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.

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!

Want to watch the Presidential Welcome via Live stream? Click this link!

Commuter Students:

You should plan to arrive to campus during the early afternoon of Thursday, August 12, between 12:00pm-1:30pm 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 page for more information*

Residential Students:

Move-In will take place on Wednesday, August 11 from 9:00am-3:00pm and Thursday, August 12 from 8:00am-1:00pm! You will need to sign up for your arrival time through the Housing Self-Service portal. Registration for your arrival time will open on July 6, and close on July 30. In order to best meet your travel needs, you must register for your arrival time through the Housing Self-Service website. Arrival times are available first-come, first-served based on residence hall.

*Please visit our Resident Student page for more information* 

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

We will be holding a Virtual Manresa & Move-In Panel session on Friday, July 23. You can access the link via Road to Xavier. 

Schedules for the Manresa 2021 program are now available, please click the links below or visit the schedules page using the tab on the left.

Manresa 2021 New Student Schedule | Manresa 2021 Parent, Family, & Guest Schedule

Current COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  • Updated guidelines for the Fall 2021 semester will be available soon.