Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

First Year Students

At Santa Clara 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. 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, 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 Santa Clara'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 one-time $295 program fee, which covers the costs of both Orientation and Welcome Weekend. This fee covers all meals, lodging, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs. The charge will be posted to your student account shortly after Orientation.

More Information

Additional information regarding Orientation can be found in the links below:

Register Now

After confirming your enrollment, reserve an orientation session in eCampus between March 1 and May 3, 2014. Reservations will be accommodated in the order received.


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