Your Introduction to Life at Saint Mary’s

You're a Cardinal now! New Student Orientation and Registration (NSOR) 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. Checkin for each NSOR will be held in the Toner Student Center lobby. 

Please register for Thursday, Aug. 24.

Register for

What to Expect

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

  • Register for fall classes
  • 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 schedules, but some events are shared. New Student Orientation 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, 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 24

7:30 am Mass (Optional) — Saint Thomas More Chapel
7:30 am Math and Writing Placement Challenge Exams (Optional), 
Spanish Placement (Optional) — Toner Student Center 14
8 am Checkin  Toner Student Center — various locations

Meet your Orientation Leader. Use this hour to check things off your to-do list and get ready to start classes this fall. Here is some of what you can accomplish:

  • Enjoy continental breakfast
  • Prepare for registration by getting login help
  • Have your ID photo taken
  • Get a family photo to remember your day
  • Check your campus mailbox.
8:30-9 am Lasallian Honors Program Pre-Advising — Toner Student Center, Room 9
9-9:30 am Welcome Performance Center
Get an overview of the day and a sneak peek of "Welcome Week" activities.

9:30-9:50 am Meet Your Orientation Group — Performance Center
9:50-11:05 am Get Ready to Register! — Griffin Hall 181, Hendrickson Center 120, or Saint Mary's Hall 132
  • From Here to Career.
  • Get Where You’re Going: General Education in Action.
  • Discover Talents. Live With Purpose
In a world of rapid change, Saint Mary's helps you focus on what lasts. The three building blocks in this session form a foundation for your educational plans. Learn what employers value, how a life well-lived can make a difference, and how education will make you richer in ways that may never show up on your résumé.
11:10-11:50 am Lunch  Toner Student Center
Learn how to navigate food service, meet Chartwells staff, and get advice on how to eat well on campus.

Reconnect with your Orientation Leaders after lunch. They will help you find your next session.
12-2:30 pm Afternoon Sessions
  • 12-12:40 pm: Life as a Cardinal (Hendrickson Center 120) — Residence Life staff members will introduce students to life on campus as a Saint Mary's Cardinal and answer questions.
  • 12:45-1:25 pm: Connections: Engage and Empower (Hendrickson Center 120) — Bring this year's theme to life as you and your classmates work to solve college dilemmas in ways that show resilience.
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Academic Advising and Course Registration (Hendrickson Center lower level labs) — Register for your first-semester courses with help from a faculty adviser.
1:30-3 pm Student Checkout Hendrickson Center, Lounge

Complete the survey on the day’s events. Show your “Thank you!” page to the checkout staff to pick up your student ID. You’re a Cardinal now!
2-3 pm For students attending August NSOR who have not already moved in, please check in at Residence Life Office in Vlazny Hall 105.


Family Reception and Welcome Week Check-in, Plaza
Enjoy snacks and beverages. Students and families can meet professors and staff. Get last-minute questions answered by campus offices at our Community and Resource Fair.


Select “SMUMN Open,” username: NSOR, password: Welcome2SMUMN


Photos of today’s orientation event will be posted on in about one week.

7:30 am Mass (Optional) — Saint Thomas More Chapel
8 am Checkin  Toner Student Center — various locations

Students meet their orientation leaders. They use this hour to check things off their to-do list and get ready to start classes this fall. Here is some of what they can accomplish:

  • Enjoy continental breakfast
  • Get a family photo to remember the day
9-9:30 am Welcome Performance Center
Get an overview of the day and a sneak peek of "Welcome Week" activities.

9:30-9:50 am Deans’ Welcome — Performance Center
Saint Mary’s has plans to help your student thrive! Learn about new student programming from our academic deans.
10- 11:10 am Morning Sessions
Each session is 30 minutes

Session 1
10-10:30 am

Session 2
10:40-11:10 am

Student Health Q & A — Science and Learning Center 304 (Sessions 1, 2)
This drop-in session gives parents an opportunity to ask questions of the nurse regarding student health/college health.

Page Series: Access the Arts — Science and Learning Center 306 (Session 2)
Get a sneak preview of this season's Page Series and learn how campus arts can enrich your student's life and learning.

Get to Know Winona — Science and Learning Center 310 (Sessions 1, 2)
Where can my student find ________ in Winona? How does the bus work? Ask questions about navigating the community, and we’ll help you track down answers.

Loans: Borrowing and Repaying Wisely — Science and Learning Center 308 (Session 1)
Student loans can be a great way to finance education, but understanding how much to borrow, loan terms, and repayment can be tricky. Learn options to help get your student on the path to financial stability.

Personal Financing — Science and Learning Center 308 (Session 2)
When students run short on funds, it is tempting to take out an additional loan.  Instead of borrowing as a first option, learn ways students can develop good financial habits, connect to resources for financial health and literacy, and avoid the panic.

Work/Life Balance for Athletes — Science and Learning Center 312 (Session 1)
Does your student plan to play intercollegiate sports at Saint Mary’s? Learn about the value of challenge in developing the whole learner, tools for balance, and access to support from teammates and coaches.
11:20 am-12:20 pm Lunch — Toner Student Center Dining Room
12:30-1:35 pm Afternoon Sessions
Each session is 30 minutes

Session 3
12:30-1 pm
Session 4
1:05-1:35 pm

Access Services Overview — Science and Learning Center 312 (Session 3)
Access Services is a resource for students who have disabilities. Session topics include differences between high school and college, support services, and technology supports.

Cardinal Community — Science and Learning Center 308 (Session 4)
Learn more about student life and important policies and procedures.

Business Office Panel and Q&A — Science and Learning Center 310 (Sessions 3, 4)
This drop-in session gives parents an opportunity to ask questions regarding business matters, such as billing, payments, and campus work opportunities.

College Today: Toolkit for Parents — Science and Learning Center 306 (Sessions 3, 4)
Parents of new college students gain information about overcoming challenges, as well as resources available to help their students thrive in college.

Dear New Student, I Miss You! — Science and Learning Center 300A (Sessions 3, 4)
Write a packet of letters to your student to receive during the first week of class (to be opened at key moments during the first year).

  Parent Evaluation
Complete an event evaluation. You can also ask any remaining questions you may have.
1:35 pm Parent Checkout — Toner Student Center Lounge
Checkout is organized by students’ last name. (Your students will be checking out just down the hall in Saint Mary’s Hall 115 and 123.) Make sure you pick up a special family gift from the college.



Welcome week schedule for new students.


Select “SMUMN Open,” username: NSOR, password: Welcome2SMUMN


Photos of today’s orientation event will be posted on in about one week.

Welcome Week Schedule for New Students