Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Student Activities and Events

Quest - A Retreat for First-Year and Transfer Students

What to Expect

This awesome student-led retreat is sponsored by Campus Ministry, and designed to help first-year students adjust to college and explore new relationships. While it has Christian overtones, all faiths are welcome. During the retreat, there are various activities and opportunities to relax, play games, pray, reflect and talk to upperclassmen about their transitions with relationships, stress and other topics. Invite friends and come make new friends!

What Other Students Had to Say

Quest Retreat

Quest for me was a great experience; it helps you get to know people on a completely different level that you would have never expected! I highly suggest that everyone goes on Quest, it is a once in a lifetime experience, that you wont regret! It's a great weekend to get away from school and make some amazing connections with all of these amazing people!

- Jacob Golembiewski, Spring 2009

Quest was awesome, for lack of a better word. I knew a couple people that also went on the retreat but after Quest, even with the people I didn't know, I was able to say I knew them at a deeper level than most people. The entire group felt like a family. There were no cliques, everyone just got along and was willing to listen and share always. I was very sad to go home because I had come to see the group as my family. It was a great experience and I would do it again in a heart beat!

- Christina Arroyo, Spring 2009

What to Bring

  • Clothes for two days and two nights
  • There are many opportunities for free time outside, so dress accordingly (warm sweatshirt, pullover, hat, gloves, closed-toe shoes)
  • Personal stuff; toiletries
  • Shower things
  • Medications (if needed)
  • Flashlight
  • Pajamas
  • Journal (optional)
  • Games for free time

Additional Information

  • Bus departs from Regina Hall 
  • Cost: $40, payable to Saint Xavier University
  • Financial aid is available for need-based students

Registration and Cancellation Policy


The $40 fee is non-refundable, but can be applied to future retreat programs. In addition, a $50 fee will be assessed to the student's account for cancellations within 10 days of the retreat. Download the registration form.


For more information, please contact Director of Pastoral Ministry Joey Preston at