Via - First-Year Orientation

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

What is Via? Via 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 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 not just for students; parents and guardians are highly encouraged to participate as well. 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 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 16) and 4 (July 19) 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.

2020 Via Dates

Choose from one of the following Via sessions:


For questions, please contact 773-298-3123 or

Register for Via