Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Am I required to attend Orientation?

Yes, Orientation is required for all new students. It is essential that you attend so you can learn about the academic programs, receive academic advising, learn about campus resources, and register for classes.

Are my parents required to attend Orientation?

We encourage, but do not require, parents to attend. Due to space limitations, each student is limited to a maximum of two parents or guests.

When does Orientation begin and end?

Orientation check-in begins at 7:30am on the first day of your Orientation session. You will be permitted to check-out on the second day of your session around 4:00pm. Students are required to attend the entire two-day session and are not permitted to leave campus for the duration of the program. Early departure from Orientation may interfere with your ability to register for fall quarter classes. We advise you to not make air travel arrangements that require a departure before 6:00pm.

For parents attending Orientation, your schedule of activities will end around 5:15pm on the first day and, similarly to the students, around 4:00pm on the second day.

When can I make my Orientation reservation?

First year students may make their reservations for Orientation via eCampus from March 13, 2015 until May 1, 2015. Transfer students may make their Orientation reservation via eCampus from May 1, 2015 until June 15, 2015.

What are the fees for Orientation and how do I pay these fees?

First year students are charged a $295 program fee which covers the cost of both Orientation and Welcome Weekend. This fee covers meals, lodging, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs. The charge will be posted to your student account shortly after Orientation.

Parents and guests are charged a $125 program fee per person which covers meals, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs (lodging is not included) for both Orientation and Welcome Weekend.

Transfer students are charged a $135 program fee which covers the costs of both Transfer Orientation and Welcome Weekend. This fee covers meals, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs. The charge will be made to your student account shortly after Orientation.

Parents and guests of transfer students are charged a $50 program fee per person which covers meals, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs (lodging is not included) for both Orientation and Welcome Weekend.

For parents and guests only attending Welcome Weekend, the cost of the program is $20 per person.

How can I change my Orientation reservation?

We are only able to change reservations in extraordinary circumstances and based on space availability. If you need to change your reservation, please contact us as soon as possible at 408-551-1995, orientation@scu.edu. While we will make every effort to accommodate your needs, we cannot guarantee that requests will be granted.

We are able to add parents or guests (up to two per student) to your reservation at any time including check-in. However, if you need to remove a parent or guest from your reservation, you must do so by July 1, 2015 or you will be charged the full program fee for your parent or guest. To add or remove a parent or guest from your reservation, please call or email us at 408-551-1995, orientation@scu.edu with the full name of the individual to be added or removed.

If I know what session I want to attend, should I make travel plans?

Once you have submitted your reservation online and received your email confirmation, you may begin to make your travel plans. If you have questions about whether your reservation was received, please call or email us at 408-551-1995, orientation@scu.edu.

Am I required to stay overnight in the residence hall during Orientation?

Yes. All students, including students planning to live off-campus in the fall, are required to stay overnight in the residence hall during their Orientation session.

Where do parents stay during the night of Orientation?

Unfortunately, we do not provide overnight housing to parents. Most parents choose to stay in a nearby hotel or with family or friends in the area.

Can I arrive early or stay late after a session?

We understand the challenge in making travel plans for Orientation. Students with special circumstances may request to arrive one day early or stay one day later for their Orientation session. If you need extended housing, please contact us by June 14, 2015 at orientation@scu.edu and include your name, student ID number, cell phone number, and flight information. We will contact you after you submit your request to let you know if it has been approved. Any requests received after June 14, 2015 may not be considered for early arrival or late stay.

Am I permitted to leave campus during Orientation?

No. Because Orientation is an important academic and social experience, full student participation is needed. Students are not permitted to leave campus at any time during the two-day session.

If I attend a later Orientation session, will I have difficulty registering for classes?

The Office of the Registrar divides the number of seats available in each first-year course evenly among all Orientation sessions. Therefore, each student should have equal chance to register for courses that fulfill requirements for their majors and the Core Curriculum.

What should I bring to Orientation?

When packing for Summer Orientation, please include the following items:
  • A government-issued photo identification
  • Pillow, sheets (beds are twin XL), blanket, and/or sleeping bag
  • Towel, shower shoes, and toiletries
  • Alarm clock
  • Notebook and pens

Do I need to take the Calculus Readiness Exam or Language Placement Exam?

Information about these two exams can be found here. These exams should be completed prior to your Orientation session.

Where can I find the health insurance waiver?

The link to the health insurance waiver can be found on the Cowell Student Health Center website.

Additional questions?

If you have any additional questions about Orientation or your transition to Santa Clara University, please feel free to call or email us at 408-551-1995, orientation@scu.edu.

 
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