Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  • iconHow do I get to campus?

    Enclosed is a campus map that will help you navigate the campus while you are here. Santa Clara University is located centrally off of Interstate 880, Interstate 280 and U.S. Highway 101. For specific directions click here. Feel free to contact us if you need additional information.

    SCU does not provide transportation from the airport. However, there is free public transportation which is very accessible and can drop you off at the Santa Clara CalTrain Station, directly across from SCU’s main entrance. VTA Bus #10 can be found directly outside baggage claim. For more information regarding VTA, visit the VTA website. Cab fare from the airport is typically between $20-$25.

  • iconHow can my family get involved?

    We greatly value the role that families play in fostering the success of students, and encourage families to continue to be involved in their students’ university lives. We welcome family during Orientation, move-in and the welcome reception. On the form included, please let us know if your family members speak a language other than English. We will do our best to provide translators in various languages during the Orientation sessions and LEAD Week Welcome reception.

    Additionally, we will have a program during SCU’s Family Weekend which takes place in February. This weekend is for all of our campus families but LEAD Scholars families are offered complementary registration and we will have a session especially for LEAD Scholars and their families. We will be sending out invitations closer in December. Again we strongly encourage family to attend Family Weekend and our LEAD Scholars session.

    During LEAD Week, we ask that families not visit students on campus to enable the LEAD Scholars to focus on building a community with each other. Additionally, the Housing Office requires that early arrivals, such as LEAD Week participants, not have visitors in the residence halls.

    During LEAD Week, students’ schedules will be packed with classes, workshops, social activities and homework, all with the goal of introducing them to SCU life and preparing them for success. As a result, just for the week we require students to focus on their college transition. After the week is over, we strongly encourage lots of family visits, phone calls and emails while also keeping in mind the major time commitment of college.

  • iconDo I need to purchase textbook before I come to LEAD Week?

    It is strongly preferred that you purchase your ENGL 1 textbooks before LEAD Week, either through the Campus Bookstore or other retailers so that you have them on the first day of class during LEAD Week. You will continue to use these books through fall quarter and often in winter quarter, as well. The cost of these textbooks can be as much as $200 for new books. In some cases rental or used textbooks are also available. On Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, you will also have some free time to pick-up/purchase your textbook from the campus bookstore, but this will be after your first ENGL class. If you decide to purchase books from other retailers, such as Amazon.com, etc. Please order these books well ahead of time so that you can have them ready for the first day of class.

    For more information on textbooks required for your courses, you can go to www.scu.edu/bookstore, click on Shop Online Now, and then on Textbooks on the top of the page and enter in your class information to create a customized list of your textbooks. For suggestions on how to access your textbooks more affordably, please read our information sheet, Accessing Affordable Textbooks.  For more information on how to purchase textbooks with your financial aid, please read below.

  • iconHow can I purchase textbooks with money from financial aid?

    If you are receiving a financial aid refund, you can charge your textbook purchases on your Access card before you receive your refund. You will need to pick up a deposit form in the Access card office in Benson Center and use this to deposit money from your Bursar's account (which includes your financial aid refund) to your Access Card Flex Account.  After doing this, you can then purchase your books from the Campus Bookstore on your Access Card Flex Account. This money will be repaid with your financial aid refund. Refunds are processed after the add/drop period (after the first week of classes) either by check or direct deposit. Please remember that, if you charge your books to your Access card, the amount charged will be subtracted from your original refund.

  • iconCan I bring my car to campus?

    Parking on campus is limited. For commuter students, there are parking permits available for purchase on ecampus. If you are using your financial aid to make this purchase, please see below for more information if you are using your financial aid to purchase your permit.

    At the commuter student meeting on Sunday, Sept. 15. 2013 we will provide temporary parking passes that commuter students can use for the first day of LEAD Week classes on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. You will need to purchase a parking pass by Monday for use the rest of the week and academic year.

    Undergraduate freshmen who are living in the residence halls are not allowed to bring their cars to campus for fall-spring quarters of their first year. If not being able to have a car on campus would present a hardship, students can apply for an exemption through the Campus Safety office.

