Cardinal Days

Congratulations and Welcome!

Now that you’ve been admitted, join us for a series of special virtual events and celebrate with your fellow future Cardinal. During these virtual events, you’ll have the chance to attend a class taught by Stanford faculty, meet your future classmates, and chat with current students and alumni. You will even have the opportunity to hear from and ask a question to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell!

We don’t want you to miss out on any updates or special deliveries, so make sure to submit the Cardinal Days participation form and join Cardinal Quad, our platform for connecting newly admitted students with the Stanford community. Here you will have the opportunity to talk with your fellow admitted and incoming first year students looking to learn more about campus life and all the wonderful opportunities here at Stanford. Be on the lookout for your email invitation!

Check out the Events section in Cardinal Quad to access the virtual programs listed below. All times are posted in Pacific time (PDT). Recorded programs will be posted shortly after the event.

Friday, April 16

  • 3:00-3:50 pm

    Faculty Friday - How to Write a Play

    In this class, Broadway playwright Young Jean Lee will teach a low-stress method of beginning and completing a play. Everyone is welcome—including people who have never done any creative writing before. This class will involve some simple writing exercises to help you to get started, and will center self-compassion. If the idea of taking this class scares you–it was designed with you in mind!

  • 4:15-5:30 pm

    Asian American Community Gathering

    Come learn about Stanford’s Asian American Activities Center and how we can be a resource for Prospective Students (ProFros) and spend time with some of our student leaders to understand why the Center and community are important to them!

  • 5:30-6:30 pm

    El Centro Welcome

    El Centro is excited to host a student panel for all admitted students to learn more about the Stanford experience. Current students will share about their experience at Stanford and be available to answer questions.

Saturday, April 17

  • 10:00-11:00 am

    M&M: Meeting the Markaz (Admits ONLY)

    The Markaz supports a vibrant community of students who identify with or are interested in Muslim experiences both here and around the world. We provide a welcoming space, resources, and programming to engage, educate and empower the entire Stanford community.


    In this three-pronged community welcome, we will:


    • Provide a brief overview center. You’ll learn about the history, our community space, and the resources available to you throughout your Stanford Journey.


    • Introduce you to the key component of our space, our community members! Current students will share their Stanford experience with you.


    • Make space for you to meet each other. Our community members will moderate small discussion between prospective students in break rooms. Socialize, discuss enrollment, or ask additional questions.
  • 11:00-12:00 pm

    Women's Community Center Open House & Community Welcome

    Come and join us for a virtual Community Welcome where you will get to learn more about the different ways you can engage with the WCC community, space, and programming next year! You will get to hear from our WCC student staff about their Stanford journeys and how they’ve been able to gain and foster community through the WCC.

  • 12:00-1:00 pm

    We Are STEM Panel: Students Discuss Gender, Identity, and their Journeys in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at Stanford

    Join the Stanford Women’s Community Center for a panel of current students in STEM to talk about their experiences in and out of the classroom at Stanford. We also have our panel that took place last year on our YouTube channel (along with some other videos). Feel free to take a look and come with any questions you might have about what it means to be in STEM at Stanford!

  • 1:00-2:00 pm

    Black Community Welcome

    The Black Community Services Center and the Black Recruitment Outreach Committee invite new admits, their families, and the larger Black campus community to attend this event as we welcome you all to the Black Community at Stanford. This serves as an introduction to the vibrant, diverse community we have here, and all of the people who help us remember and build on the legacy Black students have built. Pro-Fros will hear from a variety of Black faculty and staff and learned of the many resources Stanford has to offer its Black students. We will provide a brief glimpse into what the Black community looks like and the types of things we participate in when we are in an on-campus environment.
  • 1:00-2:00 pm

    Native Community Welcome for Admitted Students! (Admits ONLY)

    Join staff and students as we welcome you to the Stanford Native family! Come learn about the amazing programs and services offered to students through the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) and hear from student leaders from the Stanford American Indian Organization, Stanford Powwow, Hui o Na Moku, and more!

  • 2:00-3:00 pm

    Native Community Welcome for Families of Admitted Students! (Parents/Families/Support Persons ONLY)

    We are thrilled to welcome you and your student into the Stanford Native family! Join our staff and community partners as we discuss the resources, programs, and services we have to support your student during their time at Stanford.

