In the hustle and bustle of Move-in Weekend, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Whether this is your first time bringing your child to campus or you’re heading into senior year, here’s a rundown of events to keep you on top of everything in those busy (but fun!) first days of the new school year.

Class of 2023 climbs the steps of Main Building with Austin skyline in the background.

Before Move-in (New Students Only)


This online program prepares students to begin college at St. Edward’s. Make sure your student has completed Hillstart before coming to campus for Orientation.

Summer Orientation

Students attend one of six Orientation sessions on campus, where they meet fellow freshmen and campus leaders, get acquainted with the hilltop and start planning their semester. Remaining Orientations include:

  • Transfer Students:  Session 1: Wednesday, Aug. 14; Session 2: Monday, Aug. 19
  • Freshman Students:  Session 6: Wednesday–Thursday, Aug. 21–22
  • International Students:  International Hilltopper Landing: Tuesday, Aug. 20, in addition to attending Transfer Session 2 or Freshman Session 6

Guidebook Webpage

Our online Guidebook gives you a convenient roundup of dates, times and locations for Orientation sessions, Anchors activities for new freshmen and Welcome Days events.

Move-in Dates

  • Move-in for International Transfer and Exchange Students: Sunday, Aug. 18
  • Move-in for International Freshmen: Monday, Aug. 19
  • Move-in for Freshmen Attending Orientation Session 6: Tuesday, Aug. 20
  • Move-in for All Other New Students: Thursday, Aug. 22
  • Move-in for Returning Students: Saturday, Aug. 24

After Move-in


Thursday, Aug. 22–Sunday, Aug. 25

Beginning the day after Move-in, this program is like a sequel to Orientation, helping your student adjust to life on campus right before the semester starts. All new freshmen and transfer students are required to attend. What’s freshman year like? Watch upperclassmen share their advice.

Welcome Block Party

Thursday, Aug. 22, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

New students and their families meet faculty, staff and fellow students while enjoying music by a live DJ and light refreshments.

Black Student and Family Welcome Lunch

Friday, Aug. 23, 9–11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

New black students and their families are invited to a morning of breakfast and building community.

New Student and Family Welcome BBQ

Friday, Aug. 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

New students and their families share some Texas barbecue listen to music and meet with the university community with a flair of Austin, Texas, hospitality!

freshman students connect at Topper Night

Class of 2023 Group Picture

Saturday, Aug. 24, 6–6:30 p.m.

An evening exclusively for the Class of 2023 to meet, socialize and gather for a photo with the entire entering class.

Students and families attending Mass in campus chapel at St. Edward's

Mass of Welcome

Sunday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m.

A Mass for the whole community, especially returning students and their families.

A St. Edward's freshman receives his university medallion during the Medallion Ceremony.

Medallion Ceremony

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2–3 p.m.

During this special tradition, the university president, executive vice president and provost, and faculty welcome new students and formally induct them into the St. Edward’s community. 

The first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 26.

See the full 2-week line-up of Welcome Days activities for students as they get settled into the new school year.

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We look forward to seeing you on the hilltop!