Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

Parent Orientation

orientation, faculty assisting studentParents are encouraged, but not required, to attend Summer Orientation with their student. Parent Orientation will introduce parents to the values, goals, and practices of Santa Clara University. Parents will meet and interact with administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Although the student and parent programs are held on the same dates, a majority of the sessions are conducted separately. 

Because of space limitations, we can accommodate a maximum of two parents or guests per student. Please note that Summer Orientation is geared towards parent/adult participants and is not appropriate for younger siblings or friends.

Parents or guests are charged a one-time $120 program fee per person, which covers the cost of all meals, materials, and activities (lodging is not included), and administrative costs for both Parent Orientation and Welcome Weekend.

The program schedule for Summer Orientation is much different than Welcome Weekend. While there is opportunity to gain some information during Welcome Weekend, Parent Orientation is the most comprehensive opportunity to learn about the student experience at SCU. For parents and guests who attend only Welcome Weekend, the cost of the program is $20 per person.  

On-campus housing is required for students attending orientation. To assist parents with their accommodations, we have provided a list of hotels located close to campus. Please see the Parent/Guest Housing Accommodations link below. We recommend you contact a hotel at least four weeks in advance.

Please visit these pages that will help prepare you for Parent Orientation:
1) Sample Parent Program Schedule
2) Parent/Guest Housing Accommodations
3) Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
4) Academic Calendars for the Next Four Years
5) Resources for First Year Parents

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