  • 3:00-4:00 pm

    Stanford Experience: First-Generation, Low-Income (FLI) Students

    Join us to hear from students and staff about the FLI experience at Stanford and the resources and opportunities available to you.

  • 3:00-4:00 pm

    Okada Chillout

    Come hang out in our virtual Okada lounge and meet current student staff and residents of Stanford’s Asian American theme dorm. We’ll share our experiences living in this beautiful four-class ethnic theme dorm and also answer any questions you might have about Okada. Visit the Okada website for more information in the meantime!

Sunday, April 18

  • 12:00-1:00 pm

    Hmong Admit Welcome (Admits ONLY)

    Nyob zoo! The Hmong Student Union (HSU) invites you to join our Hmong Admit Welcome. We will be hosting games with the Hmong community at Stanford and provide you a space to get questions you may have answered. Additionally, please invite your parents to attend the event also. We will have a panel with parents of current Stanford students to help answer any questions that they may have. We hope to see you virtually and welcome you to Stanford!

  • 12:00-1:00 PM

    Queer Student Resources (QSR) Social Hour (Admits ONLY)

    Join us for a QSR social hour where admits can meet each other and current Stanford students! We’ll be getting to know each other with icebreakers and playing games such as Among Us,, and more.

    Also on April 18th: Check out our Instagram page @queerstudentresources to follow our story takeover where student staff will be answering questions related to QSR programming, our physical location QSpot, resources, and queer life at Stanford!

  • 1:00-2:00 pm

    Stanford South Asian Society Cardinal Days Meet Up (Admits ONLY)

    Join the Stanford South Asian Society and get to know the biggest South Asian group on campus.

  • 2:00-3:00 pm

    Tibetan Admit Zoom Welcome 2021-2022 (Admits ONLY)

    A casual zoom hang-out where Tibetan admits can interact with members of the Tibetan Student Union, get to know the community, and share any questions!

  • 3:30-4:30 pm

    Chocolate Cardinals Game Night + Speed Friending (Admits ONLY)

    Pro-Fros will have the chance to engage with the broader Black Stanford community during Sunday evening’s Game Night + Speed Friending event! Games include Black Jeopardy, Codenames, Sriblio, and Pictionary! In addition, they will be able to quickly get to know current Stanford students and other prospective freshmen during rounds of speed dating.

    Prizes may or may not be included 👀

  • 3:00-4:00 pm

    Chinese Community Hang Out (Admits ONLY)

    Come hang out with other Chinese and Chinese American students at Stanford!

  • 5:00-6:00 pm

    Meet the SVSA Gia Đình (Admits ONLY)

    The Stanford Vietnamese Student Association (SVSA) welcomes The Official Stanford Class of 2025! Whether you identify as Vietnamese/Vietnamese American or just want to learn more about Vietnamese identity and culture, we invite you to be a part of our Gia Đình (family). We’ll introduce our wonderful committees within SVSA and share the exciting work that we do. Hear about the SVSA experience from a panel of our members and get the chance to ask your own questions with members.

  • 6:00-7:00 pm

    Halo-Halo Hello! (Admits ONLY)

    Meet the wonderful members of the Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) and learn about our organization’s different committees!

Monday, April 19

  • 5:30-6:30 pm

    Parent Connection Zoom (Parents/Families/Support Persons ONLY)

Tuesday, April 20

  • 5:30-6:15 pm

    Curator Tour: Media Works in: When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

    Maggie Dethloff, in-house curator of When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, will provide an in-depth look into the exhibition’s three multi-channel video artworks and discuss how artists Carlos Motta, Isaac Julien, and Richard Mosse use time-based media in different ways to communicate stories of migration.
    You can learn more about When Home Won’t Let You Stay here.
  • 5:30-6:30 pm

    Parent Connection Zoom (Parents/Families/Support Persons ONLY)

Wednesday, April 21

  • 8:00-9:00 am

    International Admit Coffee Chats (Admits ONLY)

    We invite you to join us for this special coffee chat with current students – some of whom are also international! We’ll offer break out rooms where you’ll get to meet your fellow admits and ask questions live!

  • 12:00-12:30 pm

    Art Breaks with Student Guides: "StoryPainting" with Alyssa Diaz, Art Practice Major & Modern Language Minor ‘22

    Take a 30 min art break every other Wednesday with Stanford Student Tour Guides!

