Saint Xavier University Via - First-Year Orientation


Via - First-year orientation

What is Via?

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 attend Via orientation. Via is designed to make your transition to college life as smooth as possible.

What is Via? Via (formerly known as FOCUS) is an orientation program to provide you with essential resources and information to prepare you to make the transition to college. At Via you will receive information about your first-semester classes and meet lots of other people while having a great experience and spending the night on the Saint Xavier campus. 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! We are mindful that SXU students have a busy summer schedule, so we keep Via relevant, informative, engaging and fun. Via is overnight so that you have a chance to get to know a number of other new students. Many students say that spending the night is one of their favorite parts of the program! Our commuters really enjoy the opportunity to get a glimpse of the residential experience.

Via is not just for students; parents and guardians are highly encouraged to participate as well. Parent Orientation, which takes place on Day 1 of each Via session, 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 meet with University leaders, ask questions of current students, faculty and staff, meet other parents and learn more about the University's rich Catholic, Mercy heritage and mission. Parent Orientation at Via 2 (June 23) and 4 (July 9) will include sessions in Spanish.

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.

Via Dates

Please check back in 2020 for upcoming Via Dates.


Please contact 773-298-3123 or email with questions about Via.