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Welcome to the Cardinal Family!

Admitted Student Next Steps – Fall Enrollment

As a student admitted for the fall semester, below are your next steps to enroll at Saint Mary's.

It's the best way to see if Saint Mary's is right for you.

Personalized Visits
Offered weekdays, May through August.

Personalized Visit Registration

Affordability is a big deal. Oct. 1 you can start to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most colleges (including Saint Mary's University of Minnesota) use information from the FAFSA to help consider students for federal grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. This makes the FAFSA an essential part of an affordable college experience. Our federal code is 002380.

Visit the official FAFSA website for more information about the filing process at

Cardinal Central is also ready to answer all your questions about financial aid (they even hold online chats). Contact them at, 507-457-6655, or 877-304-4273.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Ready to finalize your decision? Let us know your plans! Mark you calender. Our priority deadline is May 1. 

Submit Your Enrollment Deposit

This link takes you to the Student Portal. You will need your username and password which was sent to you in your acceptance packet and again in your acceptance email. 

Print your Portal Login Instructions (PDF)

You may also choose to send us your non-refundable $300 enrollment deposit as a check via U.S. Mail, along with the confirmation card you received in your acceptance packet.

Living on campus in beautiful Winona lets you immerse yourself in all the academic, social, cultural, recreational, faith, and community-service opportunities that Saint Mary’s offers. Not to mention it's convenient!

All freshman are required to live on campus for their first year so getting your housing application in early can increase your chances of getting your first choice. 

First year students have three options: Brother William Hall (co-ed), Skemp Hall (female) and Saint Benilde Hall (male).

Transfer or students over 21 years of age have multiple options including single, double, suites, or apartment style housing. Choices include: Residencia of Santiago Miller, Brother Leopold Hall, Bishops Hall, Saint Joseph's Hall, Hillside, Gillmore Creek Hall, La Salle Hall, Saint Yon's Hall, and Heffron Hall.

Please note: If special housing accommodations are needed, you must complete the Request for Housing Accomodation Form.

You're a Cardinal now!

Starting college is an exciting time and New Student Orientation and Registration (NSOR) will help you understand what it means to be a Cardinal. During this on-campus orientation, you will register for your fall semester classes, learn about the many opportunities to get involved and the many resources that will help you succeed at Saint Mary's.

In addition to your on-campus NSOR, you will complete online orientation to help you get connected and ready for fall.

Move-in day

Move in, connect, get involved, and get ready for classes. Move-in day is the beginning of your new journey!

Parents and family members are encouraged to attend Thursday evening's activities. More information about housing, roommates, and getting connected will be mailed to you in the coming months.

More About Residence Life

Tie up loose ends

All those small items you need to take care of before you become a Cardinal.

Please send us the following before you arrive on campus:

  • changes in mailing or email address
  • final high school transcripts
  • health forms

Other questions? Your admissions counselor is always there to help.


Saint Mary's serves as a connection point between students and employers.

Careers & Internships

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Explore Winona

Learn more about beautiful Winona and its attractions and amenities, and see where to stay.

Check out Winona


Athletics at Saint Mary’s ranges from NCAA Division III to a wide variety of fitness and recreational opportunities.

Cardinal Athletics