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FAQs for SLU 101 - Summer 2020

SLU 101 Summer Orientation will look different for summer 2020, and we know you may have questions about how to sign up, what to expect and more. Read on for answers to some of the most common questions. 

Signing Up for SLU 101 

Can I participate in any live, virtual SLU 101 session?

Yes, as long as the date still has space available. Remember that you must submit your enrollment deposit before registering for SLU 101. When you register, you will see all the dates with remaining space listed for you to choose from. Students must be registered for a live, virtual SLU 101 session to participate in the program; we are not able to accommodate last-minute requests to be added to a session.

Do the program dates have unlimited capacity?

Unfortunately, no. Each program date has a limited capacity, and there is also a set capacity for each college or school within the program to assure that students will be able to meet with an academic advisor for their major. It is best to register as soon as possible if you have a particular date in mind.  You can edit your reservation to change your session date as long as seats are available in that session.

What should I do if I can not participate in the SLU 101 session at the last minute?

Let us know if you are unable to attend by calling your admission counselor. Please give as much notice as possible so that we can inform your advisor and others who are expecting you.

Parents and Families 

What is the parent and family experience during the SLU 101 session?

Parents and family members will have a different experience for SLU 101 2020 and will not have any program to participate in during the student’s live, virtual SLU 101 session. Parents and guardians will receive a link to an online orientation platform to complete modules at their own time and pace during the summer. Some topics included in the modules: scholarships/financial aid, student health, campus safety, academic advising, student services and transition issues.

What can I expect from the online orientation platform?

The online orientation platform for parents and guardians will have several modules for you to complete during the summer at your own pace. You will receive an email around mid-June directing you to complete the modules. The modules will provide information about campus resources and policies, help you learn more about the student experience at SLU, and help you get to know the offices that provide different resources for students throughout their time as a Billiken.

Can family members sit in on the student’s advising appointment?

Parents and other family members are not invited to the advising appointments. It is important for the student to meet with an academic advisor independently and begin developing a relationship. We respectfully ask that parents and guardians not participate in the student’s virtual advising appointment that will occur during the student’s live, virtual SLU 101 session.

Can parents and families have an opportunity to ask questions outside of the online orientation modules?

Yes, we will be providing some optional live, virtual experiences for parents and guardians to participate in June and July. During these virtual sessions, there will be staff available to answer questions. Learn more about the presentation topics and session dates

General Questions

How is SLU managing the campus with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Saint Louis University has created a webpage where the latest campus communications related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be highlighted, as well as resources for Saint Louis University faculty, staff, students and parents/families.

What will I do during SLU 101 2020?

There will be a three-phase approach for students during summer orientation 2020.

Self-Paced Pre-SLU 101:  Prior to the student’s SLU 101 session, the student will receive information via email for the Pre-SLU 101 online experience. This email will be sent about a week prior to the student's live, virtual SLU 101 session. Students are required to complete the online orientation modules prior to their session to assure they will receive an academic advising appointment during their live, virtual SLU 101 session. Students must complete these online orientation modules three days in advance of “attending” the live, virtual SLU 101 session.  

Live, Virtual SLU 101 Session Students will receive information via email on how to participate with the live Zoom sessions for the session date they signed up for; students will receive this email around seven days prior to the session. The virtual live program will be a reduced modified schedule.  For freshmen, we will be conducting the live portion across the two days of their live, virtual SLU 101 session; for transfers, we will conduct the live portion during the one-day of their session date.

Self-Paced Post-SLU 101:  Students will receive more information through the online orientation platform. Students will be informed via email of when to go back in to complete the final modules to help them prepare for August.

Do I participate in all of SLU 101?

Yes and no. Students will be required to complete the online orientation modules prior to participating in their live, virtual SLU 101 session. During your live, virtual SLU 101 session, some of the presentations and activities will be required, and some will be optional for you to determine what is best use of your time and what you need from the experience. The Post-SLU 101 orientation modules will be required for you to complete during the rest of the summer. The SLU 101 orientation experience is full of important information that will help you adjust to college and have a smooth first year.

How will I get my SLU ID during SLU 101?

