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Parent Orientation Schedule

Welcome to Parent Orientation at Saint Xavier University. We're glad you're here and look forward to providing you with valuable information about your student's upcoming time at SXU!

Parent Orientation - Day 1

Parent Check-In and Breakfast (9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.)

Begin the day with the Parent Orientation check-in, enjoy a light breakfast and receive your program materials. Staff will be available to welcome you and answer any questions.

A Cougar Welcome (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Meet members of the University leadership, staff and Orientation Leaders at this official kickoff to your summer visit!

The Mercy Tradition (10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.)

What makes SXU distinctive? During this session you learn about what it means to attend a Catholic and Mercy institution of higher education and will be introduced to the University’s eight core values.

Health and Wellness at SXU (11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.)

Meet with SXU staff members that will discuss student health services and student health insurance.

Paths to Success (11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

During this session we will explore how on-campus employment, student leadership positions, internships, research, study abroad, and volunteer experiences impact your student’s career preparation. Learn about the opportunities and resources available here at SXU to help your student plan for the future.

Life Inside the Classroom (11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)

See what it’s like to take a class at SXU! You will choose from various topics and get a chance to meet a faculty member who will give you a peek inside the classroom and explain SXU’s academic expectations of your student.

Lunch (12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Re-energize with good food and conversation. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet SXU staff members who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Money Matters (1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Meet representatives from the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of the Bursar who will provide tips and strategies to help you understand your rights and responsibilities concerning financial aid eligibility and payment obligations. This session is for students and parents.

Supporting Your Student: Academics (2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)

Learn about academic expectations for your student – including information about general education requirements, advising and policies that affect you and your student. 

The First-Year Experience (3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

All first-year students participate in a number of programs designed to welcome, acclimate, engage and support them. During this session you will learn about First Day for First Years, Welcome Week, Transitions, the Common Reading Experience and other support services, including the Learning Center and Disability Services and the Student Success Program, that are available to your student throughout their first academic year and beyond. 

Life Outside the Classroom (4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Learn about ways your student can get involved on campus and the different resources available to them to do so. Representatives from Campus Ministry, the Shannon Athletic Center, and Campus Life will be present.

Parent Reception (4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Join Saint Xavier University’s leadership, the vice presidents, deans, faculty and staff for an informal reception; mix and mingle, ask questions and experience SXU hospitality at its best.

Parent Orientation - Day 2

Continental Breakfast (8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)

Start the day off right with a continental breakfast.

GPS - Guide to Personal Success (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Join representatives from academic and student services departments across campus that will be on hand to answer any questions you might have and provide useful information that will help your student navigate the resources available here at SXU.

Ask the Orientation Leaders (10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

Enjoy this opportunity to meet some of our current Orientation Leaders and learn about student life at SXU. Please come prepared with questions!

Creating a Safe Environment (10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Have you talked with your son or daughter about making good decisions and being safe on campus? This session includes an overview of the Student Code of Conduct as well as common sense tips for managing daily life on campus. Presented by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling Center and SXU Public Safety.

SXu Parenthood (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. )

Learn about opportunities for involvement as an SXU Parent. Hosted by Alumni and Parent Relations.

Lunch (12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.)

SXU Services and Resources (12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

This session will help you learn about some of the services and resources available to your student here at SXU. Come with your questions about the Cougar Card, Information Technology, the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library, Chartwells Dining Service, and the University Bookstore.

A New Chapter (1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.)

Student Affairs staff will be on hand to share tips and resources and to help you navigate your role in your student’s life while still supporting their independence. Learn how to help your student overcome obstacles, changes in communication and how to distinguish real problems from normal adjustment issues.

Discover SXU (1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Participate in a parents’ tour of campus, important offices and residence halls at the Chicago campus or take time for personal business.

Closing: Focus on the Core Values (3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Experience the Saint Xavier faith community and core values. Members of all faith traditions are warmly welcomed.