Welcome to Your First Year at St. Edward’s University! 

Your first year of college presents exciting new changes, challenges, and learning opportunities, and a successful transition will set you up for a happier, richer, and more successful four years at St. Edward's. That's why it's important to us that we support you as you navigate changes such as moving away from home, living on campus, making new friends, finding community and managing college level course work.

The Office of Student Life is dedicated to supporting you during these transitions and offer several exciting programs dedicated to enhancing your experience as a first-year student.

Events for Freshmen

Orientation and Welcome Days

At Orientation, you'll meet your new classmates and learn about campus resources that support academic and college success. Freshmen and international students are advised and register for courses at Orientation. 

New students are welcomed to the St. Edward’s University community during Welcome Days. Get ready to begin your college experience on the hilltop, learn about new opportunities for involvement, services and programs to find your place and meet new people, make new friends, and — perhaps most importantly — have a good time!

Learn more about Orientation and Welcome Days!

Anchors

Get anchored into St. Edward's! Occuring the day after move in, join a group of first-year students for a day filled with skits, activities, and student-led small group programs meant to get you on the right track for your first year and enhance the years to follow.

Learn more about Anchors!

Meet Your Major Fair

Meet Your Major is a great place to learn more about the majors offered at St. Edward’s and discover majors you might not have considered. You can also learn about the opportunities and co-curricular activities related to the majors. Faculty and upperclassmen will be available to answer questions. 

Meet Your Major Fair is for first- or second-year students who are undecided on a major, thinking about switching or just want to learn more about what their major has to offer.

Hilltop Mentors

Hilltop Mentors helps new entering students transition into campus life, and establish relationships that provide encouragement for academic and social growth and exploration.

Learn more