Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program

LEAD Scholars Orientation

To support first-generation college students, it is important to introduce their families to the college experience. This SCU’s New Student Orientation provides an opportunity for students and their families to learn about SCU campus from current students, professors and staff. The orientation also provides an opportunity for students to learn about campus resources, the student community and register for classes.

LEAD Scholars are asked to attend New Student Orientation session 5 or session 6. While attendance at sessions 5 or 6 are strongly preferred they are not required. Incoming LEAD Scholars will participate in all of the orientation activities with other incoming freshman. In addition there are LEAD Scholar sessions for participants and their families to learn more about the LEAD Scholars program.

Please click here to learn more about New Student Orientation. If you are a LEAD Scholar and would like to register for or change your orientation session to 5 or 6, please email the New Student Orientation office at or 408-551-1995. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate students who are planning to attend orientation sesssion 7 since it conflicts with LEAD Week.

If you are a Pell Grant recipient, the New Student Orientation office is able to offer complimentary registration to the incoming students and one family member. Please contact them for more information.

LEAD Scholars Program Sessions at Orientation

LEAD Scholars Course Selection

During Orientation, LEAD Scholars will meet with the program faculty and staff to learn more about the program, learn more about courses in the program, and begin to explore other classes they want to take in fall quarter.

LEAD Scholars Dinner

The dinner is an opportunity to gather with other incoming LEAD Scholars, their families, as well as current students, faculty and staff involved in the LEAD Scholars Program. This is a chance to gather informally to get to know each other, and discuss the LEAD Scholars Program and the transition to college.

Please click here for more information on opportunities for Family Engagement.

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