Saint Xavier University Cougar Trax

First-Year Experience


Welcome, new Cougars! First-year students, your academic career officially begins with Cougar Trax on Thursday, August 17, 2017 and Friday, August 18, 2017. Thursday's student-only program begins at 1 p.m. and will conclude at 8:30 p.m. Friday's program -- open to families -- is from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This two-day program, required for students, features sessions critical to success in your first year, opportunities for fun and social gathering, and the New Student Induction on Friday. Dress for Thursday is casual (the red Class of 2021 t-shirt that you received at FOCUS), but we ask you to dress nicely for Friday (no jeans, gym shoes, baseball caps, etc.).

Schedule of Activities - Students

Thursday: Check-in begins at 1 p.m. in the Shannon Center. Thursday's program includes:

  • Welcome
  • Maximize Your Buzz
  • The Hook Up
  • Cougar Peer Educator (CPE) Session
  • Dinner
  • First-Year Fest

The day's activities will conclude at 8:30 p.m.

Friday: Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Shannon Center for students and family members. Friday's program includes:

  • Calling of the Bell
  • Class Photo
  • Pass Through The Pillars
  • New Student Induction
  • Reception

The day's activities will conclude at 4:30 p.m.

Parent Information

The parent/family schedule for Friday, August 18, 2017 is as follows:

Free parking is available in Lot 1 -- just west of the Shannon Center off of 103rd Street as well as Lot 12 -- south of the Warde Academic Center. Our campus map is available if needed.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the Office for Student Affairs at 773-298-3123 or

Se ofrecerá una sesión en español para los padres/guardianes.

More About the New Student Induction

At the New Student Induction, students will be greeted by the President of the University, Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., and other members of the university community. Our featured speaker is Sister Corinne Raven, a Sister of Mercy, alum of SXU, and a pioneer in Mercy charism education and formation. During the Induction students will be presented with a Saint Xavier Medallion to symbolize their membership in the SXU community and the beginning of their academic career. The event is followed by a community reception open to all.