Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program


Mandatory for incoming freshmen LEAD Scholars, LEAD Week takes places the week before fall quarter begins. This program is a one-week program that is of no cost to student participants. 

First year students are introduced to the academics of Santa Clara University by beginning their English 1A (Critical Thinking and Writing (CTW) 1) class early. Transfer students also take English 1A if they have not fulfilled their introductory English course, however in most cases transfer students will begin LEAD 101, their college transition seminar course during LEAD Week.  

All participants will also take a one-week elective course of their choosing in such fields as Engineering, Chemistry, Business, or Religious Studies. LEAD Week also offers workshops that familiarize students with university resources and culture. Lastly, peer mentors coordinate a various team-building activities to engage students and foster community among LEAD Scholars.

In early August, all participants will receive an email with more LEAD Week information and forms to complete. The forms must be completed by Friday, August 7, 2015.

For LEAD Scholars who are living on campus, please plan to move on to campus on Sunday, September 13, 2015 between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Since it can take several hours to unpack and settle in, please plan to allow plenty of time before we gather at 4:30 p.m. for a reception with you and your family.

For LEAD Scholars commuting to campus, please plan to arrive on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. for a commuter student meeting. Please bring your family if they are able to join you. During this time you and your family members will have a chance to meet with incoming students who will be commuting, as well as commuter LEAD Scholars who are now sophomores, juniors and seniors. After this meeting, we will have a 4:30 reception for you and your family. The 4:30 reception will be followed by a dinner just for LEAD Scholars.

Please be aware that no visitors (including parents, family, friends) are allowed during LEAD Week except for move-in day. Additionally, Scholars are not allowed to leave the campus during the program, unless as part of an organized LEAD Week activity. For more information on these policies, please read the frequently asked questions section and the LEAD Week contract.

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