New Student Orientation

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Dates

  • 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.

    Housing

    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.

    Cost

    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

      Please note that all offices on campus are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day of the New Student Orientation program. If you have questions or concerns about any of your student’s status with the College, please feel free to visit any of the offices during your time here on campus.   

      Mass is offered at 11:00am on Day 1 and 11:40am on Day 2 of the program. Mass will be held in the Chapel, located on the first floor of the Heffernan Center. Please join us as your schedule allows.

      Day 1

      10 - 11 a.m.  Check in at Alfond Center
      Please use the time after checking in to visit your Residence Hall to unpack and stop by the Student ID Booth to take your photo for you College ID!

      11:45 a.m.  New Student Orientation Welcome and Opening Prayer
      Join us as the Deans of Enrollment and Campus Life welcome the Class of 2021 to the SJC Family! 

      Noon  Meet Your Orientation Group!
      Spend a few minutes getting to know your Orientation Group and Leaders as you begin the start of your time in Monk Country #alwaysamonk

      12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch in Pearson’s Café with your Orientation Group 

      1:45 p.m.  College Crossroads Presentation with Ed Gerety (Alfond Center)

      2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Students Break into Orientation Groups (Various Outdoor Locations)

       

      3:45 – 5:30 p.m.  NSO Mixer! (Lake Front)
      Meet everyone from the Class of 2021 and all the other OLs.

      5:30 p.m.  Dinner BBQ (Pearson’s Cafe)
      Enjoy a nice summer time BBQ 

      6:45 p.m.  Orientation Performance (Auditorium, Alfond Hall)

      811  p.m.  Evening Activities (Clark's Court)

      • Tie Dye your Orientation Shirt 
      • Camp fire and S’mores 
      • Game Time at Clark’s Court 
      • Bubble Soccer Match
      • Trivia in Baggot Street 
      • Late Night Snacks in Baggot Street

      Day 2

      8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast  in Pearson’s Café 
      Before heading out for the day, please take the time pack everything up, and get ready for an active morning on campus.

      10 a.m.  Taking the Confusion Out of College – Student Edition (Auditorium, Alfond Hall)
      “High School vs. College”
      Join Orientation Leaders and several departments of campus as they discuss the many differences between high school and college.

      11:15 a.m.  Reconnect with your Orientation Group (OL group outdoor locations) 
      Take the time to ask those last minute questions you might have about SJC. This is also your opportunity to complete and hand in any paperwork you have from NSO.

      11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  LLunch with your Orientation Group (Pearson’s Café)

      12:45 – 2:30 p.m.  Academic Advising and Course Registration (Alfond Hall)
      Students will meet with a faculty member from their major to discuss requirements and fall course registration. Students will meet with the Academic Records Office to adjust or complete their fall schedules.


      Please note that all offices on campus are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day of the New Student Orientation program. If you have questions or concerns about any of your student’s status with the College, please feel free to visit any of the offices during your time here on campus.   

      Mass is offered at 11:00am on Day 1 and 11:40am on Day 2 of the program. Mass will be held in the Chapel, located on the first floor of the Heffernan Center. Please join us as your schedule allows.

      Day 1

      10 – 11 a.m.  Check in at Alfond Center
      Please use the time after checking in to check into your room on campus, visit offices on campus, or take time to enjoy our beautiful campus. 

      11:45 a.m.  New Student Orientation Welcome and Opening Prayer
      Join us as the Deans of Enrollment and Campus Life welcome the Class of 2021 to the SJC Family!

      Noon  Lunch in Pearson’s Café

      1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Residence Life Presentation (Auditorium, Alfond Hall) 
      Meet the staff and gain an understanding of what the Residence Life office offers for both Students and Families.

      3 – 4 p.m.  College Crossroads Presentation with Ed Gerety (Alfond Center)

      4:15 – 5:45 p.m.  Taking the Confusion Out of College – For Families (Alfond Hall, 2nd Floor)
      Family and Guests have the option of attending as many of the following sessions as they would like. Understanding that parents and families have different levels of comfort with the college process, please feel free to attend the sessions that make the most sense for you.

      • Understanding the Money: Parents Role in Student Success
        This session is designed to provide parents with the information needed to best partner with Saint Joseph’s College in order to support your student in being successful during their college years.  Financial Aid and Student Success staff will share resources and tips for parents.

      • Owning It: Academic Student Success
        Join the Academic Dean, Academic Affairs, in a conversation about your student’s academic success and progression to degree completion. 

      • Career Development
        Take some time to find out all that Career Development does for your student during their time here at Saint Joseph’s including the Connections Program.

      4:15 – 4:45 p.m.  Please feel free to attend one of the following three sessions

      • Meet the Academic Deans (216)
      • Career Development  (217)
      • Understanding the Money: Parents Role in Student Success (Auditorium)  

      4:45 – 5:15 p.m.  Please feel free to attend one of the following three sessions

      • Meet the Academic Deans (216)
      • Career Development  (217)
      • Understanding the Money: Parents Role in Student Success (Auditorium) 

      5:15 – 5:45 p.m.  Please feel free to attend one of the following three sessions

      • Meet the Academic Deans (216)
      • Career Development  (217)
      • Understanding the Money: Parents Role in Student Success (Auditorium)  

      5:45 p.m.  Dinner BBQ (Pearson’s Cafe)

      7 p.m.  Evening Social at the Stone Barn
      Join the SJC Parent Association and members of the Campus Community at Pearson’s Town Farm and Stone Barn for an evening social of mingling and exploring the farm on campus. Family members will be able to take a tour of the farm as well as enjoy the stunning Stone Barn with complementary social hour. 

      Day 2

      7:30 – 9 a.m.  Breakfast (Pearson’s Café) 
      Join us anytime and start your day off right with a healthy breakfast in Pearson’s Café.

      9:15 – 10 a.m.  FERPA Discussion (Auditorium, Alfond Hall)
      Kevin Paquette from Academic Records will discuss all aspects of FERPA and what it means to you and your student here at SJC.

      10:15 a.m.  SJC Parent & Family Experience (Baggot Street)
      Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling of a new SJC student, you are part of a whole support process that will promote student success. The adjustments that face new SJC students are varied and complex, with more academic demands (and more free time!) in a new learning environment. This parent and family session is designed to provide information on: the factors leading to achievement at Saint Joe’s; the role of families in promoting student achievement; student services information; campus involvement; and the health and safety of your student on campus.

      11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch (Pearson’s Café)
      Join the Academic Dean’s Office and Faculty at lunch for a meet and greet. Faculty from various majors will be available for questions.

      12:45 – 2:00 p.m.  Campus Life Panel (Auditorium, Alfond Hall)
      Last minute questions? Join representatives from all areas of Campus Life for a discussion with the team that will be working with students once they arrive on campus this fall.

      • Health Center
      • Food Service
      • Mercy Center
      • Counseling Center
      • Campus Safety
      • Residence Life
      • Student Activities  
      • Campus Recreation