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Via First-Year Orientation

 

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Ready to join the SXU family?

We are so excited to welcome you to Saint Xavier University!

 

As an incoming new student, one of your next steps to secure your spot and enroll at Saint Xavier University is to register for our first-year orientation program called Via.

Via is a required one-day experience during the summer created and designed to make your transition to SXU and college life as smooth as possible.

During Via, you will register for fall classes, learn ways to get involved on campus, gain tools for success, and meet members of the SXU community, including faculty, staff and students

Parents/guardians are also encouraged to attend and participate in Via for Families, an orientation experience for new SXU families.

At Via, students will:

  • Meet current students, staff and faculty members
  • Register for fall 2022 classes
  • Take a campus tour and learn about resources at SXU
  • Learn about campus involvement opportunities
  • Meet other incoming students

Via First-Year Orientation Sessions

(Please note attendance at one of the Via sessions is required.)

  • Session 1: Wednesday, May 25
  • Session 2: Tuesday, June 21
  • Session 3: Wednesday, June 22*
  • Session 4: Monday, June 27
  • Session 5: Tuesday, July 12*

*Program sessions presented in Spanish for parents/guardians; all sessions offered in English. If your parent/guardian will be attending Via with you and would like to attend sessions in Spanish,please be sure to register yourself for either the June 22 or July 12 Via.

Registration

Via registration is now open!

  1. Click the registration link below and select the Via session date from the calendar that works best for you.
  2. After you submit the Via registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details about Via, placement testing, pre-orientation modules, your SXU email address, and more.
  3. Be sure to provide parent information when you register for Via. That way, your parent/guardian will receive an email inviting them to register for Via for Families.

Via for Families

Saint Xavier University believes that engaged families are one of the most important aspects to the success of our students. The purpose of the Via for Families program is to connect, educate and advocate for their new SXU Cougar. Via for Families is a one-day session created to welcome families to the SXU community and to learn about resources available to your students' upcoming university experience. 

At SXU, we recognize the belief of multi-demensional families and embrace that family structures include families of origin and families of choice. We are here to serve all families including parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings and other supporters in the lives of our students.

Your session will include presentations from SXU faculty, staff, students and current SXU families! The presentations will feature information on academics, finanical aid, available resources and services, how to support your SXU student and general student life. The Via for Families program is mostly seperate from the student program, but some sessions do coincide. Plan to attend the entire day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding by 6 p.m. 

Please register today:

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (en Español)
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (en Español)

Is there a Via for Families Orientation?

Yes, and we highly encourage family members/guests to participate in our online Via for Families Orientation! The program we have developed is very informative and helpful. The sessions will include a chance to learn about ways to support your new college student, connect with SXU community members, meet other parents, families and guests, and is entirely separate from the student Via sessions. The Via for Families experience is offered in Spanish and in English.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find your SXU NetID and password

An SXU netID and password are automatically created for all admitted students and sent to them by U.S. Mail along with their admission decision letter. A day or so after you submit your Via registration, you'll receive an email sent to your personal account from clawsFREESXU that reminds you of your netID and temporary password. This communication will also include information on your new SXU email address.

A netID consists of a student's first and last initials followed by five digits (e.g., br99901). Be careful not to confuse the letter "l" and the number one, or the letter "o" and the number zero. Remember that the first two characters of your netID are letters and the last five characters are numbers.

Use your netID and password to access many SXU online tools, such as your new SXU email and the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).

General Questions

Via is the start of our orientation program and provides you with essential resources and information to prepare you to transition to college. Via will provide information about your first-semester classes and introduce you to our Catholic, Mercy heritage, campus resources and support services -- people and areas that will enrich your Saint Xavier University experience. Bottom line: You will have fun, learn about campus and get acquainted with your new community!

Via is a tribute to the University's motto: "Via, Veritas, Vita." The motto is Latin for "Way, Truth, Life" from the scripture verse "I am the way, and the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Via (the "Way") will help incoming students find their way as new members of the SXU community.

