Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus


Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation runs in conjunction with Saint Xavier University's orientation program for first-year students, FOCUS: First-Year Orientation.

We hope you will be able to join your student during his or her FOCUS session for all the special programs we are developing just for SXU parents.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the FOCUS and Parent Orientation dates for 2017?

FOCUS is designed for any new first-year students at Saint Xavier University. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. on Day 1 and all sessions conclude by 3:30 p.m. on Day 2. Students are required to stay overnight in one of SXU's residence halls.

Parent Orientation runs at the same time as FOCUS, with Day 1 events concluding at 8:30 p.m. and resuming at 9 a.m. on Day 2.

  • FOCUS 1: Wednesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 22
  • FOCUS 2: Sunday, June 25 - Monday, June 26
  • FOCUS 3: Wednesday, June 28 - Thursday, June 29 (Many sessions offered in Spanish for parents/guardians)
  • FOCUS 4: Sunday, July 9 - Monday, July 10 (Many sessions offered in Spanish for parents/guardians)
  • FOCUS 5: Wednesday, July 12 - Thursday, July 13

What is Parent Orientation and why should I attend?

Parent Orientation is an introduction to college life and a great chance to connect in your own way with Saint Xavier. You will have opportunities to meet with the leadership of the University, talk to staff, faculty, students and other parents, as well as ask those important questions.

Parent Orientation for up to two parents/guardians is included in your student's $210 First-Year Orientation fee, which includes meals and program materials. Parents who need overnight accommodations should visit the Accommodations web page for information on local area hotels.

Is attendance at Parent Orientation mandatory?

Although it is highly encouraged that you attend, attendance at Parent Orientation is not mandatory. However, student participation in FOCUS is required for all first-year students. Parent Orientation spans two days, but parents/guardians are welcome to come and go as needed. The first day of Parent Orientation provides an overview of services and ways to support your student. The second day provides further details and opportunities to meet additional staff. If you can only attend for one day, we suggest you make that Day 1 (but we certainly are happy to host parents/guardians for Day 2 only).

How and when do I register for Parent Orientation?

Your student must register you for Parent Orientation at that same time that they register online for FOCUS. Alternately, you may register by email at or by calling 773-298-3123.

Do I have to attend the same session as my student?

This is certainly encouraged. If you are unable to attend the same session as your students, you are welcome to attend an alternate session.

What if I need a special accommodation?

There is an area on the Parent Orientation registration form for your student to indicate your need for an accommodation. Please indicate access issues, dietary needs, sign language interpreter or anything that we can do to make your Parent Orientation experience successful. To speak with someone about any accommodation requests, please call Student Affairs at 773-298-3123 or email us at

What types of sessions will I attend during Parent Orientation?

At Parent Orientation you will meet representatives from various offices and learn about Financial Aid, the Health Center, Counseling Center, Career Services, the Shannon Athletic Center, Campus Ministry, Public Safety and more. You'll also learn about how you and your student can make tuition payments, information about computing on campus, and about important policies such as the Code of Student Conduct and SXU's Parental Notification Policy.

In addition, you'll have an opportunity to meet the vice presidents, deans and faculty. You can even hear from others who have parented college freshmen and share in their experiences. To top it all off, you'll enjoy some evening entertainment with your student.

How much will Parent Orientation cost?

The First-Year Student fee for your student is $210. This non-refundable fee covers the program costs for your student and up to two parents/guardians.

What if I can only attend part of Parent Orientation?

Please plan to attend any portion of the program for which you are available. We certainly would rather you attend for part of the program than none. In the past, some parents/guardians found it convenient to split the days, with one parent attending Day 1 and the other attending Day 2.

The first day of Parent Orientation provides an overview of services and ways to support your student. The second day provides further details and opportunities to meet additional staff. If you can only attend for one day, we suggest you make that Day 1 (but we certainly are happy to host parents/guardians for Day 2 only).

How do I get to SXU, where do I park, and when should I arrive?

Directions to the Chicago campus are available. Parking is readily available on campus. We suggest parking in lots 1, 2 or 12. No special permit is necessary.

Check-in for Parent Orientation will be in Regina Hall Lobby and begins at 12:30 p.m.

What should I bring to Parent Orientation?

Please plan to wear casual, comfortable clothes. You may wish to bring a bag to hold the various handouts and materials you collect. We will provide you with a folder, scratch paper and a pen. We also suggest you bring a sweater or sweatshirt as our rooms can get cold.

Will I be with my student during orientation?

No. We have intentionally designed separate programs that address the very different issues that students and parents have and the type of information they need. This program design allows your son or daughter to begin the college transition process by working independently, socializing and adjusting to the SXU community. There will be a few opportunities during the program for you to connect with your student.

Will I be able to assist my student during orientation with advising and course scheduling?

No. Your student's schedule will be determined according to the responses that he or she provides on the academic survey completed during FOCUS registration. Students will have the opportunity to review their schedule, learn about academic policies and speak with academic advisors during FOCUS. Parents will also have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors during a special advising information session.

Can I bring my younger children to Parent Orientation?

Many of the sessions will be tiresome for youngsters. No daycare or babysitting is available. We respectfully request that only parents/guardians attend Parent Orientation. Only students who plan to enroll at SXU for fall may participate in the FOCUS student sessions. All others must participate in Parent Orientation.

What if I have questions about Parent Orientation or my student's FOCUS session?

Please call Student Affairs at 773-298-3123. You may also email us at