Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

Adventure Trips

2015 Trips To Be Announced!

Want to meet fellow Santa Clara students in an off-campus environment, explore the California landscape, and develop your leadership skills?  Start your first year off right with one of our excursions! The Center for Student Leadership and the Office of New Student Programs will be offering trips for incoming first-year students before Welcome Weekend. Participating students will be able to move into their residence halls early and return from their trips to enjoy Welcome Weekend activities.


Will I get to move into my actual room?

Yes, the student will move into the room that they will live in for the academic year.

What do I bring?

The trip you register for will have different items you will need to be successful. The backpacking trip will require some technical equipment, please read the section about required camping supplies required in the backpacking section.

What is the weather like?

We expect the classic Santa Clara sunshine! Evenings will be cooler, so we suggest bringing a sweatshirt or light jacket. Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared!

How strenuous are the activities?

We recommend that students who participate in backpacking be fairly fit and ready for moderate to strenuous physical activity. Students who attend the scuID retreat will be lightly active during the ropes course activity. Both kayaking and rock climbing will require some strenuous activity, but anyone can participate!

Do I need experience?

No experience is necessary for any of our trips!

How can I get more information?

Email the Office of New Student Programs at or call us at (408)554-4745. Our hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

Is financial aid available for the trips?

There may be a small amount of financial aid available to students who may not be able to afford the entire cost of the trip. If you think you would be eligible for financial aid, please contact the orientation office after you register for a trip. We will contact the financial aid office to see if you can receive financial aid assistance.

Center for Student Leadership (CSL)

The Center for Student Leadership (CSL) is dedicated to providing high quality leadership education through leadership programs and student activities in an integrated academic environment. Working with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the greater community, CSL will:

  • Prepare you to be informed educated leaders in society who exhibit courage, character, and respect for others.
  • Provide you opportunities to discover your potential and examine your personal values, opinions, and beliefs.
  • Encourage you to practice skills and competencies associated with effective leadership.
  • Advise student leaders and student organizations in group development, organizational management, and program development.
  • Be an advocate for your interests and celebrate your contributions to University life and the larger community.

The Center for Student Leadership is housed in the Locatelli Student Activity Center and oversees New Student Orientation, leadership retreats, the Emerging Leaders Program, and all chartered and registered student organizations. To get involved during the school year, stop by the second floor of Locatelli or contact us at (408)554-4745.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild is Santa Clara University's outdoor organization that dedicates itself to providing students with opportunities to explore the beauty and wilderness of California and beyond. We encourage everyone to Get Up, Get Out, and Go Wild!

Every week we organize trips for all skill levels that include hiking, backpacking, snow camping, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, surfing and more. We aim to promote healthy, sober fun while encouraging education in environmentally sustainable practices. Join us next year to experience what it means to go wild here at Santa Clara!

Into the Wild is a Chartered Student Organization (CSO) and will be advertising at the Involvement Fair on the first Monday of school. For more information about Into the Wild, contact the organization’s president, Anderson Barkow at

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