Parent Orientation runs in conjunction with Saint Xavier University's orientation program for first-year students, FOCUS.
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
FOCUS is designed for 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 is on Day 1 only with check-in beginning at 12:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m.
- FOCUS 1: Sunday, June 24 - Monday, June 25
- FOCUS 2: Thursday, June 28 - Friday, June 29 (Many sessions offered in Spanish for parents/guardians; all sessions offered in English)
- FOCUS 3: Sunday, July 8 - Monday, July 9
- FOCUS 4: Wednesday, July 11 - Thursday, July 12
- FOCUS 5: Sunday, July 15 - Monday, July 16 (Many sessions offered in Spanish for parents/guardians; all sessions offered in English)
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 Student Fee, which includes meals and program materials. Parents who need overnight accommodations should visit the Accommodations web page for information on local area hotels.
Although it is highly encouraged that at least one parent/guardian participate, attendance at Parent Orientation is not mandatory. Parents/guardians are welcome to come and go as needed or as their schedules allow. However, student participation in both days of FOCUS is required for all first-year students.
Parents/guardians should register for Parent Orientation after their student registers online for FOCUS. More information will be sent to you and your student in early spring. Alternately, you may register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 773-298-3123.
This is certainly encouraged. If you are unable to attend the same session as your students, you are welcome to attend an alternate session.
There is an area on the Parent Orientation registration form 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 email@example.com.
At Parent Orientation you will meet representatives from various offices and learn about Financial Aid, the Health Center, the 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 members of the University's leadership team. We hope you will also take the opportunity to network with other parents of new students.
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.
Please plan to attend any portion of the program for which you are available. You are welcome to come and go as your schedule allows.
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.
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.
Primarily 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.
No. Your student's schedule will be determined based on his or her intended major and/or minor, placement exams, high school transcript and prior academic experience. 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.
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.
Please call Student Affairs at 773-298-3123. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.