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.

Winter New Student Orientation and Registration 2022

For students starting their journey in Spring 2022. 

Wednesday, Dec. 1: “Cardinal Kickoff,” pre-registration online course opens on Canvas

All incoming students are required to complete Cardinal Kickoff before they meet with their adviser to schedule courses. 

Monday, Dec. 13 - Friday, Jan. 14: Individual Advising Appointments

Advisers will reach out to students individually to schedule an advising appointment. Appointments can be in person or virtual, depending upon student’s availability and preference. To prepare for advising, be sure to complete Cardinal Kickoff before your appointment. 

Sunday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Winter New Student Orientation

All incoming students are invited for a day of academic support, social resources, and fun activities to welcome you to campus. Winter NSO is required for all incoming students since they are federally mandated trainings included as a part of the program.

New Student Orientation and Registration, 2022

For students starting Fall 2022

  • Saturday, April 23 
  • Wednesday, June 15 (Virtual)
  • Thursday, June 16
  • Friday, June 17
  • Saturday, June 18 
  • Friday, July 15 (Virtual) 
  • Saturday, August 13 (Virtual) 

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.

More information for 2022 coming soon.

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 Tricia Dobrient, tdobrien@smumn.edu, director of Advising and New Student Experience.

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

amacksey@smumn.edu

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

tdobrien@smumn.edu

Tricia Dobrient M.Ed.
Joe Dulak, M.S.

Director of First Generation Initiative and Learning Assistance

Student Success Center and First Generation Initiative

Griffin Hall, GR 70L

Campus Box: # 44

(507) 457-1414

jdulak@smumn.edu

Joe Dulak M.S.