Sparta Camp (Frosh Orientation)

Sparta Camp (Frosh Orientation) is going virtual! 

As a result of recent developments surrounding COVID-19, New Student and Family Programs has decided to make our summer orientation program a virtual experience. We are excited to use our virtual platforms to welcome our incoming students and their parents, families and/or supporters to SJSU!

Students attending Sparta Camp who need live captioning or other accommodations should contact the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at as soon as possible or at least two weeks prior to attending your orientation session.

All admitted students must attend one virtual 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 2021. 

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 student portal.

Summer 2021 Sparta Camp Orientation Session Dates

  • Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - Wednesday, July 14, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - Wednesday, July 21, 2021
  • Friday, July 23, 2021 - Saturday, July 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - Wednesday, July 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - Wednesday, August 4, 2021
  • Monday, August 9, 2021 - Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Summer 2021 Sparta Camp Orientation Schedule

View the Sparta Camp Orientation Schedule [pdf].

Changing 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

Before Attending Sparta Camp

  1. Complete Spartan Link Online Orientation Module.
  2. Review the SJSU Orientation Canvas Shell (will be given access in May 2021)
  3. Review your confirmation letter sent to your MySJSU Messages one week prior to your Sparta Camp session.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at 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.