Congratulations on your admission to Saint Xavier University! You may be wondering ... what now? Below is a guide to help you learn even more about Saint Xavier, secure your spot at SXU, and complete the enrollment process.
Secure Your Spot at SXU
- Register for First-Year Orientation (Via): Our new student orientation program (Via) is designed to provide a smooth transition to SXU. Via is required for all first-year students. Registration for Via triggers other steps in the enrollment process, such as placement testing and more. Via registration is now open.
- Submit Your Tuition Deposit: To reserve your place at Saint Xavier, submit your tuition deposit by logging into your SXU Applicant Status Portal with the email you used to apply to SXU. Parents/Guardians who wish to make a deposit for their child: Your student can log into their applicant status portal and share their unique tuition deposit link with you. Or email admissionFREESXU for your child's tuition deposit link. This deposit confirms you will be attending Saint Xavier and is a credit toward tuition charges. Deposits are refundable until May 1.
- Live in the Center of it All -- Submit your Housing Application (Optional): To secure your campus housing, be sure to submit your housing application online.
- File for Your Financial Aid: In addition to your merit scholarship, you may be eligible for additional state, federal or institutional need-based aid. To determine your eligibility, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1, 2021. Our school code is 001768. It is highly encouraged to file by the priority date of December 1. If you need help filing out your FAFSA, call the Office of Admission at 773-298-3050.
- Experience SXU: Visit Campus or Attend an Admitted Student Event: Be our guest and schedule a visit to campus or attend an event. For a list of events and campus visit opportunities, check out our Visit SXU page.
- Send Your Final High School Transcript: Once you have graduated, be sure to send an official final high school transcript to the Office of Admission.
After Securing Your Spot, Complete Your Enrollment Steps
- Log-in to the mySXU Portal and Check Your SXU Email Address Regularly: Your SXU student email address and mySXU log-in information are emailed to you in the days after you register for Via (First-Year Orientation). Once you receive your SXU email address info, check it frequently as communication moving forward is sent to your SXU email address. Need assistance logging into the mySXU portal or your SXU email? Contact The Hub, our IT support center, at 773-298-4357 or via HubChat.
- Take Your Required Math Placement Exam (and the Optional Foreign Language Exam, if desired): All incoming students are required to complete a Math Placement Exam prior to attending their Via orientation. See our Via Placement Testing page for details on how to prepare for the exam, take the test, and criteria for math placement exam waivers. Students interested in taking a foreign language course or pursuing a foreign language major should take the optional Foreign Language Placement exam as well.
- Complete the Online Pre-Orientation Module #1 in Canvas Prior to Attending Your Via Session: This short, online module will help familiarize you with our student registration system and help you navigate the system when registering for courses during Via. Information regarding the pre-orientation online Module will be available in March.
- Submit any AP, IB, and CLEP scores, dual credit transcripts, and proof of the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy: 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 with an academic advisor at Via, please indicate any AP/Dual Math courses that are currently in progress or have been completed. SXU also accepts the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy. This is typically noted on the final high school transcript for those students who qualify. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Office of Records and Registration at registrarFREESXU.
- Attend Your Via Orientation Session! Via is a mandatory, one-day, on-campus program to welcome you to SXU. At Via, students will connect with their academic department, register for classes, learn about the University's mission and heritage, on- and off-campus resources, student organizations, financial aid and the Student Code of Conduct and get an opportunity to meet classmates and connect with current students. Parents and families are also welcome to attend Via! Parents/families/guests will attend portions of Via with their student and other parts of the day will participate in guest programming and activities.
- Finalize Your Financial Aid: Follow the steps outlined by the Office of Financial Aid in the Self-Service section of the mySXU portal. These steps may include accepting/declining loans, completing the verification process, and more.
- Receive Your Billing Statement and Secure Payment: Billing notification emails are sent to students' SXU email address in mid-July.
Please note: Bills are not mailed! Please refer to the billing notification email to view your bill on the mySXU portal.
University charges in excess of your financial aid will appear on your bill. As an
alternative to paying in full, you can make payments and/or secure additional financing
through one or a combination of the following:
- Payment plan utilizing Nelnet: Nelnet provides a short-term financing option, allowing you to divide all or part of your 2022-2023 remaining charges into payments over the semester.
- Direct PLUS Loan for Parents (PLUS): This credit-based federal loan is borrowed by the student's parents. The 10-year repayment allows for a long-term option in financing educational expenses.
- Private loan: This credit-based loan is borrowed by the student, parent, or another individual and funded by private banks and lenders, each with unique terms and credit criteria.
- Submit your Immunization Records and Final High School Transcript: All students enrolled in more than six credit hours are required by law to provide full immunization records to our Health Center. In addition, all Illinois university employees and students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or comply with weekly testing. Vaccinations and proof of COVID vaccination or weekly testing results are submitted through the Health Center Patient Portal. Request your official final high school transcript including graduation date be sent to the Office of Admission by the start of fall classes. Transcripts are considered official when sent electronically by your school, by email from your guidance counselor, or by postal mail.
- Complete Remaining Online Canvas Modules: Students should complete any remaining pre-orientation online modules before the start of classes. (Information regarding these modules will be available starting in March).
- Begin the Fall Semester by Attending Cougar Trax - Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19: Your academic career officially begins with Cougar Trax on August 18 and 19. 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 ceremony. Commuter students do not stay on campus overnight for this program. You will receive further details by email later this summer.
Office of Admission
The Office of Admission is excited to welcome you to the Saint Xavier community! Use our office and your admission counselor as a resource for your questions. You can schedule a one-on-one meeting with your admission counselor to discuss your questions and complete your enrollment. We can also arrange for you to tour campus, meet with a student or professor or attend an admitted student event.
Phone: 844-GOTO-SXU (844-468-6798)
Office of Financial Aid
Do not delay in reviewing your financial aid options! If you have questions about FAFSA, accepting your loans, Federal Work Study, or other financial aid questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid. You can also schedule an appointment with your financial aid counselor to review your financial aid offer and discuss your options.
Office of the Bursar
The Bursar is the billing office. If you need assistance in setting up your payment plan or if you have questions about tuition/fees, financial clearance or student health insurance, contact the Office of the Bursar.
Are you planning to live on campus? Contact the Residence Life Office if you have questions about living on campus or how to submit your housing application.