Frequently Asked Questions — Freshmen 2016 Summer Orientation Sessions

For any questions not addressed, please contact the Orientation office at orientme [at] stedwards.edu or 512-448-8584.

What Time is Orientation?

You may check in on day one of your Orientation session. Parent and Family Orientation check-in will occur in the same location and time. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Orientation check-in will take place in the following locations:

  • Sessions 1–5: Dujarié Hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Session 6: Ragsdale Center, third floor from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Student check-out is on day two at 4 p.m. for Sessions 1–5.

Be prepared to stay at all of Orientation. 

What if I need to edit my Orientation sign-up form?

If your form is not yet submitted or if your form is submitted but not yet approved:

  • log back in to Collegiate Link through myHilltop
  • click on the arrow by your name in the very top right corner, then “Involvement"
  • on the Involvement screen, click "Submissions" in the menu bar on the middle of the page
  • you will see your New Student Orientation Registration form with "In Progress" or "Pending" in the status column
  • click the eye icon on the right
  • make your edits, and then submit your form

Be sure to hit the "Submit for Approval" blue button!

If your form is already submitted and approved, you may either:

  • email orientme [at] stedwards.edu with any changes
  • call the Orientation office at 512-448-8584 and speak with a staff member about your changes

What if the Orientation session I want to sign up for is full?

If the session that you would like to sign up for is full, you have the option of being placed on the waitlist. 

 To be placed on the waitlist:

  • select an available session on the sign-up form
  • select that you are interested in being place on the waitlist for another session
  • on the next page, indicate the session for which you would like to be on the waitlist

You should plan to attend the available session you are signed up for, as few students move off the waitlist.

If a spot becomes available, you will be contacted via your SEU email address no later than a week out from the session for which you are on the waitlist.

Should you have questions or concerns, contact an Orientation staff member at 512-448-8584, 800-775-6755 or orientme [at] stedwards.edu.

If I Can’t Attend Orientation Sessions 1–5, May I still Register for Classes Early?

Students who are unable to participate in Freshman Orientation Sessions 1–5 must register for classes during Orientation session 6, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 24.

When Do I Return to Campus and/or Move-in to My Residence Hall?

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 29. Students who attend Orientation Sessions 1–5 should plan to return to campus for Hilltopper Welcome Days. You will check into your residence hall and attend required programming to prepare for college. Parents, families and friends will have the opportunity to meet additional university staff, faculty and students.

Residence Hall Check-in:

View "When do I move in?" flowchart.

Freshman Students who attend Orientation Sessions 1–5, will move in on Friday, Aug. 26 after 9 a.m.

  • Check in is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Check in at your residence hall or the apartment front desk.
  • If you check in after this timeframe, you will be given a phone number to contact in order to get assistance with your check in.

Freshman Students who attend Orientation Session 6, will move in on Tuesday, Aug. 23 after 9 a.m.

  • Check in is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Check in at your residence hall or the apartment front desk.
  • If you check in after this timeframe, you will be given a phone number to contact in order to get assistance with your check in.

If you are a CAMP student or living in an LLC, you will be provided with your specific move-in instructions.

International Students – Degree Seeking Undergraduate Students who attend any Orientation session, will move in on Monday, Aug. 22 after 9 a.m.

  • Check in is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Check in at your residence hall or the apartment front desk.
  • You will participate in International Check-in and Welcome on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in addition to New Student Orientation.

Do I Stay on Campus for Orientation?

Students participating in Orientation Sessions 1–5 are required to stay on campus for the one night of Orientation.

If you are registered for Session 6, you will move into your permanent residence hall on Aug. 23 or commute to Orientation if living off campus.

Parents who wish to join their student for Orientation are encouraged to make reservations at an Austin-area hotel. View a list of nearby hotels (PDF).

What Do I Bring to Orientation?

For all Orientation sessions, you should bring:

  • picture ID
  • SEU username and password
  • proof of health insurance
  • immunization records, including your bacterial meningitis vaccination (if not already submitted)

Additionally, for Sessions 1–5, you should plan to bring:

  • extra-long twin sheets and a blanket or a sleeping bag
  • a pillow
  • towels
  • casual clothing (blue and gold, preferably!)
  • an alarm clock
  • any other medications or personal items needed for the one-night stayould plan to bring (not including items for living on campus)

What if I Need a Ride from the Airport for Orientation?

Airport shuttle service can be provided at 8 and 9 a.m. the morning of check-in.

Return transportation can be provided at 4 and 5 p.m. on day two of Orientation Sessions 1–5.

Please email your flight information at least 48 hours in advance to orientme [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Airport%20Shuttle)  or call 512-448-8584 to arrange your shuttle service.

Taxi service is available at the airport. Estimated taxi fare ranges  $25–$42, depending on traffic.

Students are not permitted to leave campus during Orientation, so no additional transportation is needed.

What if I decide not to attend St. Edward's after Orientation?

Students who decide not to attend should contact the Office of Admission in writing no later than Sunday, Aug. 28. You assume financial and academic responsibility for each registered course.

St. Edward’s University will not automatically withdraw your registration due to nonpayment or lack of attendance.