Yes. There are necessary tasks to complete before, during and after your Via First-Year Orientation session, and each step is crucial to your transition to college. Before attending Via, students will need to complete Module 1 in the Canvas LMS. Students will receive specific instructions to complete this step. During Via, students will meet orientation leaders, faculty and staff members, learn about the many resources available to assist with college success, and register for fall courses. After Via, students will stay connected through GroupMe and plan to attend Cougar Trax in August.

Start with the Via online course and complete Module 1. This is required before attending your in-person session. This first module will prepare you for your academic advising appointment during your Via session to schedule your classes for fall 2022. Once you complete Module 1, you will be ready to attend your Via session.

Orientation Leaders are Saint Xavier students who have been selected to help you learn about the University. They are fun, energetic and full of information, so plan to ask them many questions! These students are involved in various leadership roles on campus as resident assistants, officers in student organizations and student government leaders. The Via orientation leaders truly represent the spirit and diversity here at Saint Xavier, and we're confident you'll find them very valuable in beginning your college experience.

As in all communities, there are a few rules everyone must follow to maintain health and safety and to successfully complete the Via First-Year Orientation program. We take the safety and integrity of our in-person and virtual spaces very seriously. We enforce University policies because it helps ensure that all of our attendees can enjoy and benefit from the program. Additionally, attending orientation is a part of your experience as an SXU student; you are no longer just a guest or visiting! Before, during and after Via, all students must:

  • Attend all sessions and complete Module 1.
  • Be respectful of staff, including Orientation Leaders, and other new students during all live sessions.
  • Follow all expectations and community standards as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

The Via fee is part of the first-year student fee of $230. This fee includes the meals, swag and mandatory Cougar Trax program costs, as well as many fall activities/programs, and will be included on your first fall bill.

Before Via First-Year Orientation

Students will access both modules on Canvas. Canvas is Saint Xavier University’s current Learning Management System, allowing students to access course materials and collaborate with their classmates and instructors online.

Start Module 0 here, taking a moment to familiarize yourself with Canvas by watching the following video tutorials:

Getting Started with Canvas Part I

Getting Started with Canvas Part II

 

You will need a device with a connection to the internet/Wi-Fi to complete the Via online Module 1. It is recommended to use either a laptop or desktop to complete Module 1. Additionally, we recommend finding a quiet place or utilizing headphones as there are videos you will watch.

We know that access to reliable technology and the internet at home is an issue for some students and families. We are committed to developing individual solutions, where possible, to help you complete your Via online orientation.

Please submit a Remote Learning Support Request to share your challenges. We will evaluate and provide as much support as possible to maintain productive learning experiences.

You will receive instructions to the email you provided during Via registration and to your new SXU student email starting at the end of March and before early registration begins. You must complete the first online module before attending your Via First-Year Orientation session. All important information will be sent to your SXU student email, so it is crucial that you check your SXU email for updates daily.

If you need assistance accessing your SXU email account or other mySXU online tools, please contact The Hub.

Plan to spend 15 to 30 minutes to complete Module 1.

You will have an opportunity to learn about the student experience at SXU through various presentations. We want you to know that we're glad you chose SXU and want to show you what great things our campus community has to offer. Via online Module 1 will consist of video presentations, quizzes, documents and links introducing you to various resources and campus offices.

During Via First-Year Orientation

You will need to attend Via First-Year Orientation in person and on campus. When you register for Via First-Year Orientation, you will select the date that works best for your schedule. Plan to attend the entire time as this will provide the best opportunity for a successful experience.

Check-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The program will conclude by 6 p.m. It is important to take time off of work and any other obligations to attend your Via First-Year Orientation.

We recommend having at least one parent, family member or guest with you; however, it is not required. Each session will be specifically for parents, family members or guests. We do allow up to two attendees with you.

You and your family will receive several communications on what to bring. Since most rooms can become chilly, we recommend bringing a sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes and government-issued IDs.

