Student Orientation


Thursday, August 12, through Sunday, August 15, 2021

Manresa, Xavier's New Student Orientation, is a four-day program designed to introduce you and other new Musketeers to Xavier's campus. This is an opportunity to meet the people who will help shape the next few years of your life. In addition to large group programs, you will participate in small-group activities with other new students and experienced upperclass leaders to learn all about campus so you'll be ready to start your Xavier journey.

With the newest Fall 2021 semester updates, classes will begin on Monday, August 16th. This will allow for all students to depart for Thanksgiving and complete finals remotely. The 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.

Students should anticipate being on campus and fully available to participate in orientation activities during the entirety of the time frame. There will be more information regarding in-person opportunities for parents, families, and guests as we get closer to the start of the program.

What is Manresa?


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!


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.


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.


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 XU to You Summer Zoom Session

Commuter students should plan to arrive to campus during the early afternoon of Thursday, August 12 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 15. 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:

We are currently in the process of planning and finalizing our move-in schedule for Fall 2021. Please check back here regularly for updates!

*Please visit our Resident Student page for more information* 

Current COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  • 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.