    Join Stanford Student Tour Guides for a 30 minute art break talk every other Wednesday. You’ll hear about how objects at Stanford’s museums relate to different disciplines that each student is studying. After you select the dates that you’d like to attend, you’ll receive the Zoom link in a confirmation email.

    “StoryPainting” with Alyssa Diaz, Art Practice Major & Modern Language Minor ‘22
    Come explore how artists create visual narratives that are passed on through storytelling.

  • 5:30-6:30 PM

    QuestBridge Student Panel (Admits ONLY)

  • 5:30-6:30 pm

    Parent Connection Zoom (Parents/Families/Support Persons ONLY)

  • 6:00-7:00 pm

    Desire Is The Theme of All Life: On Helen Frankenthaler in the Year 1952

    Join Alexander Nemerov, chair of the Art and Art History Department and author of the newly released Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York (Penguin), for a discussion of Frankenthaler’s 1956 painting “Eden.”

Thursday, April 22

  • 5:30-6:30 pm

    Parent Connection Zoom (Parents/Families/Support Persons ONLY)

  • 7:00-8:00 pm

    Camera as Witness: Climate Refugees

    Camera as Witness Stanford Arts program presents THE POWER OF EMPATHY series
    co-presented with Bechtel International Center, Palo Alto Libraries, Protect Our Planet and Stanford Film Society

    In celebration of Earth Day

    (89 minutes) Bangladesh/China/Tuvalu/USA  Director: Michael Nash Producers: Michael Nash, Justin Hogan

    Please join us for the panel discussion with the filmmakers Michael Nash and Stephen Nemeth,  Stanford Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources researcher, Erica Rose Bower and Protect Our Planet Senior Mentor, Dr. Ash Pachauri, moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Program – Stanford Arts Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.

Friday, April 23

  • 3:00-3:50 PM

    Faculty Friday - Building anew, Building a new, biology

    We will explore what is and might be made true by partnering with biology to enable all of humanity to flourish in partnership with the planet. Stated differently, what are our positive dreams and actions related to biology, as the living world becomes increasingly understood and engineerable?

  • 3:00-3:50 pm

    Faculty Friday - Resilience, Transformation, and Equilibrium: The Science of Materials

    This lecture is a preview of Materials Science & Engineering, and specifically a preview of the Stanford course MATSCI 90Q. A material’s structure and the processes it goes through affect its properties and performance. Students will see examples of the mechanisms and processes by which materials obtain the mechanical, electronic, and other properties that make them so useful to us.

  • 5:00-7:00 pm

    Basmati Raas' Backkick Kickback (Admits ONLY)

    A chance for profros to get to know current members of Basmati Raas, Stanford’s premier Garba-Raas dance squad. We’ll just be chilling, fielding questions, and maybe showing off some of our moves 😉

  • 5:30-6:30 pm

    Parent Connection Zoom (Parents/Families/Support Persons ONLY)

  • 6:00-7:00 PM

    Spring Activities Fair Training: How to Navigate the Fair in CardinalEngage

    A training on how to navigate the Virtual Spring Activities Fair in our new student engagement platform CardinalEngage! Admits will be sent an email invitation to create an account in CardinalEngage prior to this event.

Saturday, April 24

  • 9:00-10:00 AM

    Parent Connection Zoom (Parents/Families/Support Persons ONLY)

  • All Day

    Spring Activities Fair: Preview Org Booths

    Attendees will have access to the fair in CardinalEngage prior to the “live” event to visit booths and learn about student organizations ahead of time. Org leaders will not be online during this time. Org leaders will be available on chat and/or Zoom during the “live” event on April 26 – April 30. Find the link to CardinalEngage in Cardinal Quad.

  • 3:00-4:00 pm


    Are you from a rural area and wondering what the transition to Stanford University might be like?  Come hear how students who hail from rural places ended up thriving at Stanford and are working to deepen Stanford’s understanding of – and engagement with – rural communities.

Sunday, April 25

  • All Day

    Spring Activities Fair: Preview Org Booths

    Attendees will have access to the fair in CardinalEngage prior to the “live” event to visit booths and learn about student organizations ahead of time. Org leaders will not be online during this time. Org leaders will be available on chat and/or Zoom during the “live” event on April 26 – April 30. Find the link to CardinalEngage in Cardinal Quad.

