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.