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Welcome Weekend

The official start to the academic year begins with move-in on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Welcome Weekend is designed for all new students: residential, commuter, and transfer students.

View the 2016 Schedule

The schedule is available in three different formats:

  • Welcome Weekend, September 17-18: Schedule Highlights
  • Welcome Weeks, September 19-October 8: Full Schedule
  • A limited number of print versions will be available at Welcome Weekend check-in
  • Mobile app via Guidebook (available in late summer)

Once available later this summer, here are instructions to download the Guidebook mobile app version:

General Schedule Description

In the sections below, click on the triangular arrow to expand and collapse the information box with general description of each day during Welcome Weekend.

In the morning there will be a Get Organized! Vendor Fair. This fair brings together the most popular on- and off-campus vendors including local banks, stores, hotels, restaurants, and services available to Santa Clara students and their families. Many on-campus offices will also be available at the fair to answer questions and provide resources.

In the afternoon University President Fr. Michael Engh, S.J. will welcome new students and their families during his annual President's Welcome.

Although some sessions and activities are required on this day, most are optional so that new students are able to share their time with family.

In the morning all new students and their families are invited to attend the welcome mass and reception. After the mass families are asked to say their goodbyes by noon.

Sunday afternoon and evening are dedicated to student-only sessions and activities, most of which are required.

Campus Resources

Parking Permits

Download and print free parking permit:

Additional parking notes:

  • Other ways to get a permit include picking one up at either (1) the main gate upon driving onto campus via Palm Drive or (2) the check-in area in Graham Hall.
  • Recommended parking is:
    • Either in the main parking garage in the middle of campus (Central Parking Structure)
    • Or in the parking garage by the Art & Art History Building (bordered by Franklin Street, Alviso Street, Benton Street, and The Alameda)
    • Please see the links in the above section for a Campus Map and Parking Map