Below are frequently asked questions (FAQs) about FOCUS.
You will have an opportunity to learn about the student experience at SXU through various presentations, small group activities and hands-on sessions. We want you to know that we're glad you chose SXU and want to show you what great things our campus community has to offer. You will also receive your fall schedule and meet with an academic advisor. You will be assigned a team with approximately 15 other FOCUS attendees and will have two Orientation Leaders who will assist your group. You will stay overnight in one of SXU's residence halls and have the opportunity to experience a glimpse of college student life.
Orientation Leaders are Saint Xavier students who have been selected to help you learn about the University. They are fun, energetic and full of information, so plan to ask them many questions. They are students who are involved in various leadership roles on campus as resident assistants, officers in student organizations and elected student government leaders. The FOCUS leadership team truly represents the spirit and diversity here at Saint Xavier, and we're confident you'll find them very valuable in beginning your college experience.
Plan to bring casual, comfortable clothes and good walking shoes. Students will need to bring overnight supplies (including a blanket and pillow) and toiletries. Sheets and a towel will be provided for you (though you are welcome to bring your own!). Bring any outstanding transcripts, financial aid paperwork, etc. All meals will be provided, but you may want to bring money for the vending machines. Plan to bring a sweater or sweatshirt, as our rooms sometimes get cold. If you like to work out, the Shannon Athletic Center will be open so bring your athletic wear. You may bring a cell phone, but we respectfully request that you do not use it during FOCUS sessions. Plan to leave cash and valuables at home. Alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, weapons and explosives are all prohibited on campus.
Yes. You will be able to meet many other incoming first-year students at FOCUS who will all be getting ready for the same experiences you are. You will also have Orientation Leaders who are current SXU students and have all experienced student life first hand at SXU. They are ready and excited to welcome you to the SXU community, to be a support and to answer any questions you may have.
Yes. FOCUS is a required component of the SXU experience.
Yes. It is required for students to complete the entire experience. Part of that includes staying overnight in a residence hall at SXU with your fellow classmates. There will be many things to do in the evening, and we particularly want students to get to know their classmates. These connections will be vital during your first year at SXU. We plan to give you a taste of college life and the experiences you will have as an SXU student. We think you will really enjoy this new experience! Parents may find overnight accommodations at local hotels.
As in all communities, there are a few rules everyone must follow to maintain health and safety and to successfully complete the program. During FOCUS, all student attendees must:
- Attend all sessions;
- Remain on campus for the duration of the FOCUS program;
- Stay overnight in the residence hall in assigned room during FOCUS (no non-FOCUS participants will be allowed in the residence hall);
- Wear name tag at all times;
- Return key upon check-out on Day 2 (there is a $150 fee for unreturned keys); and
- No alcohol, weapons, tobacco, explosives or illegal drugs allowed.
The FOCUS fee is part of the First-Year Student Fee of $230. This fee includes the FOCUS program costs for you and up to two parents/guardians and will be included on your first fall bill.
Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to attend! The programs we have developed will be very informative and helpful. Parents/guardians are free to attend whatever portion of the Parent Orientation program they are able to attend. The Parent Orientation takes place on Day 1 of each FOCUS session from 1 to 8:45 p.m.
No (primarily). We have different sessions designed for both students and parents to meet their own unique needs. There will be a few times during the program when students and parents will be together.
Yes! You will receive your fall schedule during FOCUS.
You can change your major at any time by visiting the Office of Advising and completing the change of major form. We recommend that you visit with an advisor to discuss your decision.
You may contact the Center for Accessibility Resources office, located in L-108 of the Warde Academic Center on the Chicago campus, at 773-298-3308. The office works closely with students and faculty to provide services to students with documented disabilities. Specific accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on appropriate documentation and individual consultation with the student.
Directions to the Chicago campus and a printable campus map and parking maps are both available online. Parking is readily available on campus and you will be allowed to park overnight. No special permit is necessary. Check-in for students will be in the Regina Hall lobby and begins at 1 p.m. on the first day of your FOCUS session. Signs and staff will direct you.
Please call Student Affairs at 773-298-3123 as soon as possible. We will assist you in getting placed in a future FOCUS session.
Please call Student Affairs at 773-298-3123. We will assist you in getting placed in an alternate FOCUS session. The sooner you can call us, the better we can assist you.
Please call Student Affairs at 773-298-3123. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must attend all sessions of your FOCUS program. FOCUS ends by 3:30 p.m. on Day 2.
If you are interested in living on campus after attending FOCUS, please submit a housing contract and the $150 non-refundable deposit to the Office of Residence Life, Rubloff Hall 110 or through our online reservation system. We typically begin a wait list for new students near April 1 so please check with a representative from Residence Life to determine what your status will be at the time of contract submission.
If you meet someone at FOCUS that you would like to room with and have already submitted a housing contract, you may change your roommate preference by contacting the Office of Residence Life at 773-298-3997 or via email to email@example.com. You may also stop by the Residence Life table during orientation. You will need to submit the first and last name of the individual you would like to request. If you have not already submitted a housing contract, please do so and indicate the person with whom you would like to room under the roommate preference section. Please note that we do not guarantee specific roommate placement but will do our best to accommodate requests.