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Welcome to the Cardinal Family!

Now that you are admitted for fall semester with much excitement ahead, here are important next steps to complete your enrollment at Saint Mary’s.

Part 1: Enroll

This is the best way to see if Saint Mary’s is right for you! While all on-campus admission events and visits are suspended, we invite you to visit us virtually.

Sign up for a virtual visit with one of our admission counselors, including a video tour of campus, answers to questions about financial aid and academic majors, and an overview of campus life and experiences.

Schedule your virtual visit today!

Cardinal Central, located in lower level of Saint Mary’s Hall, has a staff of Student Service Specialists trained to help you find answers to a range of questions regarding tuition bills, student work, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act guidelines (FERPA), financial aid, payment plans, and a host of other financial topics.

Cardinal Central is part of a larger network of campus resources, so it is a great first stop if you have questions and do not know where to start. Our staff members are always happy to connect you to other resources on campus, providing you the referral you need.

We know affordability is a big deal. Starting Oct. 1, you may file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most colleges, including Saint Mary's, use information from the FAFSA to 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.

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.

Ready to finalize your decision? Let us know your plans!

Visit the Student Portal to submit your enrollment deposit. You will need your username and password, which were sent to you in your acceptance packet and again in your acceptance email. View instructions to create your Student Portal account. (PDF)

You may create a Parent PIN to allow parents, guardians, or other authorized users access to pay on your Saint Mary’s University account. This does not give them access to your student portal. This video provides step-by-step instructions for creating a Parent PIN.

Submit your enrollment deposit

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.

Part 2: Discover

Welcome to Saint Mary’s. You’ve submitted your admission deposit and you’re officially a Cardinal! Now it’s time to start preparing for college and life on campus

Living on campus in beautiful Winona means you can dive into academic, social, cultural, recreational, faith, and community service opportunities. You’ll be a part of a close-knit community, opening the door to new friendships and connections that can last a lifetime. More than 90% of Saint Mary’s students live on campus all four years in our 13 residential communities. All buildings are kept secure and locked 24/7.

All freshmen 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 (all female) and Saint Benilde Hall (all male). Applications for housing and roommate requests should be submitted ASAP for priority placement.

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 (all co-ed). Please note: If special housing accommodations are needed, you must complete the Request for Housing Accommodation Form (PDF).

Learn more about Residence Life

Build your community by getting to know your classmates on the Admitted Student Facebook page. If you’re looking for a roommate, activate your profile under “My Roommate Profile.” Dining options include our full-service cafeteria, Toner Dining Hall, as well as The Cardinal Club, which serves made-to-order sandwiches and more. Several meal plans are available after the first semester.

Enhance your Saint Mary's experience by getting involved on campus. The Office of Recreation, Involvement, and Student Engagements (R.I.S.E.) provides countless opportunities for you to connect with other students with similar views, aspirations, and concerns, providing a framework to work together toward a common goal.

Curious to see if your passions and interests are represented in a current list of activities? Explore student organizations while remembering activities and engagement opportunities will look different as the university continues to plan for COVID-19 with your safety and well-being in mind.

We’re interested in building a community where everyone feels supported and engaged inside and outside the classroom. Let us help you start a new organization!

Start getting involved by downloading the SMUMN Cardinals Connect App on your phone.

You will discover Saint Mary’s to be a place that encourages healthy and sustainable lifestyles, and fosters a culture where we take care of ourselves and others. Caring for yourself may take a little extra time, but the investment will help you feel better and be more successful.

As the university continues to manage the ongoing concerns of COVID-19, your health and wellness is top of mind. How you care for yourself and others will look different for the foreseeable future and Saint Mary’s is committed to providing the experience you seek, while also addressing the need for added precautions and support.

  • Our Wellness Center has two counselors, one registered nurse, and a nurse practitioner who provide proactive and responsive services. Programs within this area are created to promote a culture of healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
  • Our food service partner, Chartwells, employs a full-time registered dietitian who offers educational food programs and individual consultation.
  • Our athletic, intramural, and recreation areas provide a vibrant, year-round package of team and individual activities that are held at our great facilities—including recently remodeled cardio- and weight-training areas.
  • Our campus safety partner Premier Security features professional and student officers on duty 24/7 to offer timely assistance, information, campus escorts, and other helpful services to ensure community members’ well-being.
  • Our residence life staff is available and will assist you in learning “outside” of the classroom through various programs related to intellectual achievement, social justice awareness, spirituality, and wellness

Fuel your life. Connect with our dietician to optimize each meal and learn more about our food services.

Get more from giving. Tap into the benefits of faith and service.

Do more together. Reach your personal best with your intramural team.

Boost your brainpower. Energize your mind with a session in our fitness center.

Put it all together. Craft a life of wellness with health and counseling services.

Relax. We’ve got your back at Campus Safety.

Fight stress with beauty. Discover nature with outdoor activities for all seasons.

Student Health Services seeks to foster an environment that encourages healthy living and supports you in times of illness. In order to do this, we need your help! There are specific requirements for all new and transfer students. Please complete the following requirements prior to your first semester at Saint Mary’s University.

  • Schedule a physical exam
  • Receive all recommended vaccinations and document them in the Student Health Portal
  • Obtain health records/summary from healthcare provider if planning to receive care for chronic conditions through Health/Counseling Services and upload to the Student Health Portal
  • Upload a copy of your health insurance information to the Student Health Portal
  • Obtain a copy of your health insurance card for personal use

All health forms must be submitted electronically by Aug. 15.

Find your place. Winona is one of the most scenic and safe places in the country, nestled between wooded bluffs and the stunning, mighty Mississippi River. It overflows with outdoor recreation opportunities, and arts and culture abound. Explore the charming downtown and enjoy concerts, museums, festivals, restaurants, interesting shops, and more.

Discover Winona  |  Visit Winona  |  Winona Area Chamber of Commerce

Part 3: Prepare

Step 1: Orientation

Orientation dates and information for fall 2021 will be posted in the spring.

Step 2: Connections

Meet other students online!

Step 3: Tuition

Your first tuition payment must be made by Aug. 5 through the student portal. Financial aid is posted on or around July 1.

Payment Options and Due Dates

  • STANDARD PAY OPTION – Payment in full due: Aug. 5 (1st semester) and Jan. 5 (2nd semester)
  • 4 PAYMENT PLAN OPTION – Payments due: Aug. 5, Sept. 5, Oct. 5, Nov. 5 (1st semester) and Jan. 5, Feb. 5, March 5, April 5 (2nd semester)

Review this checklist (PDF) to ensure you are taking care of important business prior to the start of the academic year.

Step 4: Final Transcript

Send us your last semester grades via mail or email


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