Welcome to Saint Mary's!
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.
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. Click here to download the Belles Beginnings schedule of events.
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@saintmarys.edu. Follow the instructions in the email to set up your Saint Mary’s email account.
Here are some other key dates:
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.
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
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.
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
- Billing statements are published the first week of July. A statement notification email will be sent to each student at their saintmarys.edu email address as well as to Authorized Users email accounts.
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.
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 email@example.com. It can also be mailed to:
Saint Mary’s College
Office of Admission
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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.
Fall Orientation: Belles Beginnings
Official Belles Beginnings Orientation events will begin with a kick-off event on the evening of Thursday, August 17. 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! Click here to download the Belles Beginnings schedule of events.
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!
+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 August 1st. 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. Students who do not make payment arrangements by the tuition due date could potentially be assessed a late fee and receive a hold on their student account that will prevent registration for upcoming courses, obtaining a transcript and accessing grades.