Accommodations can be made for students and/or guests who have special needs. Request may be made through the Via registration form or by contacting the Center for Accessibility Resources at 773-298-3308 or by email disabilityservicesFREESXU.

Residential students may want to park in a lot near their residence hall, which may include Lot 2, Lot 2A, or Lot 4.

Commuter students may wish to park in Lot 9, Lot 10 or Lot 12.

Parking is free and students are not required to register their vehicle (only if they prefer to do so).

Search for "SXU" in your Wi-Fi settings, then log in using your netID and password. If you have difficulties, please contact The Hub for assistance.

After Via First-Year Orientation: Cougar Trax

This two-day program, required for students, features sessions critical to success in your first year, fun and social gathering opportunities, and the New Student Induction on Friday. You will receive further details via email later this summer.

Yes. Cougar Trax is the final component to First-Year Orientation and is required. The majority of the program requires full participation while some activities are optional. Be sure to review the schedule entirely to understand your attendance requirement.

Even if you live off campus, you are required to attend. Commuter students do not stay on campus overnight for this program.

Plan to attend Cougar Trax from 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday.

Dress for Thursday is casual, but we ask you to dress nicely for Friday's New Student Induction (no jeans, gym shoes, baseball caps, etc.).

Yes! It's not a party without food.

Family members and supporters should plan to attend on Friday for the New Student Induction.

A schedule will be released in May 2022.

Academics and Campus Resources

You will receive an email to your new SXU account from the Office of Records and Registration. The email will include information about the Math Placement Exam. Students that completed an ACT/SAT exam will NOT be required to take the Math Placement Exam; placement will be determined by your ACT/SAT scores.

Students will receive an email on July 1 for an opportunity to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam.

Students with AP/dual credit must request an official transcript from College Board (AP) or the previous institution to be sent to SXU. When meeting with an assigned SXU academic advisor, please indicate the AP/dual math courses currently in progress or completed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at academictestingFREESXU.

We realize the move to an online experience might be a challenge for you. We know that access to reliable technology and the internet at home is an issue for some students and families. We are committed to develop individual solutions, where possible, to help you complete your Via online orientation.

Please submit a Remote Learning Support Request to share your challenges. We will evaluate and provide as much support as possible to maintain productive learning experiences.

You can also contact the Center for Accessibility Resources, located in L-108 of the Warde Academic Center, by emailing the director, Margaret Rose McDonnell, at mcdonnellFREESXU. The office works closely with students and faculty to provide services to students with documented disabilities. Specific accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on appropriate documentation and individual consultation with the student.

You will learn more during Via about building a fall course schedule that meets course requirements for first-year students in Module 1. You will complete Module 1 before attending your Via session. During Via, you will meet with an academic advisor, who will assist you in building your course schedule.

As soon as you schedule your classes, you should place your order for books. SXU now has an online bookstore, so students may receive their books at home or delivered to the University. The earlier you order, the more chances you have to find the best deals. For more information on books, search "bookstore" on the SXU website or contact centerforsuccessFREESXU.

Changing your major should always start with a conversation with your academic and career resource advisor in the Center for SUCCESS. They will advise you on the next steps and provide guidance to ease the transition into a new major. You will be given more information on scheduling an appointment with your advisor via Handshake, our academic and career management system.

Please email viaFREESXU. The sooner you contact us, the better we can assist you.

Questions?

Contact Via at 773-298-3123 or viaFREESXU.

 


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Life at SXU

Meals will begin on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, for residential students.

If you are interested in living on campus, please submit a housing application through eRezLife.

You will log in using your SXU netID and password. You will first be prompted to confirm your profile. Under housing overview, you will begin the application by answering, "No, I do not live on campus at this time." Please be sure to submit all sections and note a "confirmed" status on your application page.

The University continues to receive and review information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that will guide our ongoing planning for the fall 2022 semester.

