Welcome Day 2022

Friday, Sept. 23, 2022: 10 a.m. to Noon

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Welcome Day Is a Great Way to 

  • Meet instructors
  • Learn about your Village
  • Check out academic programs, student services and activities that are part of the whole college experience at De Anza!

Village activities will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Individual programs and departments are planning activities, showcases and tours from 11 a.m. to noon. 

Please check back for updates and more details about activities planned for the  Welcome Day event for fall 2022.

Highlights From 2021 Event

Nearly 1,000 students participated in the 2021 Virtual Welcome Day event, attending online activities with their Village and meeting with faculty and staff members from more than 40 departments and programs. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a successfull event! 

Meet the Prize Winners!

Students who attended at least one Village session on Welcome Day were enrolled in a drawing for prizes purchased with donated funds. Congratulations to Bryan Bahena, Raine Beamon, Emily Datta, Rachael Lin, Zitlaly Lopez-Torres and Phyllis Vogel – who each won an Apple Watch! Eighteen more students won special Village logo T-shirts or a plush De Anza Mountain Lion. See more winners below.

Raine Beamon

Raine Beamon 

Business and Finance Village

Raine is a business major starting his first year at De Anza, after graduating from Summit Denali High School in Sunnyvale. He’s planning to transfer to a university, either in California or Japan, where he lived for several years when he was younger.


Zitlaly Lopez 

Health and Life Sciences Village

Zitlaly is currently majoring in biological science but she’s also interested in environmental management. A graduate of Branham High School, she  enjoyed seeing her instructors on Welcome Day and learning more about De Anza.

Phyllis Vogel

Phyllis Vogel 

Language and Communication Village

Phyllis is returning to college after a career in education. A former teacher and school administrator, she has a bachelor's degree from San Jose State and a master’s from Santa Clara University. Now she's studying Italian in preparation for a trip next year.

Bryan Bahena 

Social Sciences and Humanities Village

Bryan is attending De Anza for the first time this year, after graduating from Santa Clara High School. He plans to study Administration of Justice, but since he’s taking general courses this quarter, Bryan said he was glad for the opportunity to speak with instructors in his major during Welcome Day.

Emily Datta 

Creative Arts Village

Emily is beginning her second year as a graphic design major at De Anza. A graduate of Branham High School, she’s planning to earn an associate degree before transferring to study animation at San José State. Emily said she liked connecting with instructors and fellow students in the Creative Arts Village.

Rachael Lin 

Physical Sciences and Technology Village

Rachael previously attended college in her native Taiwan. She’s now studying Computer Information Systems in her first year at De Anza, with plans to ultimately transfer and get a four-year degree. As a newcomer to U.S. schools, Rachael said she enjoyed meeting instructors and learning about the college.

More Prizes, More Winners!

Plush Mountain Lion Winners

Artistic Expression: 
Eunhyue Park

Business and Finance: 
Camila Sebastian Serna

Health and Life Sciences: 
Haixia Cao

Language and Communication:
Inyoung Joo

Physical Sciences and Technology: 
Youkyoung Kim

Social Sciences and Humanities: 
Kailani Villanueva

T-Shirt Winners

Artistic Expression

  • Yasmine Bejinez
  • Natalie Garcia

Business and Finance

  • Christopher Soewandy
  • Christian Dulay

Health and Life Sciences

  • Carol Villalobos
  • Mark Camarena

Language and Communication

  • Ting Li
  • Chase Hardy

Physical Sciences and Technology

  • Sneha Suresh
  • Russell Backus

Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Emmalynn Walker
  • Chelsea Mata

Welcome Day Survey Results

The Office of Communications surveyed students to get your feedback on the 2021 event, held on the Friday before fall classes began. Nearly 1,000 students participated in Welcome Day activities and almost 20% responded to the survey.

  • Most students said they found useful information about their Village and about departments, services or clubs
  • Students said they enjoyed meeting instructors and other students
  • While most students (nearly 80%) said they had enough time to accomplish what they wanted on Welcome Day, some said they wished they could have attended more sessions that were scheduled at overlapping times.

View the survey results here:

Discover Your Village 

Don't have a major? (Or don't see yours listed below?) You're welcome to check out any Village that interests you.

Artistic Expression

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Artistic Expression

Imagine ~ Create ~ Inspire

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Film and Television
  • Graphic and Interactive Design
  • Liberal Arts: Arts and Letters Emphasis (or, you can choose the Language and Communication Village)
  • Music
  • Photographic Arts
  • Professional Photography
  • Theater

Business and Finance

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Business and Finance

Invest ~ Manage ~ Market

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Liberal Arts: Business and Computer Information Systems emphasis (or, you can choose the Physical Sciences and Technology Village)
  • Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Real Estate

Health and Life Sciences

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Health + Life Sciences

Examine ~ Nurture ~ Heal

  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health
  • Health Technologies
  • Human Development
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Arts: Science, Math and Engineering Emphasis (or, you can choose the Physical Sciences and Technology Village)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition

Language and Communication

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Language and Communication

Communicate ~ Connect ~ Influence

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Liberal Arts: Arts and Letters Emphasis (or, you can choose the Artistic Expression Village)
  • Linguistics
  • World Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Hindi
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Mandarin
    • Persian
    • Russian
    • Sign Language
    • Spanish
    • Vietnamese

Physical Sciences and Technology


Physical Sciences and Technology

Explore ~ Experiment ~ Discover

  • Astronomy
  • Automotive Technician
  • Automotive Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Database Development Practitioner
  • Design and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Liberal Arts: Business and Computer Information Systems Emphasis (or, you can choose the Business and Finance Village)
  • Liberal Arts: Science, Math and Engineering Emphasis (or, you can choose the Health and Life Sciences Village)
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Project Management Practitioner

social sciences and humanities


Social Sciences and Humanities

Observe ~ Engage ~ Transform

  • Administration of Justice
  • Anthropology
  • Child Development and Education
  • Ethnic Studies:
    • African American Studies
    • Asian American and Asian Studies
    • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
    • Comparative Ethnic Studies
    • Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Global (International) Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Law, Public Policy and Society
  • Leadership and Social Change
  • Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences Emphasis
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
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