  • 1:00-3:00 pm

    XTRM Kickback (Admits ONLY)

    Come chat with XTRM (pronounced “extreme”), Stanford University’s non-audition, competitive K-pop Dance Team, about the latest K-pop and get to know members in this casual hangout!

Monday, April 26

  • 4:00-5:00 pm

    Haas Center for Public Service Hangout

    Do you want to learn about ways to give back to your community? Come hear how students who have been involved in public service have found a way to contribute to causes they’re passionate about – education, health, human rights, environmental sustainability, and more!

  • 5:00-6:00 pm

    Undergraduate Research

    Hear from members of the Undergraduate Research team and Stanford undergrads who have conducted research and independent projects.

  • 6:00-8:00 pm

    Spring Activities Fair: Health and Wellness, Community Service, Social Awareness, and Political Student Organizations (Admits ONLY)

    Please join us to meet student leaders and learn about identity and religious organizations.


    Community service and health and wellness organizations focus on giving back to the community, both in helping Stanford students and with community partners and agencies outside campus. Many perform hours of community service in the Bay Area and raise awareness about different causes. Public service groups are also advised by the Haas Center for Public Service.


    Social Awareness and political organizations focus on social and political ideas and issues and look for ways to better the world. They discuss and debate, raise awareness about different causes and bring speakers to campus. Many are also advised by the Haas Center for Public Service.

Tuesday, April 27

  • 4:00-5:00 pm

    Academic Advising and New Student Programs

    Meet members of the Academic Advising team, which includes academic advising directors and advisors from the Athletics Advising Resource Center, as well as staff who can share information about Approaching Stanford, New Student Orientation, Frosh 101, and the Leland Scholars Program.

  • 5:00-6:00 pm

    Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP): Study with Stanford Around the World

    Learn about the many diverse opportunity to pursue Stanford study around the world. Program offerings include: Australia, Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kyoto, Kyoto (KCJS), Madrid, New York, Oxford, Paris, Santiago, a range of Summer Quarter study away programs as well as non-Stanford study away opportunities.

  • 6:00-8:00 pm

    Spring Activities Fair: Athletics and Recreational Student Organizations and Fraternities and Sororities (Admits ONLY)

    Please join us to meet student leaders and learn about athletic and recreational organizations as well as fraternities and sororities.


    Athletics groups include club sports, martial arts, outdoor activities, and other recreational activities (juggling!). Club sports and martial arts are also supported through Stanford Athletics. Outdoors groups receive support through the Stanford Adventure Program under Recreation & Wellness. Club sports and martial arts groups are approved to compete.


    Learn about the fraternity and sorority community at Stanford University. Meet with chapter members and learn about recruitment, housing, and the Greek experience.

Wednesday, April 28

  • 4:00-5:00 PM

    Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) and the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) Information Session (Admits ONLY)

  • 5:00-5:45 PM

    Play Career Truths Quiz Bowl with BEAM, Stanford Career Education (Admits ONLY)

  • 6:00-8:00 pm

    Spring Activities Fair: Pre-professional and Academic Student Organizations (Admits ONLY)

    Please join us to meet student leaders and learn about academic and pre-professional organizations.


    Academic and pre-professional groups typically focus on internal community building and academic and professional resources. There are several groups that support underrepresented identities in different academic and professional fields. Some of these groups host conferences, networking events, and speakers related to their field. These groups often receive advising and support through related academic departments, and some groups are associated with national organizations.

  • 8:00-9:00 PM

    International Admit Coffee Chats (Admits ONLY)

    We invite you to join us for this special coffee chat with current students – some of whom are also international! We’ll offer break out rooms where you’ll get to meet your fellow admits and ask questions live!

Thursday, April 29

  • 4:00-5:00 pm

    Learn more about the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life

    Open to students and family members! Drop in to speak to one of the ORSL Deans about the many offerings available through the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life. We can’t wait to meet you!

  • 4:00-5:00 pm

    Hume Center for Writing & Speaking and the Center for Teaching and Learning

    Come learn about the many academic resources available to you through the Hume Center for Writing & Speaking and the Student Learning Programs within Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • 6:00-8:00 pm

    Spring Activities Fair: Ethnic, Cultural, International, Identity, and Religious Student Organizations (Admits ONLY)

    Please join us to meet student leaders and learn about identity and religious organizations.


