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New Student Orientation

First-Year—Class of 2021

After confirming your enrollment, register for an Orientation session via eCampus before May 1. Registrations will be accommodated in the order received.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is your first chance to experience Santa Clara University as a student. At Orientation, you will meet fellow students, discover your residential learning community assignment, learn about our academic and campus resources, register for fall quarter classes, and stay overnight in one of our residence halls.

Orientation is an exciting time for new students and necessary to prepare for your first year at Santa Clara. Because it is so important to your success, all new students are required to attend one of the seven sessions offered.

Although we encourage all first-year students to attend a July session, a limited number of spaces are available in the September session (September 13–14) for students with special circumstances. Requests to attend this session must be communicated to the Orientation staff in the Center for Student Involvement (orientation@scu.edu, 408-551-1995).

The Orientation staff in the Center for Student Involvement will begin reviewing requests for Session 7 in mid-April. Because space in this final session is limited and not all requests will be granted, students are asked to identify one of the six July sessions they can attend as well. If your request is granted, we will move you to the September session and send a new confirmation.

Student Fees

All first-year students are charged a one-time program fee. The fee covers all meals, lodging, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs for both Orientation and Welcome Weekend. Please go to the Orientation website for further information.

Parent & Guest Fees

All parents and guests attending Orientation with their first-year students are charged a one-time program fee. The fee covers all meals, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs for both Orientation. Welcome Weekend is a separate fee per person. Please see the Orientation website for further information.

Fee Waivers

Students who are Federal Pell Grant eligible may request a fee waiver for Orientation. The fee waiver request must be made at the same time as Orientation registration. An email should be sent to the Orientation staff in the Center for Student Involvement (orientation@scu.edu, 408-551-1995) requesting the waiver request. All requests will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and, if approved, an adjustment will be made to the student’s financial aid award.

First-Year Summer Orientation Registration Begins: March 1
Session 1 Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11
Session 2 Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14*
Session 3 Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18*
Session 4 Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21†
Session 5 Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25†
Session 6 Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28
Session 7 Wednesday, September 13, and Thursday, September 14

* University Honors Program students are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend the second or third sessions.

† University LEAD Scholars are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend the fourth or fifth sessions.

Note: First-year international students are required to attend one of the above Orientation sessions, in addition to the required Global Engagement Office (GEO) International Student Welcome on Tuesday, September 12.