Student Orientation

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Xavier's orientation programs strive to help all of our new students find their place at Xavier by introducing campus resources, creating connections with peers and providing a foundation for what it means to be a Musketeer!

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Manresa \man-ree-sa\ n 1: Town in Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, reflected on his life. 2: Xavier's first-year orientation, designed to introduce students to campus and each other before classes begin.

Manresa is your chance to connect with classmates, upper-class student leaders and the campus community. You'll experience the program in a small group, which gives you the opportunity to create connections that last for years to come.

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Welcome to Xavier's Graduate School! Graduate students have the option to complete orientation in person or virtually through a Canvas resources page.

Graduate Student Orientation
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Orientation designed to help new first year and transfer students adjust to life at Xavier at the start of the spring semester. This program is required for incoming first year and transfer students starting in January each year.

Spring Orientation
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Resident students are those students living in university-owned housing. These students will all check into Manresa, Xavier's New Student Orientation, after they move into their respective residence hall.

Resident Students
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Commuter students are those students not residing in university-owned housing. For first year students, this means you'll be commuting to campus from a family home. Commuter students are an important part of the Xavier community and the Manresa orientation program.

Commuter Students
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Orientation designed to help transfer students adjust to life at Xavier. This program is required for incoming transfer students, taking place at the beginning of the fall semester.

Transfer Students


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A program for Adult and Professional Education students held prior to the start of each semester. Additional sessions for Veteran students are offered at the conclusion of the main program.



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An initiative developed to assist first year students of color and first generation students with their transition and acclimation to Xavier. This orientation takes place prior to the Manresa program.

Smooth Transitions


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Connecting international student to campus life. Mentors assist student with important logistical and practical adjustments to Xavier. Required of all students in F-1 and J-1 status.