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SLU 101 FAQ

  1. What will I be doing during SLU 101?
  2. What do I need to bring to SLU 101?
  3. Is there a charge for SLU 101? 
  4. Do the program dates have unlimited capacity?
  5. Can I come to any program date I'd like?
  6. Can I come with a friend who will also be a new freshman at SLU?
  7. Can I bring a friend who will not be attending SLU as a new freshman?
  8. What do parents and family members do during SLU 101?
  9. I have already signed up for the SLU 101 program, but now another member of my family has decided to attend. Is it too late?
  10. Can a family member other than my parents attend?
  11. Can family members sit in on their student's advising/registration appointment?
  12. Where do guests stay overnight?
  13. Where do I park on campus?
  14. How can I get to campus from the airport?
  15. Will I register for my classes on the first day or the second day?
  16. Will I be able to get the schedule of classes I want?
  17. What can I do if I am closed out of a class that I want?
  18. Do I have to take skills assessments?
  19. Can I turn in my forms to Student Health and Counseling?
  20. Do I have to participate in all parts of the program?
  21. Do I need to spend the night in the residence hall for SLU 101?
  22. If I need to arrive by plane a day before SLU 101 (or stay a day after), can I stay in a university residence hall? 
  23. Will I find out my residence hall assignment during SLU 101?
  24. Will I be able to see the residence hall rooms?
  25. Will I be able to take a campus tour?
  26. Who can I talk to about arranging academic accommodations (extended time testing, note-takers, books on tape, medical disability support, etc.)? 
  27. What should I do if I am unable to attend SLU 101 at the last minute?
  28. What should I do if I still have a question?

 

