Via FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Via.

What will I do at Via?

You will have an opportunity to learn about the student experience at SXU through various presentations, small group activities and hands-on sessions. We want you to know that we're glad you chose SXU and want to show you what great things our campus community has to offer. You will also receive your fall schedule and meet with an academic advisor. You will be assigned a team with approximately 15 other Via attendees and will have Orientation Leaders who will assist your group. 

Who are Orientation Leaders?

Orientation Leaders are Saint Xavier students who have been selected to help you learn about the University. They are fun, energetic and full of information, so plan to ask them many questions. They are students who are involved in various leadership roles on campus as resident assistants, officers in student organizations and elected student government leaders. The Via leadership team truly represents the spirit and diversity here at Saint Xavier, and we're confident you'll find them very valuable in beginning your college experience.

What should I bring? What should I wear?

Plan to wear casual, comfortable clothes and good walking shoes. Bring any outstanding transcripts, financial aid paperwork, etc. All meals will be provided, but you may want to bring money for the vending machines. Plan to bring a sweater or sweatshirt, as our rooms sometimes get cold. You may bring a cell phone, but we respectfully request that you do not use it during Via sessions. Plan to leave cash and valuables at home. Alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, weapons and explosives are all prohibited on campus.

Will I get to meet other students?

Yes. You will be able to meet many other incoming first-year students at Via who will all be getting ready for the same experiences you are. You will also have Orientation Leaders who are current SXU students and have all experienced student life first hand at SXU. They are ready and excited to welcome you to the SXU community, to be a support and to answer any questions you may have.

Is Via mandatory?

Yes. Via is a required component of the SXU experience and you must stay for the entire scheduled time (until 10:00pm).

Do I have to stay overnight for Via?

No. Via is a one-day orientation.

What are the rules during Via?

As in all communities, there are a few rules everyone must follow to maintain health and safety and to successfully complete the program. During Via, all student attendees must:

  • Attend all sessions;
  • Remain on campus for the duration of the Via program;
  • Wear name tag at all times;
  • No alcohol, weapons, tobacco, explosives or illegal drugs allowed.

How much does Via cost?

The Via fee is part of the First-Year Student Fee of $230. This fee includes the Via program costs for you and up to two parents/guardians and will be included on your first fall bill.

Should my parents attend?

Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to attend! The programs we have developed will be very informative and helpful. Parents/guardians are free to attend whatever portion of the Parent Orientation program they are able to attend.

Will I attend the same sessions as my parents?

No (primarily). We have different sessions designed for both students and parents to meet their own unique needs. There will be a few times during the program when students and parents will be together.

Will I find out what classes I will be taking in the fall?

Yes! You will receive your fall schedule during Via.

What if I changed my mind about my major?

You can change your major at any time by visiting the Office of Advising and completing the change of major form. We recommend that you visit with an advisor to discuss your decision.

If I am a student with a disability or special needs, who do I talk to?

You may contact the Center for Accessibility Resources office, located in L-108 of the Warde Academic Center on the campus, at 773-298-3308. The office works closely with students and faculty to provide services to students with documented disabilities. Specific accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on appropriate documentation and individual consultation with the student.

How do I get to SXU, where do I park, and when should I arrive?

Directions to the campus and a printable campus map and parking maps are both available online. Parking is readily available on campus. No special permit is necessary. Signs and staff will direct you.

What if I have an emergency and cannot attend my Via session?

Please call Student Life at 773-298-3123 as soon as possible. We will assist you in getting placed in a future Via session.

What if I need to switch my Via session?

Please call Student Life at 773-298-3123. We will assist you in getting placed in an alternate Via session. The sooner you can call us, the better we can assist you.

What if I have more questions?

Please call Student Life at 773-298-3123. You may also email us at

When can I leave Via?

You must attend all sessions of your Via program; sessions go until 10:00pm.

What if after attending Via, I am interested in living on campus?

If you are interested in living on campus after attending Via, please submit a housing application through eRezLife.

What if I meet someone at Via that I would like to room with in the residence halls?

If you meet someone at Via that you would like to room with and have already submitted a housing contract, you may change your roommate preference by contacting the Office of Residence Life at 773-298-3997 or via email to You may also stop by the Residence Life table during orientation. You will need to submit the first and last name of the individual you would like to request. If you have not already submitted a housing contract, please do so and indicate the person with whom you would like to room under the roommate preference section. Please note that we do not guarantee specific roommate placement but will do our best to accommodate requests.