    Ethnic, cultural, and international groups facilitate community within different identities, and they welcome others to learn and engage with different cultures and perspectives. Many of these groups host small trips and events for their members related to their respective culture or country. Some groups put on cultural shows and events, celebrate holidays, host and attend conferences, and participate in community outreach and activism. These groups receive advising from The Center for Equity, Leadership and Community or the Bechtel International Center.


    Religious organizations provide students space to practice religion & spirituality with their peers. They have worship services and may host larger community events to celebrate religious holidays. These groups are also advised by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and together form a consortium called Stanford Associated Religions.

Friday, April 30

  • 3:00-3:50 pm

    Faculty Friday - Why Public Service is Overrated, and Sometimes Bad for Society

    Public service and volunteering have never been more popular. But they also have many ethical dimensions that are important to consider: What motives do people have to engage in public service work? Are self-interested motives troublesome? What is the connection between service work and justice? Should the government or schools require citizens or students to perform service work? Is mandatory service an oxymoron? Can public service be ineffective or, worse, cause harm or delay the day that justice is achieved? Is public service possibly a bad thing?

  • 4:00-5:00 PM

    Arts on Campus

    Come learn more about opportunities to get involved in the arts at Stanford, watch a video of the Winter Performing Arts Festival and join in some fun activities. Whether you are a seasoned artist, want to explore artistic paths or learn about the amazing performances on campus – join us for the virtual information session. We are looking forward to meeting you!

  • 5:00-6:00 PM

    ITALIC Art Showcase and Alumni Q & A

    ITALIC is a residence-based interdisciplinary arts program for first-year students. Visit our showcase to see and hear art made by current students and alumni. ITALIC students will be present to share their experiences and answer questions.

  • 6:00-8:00 pm

    Spring Activities Fair: Arts and Media Student Organizations (Admits ONLY)

    Please join us to meet student leaders and learn about dance, music, drama, media and publication organizations.


    There are 30+ dance groups ranging from cultural dancing to hip-hop to classical and everything in between. These groups put on performances, host workshops and events. Some groups tour and travel to participate in shows and competitions. Some of these groups receive advising and support through related departments. There are also some arts that receive support through the community centers.


    There are 20+ music organizations ranging from orchestras and bands to acapella groups. Many represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. These groups put on performances, host workshops and events. Some groups tour and travel to participate in shows and competitions. Some of these groups receive advising and support through related departments.


    There are several ways to get involved with drama organizations, representing different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and styles of theatre. Or with organizations from a variety of media such as newspapers, journals, and broadcasting. There are also groups that focus on film or poetry. Many of these organizations contribute to the creative expression on campus.

Saturday, May 1

  • 11:00-12:00

    Official Close

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Sunday, April 11 - Wednesday, April 14

  • Various Times

    Regional Meetups for Admitted Students (Admits ONLY)

    Admission officers are hosting 60 virtual meetups as a chance for you to get to know fellow Stanford admits in your region. Join as many meetups as you feel are relevant to you, based on where you attend school, your hometown, or any other place you call home. Registration requires Stanford applicant portal login credentials.


    We are excited to welcome you and show you that you were admitted for a reason. There’s a place for you at Stanford!

Thursday, April 15

  • 4:00-5:30 pm

    University Welcome

    Avery Elizabeth Tallman ’20

    Student Speaker


    Richard H. Shaw

    Dean of Admission and Financial Aid


    Sarah Church

    Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


    Persis S. Drell



    Marc Tessier-Lavigne



    No registration required. Follow this link to join the Livestream.

  • 6:00-7:15 pm

    Voices from the Community

    Come and hear students share their experiences entering and navigating life at Stanford – the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! 😉


    Jan Barker-Alexander

    Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Executive Director of the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership (ECL), and the Offices of First-Generation and/or Low-Income Programs, and for Military-Affiliated Communities, Resident Fellow, Ujamaa House


    Chinimere Uche (’23)


    Ashley Amado (’21)


    Melissa Rivera (’21)


    Richard Coca (’22)


    Emily Elliott (’22)


    Yusuf Zahurullah (’23)


    Tyah Roberts (’23)


    Alessandra Maranca (’24)


    No registration required. Follow this link to join.

    Passcode: 577902