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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.

New Student Experience

New Student Orientation is a significant part of preparing incoming students at Saint Mary’s. New Student Orientation and Registration (NSOR) is a collaborative effort across campus to prepare students for their arrival. The NSOR program at Saint Mary’s is all-encompassing, including academic preparation, student experiences, and individual social development.

Part 1: Enroll

  • This is the best way to see if Saint Mary’s is right for you!

    You’ll get to tour campus and meet with an admissions counselor. If you plan ahead, you can even meet with faculty or sit in on a class!

    Schedule your 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.

  • Head to and sign in to the Application Portal (you were emailed your username when your decision was ready). Here you can read a digital copy of your acceptance letter and make your enrollment deposit. To confirm your attendance you will also need to submit your $300 deposit via a debit or credit card.

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 81% of Saint Mary’s students live on campus all four years in our 12 residential communities. All buildings are kept secure and locked 24/7.

    All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus for their first two years, 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?

    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!

  • 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.

    • Our Jay Johnson Wellness Center has a counselor, one registered nurse, and a physician assistant 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 registered dietitian who offers educational food programs and individual consultation.
    • Our athletic club, intramural, and recreation areas provide a vibrant, package of team and individual activities that are held at our great facilities.
    • Our campus safety partner  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.

    Use the student health portal to upload the following:


    • Complete Student Health History Form in the Student Health Portal
    • Document month and year of MMR and Td/Tdap vaccinations in the Student Health Portal – College Immunization Law (PDF)
    • Complete Health and Access Services Form (only if requesting academic or housing accommodations)


    • 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


  • Orientation

    Orientation dates and information for next Fall will be posted in the spring.


    Your first tuition payment must be made by Aug.21 through the The Nest. Instructions to set up your password on the portal can be found here. Financial aid is posted on or around July 1.

    Payment Options and Due Dates

    • Standard Pay Plan Option – Payment in full due: Aug. 21 (1st semester) and Jan. 21 (2nd semester)
    • 4 Payment Pay Plan Option – Payments due: Aug. 21, Sept. 21, Oct. 21, Nov. 21 (1st semester) and Jan. 21, Feb. 21, March 21, April 21 (2nd semester)

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

    Final Transcript

    Send us your last semester grades via mail or email