We want to ensure that we set appropriate parameters according to guidelines for social distancing in classrooms and community living settings. At this time, specific guidelines for operations have not been established. While we don't have definitive timing on making decisions regarding the fall semester, please know that representatives from the following departments and offices are all actively exploring possible scenarios that would allow us to return to on-campus operations that are safe and realistic for our campus community: Academic Affairs, Facilities, Dining Services, Health Services, Athletics and Public Safety.

We understand that there are more questions than answers at this time and will do our best to provide students and families with information as decisions are made. Please stay safe and watch your SXU email for more information.

If you meet someone through Via that you would like to room with and have already submitted a housing application, you may change your roommate preference by updating or creating your roommate group in eRezLife. Please note that we do not guarantee specific roommate placement but will do our best to accommodate requests.

You may contact the Office of Residence Life at 773-298-3977 or reslifeFREESXU with any questions related to housing assignment and roommate requests.

If you are looking to get involved on campus, visit The Den, our student organization management system, to browse the various types of student organizations on campus. If no organization aligns with your interest, the Office of Campus Life can also help you start a new organization. Please visit us at the Student Organization Center, located in L-109B in the Warde Academic Center.

As a first-year student at Saint Xavier University, you will be exposed to several different celebrations and programs in your first semester. Some of the programs you can look forward to are Welcome Week, Spirit Week, Homecoming Weekend, Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month, and many more.

It's the kickoff to the first 40 days of the semester! It is the students' first opportunity to get acclimated to Saint Xavier University by discovering opportunities to learn, connect and laugh through social, educational and cultural programs. The events are hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB), registered student organizations (RSOs) and other campus departments.

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Placement Exams

Math Placement

Once you have registered for Via, our first-year orientation, your next step is to take the required online Math Placement Exam.

We believe that accurate placement of students into courses appropriate for their skill levels is important for academic success at SXU. The results of the Math Placement Exam are for placement purposes only and will not impact your admission to Saint Xavier University. In some cases, the Math Placement Exam can be waived based on satisfactory SAT Math or ACT Math scores. See below for details.

Students must take the Math Placement Exam prior to attending their Via orientation session, so we encourage you to take the exam as soon as possible.


MyMathTest Placement Exam

MyMathTest is the math placement exam used to determine a student's placement into required Math courses. It is an online, computerized exam consisting of three assessments - Skills Assessment 1, Skills Assessment 2A, and Skills Assessment 2C. Students need to complete two of the three assessments. All students will complete Skills Assessment 1 composed of 20 questions. Students will then be directed to complete either Skills Assessment 2A (20 questions) or Skills Assessment 2C (30 questions).

Each skills assessment has a time limit of two hours. Once started, the time will begin to count down and the assessment must be completed and submitted in one sitting. You cannot access the assessment again at a later time. Students should complete the placement exam with the utmost academic integrity. Don't search the internet for answers or receive assistance from family or friends. You may wish to have pencil and paper for working out problems, but be sure to mark your final answer on the computer. You may use a basic four-function or scientific calculator to assist you. The Texas Instruments 83+ or 84+ graphing calculators are also permitted. If you do not have a calculator, an on-screen calculator will be available within the assessment.

Placement Levels

  • MATH 095: Elementary Algebra
  • MATH 099: Intermediate Algebra
  • Math 100 Level
  • Math 200 Level

Taking the Math Placement Exam

For instructions on how to create an account and take the exam, please watch the video below.

The exam can be accessed on the MyMathTest website using the following Program ID and Access Code:
  • Program ID: XL43-N1R8-601Z-50W2
  • Access Code: WSSMMT-DRAFF-ROVEN-WASTE-FACTO-CANES

If you are unable to take the online test at home due to issues with computer access, unreliable internet connection, or distractions, please contact the Office of Records and Registration at 773-298-3501 or academictestingFREESXUfor on-campus testing and other accomodation options.


