New Student Orientation

Spend the night with us. Explore summer in southern Maine. Prepare for your next four years!


  • June 19-20
  • June 22-23

For Students

Orientation provides all students (residential, transfer & commuter) with an opportunity to develop an understanding of all aspects of college life at Saint Joseph's.

Program highlights include the following:

  • Receive your student ID & SJC email address
  • Experience campus life with Student Activities and Residence Life staff
  • Receive your fall semester schedule
  • Take placement exams
  • Meet members of the faculty, staff & current student leaders
  • Have fun with the Class of 2021 & quite possibly find YOUR roommate!

    For Family Members

    Parents and families play a critical role in helping students make the transition to college life. The orientation program provides parents with an in-depth look at the college experience at Saint Joseph's and assists parents in determining how to best support their first-year student.

    Program highlights include the following:

    • Help finalize all of the paperwork required by your student or family prior to starting classes in August
    • Meet with faculty members
    • Mingle with other parents from the Class of 2021
    • Learn about the SJC Parent Association

    To Get Ready for New Student Orientation

    There are a few things families will need to do before attending New Student Orientation in June. You can download your very own New Student Readiness Checklist to track your progress. Below is information and links to help you complete your checklist.

    • Register for one of the sessions in June. Registration begins 3/21 and the link is located on the top right hand of this webpage.
    • Complete your Housing Contract.
    • Complete all the Health Center forms to submit at your NSO program.
    • Waive or accept the Health Insurance offering by the College, form is available in Campus Café.
    • Update your emergency contact information, this can be completed in Campus Café.
    • File your Enrollment Financial Agreement and Guarantor Agreement on Campus Café, only available after June 1st.
    • Review your College bill, the student bill can be viewed online in Campus Café.
    • Complete all your Financial Aid requirements, to review what might be outstanding login to MyAid.

    Program Details

    What students can’t forget to bring to their NSO experience?
    • Bedding (sleeping bag/sheets, pillow)
    • Towels and toiletries
    • Swim wear
    • Athletic/casual clothes
    • Walking/athletic shoes
    What to expect?
    • Students and families will be asked to check in between 9 and 11a.m. on Day 1 of your NSO session.
    • Students and parents will be participating in specific programming for each population and won’t be together for most of the program.
    • Students will be involved in many activities and programs with their Orientation Groups over the two days, where they will be building lifelong friendships.
    • Parents sessions are generally in a large group format.
    • Students can expect to be in programming until 10 p.m. or later on Day 1.
    • Parents programming will end around 8 p.m. on Day 1.
    • The NSO Program ends at 2pm on Day 2, but College offices will be open until 4 p.m.
    • For a full program schedule, please check out the schedule available for download in the Resource Section in the upper right hand corner.


    Students will spend the night sharing a room with another new student in a first-year residence hall. All rooming assignments will be distributed at check in.

    Parents have the option to stay on campus FREE of charge, or make alternative arrangements off campus. If parents prefer to stay off campus, please refer to our lodging link in the Resource Section in the upper right hand corner.

    For those parents staying on campus, we will provide you with towels and linens. Parents will be staying in our suite-style housing. Each family will receive a private room within the suite (room includes 2 single beds) and a shared bathroom within the suite.


    New Student Orientation is FREE for students and their parents. However, there is a $50 fee for each additional family member.

    If you have any questions about orientation, please call the Admissions Office at 1-800-338-7057.

    • Schedule
      Check out the schedules for students, parents, and families by clicking on one of the tabs below.
      For Students
      For Parents & Families

      Day 1

      9 - 9:30 a.m.  Check in at Alfond Center

      9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Placement Exams
      Students will be separated into groups during the testing time, as tests are only 60 minutes.

           9:30  – 10:30 a.m. – Last Names A-G
           10:45 – 11:45 a.m. – Last Names H-O
           Noon – 1 p.m. – Last Names P-Z

      10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Connecting to Campus with Orientation Leaders
      Students will tackle some basic stuff in small groups with Orientation Leaders guiding them around campus.

      11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Lunch in the Pearson’s Café 

      1:15 p.m.  Welcome and Opening Prayer

      1:30 p.m.  College Crossroads Presentation with Ed Gerety

      2:30 – 4 p.m.  Students Break into Orientation Groups

      4 – 5:30 p.m.  NSO Mixer

      5:30 p.m.  Dinner BBQ 

      6:30 p.m.  Community at SJC
      Learn more about what it means to be a Monk, whether you are a resident or commuter, and how you can get involved in this community.

      7:45 p.m.  Evening Entertainment

      9 p.m. to Midnight  Evening Activities
      A variety of activities around campus for students to engage in while meeting new friends.

      Day 2

      8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast  in Pearson’s Café 

      9:30 a.m.  Packing Up
      Take the time to head back to your room to pack everything up and get ready for a busy morning on campus. 

      10:15 a.m.  Taking the Confusion Out of College – Student Edition
      “High School vs. College”
      Join The Academic Center and Orientation Leaders as they discuss some of the academic differences between high school and college.

      11:15 a.m.  Reconnect with Orientation Group (outdoor locations)
      Time to answer any of those last-minute questions before you head home for the summer.

      11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch with your Orientation Group 

      12:45 – 2 p.m.  Academic Advising and Course Registration
      Students will meet with faculty and members of the Academic Records Office to adjust or complete their fall schedules. 

      Day 1

      9 – 9:30 a.m.  Check in at Alfond Center

      10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  SJC Parent & Family Experience
      The perfect session to start putting all the worries to rest with the Dean of Campus Life.

      11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Lunch in Pearson’s Café

      12:15 p.m.  Daily Mass

      1:15 p.m.  Welcome and Opening Prayer

      1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Residence Life Presentation
      Meet the staff and gain a greater understanding of what the Residence Life Office offers for both students and families.

      2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  College Crossroads Presentation with Ed Gerety

      4 – 5:45 p.m.  Taking the Confusion Out of College – For Families
      A conference-style afternoon that offers all sorts of information. You get to choose what makes sense for you.

      5:45 p.m.  Dinner - BBQ in Pearson’s Cafe 

      6:30 p.m.  Explore our Campus
          Lakefront Tour
          Visit the Pearson Town Farm on Campus

      7:30 p.m.  Evening Social with the SJC Parent Association

      Day 2

      7:30 – 9 a.m.  Breakfast in Pearson’s Café

      9:15 – 10 a.m.  FERPA Discussion
      The Academic Records Office will discuss all aspects of FERPA and what it means to you and your student here at SJC.

      10:15 a.m.  The Finishing Touches
      Time to sew up all the loose ends and explore the parts of campus that you didn’t get a chance to do see earlier.

      11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch with the Faculty

      12:45 – 2 p.m.  Campus Life Panel Session
      Representatives from all aspects of Campus Life will be available to address any questions or concerns you have before departing with your student for the summer.