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Sessions

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First Year Students

All first year students are required to attend Orientation. During your Orientation session you will meet fellow students, find out which Residential Learning Community (RLC) you will live in, register for fall classes, learn about our academic and co-curricular programs, find out how you can get involved with the Santa Clara community, and stay overnight in one of our residence halls (except for Session 7 commuter students).

Transfer Students

All transfer students are required to attend Transfer Orientation. During your Orientation session you will meet fellow students, register for classes, learn about our academic and co-curricular programs, and find out how you can get involved with the Santa Clara community. There are two Transfer Orientation sessions: one in September for transfer students starting classes in the fall quarter and one in January for transfer students starting classes in the winter quarter.

International Students

All international students are required to attend Orientation. If you are unable to attend one of the July sessions, you must attend Orientation during Session 7 in September during the week prior to Welcome Weekend. In addition to Orientation, if you do not hold a U.S. passport, you must also attend International Student Welcome hosted by the International Student & Scholars Program within the Global Engagement Office.

Parents & Guests

Parents and guests are encouraged, but not required, to attend Orientation with their students. This Orientation session will introduce parents and guests to the values, goals, and practices of Santa Clara as well as share resources about our academic programs and student services.

Presentations

This section contains downloadable material that is shared with you during your Orientation session either as handouts or as projected presentations.