Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

First Year Students

At SCU we want to do all that we can to make sure you are prepared to excel academically, socially, and spiritually. This is why we require all new students to attend Orientation where you will meet fellow students, register for fall classes, learn about our academic and campus programs, and stay overnight in one of our residence halls.

2015 Orientation Dates

The 2015 Orientation dates are now available on our website. You can begin to register on March 3, 2015. All registrations should be made by May 1, 2015 via your eCampus account. Please remember that Orientation is an academic requirement of the University and all new students must attend. If you have a parent or guest attending with you, they will participate on the same days but follow a parent schedule different from the student schedule.

When You Arrive

When you arrive on campus, there will be undergraduate Orientation Leaders ready to greet you, answer all of your questions, lead through your schedule and around campus, and tell you about classes, campus life, and other exciting opportunities at SCU.

All students attending Orientation, including students planning to live off-campus in the fall, are expected to stay overnight in the residence halls. This will be an opportunity for you to experience SCU's residential life and meet other new students. Students are not permitted to leave campus at any time during the two-day session.

Program Fee

All students are charged a $295 program fee which covers the costs 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.


Click here for the 2015 Orientation Schedule

Alcohol Education & Sexual Violence Prevention

Excerpt from Letter to Students:

To help create a safe environment for you and other students, you are required to complete an online course at CampusClarity called Think About It. It is an innovative, engaging, and informative course created with students for students. In the course, you will examine the interconnected issues of hooking up, substance abuse, sexual violence, and the importance of bystander intervention in a college setting. You will also learn about healthy relationships, the importance of consent and being a good communicator, how to report incidents of sexual violence on- and off-campus, and the many ways you can help create a safe and respectful campus. This course is just one of many ways the University works with students throughout the year to raise their awareness and prevent alcohol and drug abuse and sexual violence on campus.

The week of August 10th, you will receive an email sent to your Santa Clara University email account from Campus Clarity with instructions on how to complete the course. Think About It takes about two to two-and-a-half hours to complete. You can work at your own pace from any computer (requires Flash player.) You can leave and return to the course at any time and pick up where you left off. You are required to complete the course by September 7, 2015. If you do not complete Think About it by the due date, you will be fined and a hold will be placed on your student account. This means that you will not be able to register for, add, or drop classes until the courses are completed.

Career Development for Students

Register Now

After confirming your enrollment, reserve an orientation session in eCampus between March 2 and May 1, 2015. Reservations will be accommodated in the order received.

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