Welcome to Saint Mary's!

Students in dorm room

Get Your Bearings

It's normal to feel a little overwhelmed about your first year of college but not to worry. We have a few ways for you to learn more about campus, what to expect, and what to do next. Here are some events to help you get ready.

Sneak Preview Days

There are two in-person Sneak Preview Days this summer that will help you get a look at what life will be like as a Belle. The campus experience is open to both you and your family as we take time to discuss housing, dining, campus life, academics, and more. The events are completely optional but you do need to register.

Registration Opens Spring 2023

Fall Orientation

Belles Beginnings is our traditional, new-student orientation for students and parents during move in. In-person, student and family orientation will begin on Thursday, August 17. Parents and families will be welcome to join us for some programming on the morning of Friday, August 18. Following lunch our student-only Belles Beginnings Orientation activities and programming will begin. We are committed to making this transition smooth, informative—and fun—and cannot wait to have our new Belles join us in August. Please continue to check back to this page for the most current information.

student studying at her computer

Your To Do List

Once you’ve deposited and become #officiallySMC, you'll want to keep going with these few steps:

  • First be sure to apply for financial aid. This will get the process started so you can secure aid to help cover your college expenses.
  • If you're an incoming first-year student, join our Saint Mary's College Class of 2027 Facebook Page to meet other students in your amazing class!
  • Watch for an email from ResNet@saintmary's.edu. Follow the instructions in the email to set up your Saint Mary’s email account.

 

Here are some other key dates:

June
2023

Academic Advising

During the beginning of June, your summer advisor will send a message to your Saint Mary's email address to arrange a time to speak with you about course selection. You will be able to register for classes online at the end of June after speaking with your advisor. Placement Testing must be completed before academic advising can occur. 

June
2023

Room Assignments

All students will receive an email in early June 2023 with their housing assignment. Questions can be directed to Residence Life at ResLife@saintmarys.edu

 

June 
2023

Sneak Preview Day

Join us to get a sneak preview of life as a Belle. This FREE program will offer information that will prepare you for your arrival on campus in August. This program is not mandatory but you must sign up in advance. Dates and registration information will be available in the Spring of 2023.

June
2023

First-Year Registration Days

Students may register at their assigned date/time or any time after that until July 1. Students will receive an assigned time in an email on June 1 with the subject line "Advising and Registration Information". Students advisors can also provide assigned dates/times during their advising sessions prior to registration. 

July
2023

Financial Aid

Before July 1, students should log into the Financial Aid portal page and either accept or decline their offers of Federal Direct Loans and Federal Work Study. All other information about the next steps can be found in the Award Brochure mailed out with students' final award letters. They can also be found on the Financial Aid portal. Other details:

  • Students who will be borrowing Federal Student Loans need to go to: studentaid.gov and complete the MPN for Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans; as well as studentaid.gov/entrance-counseling to complete Loan Entrance Counseling
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarships they will have (including ROTC, VA, etc.)
  • Students who still need to turn in verification documents should do so by July 1

Financial Aid Portal Page

July
2023

Schedule Changes

It happens. . .You may find that you need to change your classes. For any changes to your class schedule made after July 1, you will need to contact Student Academic Services at advising@saintmarys.edu.

Change Schedule

August
2023

Find Work

Keep your eye out for an email from Student Employment alerting you to all job openings available on campus. Please note: You should not wait until you move on campus to begin applying for jobs. 

August
2023

Final Transcripts

Once you graduate, make sure you send us your final high school transcript. We'll need to confirm your graduation date and have your final transcript on file before you can move into your residence hall and begin classes. Please note that this transcript must be your official final transcript and must come from your school.

If you haven't already, make the request now to have your school counselor submit your final high school transcript via Common Application, Parchment, or other eTranscript services or by emailing it to admission@saintmarys.edu. It can also be mailed to:

Saint Mary’s College
Office of Admission
Notre Dame, IN 46556

August
2023

Health Forms

Before you arrive on campus, please take a moment to complete your health forms on the Saint Mary's College Health and Counseling Center Patient Portal. For questions, please contact the Health and Counseling Center at hccenter@saintmarys.edu or 574-284-4805

Aug
2023

DUE DATE: Tuition & Fees

All tuition and fees are due on August 1. Please log onto the Student Accounts portal page to see options for tuition payments. 

Student Accounts

Aug
17

Move In!

Plan to arrive on campus anytime  between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Student Check-In is located in Rice Commons, which can be found in the Student Center. Following move-in, Belles Beginning Student Orientation programming will begin on the evening of Thursday, August 17. Watch your email for more information in July.

Aug
17

Fall Orientation: Belles Beginnings

Official Belles Beginnings Orientation events will begin with a kick-off event on the evening of Thursday, August 18. Parents and families are welcome to attend events on Thursday evening through Orientation Mass on Friday evening , at which time, student-only programming will begin (following dinner). We are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible and cannot wait to have our new Belles join us in August!

Aug
21

First Day of Classes

It will be here before you know it! Mark this date on your calendar as your college experience is about to begin! Welcome to Saint Mary's!

Student at her computer

Frequently Asked Questions

+When is in-person Orientation?

Belles Beginnings is our traditional, new-student orientation for students and parents during move in. In-person, student and family orientation will begin on Thursday, August 17. Parents and families will be welcome to join us for some programming on the morning of Friday, August 18. Following lunch our student only Belles Beginnings Orientation activities and programming will begin. We are committed to making this transition smooth, informative, and fun and cannot wait to have our new Belles join us in August. Please continue to check back to this page for the most current information.

+When is my first bill due?

Fall 2023 Tuition and Fees Bills will be sent out starting mid-July, and are due mid-August. Students will receive an email sent to their my.saintmarys.edu email address informing them that there is a billing statement available. To view their new and updated billing statements, student must log into their TouchNet account. 

+What if my bill is not paid by the due date?

Student account balances must be paid in full by the due date or you must be enrolled in the College’s payment plan. Students with account balances after the due date will be administratively enrolled in the College’s payment plan.