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Your introduction to life at SMU

Starting college is a very exciting time and New Student Orientation & Registration (NSOR) will help you understand what it means to be a Cardinal. At NSOR, you will learn about the many opportunities to get involved on campus, and the many resources that will help you succeed at SMU. 

At New Student Orientation & Registration, you will:

  • 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

Information for 2014 New Student Orientation & Regsitration will be added as it is available.

2014 Dates
Saturday, June 14
Monday, June 16
Saturday, July 19
Friday, August 1
Friday, August 22  (late confirmations, transfers and students coming from a distance, no overnight accomodations for families)

What you'll be doing at NSOR
7:45 am Mass (optional), Saint Thomas More Chapel
8–9:30 am NSOR Check-In, Hall of Fame Room
Continental Breakfast Available
ID Photos, Room B
Take your ID Photo for your new SMU Student ID!
Family Photos, SMU Plaza
9:45–10:30 am Welcome & Life on Campus Skit, Page Theatre
Welcome to the SMU community! You will be informed of what to expect today, as well as what's to come in the next four years. The Orientation Leaders also have a surprise in store for you!
10:30–11 am Academic Success at SMU, Page Theatre
Learn tips to help you navigate through the first–year academic challenges, course selection, academic observations, and the academic advising process. Also learn about the Living Learning Communities. There will be an opportunity for questions.
11:15 am–12:15 pm Lunch, Toner Center Dining Room
Enjoy an SMU lunch provided by Chartwells, SMU's food service.
  Groups 1–5 and their families/guests will eat lunch from 11:15–11:45 am and attend the Resource Fair from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm.
  Groups 6–10 and their families/guests will attend the Resource Fair from 11:15–11:45 am and eat lunch from 11:45 am–12:15 pm.
11:15 am–12:15 pm Resource Fair, Toner Center Lounge
Essential offices and departments will be available for students and families to get questions answered and to learn more about resources available on campus.
12:20–2:25 pm Current Parent & Student Panel, Figliulo Recital Hall
Hear what parents of current SMU students and current SMU students have to say about their experiences as part of the SMU community. Come with questions for both parents and students.
  Last names A–M attend Current Parent & Student Panel from 12:20–1:20 pm and Student Life at SMU from 1:25–2:25 pm
  Last names N–Z attend Student Life at SMU from 12:20–1:20 pm and the Current Parent & Student Panel from 1:25–2:25pm
12:20–2:25 pm Student Life at SMU, Page Theatre
The Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, and the Assistant Director of Residence Life share the highlights and opportunities of Student Life at SMU.
2:30–2:55 pm Dear New Student, I Miss You!, Figliulo Recital Hall/Ben Miller Lobby/Page Theatre
Take time to write a letter to your new student after your latest session. Students will receive these letters during their first week of classes at SMU.
3:00–5:05 pm Pick Your Sessions, Saint Mary's Hall
Choose any three sessions (35 minutes each):
  3:00–3:35pm Campus Tour, Meet on 1st floor, Saint Mary's Hall
Career Services/Internships, Saint Mary's 200
Health & Safety, Saint Mary's 215
Disability Services, Saint Mary's 204
Financial Aid and Business Office (required for all parents), Salvi - Saint Mary's 332
  3:45–4:20 pm Athletics, Common Room 3rd Floor Saint Mary's
Campus Ministry, Saint Mary's 200
Financial Aid and Business Office (required for all parents), Salvi - Saint Mary's 332
  4:30–5:05 pm Campus Tour, Meet on 1st floor, Saint Mary's Hall
Academic Skills Center/Library, Saint Mary's 200
Financial Aid and Business Office (required for all parents), Salvi - Saint Mary's 332
5 pm Check-Out, Saint Mary's Hall
Turn in all of your NSOR paperwork and get your brand new Cardinal Pride T–shirt! Please fill out your evaluation forms, we want to see how you enjoyed your day!