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.

New Student Orientation and Registration, 2022

For students starting Fall 2022

  • Saturday, April 23 - 3+2 PA and Nursing Students Only
  • Wednesday, June 15 (Virtual)
  • Thursday, June 16
  • Friday, June 17
  • Saturday, June 18 

All incoming students are required to participate in New Student Orientation and Registration, including transfer students, re-admits, international students, athletes, and first-time freshmen.

Click here for a preview of 2022 New Student Orientation and Registration. 

How to register for New Student Orientation and Registration

Registration for New Student Orientation and Registration will begin on March 17, 2022. The registration link will be sent via email once you have deposited.

Please contact if you have any concerns about registering for NSOR. 

New Student Orientation and Registration: Goals and Learning Outcomes 

As we welcome new students into the campus community, the following goals and learning outcomes are the foundation of our programming efforts for New Student Orientation and Registration events: 

  1.  Foster and develop a sense of belonging amongst the incoming students. 
  2. Integrate new students into Saint Mary’s academic community by: 
    1. Introducing students to Saint Mary’s general education program, Integratus. 
    2. Teaching students how to navigate academic systems, such as the student portal, current course catalog, Canvas, and their SMUMN email. 
    3. Collaboratively building the students’ first semester schedule, and completing registration. 
  3. Introduce students to the Saint Mary’s social and support community, including student affairs programming and academic support resources. 

What to bring to NSOR? 

Students should bring their laptops and a great attitude! This will be the first time you meet your new peers, staff, and faculty at Saint Mary’s. During the day, you will learn more about Saint Mary’s, register for your first semester of classes, and the complete necessary training for your first year. Lunch will be provided for all students. 

Parents, Families, and Guests do not need to bring anything. Most of the programming will occur indoors in fully air-conditioned classrooms, but please be ready to walk around campus during the day. Lunch will be provided to all registered guests and the bookstore will be open to stock up on your favorite Cardinal gear!

Welcome Weekend, 2022

New Student Move-In Day: Thursday, Aug. 25 

Welcome Weekend: Friday, Aug. 26 - Sunday, Aug. 28 

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

Connect With Us

Alisa Macksey, M.A.

Dean of Student Success and First Generation Initiative

Student Success Center and First Generation Initiative

Griffin Hall, GR 70B

Campus Box: # 55

(507) 457-1469

Alisa Macksey M.A.
Tricia Dobrient, M.Ed.

Director of Advising and New Student Experience

Student Success Center and First Generation Initiative

Griffin Hall, GR 70H

Campus Box: # 31

(507) 457-1406

Tricia Dobrient M.Ed.