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Orientation 2023
Get the information and tools you need to explore your new environment,
access important resources, and engage with your peers.
Your growth as a Bronco starts here!

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Orientation includes academic advising, course enrollment, online tools, and engagement opportunities.

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Registration instructions for Academic Advising & Course Enrollment sessions as well as fee information.

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Navigate here to Requirements

A summary of requirements for Orientation due between your admission acceptance to your first quarter of classes.

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Bronco Prep Guides are email newsletters with information, deadlines, and resources for all new students and parents.

Information as of May 24, 2023

Orientation 2023

All new students (first year students and transfer students) are required to participate in all parts of Orientation which also includes academic advising and course enrollment. Orientation entails engaging with fellow students, registering for classes, learning about our academic and co-curricular programs, and obtaining information about how you can get involved with the Santa Clara community.

Parents and other family members are encouraged (not required) to participate in Orientation through sessions designed specifically for them. We will introduce parents and other family members to the values, goals, and practices of Santa Clara as well as share resources about our academic programs and student services.

Click here to view a full overview of the Orientation experience.

Additional sections of the Orientation website:

New Student Move-In & Welcome Weekend

Full details about New Student Move-In & Welcome Weekend will be shared throughout the spring and summer.

  • New Student Move-In & Welcome Weekend is when all new students and families will arrive on campus to move into the residence halls and participate in welcome events.
  • Welcome Weekend is still required for any new students living off campus; they just won't have a move-in time assigned to them.
  • New students living on campus will move into their residence halls on September 15.
  • The dates of Welcome Weekend are September 16-17.
  • Fall classes begin on September 18.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend will be February 23-24, 2024.

  • More details will be provided on our Family Weekend website and sent via email to students and parents starting in November.
  • Online registration will open by mid-December.


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SCU Campus Bronco Statue

Learn what you love. Discover yourself. Be brave, strong, giving, and compassionate. Be a part of a community that nourishes you, challenges you, and allows you to be who you want to be. We invite you to invent the life you want to lead.

Innovation at SCU

Grow through mentorship, research, and hands-on learning. The possibilities of academic life in Silicon Valley are limitless. We invite you to take critical thinking to the next level. Be curious. Be challenged. Be an innovator.

A Bronco Legacy

As an NCAA Division 1 school, SCU gave Steve Nash the opportunity to leave his home in Canada, launch his collegiate basketball career, and discover one of his favorite places in the world, the Bay Area.

Academic Programs and Opportunities

Watch live recordings and hear from students, faculty, and staff members on programs and opportunities available at SCU.

A Day in the Life

Find out what a day in the life of a current SCU student is like through these student takeovers that were originally posted on our Snapchat and Instagram accounts.

We Are SCU

Broncos are ambitious problem-solvers. They care about the world around them. In this series, We Are SCU, hear student ambassadors share their Santa Clara University stories.

Orientation Resources

Bronco Prep Guides

Click here to view more information about our Bronco Prep Guides which is an email newsletter series sent to all new students, parents, and families with welcome messages, information, deadlines, and online resources.

Travel & Accommodations

Click here for resources on travel and accommodations including campus maps, parking information, car rental discount, and hotel room blocks.

Prepared SCU

Click here to view the University's comprehensive health and safety plan for the entire SCU community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to stay up to date on student health and safety news and information related to COVID-19, vaccines, housing, dining, and more.