A Parent’s Guide to Saint Joseph’s

All you need to know about life on campus for your student — from the first year to graduation.

Parents of the Class of 2025, make sure your child signs up for New Student Orientation

Our Orientation page will also help you keep track of what is needed (Plus later you’ll find the move in weekend schedule there.). Please encourage your student to log into the student portal to complete his or her forms, if they have not done so already. 

Why choose SJC?

One big reason to choose Saint Joseph’s is that faculty members here are accomplished, yet accessible. Their attitude is student-oriented and they will go the extra mile for your child. Your child’s educational outcome will reflect that personal attention. Beyond academic excellence, other big reasons to pick Saint Joseph’s are location and community. Campus is safe and friendly. Everyone knows everyone, and the location couldn’t be more stunning. Need more reasons?

Paying for college

Blue calculatorWe offer many scholarships to  help students pay for their education, as well as grants, and state and federal funding programs. You may want to check out our two cost calculators. We offer numerous work-study jobs, if awarded, and on campus jobs. Learn more about  financial aid at Saint Joseph’s.

What to expect during college

Going off to college is a big adjustment for you and for your student. Learn what to expect, how it will impact you as a parent and what you can do about it.

How Saint Joseph’s helps students to succeed

We have many programs to  help your child succeed at college — first-year program, writing center, tutoring, internships and career services, to name a few.

Helpful Names and Numbers

Course Registration

The Registrar’s Office manages course registration and pre-approves courses for students enrolling in the May semester or summer school. Contact: Jonathan Tuttle 207-893-7796

Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence provides study skills workshops, writing tutors, peer tutoring within various departments, individualized mentoring for academic success, and accommodations for students with disabilities. The Academic Center for Excellence also works with each student to set goals for academic success and to connect students with help they may need. Contact: Shanna Webster 207-893-7563

Athletics and Recreation

Saint Joseph’s offers many team sports for both men and women, and provides students with the opportunity to excel.

Athletic Training

The athletic training room is located on the first floor of the Harold Alfond Center. A certified trainer is on hand at all home games and contests. All non-traditional-season games and contests will be covered on an “as-available” basis. The training room provides athletes with pre-game taping and wrapping, ice, water and cups, whirlpool, hydrocollator, ultrasound, and e-stim. Other emergency equipment (crutches, immobilizer, etc.) are available. Athletes must furnish their own supplies and medical kit for pre-game taping and wrapping.
Contact: Athletic Training 207-893-6677


The Alfond Center is available for all students to use for fitness, intramurals, and club sports. Some students also enjoy running on the track, using the swimming pool during open swim hours, or climbing the rock wall. The college also offers fitness and wellness classes in the Alfond Center dance room.

Residence Life

Living on campus gives students the opportunity to grow socially. The residential life team dedicates themselves to making sure every resident is provided with safe, clean, and affordable housing. For more info, visit the residential living web site. Contact: 207-893-6603

Student Engagement

Students at the college participate in various activities such as working out in the fitness room, going to comedy shows, lending a hand in community service projects, and joining or organizing a club. Every week the Campus Activities Board (CAB) plans events for the students to attend. There are also opportunities to do things off-campus, such as taking a trip to Boston, skiing at local resorts, or visiting Portland. Contact: Student Life 207-893-6603

Send your child a care package during winter finals

Studying for finals can be stressful. The Interhall Council puts together care packages (assorted snack foods) and will deliver them to your student during finals week. Look for a mailing with details in mid-November.

Safety and Security

Located on the first floor of Standish Hall, our public safety officers patrol campus 24/7. The campus also has emergency call boxes in prominent locations, each identified by a blue light. Contact: Security 207-893-6687, Emergency: 207-893-7911


Campus Ministry, located in the Heffernan Center brings students together to share their faith or questions about their faith. It is also a chance to serve others and the community through volunteer work, such as working at a local soup kitchen, or distributing clothes and food to homeless people in New York City. Contact: Kathryn Cody, 207-893-7794

Campus Services (Mailroom)

Campus Services is located in the front side of the Service Building, it operates both the U.S. Mail and print services. All students pick up their packages and mail here. Parents can find information on how to address mail and packages to their students.
Contact: copycenter@sjcme.edu, 207-893-7717

Dining Services

Pearson’s Café offers students a custom restaurant experience with the freshest of ingredients, featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet with a variety of entrees including vegetarian, salad bar, deli bar items, and desserts. The dining hall is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Brunch is served at 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner is served from 4:30-7 p.m.

Add money to your child’s Monk Bucks account

Call or go online to add monk bucks to your child’s account. This can be used for snacking and late-night meals.

Send your child a birthday cake

For $15, we’ll bake and decorate a birthday cake, complete with candles. Please call one week ahead of time to place your order.

Contact: Pearson’s cafe at 207-893-6680 or pearsonscafe@sjcme.edu.

Health and Wellness Center

Located in O’Connor Hall, health care is provided for students by appointment and on a first-come-first-serve basis. A primary care nurse and doctor are available for students in need of treatment. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the health center is a place for students to receive urgent care and preventative care, and have all of their medical questions answered. Contact: Doreen Webber 207-893-6634

Counseling Center

The college experience can bring challenges, both positive and not-so-positive. Welcoming staff at the Counseling Center can often help students deal with some of the difficulties encountered along the way. Located in Saint Joseph’s Hall on the first floor. Contact: 207-893- 6630 / lwiesen@sjcme.edu