Welcome to Saint Mary's!
Your first days of college are almost here! Before you know it, it will be time to move in, meet new friends, and start classes. In the meantime, there are a few things to get yourself ready for those first days on campus. This page is here to help you navigate the process from registration, to move-in — and prepare you to start classes on August 10. In between those milestones, you'll need to meet with your academic advisor, select a room, sign up for sneak previews, and attend orientations. Each of these steps are broken down on this page and we will contiue to make updates with new resources, links, and FAQs as they become availabe.
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 three virtual Sneak Preview Days this summer that will help you get a look at what life will be like as a Belle. The online 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. Sign ups end on Monday, June 22 so register today!
We're excited to launch our new online orientation experience with Go2Orientation! All students and parents can engage in this comprehensive orientation platform that will provide incredible resources for you both. Watch for more information as we launch on July 13.
Belles Beginnings is our traditional, new-student orientation for students and parents during move in. With planned changes to stagger the move-in process for safe social distancing, Belles Beginnings will look a little different this year. Parents and students will attend small sessions based on their two-hour move in schedule that will take place over the first few days. Following the conclusion of each parent/family program, students will continue together in orientation through the start of classes. Even with these new challenges, we are dedicated to make this transition smooth, informative, and fun and cannot wait to have all our new Belles finally join us on campus in August.
In June, you will meet with your summer advisor to speak 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. Be sure to check out the Academic Guide for First-Year Students.
Students received an email on June 10th with their lottery date/time for your specific room selection. That is how you will know on which day and at what time you will be able to select a room. Make sure to familiarize yourself with eRezLife before your selection day/time! You can also download this helpful guide to navigate the process.
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 year these will be presented in a VIRTUAL format. Note: This program is not mandatory but you must sign up in advance. REGISTRATION CLOSED for this session but you can still join others!
First-Year Registration Days
It's time to select your classes! Students may register at their assigned date and time or any time after that until July 1. If you're looking for your assigned time, refer back to the email received on June 1st entitled "Advising and Registration Information". Your advisor can also provide assigned dates and times during your advising sessions prior to registration.
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 year these will be presented in a VIRTUAL format. Note: This program is not mandatory but you must sign up in advance. Registration for this session ends on Friday, June 19!
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 year these will be presented in a VIRTUAL format. Note: This program is not mandatory but you must sign up in advance. Registration for this session ends on Monday, June 22!
DEADLINE: Financial Aid
Students should log into the financial aid portal 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” which has been mailed out with final award letters and also can be found on the Financial Aid Portal.
Go2Orientation — Summer Orientation
NEW THIS YEAR! This summer we are offering all of our first year students and parents the opportunity to engage in this brand new online orientation platform. This experience will provide an information gateway and resource to start setting the groundwork for connections and opportunities students will have on campus. Check back for links and more details regarding Student and Parent Platforms on July 13.
Want to work on campus? Begin searching and applying for available jobs and then watch for an email on July 17 that will include log-in information. Please note: students should not wait until they move on campus to begin applying for jobs!
All students will be asked to sign up for a day and two-hour time frame to come to campus to move in — essentially, a move-in appointment. You will only be permitted to move into your residence hall during the day and two-hour time slot you signed up for, so please plan accordingly. You may not sign up for more than one time slot. **Please note that each student may bring two additional people to assist them with their move-in. Only the student and two people to assist will be permitted to enter the residence hall.
We plan to send an email to you the week of June 22 with information on how to select your day and time for move-in, so be on the lookout for that email!
DUE DATE: Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are due on August 7. Please log in to the Student Account Portal to see options for payments.
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!
+What is Go2Orientation?
This summer we are offering a special new opportunity for all of our incoming students and parents to engage in this brand new online orientation platform. This online orientation DOES NOT replace the in-person Belles Beginning and Parent/Family Orientation program that will happen once students return to campus -- this will function in addition to those opportunities! This experience will provide an information gateway and resources to start setting the groundwork for connections and opportunities students will have on campus. Added bonus to this platform -- students and parents/families will have continued access to this resource throughout this transition to college and the entire year, so all welcome to revisit as often as they would like! Check back for links and more details regarding Student and Parent Platforms on July 13th.
+When is in-person Orientation?
We sincerely appreciate the patience of our Belles and their families as we plan for a safe return to campus this fall. Please continue to check back to this page for the most current information.
Based on health and safety considerations related to move-in we will be doing a staggered first year move-in this year. All new incoming students will be asked to sign up for a day (August 5-7) and 2-hour time frame to come to campus to move in - essentially, a move-in appointment. Students will only be permitted to move into our residence hall during this chosen day/time appointment – after this time, families and guests are asked not to return to these residential spaces in an attempt to control the number of occupants in each building at any given time.
With this unique shift in our move-in process and to support smaller gathering size requirements, we currently anticipate offering welcome programs for students, families and guests the evening of your assigned move in time and the morning following. For example, if you move in on Thursday, Aug. 6, you and your family/guests would participate on the evening of Aug. 6 and the morning of Aug. 7. Students and families can expect the same experience at each program.
Following the conclusion of each Parent/Family orientation program* on Thursday (Aug. 6), Friday (Aug. 7) or Saturday (Aug. 8), student-only Belles Beginnings programming will continue through the start of classes. Once we have finalized schedules for student's Belles Beginnings and Parent/Family Orientation we will share that information as soon as possible.
Even with these new challenges, we are dedicated to make this transition as smooth as possible and cannot wait to have all of our new belles finally joining us on campus in August!
*We will also be offering continued virtual Parent/Family Orientation programming through the start of the first semester to offer more support and guidance through this transition..
+What is Belles Beginnings?
Belles Beginnings is student only and student specific programming to help transition and welcome our new students to campus. This event normally happens for a series of days before the first day of classes. Beginning with your chosen move-in day/time — this year's Belles Beginning programming will start alongside parent/family orientation programming and continue the evenings and days following your parents/families departure through the start of classes. Check back for more information as we finalize schedules and program specifics.
+When is my first bill due?
Fall 2020 Tuition and Fees Bills will be sent out starting Monday, July 20 and are due August 7, 2020. 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.