Student Orientation


With the newest Fall 2020 semester updates, classes will begin on Monday, August 17th which is a week earlier than originally planned. This will allow for all students to depart for Thanksgiving and complete finals remotely. Please know the entire Manresa Orientation Team and Office of Residence Life are actively working to create a move-in and orientation plan that creates opportunities for appropriate social distancing to keep the entire Xavier family safe.

Manresa will take place from Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16 2020. Students should anticipate being on campus and fully available to participate in orientation activities during the entirety of the time frame. Due to our COVID-19 safety protocols there will be in-person programming for parents, families, or guests.

Manresa 2020: Thursday, August 13-Sunday, August 16

What is Manresa?

SOCIAL CONNECTION: Manresa is your chance to connect with classmates, upper-class student leaders, and the campus community. You experience the program in a small group, which gives you the opportunity to create connections that may last for years to come. Manresa wouldn't be complete without our evening entertainment and social events including Playfair, Illusionist Craig Karges, and more!

ACADEMICS: Your Xavier academic experience kicks off during Manresa! You have the opportunity to attend academic focused interest sessions, meet with your academic advisor, and learn more about your intended major. You will also learn more about the First-Year Seminar, Goa First-Year Co-Curricular Program, and Peer Mentor Program.

IGNATIAN HERITAGE: We are proud of our strong Ignatian heritage, and during Manresa our goal is to introduce the tradition to you. In fact, the program is named for the town in Spain where Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, took time to reflect on his life: past, present, and future. Manresa gives you the opportunity to look back on your past, enjoy your present, and set goals for your future.

COMMUNITY: Xavier is a community with strong traditions and values. Manresa welcomes you to this community. You are now part of something bigger than yourself and we're glad you are here!


Do you have questions about the move-in process, Manresa, or anything in between?

Check out our XUtoYou Summer Zoom Session

Commuter students should plan to arrive to campus during the early afternoon of Thursday, August 13 and to return home each night. Manresa programming typically begins early each morning and continues through 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. each night. The program concludes in the early afternoon on Sunday, August 16. We will have more specific information when we release our detailed schedule of events.

*Please visit our commuter student tab for more information*

Resident Students:

All resident students must register for their early drop-off or arrival time through the Housing Self Service platform by Wednesday, July 29th at 5pm. If you are unable to register before this date, you will be assigned an arrival time.

Early Drop-Off: Saturday, August 8th-Tuesday, August 11th

Students living with a 120 mile radius have the opportunity to unload their belongings into their room. Students and supporters will be given one hour to unload their belongings and will return on Thursday, August 13th to unpack and students will attend the Manresa Orientation program.

First Year Move-In: Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 13th

Students must arrive within their 30 minute arrival window in order to adhere to our COVID-19 safety protocols. There will be move-in volunteers ready to move your belongings through a cart system. 

*Please visit our Resident Student tab for more information* 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  • To minimize density we will not be offering or Presidential Welcome ceremony and all other parent and family programming during the Move-In & Manresa program. However, be on the lookout for a special virtual surprise prior to your arrival!
  • For the safety of all, social distancing practices will be in place and all parties are expected to adhere to the guidelines.

  • All students and guests will be required to wear a mask while on campus, unless they have a documented medical condition.

  • Depending on where you are traveling from, you may be expected to quarantine before your arrival, please check the COVID website for updates.