1. What will I be doing during SLU 101?
Click here for a sample student schedule. Students will receive their individualized schedule, as determined by their academic advisor, at SLU 101. Please follow your individual schedule.
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2. What do I need to bring to SLU 101?
You should bring comfortable, casual clothes. Many activities will be inside, so dress appropriately for air conditioned facilities. Since you will be staying overnight, you should bring a change of clothes, toiletries, personal items, an alarm clock, and a small amount of money for vending machines or incidentals. Food and linens are supplied. Be sure to also bring a photo ID so that you can have your SLU ID made.  Please note that there are no phone lines in individual student residence hall rooms.  Students may use personal cell phones or community phones available in the building for local calls.
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3. Is there a charge for SLU 101?
There is no fee for attending SLU 101.
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4. Do the program dates have unlimited capacity?
Unfortunately, no. Each program date has a limited capacity. Early dates especially fill to capacity quickly. Registration begins March 2, 2015 through mySLU.  Click on the Tools Tab and then on the SLU 101 registration icon.  Note: You must submit your tuition deposit before registering for SLU 101.
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5. Can I come to any program date I'd like?
Yes, as long as the date still has available space. You must reserve a place for yourself by enrolling through this web site. Registration begins March 2, 2015 through mySLU. Click on the Tools Tab and then on the SLU 101 registration icon. Note: You must submit your tuition deposit before registering for SLU 101.  When you register, you will see all the dates with remaining space listed for you to choose from.
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6. Can I come with a friend who will also be a new freshman at SLU?
Yes, every year we have some students who would like to travel to campus together. It is a great way to share the expense of a trip from out of town. Be sure you and your friend enroll in the same session, but please note that the session dates have limited capacities, so make your arrangements to as soon as possible.  Please note that we do not accept roommate requests for the overnight stay at SLU 101.
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7. Can I bring a friend who will not be attending SLU as a new freshman?
Only admitted SLU students and their families may attend SLU 101. SLU 101 is an important time for our new freshmen, and we need to devote all of our energy and efforts to the students who will be attending the University in the fall. A friend who would like to visit the campus is, of course, most welcome to contact our Admissions Office (314-977-2500) to arrange a tour. Your friend is most welcome to visit you in the fall, once you have had a chance to get settled.
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8. What do parents and family members do during SLU 101?
Parents and family members are encouraged to attend SLU 101 with their student. A complete, separate schedule of sessions are offered to help ease your transition and allow you to become more familiar with campus. Some topics include: scholarships/financial aid, student health, campus safety, academic advising, students services and transition issues. Click here for a sample Parent and Family Schedule.
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9. I have already signed up for the SLU 101 program, but now another member of my family has decided to attend. Is it too late?
No, your family members are most welcome. See question 8 for more information about the Parent and Family Program.  Simply log back into the SLU 101 Registration Site and make the change to your reservation.  The SLU 101 registration site is available through mySLU. Click on the Tools Tab and then on the SLU 101 registration icon.
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10. Can a family member other than my parents attend?
Yes, any member of your family is welcome though most of the programs are geared toward parents/guardians.
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11. Can family members sit in on their student's advising/registration appointment?
Parents and other family members are not invited to the advising appointments.  It is an important time for the student to meet with their academic advisor independently and begin developing a relationship.  We recommend that family members participate in the parallel Family Program, which has content specifically designed to be of interest to parents and family members, including an information session with academic advisors and ample opportunity to question experienced faculty and staff about the University and their student's experience here.
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12. Where do guests stay overnight?
Guests are not provided an on campus housing option during the SLU 101 program. Students are the only participants that will stay in the residence hall.  Guests are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Click here for a listing of local accommodations.
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13. Where do I park on campus?
Students and families attending the SLU 101 program may park in the Laclede Parking Garage.  Parking is free with the parking pass provided in the confirmation brochure that will be mailed out about a week before your SLU 101 session.  Click here for a campus map.
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14. How can I get to campus from the airport?
The Metrolink (light rail) will take you directly from the airport to within three blocks of campus.  Click here for more information about taking the Metrolink to SLU.  You can also access ground transportation at a discounted rate for students with Go Best Express.
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15. Will I register for my classes on the first day or the second day?
Your academic advisor determines when you register. Some students register on Day One and some register on Day Two. The day you register depends on your major and your advisor's schedule. Not all students will be registered on the first day.
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16. Will I be able to get the schedule of classes I want?
Your advisor will work with you to help you select courses that are appropriate for you and your program of study.
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17. What can I do if I am closed out of a class that I want?
If you cannot register for a class at SLU 101, your advisor can tell you what options are available. An appropriate substitution can be made from your degree plan and the closed course taken in the spring term. Some students may choose to contact individual academic departments to see if the department will give them permission to enter a closed class.
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18. Do I have to take skills assessments?
A foreign language skills assessment is mandatory for all students planning to continue in a language they have previously studied.  If you have not taken a foreign language or are wishing to take courses in a language you have not previously studied, you do not need to take the skills assessment.  Click here for more information.   
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19. Can I turn in my forms to Student Health Services?
Yes, you can turn in your Student Immunization Record and Health Insurance Waiver to Student Health Services at the fair on Day Two.  Be sure to bring your health insurance card so they can make a copy as well.  Click here for more information.
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20. Do I have to participate in all parts of the program?
Yes, all parts of the program have been carefully considered and should be attended. Important information is included in SLU 101 which will help you adjust to college and have a smooth first year. You will be glad you have it later.
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21. Do I need to spend the night in the residence hall for SLU 101?
Yes, the overnight stay in the residence hall is an important part of the program. Because of the importance of making friends and feeling socially comfortable in a new environment, we expect you to stay overnight in the residence hall whether or not you will be living on campus is the fall. Students are the only participants that are to stay in the residence hall.
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22. If I need to arrive a day before SLU 101 (or stay a day after), can I stay in a University residence hall?
Yes, you are welcome to stay on campus a night prior to or after SLU 101 for a $39/night fee. Sign up for the extra night(s) on the SLU 101 registration site (access via mySLU, click on the Tools tab and then on the SLU 101 registration icon).  The fee will be added to your student bill. 
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23. Will I find out my residence hall assignment during SLU 101?
The Department of Housing and Residence Life will mail out housing assignments after the last SLU 101 in July.  Click here for more information regarding Housing and Residence life.
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24. Will I be able to see the residence hall rooms?  
Yes, tours of residence hall sample rooms are available during SLU 101.  Unfortunately, you will not be able to see your assigned room for the fall as the University does most of the maintenance work on the residence halls during the summer.
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25. Will I be able to take a campus tour?
Yes, a tour will be offered on Day 1 afternoon. Details will be listed on the SLU 101 schedule you'll receive when you arrive.
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26. Who can I talk to about arranging academic accommodations (extended time testing, note-takers, books on tape, medical disability support, etc.)?
If
you received academic accommodations and/or used an IEP plan or a 504 plan in high school and want to discuss the possibility of receiving those accommodation supports at SLU, please contact Disability Services in the Student Success Center by calling 314-977-3484 or by emailing disability_services@slu.edu. The higher education accommodation process differs from the high school accommodation process, so please make sure to contact the office as soon as possible to understand the procedures. You are welcome to make an appointment during your SLU 101 visit. Based on the SLU 101 schedule, the afternoon of Day Two is usually the best time. For more information on accommodations, please visit the Disability Services website
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27. What should I do if I am unable to attend SLU 101 at the last minute?
Please let us know if you are unable to attend by calling 314-977-2805. We appreciate any notice that you can give us so that we can inform your advisor and others who are expecting you.
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28. What should I do if I still have a question?
If our Frequently Asked Questions missed your question, please contact the Student Involvement Center at 314-977-2805 or  slu101@slu.edu.
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