New Student Orientation (NSO), is one of our favorite moments of the whole year. Why? Because as a community built on the idea of growing community, we can’t wait to roll out the red… er, blue carpet to people who can’t wait to join us. (Yes, that means you.)

Orientation 2021, on the lawn

/ Register for Session 1: June 13 – June 14

/ Register for Session 2: June 16 – June 17

You’re going to get a ton of information at NSO. You’re going to get a new email address. You’re going to figure out how to get from O’Connor to Pearson’s. But take a few moments to pause in the middle of the action and think about what else you’re doing.

  • Meeting people that could be friends for the rest of your life.

  • Immersing yourself in values that will always help you take the next right step.

  • And stepping into a community that will live in your heart forever.

That’s the good stuff. That’s the real point of getting here for NSO.

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Group of new students gather by the basketball court

We’re throwing open our doors to you with a full slate of high-energy activities and events. This program welcomes you to living and learning at Saint Joe’s. We want to give you a sense of how our community will feel now that you’re in it.

Curious to see the entire schedule? Click here for instructions on downloading the Guidebook app for full access.

Orientation Group Time
New Student Orientation is the perfect time to meet new classmates! You will be paired up with two Orientation Leaders and several other new students. You will participate in several activities and icebreakers to help “break the ice!”

Guest Motivational Speaker
We are pleased to have Motivational Speaker Ed Gerety join us for a special message geared towards our newest Monks. This session is a crowd favorite each year! You won’t want to miss it.

Lakeside BBQ
Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner right on the shore of Sebago Lake with your fellow classmates and Orientation Leaders. Other fun activities will be happening by the lake at dinnertime (hint, floaties in the Lake!).

Hypnotist Show
We are excited to have a hypnotist show for our newest Monks! Both hilarious and entertaining, the hypnotist will be an event you will always remember from New Student Orientation.

Evening Activities
Enjoy several fun activities with your fellow classmates and Orientation Leaders! We don’t want to spoil the activities yet, but we promise, they will be memorable, engaging, and foster community and friendships!

Academic Advising Sessions
All new students will receive their schedule for the Fall semester and have the ability to do ice breaker activities with faculty in their major.

Campus Tours
We will have campus tours running during NSO so our newest Monks and their families can see our wonderful campus. First-year residential dorms will be shown on the tours, as well as academic classrooms, the fitness center, eating locations, and important offices on campus!

Guest Motivational Speaker
We are pleased to have Motivational Speaker Ed Gerety join us for a special message geared towards our newest Monks. This session is a crowd favorite each year! You won’t want to miss it.

Life on Campus Fair
This session will serve as an in-depth look at some of the key departments on-campus that will support your students while they are at SJC. We encourage you to take a walk-through, check out the different tables and gather information, and meet the staff who will work with your students daily!

Parent Social Hour
Session 1: 
The Parent Social Hour, held at the Stone Barn from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is the perfect opportunity to mingle with Saint Joe’s faculty, staff, alumni, and other fellow SJC parents. Representatives from our partners at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University (Portland, ME) will be ready to chat about our graduate academic opportunities. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Session 2:
The Parent Social Hour, held at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University (Portland, ME) from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is a fantastic time to learn more about our graduate partnership with The Roux Institute, while also having a chance to mingle with Saint Joe’s faculty, staff, alumni, and other fellow SJC parents. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Parent Cruise
Session 1:
Join Saint Joe’s faculty, staff, and alumni on a sunset Songo River Cruise, Monday, June 13, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, following the Parent Social at the Stone Barn, hosted by our Alumni Office, Career Studio, and representatives from our partners at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University (Portland, ME). This is a great way to unwind from your whirlwind first day of our New Student Orientation Program! You will have the opportunity to meet other new student parents and get familiar with the staff and faculty who will be welcoming your student in the Fall!  Cheese platters and sweets will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Session 2:
Join Saint Joe’s faculty, staff, and Alumni on a sunset Casco Bay Cruise, Thursday, June 16th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, following the Parent Social at The Roux Institute, hosted by our Alumni Office, Career Studio, and representatives from our partners at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University (Portland, ME).  This is a great way to unwind from your whirlwind first day of our New Student Orientation Program! You will have the opportunity to meet other new student parents and get familiar with the staff and faculty who will be welcoming your student in the Fall! Cheese platters and sweets will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Stone Barn Breakfast with the Dean
Come join your fellow parents and families and enjoy a beautifully catered breakfast by our own Pearson’s Café.  Here you will get to enjoy our beautiful Stone Barn early in the morning and officially meet Dean of Students, Dr. Liz Wiesen.

Academic Panel
Several faculty from the Office of Academic Affairs will host a panel discussion on what your students’ can expect during their time here. Topics will include first-year transition, class structure and degree requirements, and an opportunity for questions and answers. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Campus Tour
We will have campus tours running during NSO so our newest Monks and their families can see our wonderful campus. First-year residential dorms will be shown on the tours, as well as academic classrooms, the fitness center, eating locations, and important offices on campus!

Suggested Items to Bring to NSO

  • Toiletries + personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, soap, shampoo, deodorant)
  • Hair-styling tools
  • Shower shoes
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Water bottle
  • Twin sheet set, pillow, blanket
  • Pajamas
  • Change of clothes for day 2 of NSO
  • Phone charger
  • Sneakers
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pay to go to NSO?

Nope! Attending NSO is completely free and highly, highly recommended for all new students.

What if I want to bring a sibling to NSO?

You can absolutely bring a sibling to NSO! We would welcome you and your families to join us for all the fun activities we will have going on. Your families are also part of Monk Nation!

Do I need to bring bedding to NSO?

Yes, please bring your own bedding with you to NSO. This would include a pillow, sheets, and blanket.

Can I stay overnight during NSO if I am a commuter?

Absolutely! We would gladly welcome you to stay overnight even if you do not plan to live on campus during the Academic year.

What if I can’t make it to NSO?

No problem! We will have our New Student Orientation Coordinator reach out to you during the summer to get you caught up to speed. We can even schedule a time for you to come to campus and meet with our New Student Orientation Coordinator before the academic year begins.

When can I pick my roommate for the school year?

If you would like to choose a roommate for the academic year, you can do so at NSO! You will be given a form to request a specific roommate. Please note, in order to be paired with a roommate, both you and your desired roommate must request to live with each other.

Is it okay if I do not choose a roommate?

Absolutely! At NSO, you will also have the opportunity to fill out a survey where the Office of Student Engagement and Residential Living (SERL) will pair you with someone based on your answers and interests! This has been a great option for several students at SJC.

What size are the beds at SJC?

The beds are twin in all Residence Halls.

What are SJC’s COVID Guidelines for NSO?

We are a mask positive campus! If you would like to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, we welcome you to. While attending Orientation, if you are not fully vaccinated, we highly encourage you to mask up when indoors. Please keep in mind, when you return in the Fall you will be required to be fully vaccinated. Check out our Campus Health Dashboard for up-to-date information pertaining to COVID guidelines.

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Campus Store

It’s time to show the world that you are proud to be a Monk! Be sure to purchase a t-shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants, mug, bumper sticker – you name it! All bookstore purchases must be made online prior to NSO and can be picked up during NSO from the Alfond Center Store on (Monday/Thursday) from 9:00 to 11:00 am and (Tuesday/Friday) from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

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If you have questions regarding this event please email us at orientation@sjcme.edu.