    For more information on parking permits, including permit costs, where to purchase permits and the undergraduate freshmen parking policy, you can go to: http://facilities.scu.edu/campus-safety/parking-information/

  • iconHow can I purchase a parking permit with money from financial aid?

    Since campus parking is very limited only first year students who are commuting to campus may purchase parking permits. Undergraduate first year students who are living in the residence halls are not allowed to bring their cars to campus for fall-spring quarters of their first year.

    If you are a commuter student and plan to purchase a parking permit, you can use your financial aid refund to do this.  You will need to pick up a deposit form in the Access card office in Benson Center and use this to deposit money from your Bursar's account (which includes your financial aid refund) to your Access Card Flex Account. You will then need to complete your parking permit application on ecampus and save it. After this, print the receipt, then take it to Campus Safety office to complete your payment with Access card.  Note:  Campus Safety will need to actually swipe the Access card through the Access cash machine to charge.  This money will be repaid with your financial aid refund. Refunds are processed after the add/drop period (after the first week of classes) either by check or direct deposit. Please remember that, if you charge your parking permit to your Access card, the amount charged will be subtracted from your original refund.

    For more information on parking permits, including permit costs, where to purchase permits and the undergraduate freshmen parking policy, you can go to: http://facilities.scu.edu/campus-safety/parking-information/

  • iconWhy do I have to stay on campus for LEAD Week?

    To build community among the LEAD Scholars and become familiar with SCU life, we require that all LEAD Week participants who are living on campus stay on campus during LEAD Week. This is to ensure that you focus on LEAD Week courses, activities and friendships. There will be some organized off campus trips to eat meals, pick up groceries, etc.

  • iconWhat about housing and meals?

    Meals will be provided by the LEAD Scholars Program from the evening of Sunday, September 15 – Friday, September 20, 2013. Housing from Sunday, September 15 –Friday, September 20, 2013 is also provided to LEAD Scholars who are living on campus during the academic year. They will move into their permanent residence hall rooms when they arrive on campus on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. 

    Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing for commuter students who will need to live at home during LEAD Week.

  • iconWho are the LEAD Week Peer Mentors and Educators?

    The LEAD Week Peer Mentors and Educators are continuing students—LEAD sophomores, juniors and seniors who will be assisting with LEAD Week and guiding you through your first week (and beyond) here at SCU. The Peer Educators specifically assist with your ENGL and LEAD Seminar classes. They are present during your class and are available to meet with after class to provide academic support. The Peer Educators will continue to support you during the fall and winter quarters.

    The Peer Mentors are also a source of guidance during this first week and beyond. They will each lead a small group of students each day during LEAD Week. As a group, you will get to know each other, discuss your transition to college and learn about strategies for success. They also plan and run large group social activities in the afternoons and evenings. Through the year(s) they will serve as informal sources of support and guidance.

    Overall the LEAD Week student staff is an outstanding group of students who were in your shoes one, two or three years ago. They are dedicated to your success and are happy to be a resource for you.

  • iconWhat if I am arriving before 10 a.m or after 4:30 p.m.?

    If you will be arriving before 10 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m., please contact the LEAD Scholars Program Office so we may anticipate your arrival. Please note the LEAD Scholars Program cannot provide housing prior to 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2013. For more information on visiting campus as well as nearby accommodations, click here.
  • iconShould my family and I plan to attend Welcome Weekend?

    Welcome Weekend happens the weekend after LEAD Week from September 21-22, 2013. While you will have moved into your permanent housing on September 15, 2013, most students will be moving in on September 21, 2013. Welcome Weekend activities are optional and include move-in assistance and some programming. Most of the programming offered is for students, and thus you may want to attend. Programs for families are limited and do not offer much beyond what was offered at summer orientation. For the most part, many of the students and their families will be focused on moving in during those two days.

    In addition to participating in Welcome Weekend, you may want offer a helping hand to your roommates and others as they move in. For more information on Welcome Weekend including the schedule, click here.

 
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