Via - First-Year Orientation

Your First Step
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The first step to becoming a Saint Xavier University student is participating in Via this coming summer. New first-year students entering SXU in the fall must participate in Via orientation. Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, our First-Year Experience team has transitioned Via to an online experience. Via is designed to make your transition to college life as smooth as possible.

We recognize that COVID-19 has changed the way that your high school experience is ending and that many milestones and events you have looked forward to are now being canceled. We are working hard to make sure that your transition to SXU maintains some of the experiences that you were most looking forward to: making new friends and celebrating the start of your college adventure!

So, what is Via?

Via is an online orientation program to provide you with essential resources and information to prepare you to make the transition to college. Via will provide you information about your first-semester classes as well as provide an opportunity to meet current and fellow new students, faculty and staff; all from your home! What's more, you will be introduced to our Catholic, Mercy heritage and to campus resources and support services -- people and areas that will enrich your Saint Xavier University experience.

Bottom-line: you will have fun, meet new people, learn about campus and get acquainted with your new community! Your Via experience will have weekly modules that you complete, with help from your assigned Orientation Leader; Via is informative, engaging and fun!

Why is orientation called Via?

Via is a tribute to the University 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.

Parent Orientation

Via is not just for students; parents and guardians are highly encouraged to participate as well. More information about an online Parent Orientation will be coming soon, in the meantime, parents can register for Orientation by visiting the Parent Orientation page. Parent Orientation will familiarize parents and guardians with key aspects of academic and student life at Saint Xavier University. Highlights include information on academic expectations, student housing and financial aid. Participants also have the opportunity to connect with University leaders, current students, faculty and staff, and learn more about the University's rich Catholic, Mercy heritage and mission.

2020 Via Online Sessions

Via Online Sessions do have an attendance cap and will fill up. There are no differences between sessions, the only difference is the date that your online experience will begin!

Sessions will comprise of a series of modules that are released on a weekly basis. Modules will include a variety of material, including some live sessions, with some flexibility to complete at your own pace.

Choose from one of the following Via online sessions:


For questions, please contact 773-298-3123 or

Register for Via