Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during Orientation?
New Student Orientation consists of programs, activities, and social events that will help you transition into the academic and social culture of Xavier University.  Our living and learning community is a close-knit family so it’ll be important for you to understand Xavier’s expectations, our traditions, and the meaning of being a TRUE XAVIERITE.  A bonus for Parents and Family is that all tuition and fees may be paid at our Orientation Resource Center on Friday, August 15th or Saturday, August 16th.  A full schedule for the Orientation program will be available soon.

Do I need to register for Orientation?
Registration is not required as we have all of your information and will have your packet here for you when you arrive. Continue to check your email and US mail for information throughout the summer.

Where will I reside during Orientation?
All students who have requested and received confirmation for on-campus housing should participate in move-in day on Friday, August 15.  Students who have confirmed housing will receive an official letter from Housing and Residence Life prior to Orientation with their assigned residence hall, designated move-in time, and other important details.  Please ensure that you read this information to know when and where to report for your stay at Xavier.

Students who are new to New Orleans but will not live on campus should ensure that they make arrangements accordingly to participate in the Orientation Program.
Parents and other family members will not be allowed to reside in the residence halls.  A list of discounted hotels can be accessed by clicking here

Do I have to participate in New Student Orientation?
In order to assist you in being successful during your first year, Xavier University has deemed New Student Orientation a mandatory program.  All new students, incoming freshmen and transfer students, are required to participate in Orientation.

Do parents have to attend Orientation?
Many families have already visited the University for various pre-enrollment programs; however, the Parent and Family Orientation Weekend will provide you with in-depth information that will be critical for your student’s success at Xavier.  We encourage all parents and family members to join us as we begin this journey with you on the road to your student’s success!  The Parent and Family Orientation Weekend will conclude on Sunday, August 17 in the early afternoon (around 12 noon). Please do not miss our “Rites of Passage” ceremony on Sunday morning, following mass.

What if I attended Lagniappe, do I have to still participate in New Student Orientation?
Xavier’s “Lagniappe” program is a preview program for first time students designed to quickly introduce the university’s offerings and get a head start on enrollment for the Fall. New Student Orientation, however, is designed to assist students in their successful transition to Xavier and complete any unfinished business in being a new student.  Although you may have attended the Lagniappe Summer Preview program, you are still required to participate in New Student Orientation.

Additional Questions or Concerns???
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