Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program


Mandatory for incoming freshmen LEAD Scholars, LEAD Week takes places the week before fall quarter begins. This program is a one-week program that is of no cost to student participants. Students are introduced to the academics of Santa Clara University by beginning their English 1A (Critical Thinking and Writing (CTW) 1) class early. They also take a one-week elective course of their choosing in such fields as Engineering, Chemistry, Business, or Religious Studies. LEAD Week also offers workshops that familiarize students with university resources and culture. Lastly, peer mentors coordinate a various team-building activities to engage students and foster community among LEAD Scholars.

Transfer student participants are required to participate in LEAD Week, but may not be required to take English 1A in the program if they have already fulfilled this requirement. They are required to participate in the transfer student meetings and the LEAD Week elective as well as all other college success and community building activities.

In early August, shortly after attending New Student Orientation, incoming freshmen LEAD Scholars will receive an informational packet with more information about LEAD Week including information about check in. This packet will also include forms that participants must complete, and return to us by Friday, August 9, 2013.

For LEAD Scholars who are living on campus, please plan to move on to campus on Sunday, September 15, 2013 between 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Since it can take several hours to unpack and settle in, please plan to allow plenty of time before we gather at 4:30 p.m. for a reception with you and your family.

For LEAD Scholars commuting to campus, please plan to arrive on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. for a commuter student gathering. During this time you and your family members will have a chance to meet with incoming freshmen who will be commuting, as well as commuter LEAD Scholars who are now sophomores, juniors and seniors. After this meeting, we will have a 4:30 reception for you and your family. The 4:30 reception will be followed by a dinner just for LEAD Scholars.

Please be aware that no visitors (including parents, family, friends) are allowed during LEAD Week except for move-in day. Additionally, Scholars are not allowed to leave the campus during the program, unless as part of an organized LEAD Week activity. For more information on these policies, please read the frequently asked questions section and the LEAD Week contract.

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