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New Student Orientation and Registration, 2023

For students starting Fall 2023


All incoming students are required to participate in New Student Orientation and Registration (NSOR). During NSOR, students and their families are invited to spend a day on campus, registering for classes and learning how to prepare for the start of the school year. Below are the NSOR dates for 2023:

  • Saturday, April 15 – 3+2 PA and Nursing Students Only
  • Wednesday, June 14
  • Thursday, June 15
  • Saturday, June 17


Note: 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. For students located more than 100 miles from the Winona Campus, please contact for virtual orientation options. 

Click here for a preview of the 2023 New Student Orientation and Registration schedule.


How to sign-up for New Student Orientation and Registration


Students and their families can sign-up for the NSOR date that best fits their schedule. After depositing, students will receive an email with instructions on how to sign-up for their preferred date. Students are able to bring up to 2 parents or family members along to NSOR and must indicate their guests during sign-up. 

Please contact if you have any concerns about registering for New Student Orientation and Registration (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:

  •  Foster and develop a sense of belonging amongst the incoming students.
  • Integrate new students into Saint Mary’s academic community by:
    • Introducing students to Saint Mary’s general education program, Integratus.
    • Teaching students how to navigate academic systems, such as the student portal, current course catalog, Canvas, and their SMUMN email.
    • Collaboratively building the students’ first semester schedule, and completing registration.
  • 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, 2023

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.

New Student Move-In Day: Thursday, Aug. 24

Welcome Weekend: Friday, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Aug. 27

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Connect With Us

Tricia Dobrient, M.Ed.

  • Senior Director- Student Success Center
  • Office: Griffin Hall 70L
  • Phone: 507-457-1406
  • Email:

Samantha Borawski ’15, M.A. ’17

  • Director of Advising- Student Success Center
  • Office: Griffin Hall 70K
  • Phone: 507-457-6988
  • Email: