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Orientation 2020: Shift to Online

Updated 5-15-20, 9:00am PST

We are so excited to welcome you into the Santa Clara University family! At SCU, our top priority is the health and safety of our community. For that reason, we are taking the proactive step of minimizing risk from COVID-19 by moving Orientation to a virtual model instead of holding in-person sessions in July and September.

Please note the following schedule changes:

  • The July 9-10 session for first year students has been moved to July 13. If you registered for the July 9-10 session, then you have been automatically moved to the July 13 session.
  • The September 16-17 session for first year students has been moved to July 30. If you registered for the September 16-17 session, then you have been automatically moved to the July 30 session.
  • The September 18 session for transfer students has been moved to August 31. If you registered for the September 18 session, then you have been automatically moved to the August 31 session.
  • All other session dates remain the same as originally scheduled.
  • If these dates do not fit your schedule, you can request a different session by emailing orientation@scu.edu.
  • Parent/guest fees paid at the time of registration will be fully refunded (100%).

We recognize that this is a change from what we had hoped for, but we are still committed to providing the best possible experience to ease your transition to SCU.

During Orientation students will be learning about the Core Curriculum, meeting with academic advisors, registering for fall courses, engaging with the Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), gaining insights into campus services and resources, and starting conversations about our Jesuit and community values.

Please be assured that we continue to constantly monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will communicate any changes to Orientation. You can also check the Orientation website for updates as they become available.

Also note that we still intend to have in-person classes in the Fall. The latest University updates can be found at our COVID-19 resources page.

These are unprecedented times and we are grateful for your cooperation as we confront this virus. If you have any questions, please contact us and our Orientation staff will happily assist you.

We can't wait to meet you!

Summer 2020 Registration

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: July 13, 2020
  • Session 2: July 16, 2020
  • Session 3: July 20, 2020
  • Session 4: July 23, 2020
  • Session 5: July 27, 2020
  • Session 6: July 30, 2020
  • Transfer Session: August 31, 2020

Please note the following schedule changes:

  • The July 9-10 session for first year students has been moved to July 13. If you registered for the July 9-10 session, then you have been automatically moved to the July 13 session.
  • The September 16-17 session for first year students has been moved to July 30. If you registered for the September 16-17 session, then you have been automatically moved to the July 30 session.
  • The September 18 session for transfer students has been moved to August 31. If you registered for the September 18 session, then you have been automatically moved to the August 31 session.
  • All other session dates remain the same as originally scheduled.
  • If these dates do not fit your schedule, you can request a different session by emailing orientation@scu.edu.
  • Parent/guest fees paid at the time of registration will be fully refunded (100%).

Online registration for Summer Orientation 2020 for first year and transfer students:

  • Click here to register for Orientation 2020!
  • Please review the information on this webpage first, then click here to register.
  • Registration fees are charged directly to student accounts under the Bursar Office.
  • Registration fees for parents, other guests, and Welcome Weekend were paid directly to Orientation upon registering for an Orientation session; however, for Orientation 2020, all parent/guest fees will be fully refunded.

Winter 2021 Registration

Session Date:

  • Date to be announced in Fall 2020.

Online registration for Winter Orientation 2021 for first year and transfer students:

  • Online registration will be available by December 1, 2020.
  • Contact us at orientation@scu.edu to make changes to your registration.
  • Registration fees are charged directly to student accounts under the Bursar Office.
  • Parents and guests attend for free.

Registration Fees

Registration fees for Orientation and Welcome Weekend are as follow:

  • Summer 2020: First Year Students & Parents/Guests
    • $305 = First Year Student (Orientation + Welcome Weekend)
    • $135 = Parent/Guest of First Year Student (Orientation + Welcome Weekend) - WILL BE REFUNDED
    • $25 = Parent/Guest of First Year Student (Welcome Weekend only) - WILL BE REFUNDED
  • Summer 2020: Transfer Students & Parents/Guests
    • $135 = Transfer Student (Orientation + Welcome Weekend)
    • $50 = Parent/Guest of Transfer Student (Orientation + Welcome Weekend) - WILL BE REFUNDED
    • $25 = Parent/Guest of Transfer Student (Welcome Weekend only) - WILL BE REFUNDED
  • Winter 2021: First Year Students, Transfer Students & Parents/Guests
    • $50 = First Year Student & Transfer Student
    • Free = Parent/Guest of Student

Note: Student fees cover both Orientation and Welcome Weekend unless noted otherwise. Parents/guests pay separate fees for Orientation and Welcome Weekend unless noted otherwise.

What Do Fees Cover?

For students attending:

  • Summer 2020: the registration fee covers the costs of both Orientation and Welcome Weekend; this fee covers meals, materials, publications, activities, and administrative costs.
  • Winter 2021: the registration fee covers the costs of Orientation; this fee covers meals, materials, publications, and administrative costs.

For parents and guests attending:

  • Summer 2020: the registration fee covers the cost of meals, materials, publications, and administrative costs for Orientation.
  • Winter 2021: there is no registration fee.

Forms of Payment

If paying upon registering online, you may submit the following forms of payment:

  • Credit card (no American Express)
  • Checks made out to "Santa Clara University" and mailed to:
    • Santa Clara University
    • Center for Student Involvement
    • 500 El Camino Real
    • Santa Clara, California 95053

However, if paying in person upon Orientation check-in, you may submit the following forms of payment:

  • Credit card
  • Check made out to "Santa Clara University"
  • Cash

Registration Changes

If you need to make any changes to your registration, contact us at orientation@scu.edu.

Fee Waivers

Students must be Pell Grant eligible in order to receive an Orientation fee waiver. To request a fee waiver, please email our office at orientation@scu.edu with your first name, last name, and student ID number. Also, students must accept their financial aid packages first before a fee waiver can be fully processed.

Parents and guests are not eligible for fee waivers. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances.

Important Note About Payment

Registration fees for students are billed to their student accounts under the Bursar Office. However, fees for parents, other guests, and Welcome Weekend are paid directly to Orientation upon registering for an Orientation session.

  • For students attending Orientation sessions in July and September, billing statements will be available in your eCampus account starting August 1. The payment deadline for this bill is August 21.
  • For students attending Orientation sessions in January, billing statements will be available in your eCampus account starting February 1, however your payment is due on January 21.
  • Please contact the One Stop at 408-551-1000 or email onestop@scu.edu with payment questions.

Walk Ins & No Shows

Walk Ins: The Orientation staff does not accept walk-in registrations (i.e. register on the same day as the actual session or switch to an earlier session without telling us). We kindly request that you register for your session at least one week in advance. If you are registered for a session but need to make a change, please contact us at orientation@scu.edu as soon as possible so we can do our best to accommodate your request.

No Shows: If you do not attend the session that you registered for, you will be contacted to move to a later session. See our refund policy below to make sure you are eligible for a refund if requesting one.

Refunds

Contact us at orientation@scu.edu if you need a refund due to a duplicate payment, removal of guests from your registration, or cancellation of registration. For refunds due to cancellation, your request must be made prior to the Orientation session for which you are registered otherwise your refund may not be approved.

For More Information

Email: orientation@scu.edu
Phone: 408-551-1995

Click here to register for Orientation 2020!