Frequently Asked Questions

Is New Student Orientation required?

Yes, all new freshmen are required to attend. Any students with extenuating circumstance (e.g. coming from Alaska) should contact the Student Success Center at 435-879-4691 or email studentsuccess@dixie.edu for other arrangements.

What is Trailblazer Prep and why do I need it?

Whether you are new to higher education or new to Dixie State University, we want to make sure you have the information and tools you need to succeed at DSU. The Trailblazer Prep is designed to give you the information that you will need to choose the right classes and enroll. You will also get other useful information, including choosing the right major, financial aid tips, and more! This is an online course made up of 6 modules that will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete.

When will I register for classes?

New Freshmen will begin registering around April 16th. The Trailblazer Prep Course will also be available April 16th, and after you have completed it, you will be cleared to register for classes. The course will prepare you for a smooth transition to Dixie State University and direct you to the right advisor who will assist you with a pathway to graduation.

Can my advisor help me get registered?

After completing the Trailblazer Prep Course, you will be directed to an advisor within your major (or an advisor for undecided majors). Through an advisor course, your advisor will provide you with the information you need to register for the right classes for your major. Your advisor will contact you to help answer any questions you may have. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your advisor in person at New Student Orientation.

What is the First Year Experience (FYE) Class?

Every freshman student will benefit from enrolling in FYE. This one-credit course will give you the tools and success skills you will need to thrive in college. Research has shown that students who participate in FYE are more likely to stay in college and earn a college degree.

How much does New Student Orientation Cost?

It’s free! While other colleges and universities charge you an Orientation Fee, we recognize that college is already expensive enough. In addition to providing lunch, we’re also getting you a t-shirt!

Can my parents and/or family attend Orientation?

Yes! We encourage you to bring family members. They will be able to support you as they attend some of the same sessions you will attend, including the transition to college life, and we have sessions designed specifically for them. We just need to know how many to expect for lunch.

What are the dates of Orientation?

The available dates are viewable when you access the online registration form and choose from the pull-down menu. They are also shown on our Orientation Schedule page.

Where do I park once I arrive to New Student Orientation?

There are several parking options: around the north and west side of the Eccles building and south in the parking lot above the Cox/Avenna Center Building. Check out this map for specific locations.

What if I want to come at a different time than what I signed up for?

You can e-mail studentsuccess@dixie.edu and the Orientation Office will attempt to reschedule you, depending on space availability.

Is there a deadline to register for an Orientation Session?

You should reserve your space as soon as you can determine the best time for you and other family members to attend. The deadline is one week prior to each session.

If I am traveling from out of town and flying in, which airport should I fly into, and are there shuttles available?

Saint George has a regional airport that can be found at this website: www.flysgu.com. But the closest international airport is McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, NV. Depending on traffic, it takes approximately two hours to drive north to Saint George. There are several shuttle services available, although renting a car would be more convenient and allow you to see the area while you are here.

Do I need to be admitted before attending New Student Orientation?

Yes. All students should be admitted before attending. Students should have the Trailblazer Prep Course finished before attending New Student Orientation, and in order to login to the Trailblazer Prep Course, students must first be admitted.

What should I wear to New Student Orientation?

Dress comfortably. Also recognize that during June and July in St. George, it can get warm (OK, hot), so no jackets will be needed. We’ll be taking your picture for your picture ID, so look your best.

Where should I report when I arrive to New Student Orientation?

Orientation begins at the Eccles Fine Arts Building. There are several parking options: parking around the north and west of the Eccles building and south in the parking lot above the Cox / Avenna Center Building. Check out this map for specific location.

What business can I take care of while at New Student Orientation?

In addition to getting your picture taken for an ID card, you will have the chance to visit any of our Student Services offices after orientation, including Financial Aid, Disability Resource Center, Housing, etc.

If I have additional questions about New Student Orientation, who should I contact?

Our staff at the Student Success Center are happy to answer any of your questions. They can be reached by calling 435.879.4691, or via e-mail at studentsuccess@dixie.edu.