Be on the lookout for an email in late spring that will share information on how to submit your photo online for your SLU ID. This email will be sent to your SLU email account so it is important that you start checking regularly your SLU email. Use the link provided in the email and follow the directions within the email on how to do the online photo submission process. You must complete the online photo submission process for your student ID to have it ready for your first semester at SLU. Your SLU ID will be ready for your arrival to campus in the fall.

How do I turn in my forms to Student Health Center?

If you have not already done so, you can submit your immunization record and required tuberculosis screening directly to Student Health Center online. The health insurance enrollment or waiver process for the University Health Plan can be completed online once you are registered as a full-time student (i.e. after your SLU 101 session).

What can I expect from the live, virtual SLU 101 experience?
Sample schedules for the student’s live, virtual SLU 101 session experience will be available soon. 
What can I expect from the online orientation platform?
The online orientation platform will have several modules for students to complete. The Pre-SLU 101 modules must be completed at least three days in advance of participating in the live, virtual SLU 101 session. The Post-SLU 101 modules will open up for you at different times during the summer. You will receive emails directing you to complete the modules. The modules will provide information about campus resources and policies, help you learn more about the student experience at SLU, and help you feel prepared for your first semester as a Billiken.
Which email should I be checking to get information for SLU 101?
Please check the email you submitted when you signed up for your SLU 101 session. However, it is also expected for you to start checking and using your SLU email address. Information may be sent to both, and it is your responsibility to keep up on communication from the university. How to access your SLU email account was in your Admitted Student Packet.
Can I meet with someone from Disability Services during SLU 101? How do I schedule an appointment with Disability Services?
You can learn about how to schedule an appointment with Disability Services by visiting their website, which will answer many questions, including what documentation will be needed for academic accommodations and/or housing accommodations.

Registering for Classes 

For summer 2020, academic advisors completed registration for new students to ensure that all new students will be enrolled in classes needed for their degree program. Academic advisors created class schedules for new students based on the information provided in their Advising and Registration Survey and the curriculum required for their degree and academic program. During the virtual-live academic advising appointment with students, advisors will review curriculum requirements and course options, if any, and then confirm the fall class schedule.

How will I get registered for classes during SLU 101?

For summer 2020, your academic advisor will create your schedule of classes for the fall semester using the information you provided in the Advising and Registration Survey and the curriculum required for your degree and academic program. During your virtual-live advising appointment, your academic advisor will review your curriculum requirements and course options, if any, and then confirm your fall semester class schedule.

How can I find out when my advising appointment will be during SLU 101? 

All students who have signed up for a SLU 101 session will have a one-on-one appointment with their academic advisor. Academic advising appointment schedules will be available one to three days before your scheduled SLU 101 session. All academic advising appointments are scheduled in Central Daylight Time.  Watch this video tutorial on how to view your appointment date and time.

Will I be able to get the schedule of classes I want?

Your academic advisor will discuss requirements and course options to ensure that you are enrolled in courses that are appropriate for you and your program of study.

 

Can changes be made to my class schedule? 

Changes to your fall 2020 class schedule must be completed by your academic advisor. For summer 2020, academic advisors completed registration for new students to ensure that all students will be enrolled in classes needed for their degree program.

If you want to make any changes to your class schedule, contact your academic advisor. You will be able to make changes to your schedule on your own during the first week of the semester. 

Will choosing a later SLU 101 date affect a student's ability to enroll in the courses they need? 

For summer 2020, academic advisors completed registration for new students to ensure that all students will be enrolled in classes needed for their degree program. We will continue to monitor course enrollments throughout the summer to ensure enrollment options for all students, regardless of the SLU 101 program they attend.

What can I do if I am unable to register for a class that I want?

If you are not able to enroll in a class, your academic advisor can tell you what options are available.

Do I have to take the skills assessment?

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 want to take courses in a language you have not previously studied, you do not need to take the skills assessment.

Who can I talk to about arranging academic accommodations (extended time testing, note-takers, books on tape, medical disability support, etc.)?

If you used an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)/504 plan/other accommodation plan in high school or if you have a documented condition that may require academic or housing accommodations, please contact Disability Services in the Student Success Center at 314-977-3484 or 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. We encourage you to make an appointment to speak directly with Disability Services during the summer once your course schedule has been completed.