Math Placement Exam Waiver

Students with SAT math scores of 530 or above or ACT math sub-scores of 21 or above qualify for a Math Placement Exam waiver and are not required to take the test. However, students who meet these scores may still take the exam if they wish to see if they can place into a higher level math course. If you meet these scores, please request your official scores be sent to Saint Xavier University's Office of Admission at least one month prior to your Via orientation session. SXU's SAT code is 1708 and ACT code is 1134. Not sure if we already have your scores? Contact the Office of Admission at 844-GOTO-SXU or admissionFREESXU.

Students with AP/dual credit must request an official transcript from College Board (AP) or the college issuing the college credit. When meeting with an academic advisor at Via, please indicate the AP/dual credit courses that you completed or are currently in progress to complete.

Math Placement Exam Preparation Resources

Saint Xavier University strongly encourages students to prepare for their placement exam. Please utilize the resources and sample test below which cover topics in basic and intermediate algebra.

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For more specific topics, use Purple Math.

Access sample math placement exam questions through this Algebra Practice Test.

questions?

Contact the Office of Records and Registration at 773-298-3501 or academictestingFREESXU.

Foreign Language Placement

Students who are interested in taking Spanish courses or pursuing a Spanish major or minor at Saint Xavier University need to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam. (Students who are bilingual in Spanish are encouraged to take the exam and explore the possibility of receiving college credit for their Spanish language skills.) We also offer an Arabic exam for those interested in taking Arabic courses. All exams are available remotely. Please visit the Avant Language testing site using the appropriate test code and password below:

Spanish Placement Exam:

  • Test Code: 16573a-pl-sp-1
  • Password: 7865

Arabic Placement Exam:

  • Test Code: 16573a-pl-ar-2
  • Password: 6256

Please note: It is very important that you complete the Foreign Language Placement with the utmost academic integrity. Do not reference or use old textbooks or the internet in search of answers. Do not receive assistance from teachers, friends, family, etc. It is important that you complete the test on your own, without assistance. Engaging in academically dishonest behavior (a.k.a. cheating) could potentially place you into a course for which you are unprepared. Placement in a course for which a student is unprepared has resulted in a student receiving a failing grade for the course, delayed graduation as additional semesters may be needed to step-back and take a prerequisite course and or to repeat the failed course, additional costs/tuition dollars due to the repeated course(s), etc. We want you to be in a course in which you can continue to build a solid language foundation and succeed!

You will be given 48 hours to complete the exam. After this time the code will expire. Please allow 48 hours after your exam to receive your results. Foreign Language placement will be updated on your student record in Academic Planning notes once scores are received.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact academictestingFREESXU.


Opportunities for Bilingual Students

We celebrate the diversity of our students and the language skills that many have attained! Students who have prior knowledge of Spanish, whether acquired at home (heritage/bilingual speakers) or through previous studies, may benefit from taking a Foreign Language Placement Exam. Students who place higher than the Elementary I level can pursue retroactive credit for their Spanish speaking skills and associated placement. To take the Spanish Placement Exam, please see the instructions above.

*Note: Students can also earn foreign language credit through Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, as well as proficiency demonstrated through the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy.

questions?

Contact the Office of Records and Registration at 773-298-3501 or academictestingFREESXU.

Commonly Contacted Offices

Dean of Students Office

Phone: 773-298-3123
Email: deanofstudentsFREESXU

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Office of Financial Aid

Phone: 773-298-3070
Email: finaidFREESXU

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Office of the Bursar

Phone: 773-298-3045
Email: bursarFREESXU

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Office of Residence Life

Phone: 773-298-3977
Email: reslifeFREESXU

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Office of Admission

Phone: 773-298-3050
Email: admissionFREESXU

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Health Center

Phone: 773-298-3712
Email: healthcenterFREESXU

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Center for SUCCESS

Phone: 773-298-3131
Email: centerforsuccessFREESXU

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Student Success (TRIO)

Phone: 773-298-3342
Email: sspFREESXU

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