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ShadowSCU runs from January 25th through March 4th, and from March 31st through April 29th. Like a real SCU student, you will make your own decisions about how to spend your time here. Your student guide will introduce you to campus life, take you to a class, and provide a room for you to stay in if an overnight is requested and capacity allows.

Admitted students are invited to experience Santa Clara University through the ShadowSCU program: a program for admitted students, managed by current SCU students in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Our office will provide you with a few pointers and a list of suggested activities. The rest is up to you. Try to decide on your own priorities in advance: do you want to see the lab facilities in a certain field, get a sense of the overall classroom culture, or find out what the athletic facilities are like?

However you choose to spend your time, we recommend talking to as many people as possible. Don’t be shy! As you’ll quickly discover, Santa Clara is full of friendly people who are delighted to share their experience with you.


ShadowSCU Liability Form (Required)

What to Pack for your ShadowSCU Experience


ShadowSCU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How far in advance do I have to register for ShadowSCU?
    Registration is preferred to be completed 10 days in advance, but we’ll be happy to try and accommodate any other requests if we’re able to set one up. Feel free to call us at 408-554-4700 to ask about availability.

  2. What’s the class schedule and how do I plan my day at SCU?
    Classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday start at 9:15 a.m. and continuing every hour and 15 minutes. On Tuesday and Thursday, classes begin at 9:55 a.m. and continue every one hour and 55 minutes. Guests only attend one class and are asked to not leave early.

  3. Can I see a residence hall during my ShadowSCU visit?
    If your overnight request is granted, you will be staying in a residence hall with a current student.

  4. Is there any way to make sure I get into ShadowSCU?
    Every effort will be made to accommodate your request in light of limited space and student/class availability. The more flexible your request, the higher the likelihood of attending the program.

  5. Between January and April, is this program offered daily?
    No, due to holidays, midterms and finals there are dates where the program is not offered. See our calendar for exact dates ShadowSCU is offered.

  6. How are the RSVP’s handled?
    RSVP’s will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be able to select a course as well as an overnight. The calendar is real-time so unfortunately if you do not see a class offered on a particular day it is not available to shadow. You will receive a confirmation email instantaneously with your RSVP request. Do not RSVP for more than one class—if we find duplicates we will delete BOTH reservations.

  7. Is there someone I can contact for more information?
    Yes, you can contact our front office at 408-554-4700 or by e-mail at

  8. Are there accommodations for people with disabilities?
    We are happy to provide you with reasonable accommodation, please call our office at 408-554-4700 at least two weeks prior to the event so we can best help you.