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Pre-orientation Service Experience
Leadership program

Ignite: Public Service Pre-orientation

One-time event
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Ignite is a student-led public service pre-orientation program run by the Haas Center for Public Service that gives incoming first-year students the chance to get to know one another, get acclimated to Stanford, learn about the Stanford student organization community, get exposure to the Haas Center and Cardinal Service and to be introduced to some local public service community partners. Ignite focuses on building community and helping students explore their own public service identities, or how students can best serve their communities.  

Ignite registration is open through Monday, June 27. If more students register than spaces available, placement will be decided by a random lottery in early July. Those not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. The participation fee is $450. Financial aid is available, so those with the greatest need will be able to participate at a small or even no cost.

Register by June 27

Program Dates and Schedule

(subject to change)

Ignite begins on the early evening of Friday, September 16 and ends on the night of Tuesday, September 19. Frosh participants move in and register by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 16, followed by the start of the program.


Open to all incoming first-year students.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does Ignite cost?
The program fee for Ignite is $450, which includes all accommodations, meals, and activity expenses for the program. 

Is there financial aid available?
Yes! If you have a financial need, assessed by the Office of Financial Aid, you will be awarded financial help to pay part of the fee. 

You can indicate you want to be considered for financial aid in the lottery registration process. If you win a spot or if you get a spot through the waitlist, the program will work with the Office of Financial Aid to determine the level of support we can offer. 

Securing a spot in the program is need-blind. Your financial situation has no bearing on whether you receive a space in Ignite.

How do I register for Ignite?
Register by 11:59 pm PST on Monday, June 27.

Does registration ensure I get a spot in the program?
Not necessarily. The program has only 50 spots. If more than 50 students register, which we expect to happen, we will run a lottery to award spots. 

We will run the lottery on July 11 and inform the winners on July 15. Lottery winners have until July 22 at 11:59 PM PST to secure their spot with payment. For students who requested financial aid, we will contact them with further instructions on how to secure their spot. Students who do not receive a spot in the lottery will be put on a waitlist. On July 25, we'll start awarding spots to those on the waitlist, if any spots become available.

If I win the lottery for a spot in the program, how do I secure my spot?
You secure your spot by paying the program fee. Once we receive your payment, your spot is secure. Securing a spot for those receiving financial aid from the program will be managed on a case-by-case basis.   

How does the waitlist work?
If you do not receive a space through the lottery, by default you’ll be placed on the waitlist and be notified when a space has opened up on or after July 7. Whoever from the waitlist secures their space with their payment first, will be awarded the spot.


What activities can I expect to participate in?
You get the opportunity to experience fun orientation activities and Stanford traditions, engage in conversations about public service, get to know Stanford faculty and staff, and meet Bay Area public service community partners. Mostly, though, you’ll have a chance to connect with other frosh!

Where will I sleep and what will I eat?
The program provides housing and meals (respecting dietary restrictions). Frosh move into their permanent housing, where they'll stay for the rest of the year. Move-in dates are set for the Ignite program and participants do not have to worry about getting a specific move-in slot. Once we finalize our list of participants, Housing will adjust the move-in dates for these students and participants will check in at their designated Housing Front Desks.

Will there be free time for participants?
You get some free time in the mornings and later evenings, but not much. We want this program to be a fully immersive experience, and you can expect to have more free time during NSO.




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June 27, 2022 | 11:59 PM

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Haas Center for Public Service
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