Your Introduction to Life at Saint Mary’s

Starting college is a very exciting time! New Student Orientation will help you understand what it means to be a Cardinal and will introduce you to the many opportunities to get involved on campus and the many resources that will help you succeed at Saint Mary's.

What to Expect

New Student Orientation and Registration is held on our beautiful Winona Campus where students will get a chance to:

  • Learn about resources available to you as a Saint Mary’s student
  • Recognize the college’s academic expectations
  • Understand what it means to be a part of the Cardinal community
  • Meet other new students, faculty, and staff who will soon know you by name
     

Families and Guests Welcome

Parents (and guests) are highly encouraged, though not required, to attend. Students and parents have separate New Student Orientation and Registration schedules, but some events—like the end-of-day cookout—are shared. New Student Orientation and Registration will give your family a first-hand experience of what life at Saint Mary’s is like, as well as the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and current students. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meet other new students and their families.

For more information about New Student Orientation and Registration, please contact the Student Success Center at 1-800-635-5987, ext. 6994 or 507-457-6994.

Sign up for New Student Orientation

Choose a date to register for:

August 26

Morning Session

7:30 a.m. Mass (Optional) Saint Thomas More Chapel
7:30-8:30 a.m. Check-in Toner Student Center
7:30-8:30 a.m. Math and Writing Placement Exams (Optional) Toner Student Center
7:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast, ID Photos, WebTools Stations, Resource Fair Toner Student Center
8:30 a.m. Academic Advising and Course Registration
For students who do not yet have a schedule
Hendrickson Center
9-11 a.m. Schedule Adjustments
For students who already have a schedule and would like to make changes
Hendrickson Center
9-11 a.m. Move-in  

Additional activities available after you are all moved in:

9-11 a.m. Saint Mary's Technology
Get help with your username and password and getting logged in online
Hendrickson Center
9-11 a.m. Orientation Leader Meet and Greet
See your orientation leader to connect, ask questions, and meet other students
Common Room,
Saint Mary's Hall Third Floor
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch Toner Student Center Dining Hall

Opening Session - Welcome Weekend Begins

1:15 p.m. Opening Session
A welcome to parents and students including a message from our President, Brother William
Page Theatre (Performance Center)
2 p.m. Parent Sendoff Reception
Meet your LCT140: First-Year Seminar or LH105: Origins of Thought and Human Culture professor and first-year adviser while enjoying refreshments
Plaza
3:15-4:45 p.m. Attend your first LCT140 or LH105 class Locations TBD
4:30-7 p.m. Get Connected!
Stop by for help iwth any technology needs
Toner Student Center Dining Hall
7-8 p.m. Residence Hall Meetings Locations TBD
9 p.m. Nerdology: Pop-Culture Trivia Competition Plaza

Welcome Weekend events continue through Saturday and Sunday!

 

Morning Session

7:30 a.m. Mass (optional) Saint Thomas More Chapel
7:30-8:30 a.m. Check-in Toner Student Center
7:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Resource Fair Toner Student Center
7:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast, ID Photos, WebTools Stations, Resource Fair Toner Student Center
9-11:30 a.m. Move-in  
9-11:30 a.m. Dear New Student, I Miss You!
Write a letter to your student to receive during first week of class
Saint Mary's Hall 335
9:05-11 a.m. Optional Sessions
• Classroom and Parent Expectations
• College Today: A Toolkit for Parents
• Current Student Panel
• Work/Life Balance for Athletes
Saint Mary's Hall
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch Toner Student Center Dining Hall

Afternoon Session - Welcome Weekend Begins

1:15 p.m. Opening Session
A welcome to parents and students including a message from our President, Brother William
Page Theatre (Performance Center)
2 p.m. Parent Sendoff Reception
Meet your LCT140: First-Year Seminar or LH105: Origins of Thought and Human Culture professor and first-year adviser while enjoying refreshments
Plaza

Welcome Weekend events continue through Saturday and Sunday!

 

Welcome Week Schedule for New Students (PDF)

Welcome Week Schedule for Returning Students (PDF)