Sparta Camp (Frosh Orientation)

All admitted students must attend one Sparta Camp session, which is a two-day experience, and participate for the entire duration of the program.  Here you will get an official campus welcome, hear from various departments including Financial Aid and the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, meet with academic advisors, and get a chance to connect with an Orientation Leader. Sparta Camp will be complete once you are done with your advising and course registration overview on day two. 

Sparta Camp is mandatory and attendance will be recorded. If you do not attend, or if you leave during any portion of the event, you will be blocked from registering for classes and will NOT be able to attend SJSU in Fall 2022. 

New Student and Family Programs will send you an orientation confirmation letter to your MySJSU Messages one week prior to your scheduled virtual orientation date. You can access your MySJSU Messages via your one.SJSU.edu student portal.

Summer 2022 Sparta Camp Orientation Session Dates

  • Thursday, June 30 - Friday, July 1, 2022
  • Thursday, July 7 - Friday, July 8, 2022
  • Tuesday, July 12 - Wednesday, July 13, 2022
  • Tuesday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 20, 2022
  • Friday, July 22 - Saturday, July 23, 2022
  • Tuesday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 27, 2022
  • Tuesday, August 2 - Wednesday, August 3, 2022
  • Tuesday, August 9 - Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Please note that all of these sessions may not be available to you on your Next Step portal. Sparta Camp orientation sessions you may select from will be based upon when your major will be offering academic advising. Additionally, sessions fill up on a first come, first serve basis so this may also affect general orientation session availability.

Sparta Camp Schedule

You can access the Sparta Camp schedule HERE [pdf].

Frosh students attending the Sparta Camp program will be required to stay overnight in one of the suite-style residence halls during their 2-day orientation session. This cost is factored into the Enrollment Deposit/Orientation fee paid upon completing the Intent to Enroll process.

View your Sparta Camp Session

You may change your session in your Next Steps portal prior to the intent to enrollment deadline. In hopes to maintain an equitable registration process for all incoming SJSU students, we do not accommodate orientation session changes after the intent to enrollment deadline. We do make exceptions for extenuating emergencies that can be verified with proper documentation. If you have an emergency and can't attend Sparta Camp, please contact us at frosh-orientation@sjsu.edu.

Before Attending Sparta Camp

  1. Complete Spartan Link Online Orientation Module. (Students given access in May 2022)
  2. Review your confirmation letter sent to your MySJSU Messages (access through your one.SJSU.edu portal) one (1) week prior to your Sparta Camp session.

Students attending Sparta Camp who need accommodations should contact the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at aec-info@sjsu.edu as soon as possible or at least two weeks prior to attending your orientation session.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at frosh-orientation@sjsu.edu or 408-924-5972.


Parents and family members are also encouraged to attend orientation. There will be sessions specifically designed with their needs and questions in mind. Please visit our Parent & Family Orientation page for more information.