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New Student Orientation video from 2018, produced by Dawson Renaud ’20, exercise science.


June 15-16 (Session 1) and June 18-19 (Session 2)

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 2024 & 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 2024
  • 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 June sessions in your personal Campus Café Portal https://campuscafe.sjcme.edu/.
  • 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.


Getting Here


Please call the Admission Office at 800-338-7057.

Tentative Schedule

Check out the schedules for students, parents, and families by clicking on one of the tabs below.

* This schedule is subject to change.

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 your student’s status with the College, please visit any of the offices during your time on campus.

Day 1

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  New Student Orientation Check-In (located in front of the Alfond Center)
Please use the time after checking in to visit your Residence Hall, unpack and stop by the Student ID Booth in the Student Lounge of Alfond Center to take your photo for your College ID!

11:00 a.m.  Mass in Healy Chapel (located in the 1st floor, Heffernan Center)

11:45 a.m.  New Student Orientation Welcome & Opening Prayer (Gym, Alfond Center)
Join us as the Deans of Enrollment and Campus Life welcome the Class of 2023 to the Saint Joseph’s College Family!

Noon   Meet your Orientation Group!
Spend a few minutes getting to know your Orientation Group and Orientation Leaders (OL’s) as you begin your time in Monks Nation #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 (Gym, Alfond Center)

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

3:45 – 5:30 p.m.  NSO 2024 Mixer (Lake Front)
Meet everyone from the Class of 2024 and this year’s OL’s!

5:30 p.m.  Dinner BBQ (Pearson’s Cafe)

6:45 p.m.   Class of 2024 Orientation Performance (Auditorium, Alfond Hall)

8:00 – 11  p.m.  Evening Activities (Clark’s Court)

  • Blacklight Zumba
  • Tie Dye your Orientation Shirt
  • Campfire and S’mores 
  • Trivia at Late Night Snacks @ Baggot St.

Day 2

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  First Year Fitness & Sunrise Yoga (Alfond Center)
Meet in the Alfond Center lobby for a morning workout – feel free to have your family or parents tag along, or come solo! Please check the display board at check-in for more information to get your day started.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast (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.

10:00 a.m.  Taking the Confusion Out of College – Student Edition (Alfond Hall Classrooms)
“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. This is also your opportunity to complete any paperwork you have as you conclude your NSO experience.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch with your Orientation Group (Pearson’s Café)

1:00 – 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 also meet with the Academic Records Office to adjust or complete their fall schedules. Please check your folder for the exact meeting locations.

* This schedule is subject to change.

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 visit any of the offices during your time on campus.

Day 1

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   Check in under the tent in front of the 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. 

11:00 a.m.  Mass in Healy Chapel (located in the 1st floor, Heffernan Center)
Join us as the Deans of Enrollment and Campus Life welcome the Class of 2023 to the SJC Family!

11:45 a.m.  New Student Orientation Welcome & Opening Prayer (Gym, Alfond Center)
Join us as the Deans of Enrollment and Campus Life welcome the Class of 2024 to the Saint Joseph’s College Family!

Noon   Lunch in Pearson’s Café

1:30 – 2:50 p.m.   Parent & Family 101 (Auditorium, Alfond Hall)
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.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  College Crossroads Presentation with Ed Gerety (Alfond Center)

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.  Taking the Confusion Out of College: Parents & Families (Alfond Hall, 2nd Floor) 
**Each family group has been given a unique color that will guide you on which session to attend, and when.  Please check your welcome folder for your specific group color and session times.

  • Understanding the Money: A Parent’s 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.
  • Student Engagement & Getting Involved!
    What your student does outside of the classroom can be just as important as their time spent in the classroom.  Saint Joseph’s College provides ample opportunities for students to get involved and become engaged in programs that enrich themselves and the global community.  Join the staff from the Student Activities department to discuss these opportunities including events, clubs, off-campus trips, and more.
  • Experiencing a Mercy Education
    Look a little deeper into what it means to have a student attend Saint Joseph’s College. Learn and discuss how our liberal arts, Catholic and Mercy mission provides the foundation for the curriculum, shapes the SJC experience, and inspires our College community.

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

6:30 p.m.  Parent and Family Evening Social at Xavier Hall
Join the College’s Parent Association and members of the Campus Community at Xavier Hall for a casual evening social with light food and beverages. Relax and unwind!

Day 2

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. First Year Fitness & Sunrise Yoga (Alfond Center)
Meet in the lobby of the Alfond Center to start your morning off by engaging with whatever fitness activity is right for you.  Enjoy a hike, participate in a yoga class, hit the gym, or do some light walking.

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast (Pearson’s Café)
Join us anytime and start your day off right with a healthy breakfast in Pearson’s Café.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  How to Support your Student – Academic Edition (Alfond Hall, Auditorium)
What will it take?  Join the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Elaine Trumble, in a conversation about your student’s road to academic success, course registration, grades, and the ultimate goal of degree completion.  Kevin Paquette, from Academic Records, will also discuss all aspects of FERPA and what it means to you and your student here at Saint Joe’s.

10:15 a.m.   Residence Life Presentation (Auditorium, Alfond Hall)
Meet members of the Residence Life Team and gain an understanding of what living on campus offers our students and families.  This session will go over housing information, our role in supporting students, and provide an opportunity for questions.

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 a discussion centered on academic expectations and your student’s success.

12:00 p.m.  Mass in Healy Chapel (located in the 1st floor, Heffernan Center)

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.  Life on Campus (Baggot Street)
Last minute questions? Join representatives from various departments at the College for an informal discussion with the staff that will be working with students once they arrive on campus.  We encourage parents and families to drop-in with any remaining questions or concerns.

  • Health & Wellness Center
  • Food Service
  • Mercy Center (Campus Ministry)
  • Counseling Center
  • Career Development
  • Campus Safety
  • Residence Life
  • Student Activities
  • Campus Recreation
  • Student Employment