First-Year Experience

Cougar Trax

Welcome, new Cougars!

Your academic career officially begins with Cougar Trax on Thursday, August 22, 2019 (students only) and Friday, August 23, 2019 (students and families). 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, but we ask you to dress nicely for Friday (no jeans, gym shoes, baseball caps, etc.). Commuter students do not stay on campus overnight for this program. (Resident students will have moved in on August 21.) You will receive further details by email later this summer.

More About the New Student Induction

At the New Student Induction, students are greeted by the President of the University, Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., and other members of the University community. The event includes a featured speaker who will discuss Saint Xavier's Mercy heritage and enduring mission. During the Induction students are presented with a Saint Xavier Medallion to symbolize their membership in the SXU community and the beginning of their academic career. The event will be followed by a community reception open to all.