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Below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions. Click on the question to reveal the answer. We will update this page with additional questions and answers as we approach Family Weekend. If you have a question that is not addressed on this website, please contact our office at familyweekend@stanford.edu.

  • What is Family Weekend?
    • Family Weekend is an annual university event to provide families of current undergraduate students a glimpse into their student’s life and experience at Stanford.

  • Who can participate in Family Weekend?
    • Family Weekend is open to parents and families of currently enrolled Stanford undergraduate students in all four class years. Due to various capacity and logistical limitations, we must ask that you bring no more than four (4) family members to visit your undergraduate student during this weekend. Also, please note that activities are not geared towards young children.

  • When will Family Weekend be held?
    • Family Weekend 2024 will be held on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24. Registration closed at 11:59 p.m. PST on February 16, 2024.

  • Will activities be in-person, virtual or both? 
    • We are excited to offer the opportunity for families to visit campus in-person on Friday and Saturday. In addition, some in-person events will be live-streamed online and/or recorded for viewing on the Family Weekend website. Check out the overview of programs and activities for an idea of what is happening during the weekend.

  • Do I need to register to attend Family Weekend?
    • Yes. Online registration is required for all those who plan to visit the campus, attend events, and visit buildings in-person for Family Weekend. There will be no on-site, walk-up, day-of registration available. If you do not plan to attend in person, and only wish to participate virtually, you do not need to register. Registration closed on Friday, February 16, 2024.

  • Can I register on-site?
    • Due to important pre-event logistical requirements, health and safety planning, and dining hall and venue access planning, on-site/day-of registration is not available for Family Weekend. We appreciate your understanding and support in helping us bring a successful weekend experience for all who plan to be on the campus in-person.

  • After I register, how can I make changes to or cancel my existing registration?
  • Is there a cost to attend Family Weekend?
    • There is no cost to participate in Family Weekend. Additionally, there are many free activities to do on campus during the weekend as well as many other events hosted by groups across the university. Please note that some events or activities may require tickets to be purchased, such as athletic events and arts performances.

  • Is there financial support for families of first-gen and/or low-income students?
    • The Stanford Opportunity Fund offers support for some expenses associated with parent/guardian/family attendance at Family Weekend. If you would like to learn more, please visit the FLI website.

  • When will the schedule be published?
  • How can I be added to the email list to receive Family Weekend communications?
    • Parents and guardians listed as contacts for currently enrolled undergraduate students are automatically added to our email list unless they have opted out of email notifications from the university. If you are a parent or guardian of a currently enrolled undergraduate student, and for some reason you are not on this list or didn’t receive an email we sent out, please complete this request form (verification of student information is required). Your request will be reviewed, and you may be contacted for further information. Additionally, all recent communications will be published on our website when they are sent.

  • When should we plan to arrive?
    • Family Weekend check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and the first event, the Welcome Q&A with the President & Provost, begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. Tickets to this event will be distributed at check-in. If you are unable to arrive for the opening event, don't worry! It will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing on this website. See the schedule at a glance for additional information to help you plan your weekend’s itinerary.

  • How do I get to Stanford?
    • Information about traveling to campus, including directions, nearby airports, public transportation, shuttles and parking details can be found on the Plan Your Visit page.

  • Is there a hotel room block or special rates for Family Weekend?
    • Stanford does not reserve a room block, though some operators may offer a special rate for Stanford guests. We recommend contacting area hotels directly to inquire about special rates as all pricing and reservations are handled separately through the hotels and not by the university. Links to a general listing of area accommodations can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

  • Where do we park?
    • Free parking for the day will be provided in the Galvez Parking lot, located across Campus Drive from the Alumni Center. It is a short distance to the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation, the Family Weekend check in and information headquarters. Additional free overflow parking will be available in the Groves, adjacent to Galvez lot. No special pass is needed to park in these lots on these days. More information about parking and on-campus shuttles can be found on the Plan Your Visit page.

  • Where should we go when we arrive?
    • Your first stop on campus should be the Family Weekend Check-in and Information Center, located inside the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation. This is where you will pick up your registration materials and enjoy complimentary light refreshments to start your day. Be sure to wear your Family Weekend badge, included in your registration materials as it is your key to access Family Weekend activities.

  • What should I plan to bring or wear?
    • Casual attire is acceptable as events are informal. Most events are accessible on foot. Please keep in mind the campus is large, so comfortable shoes are encouraged. A light jacket and umbrella would also be recommended as weather may vary.

  • What type of weather can I expect in February?
    • The Bay Area can sometimes be rainy and cold in February. Be sure to bring a jacket and an umbrella and note that in the event of inclement weather, some activities may be canceled.

  • What else is happening during the weekend?
    • Stanford is a vibrant community and many events are organized by student groups, athletic teams and other campus organizations. Check the Stanford Events Calendar and Stanford Athletics website to see what else is happening during Family Weekend. Please note, these events are not organized by the University Family Weekend Planning Team and any inquiries about these events should be made directly to those event organizers listed. These events may require purchase of tickets or be limited to Stanford students/faculty/staff.

  • Will there be tours of campus?
    • Campus tours will be available on a self-guided basis. You can enjoy these tours at your leisure with your student on either day during the weekend. A Family Weekend brochure with the campus map, highlights of iconic locations, and special QR codes to other Family Weekend website tour links will be available for you to make your touring plans. 

      In addition, museums and other campus attractions may have scheduled special hours for self-guided tours or may be offering limited docent-led tours. Details will be shared on their websites as well as the Family Weekend website when available. Questions regarding these venues and tours should be directed to the host organization.

  • Can I go to my student’s classes?
    • University academic classes are generally restricted to faculty and student attendees only. 

  • Can I visit my student’s dorm room?
    • We are planning specially hosted events at the residence halls and will continue to provide updates and protocols regarding access to student residences.

  • Where can I eat on campus?
    • On Friday, February 23 we invite you to enjoy lunch with your student in their dining hall, compliments of Residential & Dining Enterprises. Information about other dining options on campus and in the surrounding area can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

  • What is the Parents' Club and what is the toast?
    • The Stanford Parents’ Club is a worldwide community of Stanford families. All Stanford parents and guardians are welcome to join the club. The club offers parents and guardians opportunities to learn, connect and have fun. The club also raises funds for scholarships to Stanford students and fosters a culture of volunteerism supporting both Stanford University and the family community. 

      In 2024, Stanford will host a special toast during Family Weekend (5:00 p.m. on February 23rd) to celebrate the club’s 100 years of service to Stanford. Learn more about the special toast.

  • How do I arrange for disability-related accommodations for Family Weekend?
  • Can I bring my pet or emotional support animal?
    • The university restricts pets and emotional support animals from public spaces on campus, with the exception of service animals that are specifically trained to perform a service and/or task for an individual with a disability.

      Restricted areas include dining areas, athletic venues, performances spaces, etc.

      If you have questions related to the above, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at (650) 725-0326 or disability.access@stanford.edu.

  • What COVID-19 health and safety precautions are being taken?
    • In the interest of health and safety and our Stanford residential community, if you feel sick or test positive for COVID-19, please do not attend any events or visit campus.

      Visit the Stanford University Health Alerts website for current guidance and updates. Limited PPE will be available at the Family Weekend Information Center.

FAQs updated on 2/20/24