Orientation leaders posing on large Saint Mary's letters structure

Together: We Are Saint Mary's

Welcome home, Cardinal! We're excited to introduce you to the Saint Mary's community.

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. This year's New Student Orientation and Registration will be virtual utilizing Canvas, our learning management system, and online Orientation Leader meetings. Additional programming for parents will occur throughout the summer and include Family Weekend at the end of September.

Virtual New Student Orientation and Registration 2021

All incoming students are required to participate in Virtual New Student Orientation and Registration.

Virtual New Student Orientation and Registration is a five-week program that encompasses all aspects of cardinal life by utilizing Zoom group meetings and online weekly modules in the Canvas course, “Cardinal Kickoff.” Group meetings are led by Orientation Leaders and will occur weekly throughout June. Students will meet individually with their adviser via Zoom to register for courses during the fourth and fifth weeks of the Virtual NSOR program.

No need to register for Virtual New Student Orientation! Once you submit your deposit, you are automatically enrolled in the Virtual NSOR program. All new students are required to participate in the Virtual NSOR program.

More information will be provided to new students via email.

Welcome Weekend 2021

First-Year Move-In Date: Thursday, Aug. 26

Welcome Weekend: Friday, Aug. 27 - Sunday, Aug. 29

All new students will participate in Welcome Weekend before starting classes in the Fall. Welcome Weekend is a three-day event that combines social events, federally mandated trainings, and academic preparation into one weekend! New students have the opportunity to meet new people and prepare for the academic semester ahead, all while building connections in their new home.

Learn more about living on campus and move-in day.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Tricia Dobrient, tdobrien@smumn.edu, coordinator for New Student Orientation.

Connect With Us

Alisa Macksey, M.A.

Dean of Student Success and First Generation Initiative

Griffin Hall, GR070

Campus Box: # 55

(507) 457-1469


Alisa Macksey M.A.
Tricia Dobrient

New Student Orientation and Academic Support Specialist

Griffin Hall, GR070H

Campus Box: # 31

(507) 457-1406


Joe Dulak, M.S.

Director of First Generation Initiative and Learning Assistance

Griffin Hall, GR070L

Campus Box: # 44

(507) 457-1414


Joe Dulak M.S.
Karen Hemker, M.Ed.

Student Success Center - Director of Access Services

Griffin Hall, GR070N

Campus Box: # 44

(507) 457-1465


Karen Hemker M.Ed.
Bethany Mota Gonzalez, M.S.

Student Success Center / FGI - Director of Advising

Griffin Hall, GR070J

Campus Box: # 31

(507) 457-8737


Bethany Mota Gonzalez M.S.