Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

Parent Orientation

Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend Orientation with their student. Parent Orientation will introduce parents to the values, goals, and practices of SCU. 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.

Program Fees

Parents or 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.

The program schedule for Orientation is much different than Welcome Weekend. While there is opportunity to gain some information during Welcome Weekend, 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.

Changes or Cancellations

We are able to add parents or guests to reservations at any time including at session check-in. However, if you need to cancel a parent/guest reservation, you must cancel your reservation by July 1, 2015 or you will be charged the full fee. To add or remove a parent or guest from your reservation, please email us at with the full name of the individual to be added or removed.

Housing Accommodations

On-campus housing is required and provided for students attending Orientation. Parents and guests must secure their own housing.

Hotel & Car Rental Discounts Available!

Preparing for Parent Orientation

Alcohol Education & Sexual Violence Prevention

Excerpt from Letter to Parents:
One way in which we address these issues is through a mandatory course required for all first year and transfer students offered by CampusClarity called Think About It. It is an innovative, engaging, and informative online course created with students for students. In the course, students will examine the interconnected issues of hooking up, substance abuse, sexual violence, and the importance of bystander intervention in a college setting. Students 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 they 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.

Career Development for Your Student

SCU Parent Orientation
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