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Questions & Answers

Click on the triangular arrow to expand and collapse the answer to each frequently asked question. Do you have other questions not answered below? Contact us at or 408-551-1995.

It is certainly possible to change your Orientation date. However, please keep in mind that once we are at full capacity for a session, we can no longer add students to that session. We can put you on a wait list and inform you if any openings in your desired session open up.

No, students are not allowed to leave campus while they are attending Orientation. Parents and guests are free to attend whatever parts of their Orientation session fit their schedule and interests.

No, your student will not be alone. In addition to having a roommate, there will be Orientation Leaders acting as Community Facilitators for all new students. Community Facilitators, also known as CFs, are Santa Clara's version of a Residential Assistant or RA as they are typically called at other colleges and universities. There will also be Campus Safety officers in the residence halls and around campus to ensure your student's safety.

Yes, students must be Pell Grant eligible in order to receive an Orientation fee waiver. To request a fee waiver, please email our office at with the your first name, last name, and student ID number.

Parents and guests are not eligible for a fee waiver. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances.

You should bring clothing for two days, toiletries, and your own bedding (i.e. pillow, sleeping bag or sheets, and blankets for a twin bed). You must also bring a government-issued ID so that you can receive your Santa Clara ID card (ACCESS Card).

Check-in will be taking place in the lobby of McLaughlin-Walsh Residence Hall (Unity RLC) from 7:30am- 8:30am. for Sessions 1-6 (July). The locations for check-in for Session 7 (September), Fall Transfer Orientation (September), and Winter Transfer Orientation (January) are TBA.

A free parking permit will be emailed to you a few days prior to your Orientation session. Be sure to print it out and put it on the dashboard of your vehicle.

When driving onto campus, please use the main entrance of the University on Palm Drive. The entrance leads to the parking garage. From there Orientation Leaders will guide you from the parking garage to McLaughlin-Walsh Residence Hall (Unity RLC).

Please contact our office at or 408-551-1995.

You will be notified of your Residential Learning Community (RLC) and corresponding residence hall at Orientation. If you are attending Session 7 or Transfer Orientation in September, this information will be found in your Ecampus account.

Your roommate information will be found in your Ecampus account towards the middle of August.

If you meet someone at Orientation that is living in the same residence hall as you and you two would like to be roommates, please send an email to with that student's first name, last name, and student ID number. However, please note that the Housing Office cannot guarantee that all changes will be made.

You can change your Residential Learning Community (RLC) by contacting the Housing Office at However, please note that the Housing Office cannot guarantee that all changes will be made.

No, they are not. Every Orientation session has an equal amount of slots available in classes for first year students, so students in Session 7 have the same odds of enrolling in classes they need as do students in Session 1.