Santa Clara University

Admitted Undergraduate Students

New Student Orientation

First-Year—Class of 2019

After confirming your enrollment, reserve an orientation session in eCampus before May 1. Reservations will be accommodated in the order received.

First-Year Summer Orientation

New student orientation is your first chance to experience Santa Clara University as a student. At orientation, you will meet fellow students, discover your residential learning community assignment, learn about our academic and campus resources, register for fall quarter classes, and stay overnight in one of our residence halls.

Orientation is an exciting time for new students and necessary to prepare for your first quarter at Santa Clara. Because it is so important to your success, all new students are required to attend one of the seven sessions offered.

Although we encourage all first-year students to attend a July session, a limited number of spaces are available in the September orientation session (Sept. 16–17) for students with special circumstances. Requests to attend this session must be made using the online registration system before May 15.

The Office of New Student Programs will begin reviewing requests for session 7 in mid-April. Because space in this final session is limited and not all requests will be granted, students are asked to identify one of the six July sessions they can attend as well. If your request is granted, we will move you to the September orientation session and send a new confirmation.

Student Fees

All first-year students are charged a one-time $295 program fee. The fee covers all meals, lodging, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs for both orientation and Welcome Weekend.

Fee Waivers

Students who are Federal Pell Grant eligible may request a fee waiver for Orientation. The fee waiver request must be made at the same time as the orientation reservation request. An email should be sent to the Office of New Student Programs,, stating the reasons for the waiver request, including any supporting documentation that may be relevant. All requests will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and, if approved, an adjustment will be made to the student’s financial aid award.

First-Year Summer Orientation Registration Begins: March 3
Session 1 Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10*
Session 2 Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14*
Session 3 Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17†
Session 4 Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21†
Session 5 Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24
Session 6 Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28
Session 7 Wednesday, Sept. 16, and Thursday, Sept. 17

* University Honors Program students are required to attend the first or second.

† University LEAD Scholars are required to attend the second or third sessions.

Note: First-Year international students are required to attend one of the above First-Year Summer Orientation sessions, in addition to the required ISS International Student Orientation on Sept. 15.

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