one another. Best wishes for a great start to autumn quarter.


Susie & Sarah

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Sarah Church
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Resources for undergraduates living on campus

On the Re-Approaching Stanford website, click on the Guidebook link for:

  • Everything you need to know about our COVID testing protocol (please remember to make an appointment for your next weekly test!).
  • Quick links to the university’s COVID-19 testing dashboard and Stanford Health Check, also now available on the Stanford Mobile app.
  • Quick links to Stanford’s gatherings and events guidance, and information and updates about the campus zones program.

You’ll also notice a few updates to the campus compact website: the university has added an appeal process, guidelines for compact violations, and safeguards for sexual violence reporting.

R&DE says, “Welcome Home!”

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Shirley Everett shares:

Last week, R&DE staff was on hand to welcome undergraduates to EVGR-A. Although the celebration was less boisterous than previous NSOs, everyone enjoyed meeting students and their families as they were dropped off. We look forward to getting to know you better in the coming weeks.

Here are some reminders to help you settle into your new home.

  • For answers to questions, assistance with lock outs and other services, call, email or visit your Housing Front Desk. It’s staffed seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Here’s where to find us: Room 112 (Building A), 650-724-2647,
  • Be sure to visit the EVGR marketplace for meals and snacks, including the EVGR lunch and dinner meal plan dining program. 
  • For information about dining hall and retail meal options, visit our Meals on Campus page.
    • Learn about our CleanDining program.
    • For information on managing food allergies, religious diets and nutrition questions, visit our Eat Well @ Stanford page.

We want to hear from you!

If you have any questions, please submit a ServiceNow ticket. For academic planning discussions and related questions, please make an appointment with your academic advisor.