Move-In & Orientation

As the first day approaches, please use the schedule below to help with your travel and arrival plans. The schedule of events is subject to change. Please check this page frequently as more information about Move-In Day and the weekend will be continuously updated as we move closer to the start of the semester.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus on Friday, August 26. To ensure a smooth experience that day, please make sure that you have completed all the required paperwork indicated at New Student Orientation and on the Student Portal. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Campus Life Office at (207) 893-6603. All offices on campus will be open until 4:30pm if you need additional assistance once you arrive on campus.

Have you completed the SJC Readiness Checklist?  

Each student must meet these minimum requirements before moving into the residence halls or attending class. All can be completed in the Student Portal (You will need your SJC username and password to access.):

  • Enroll in or waive out of the required health insurance. Students will be charged a non-refundable fee of $1,530, if enrollment or waiver is not completed by Sunday, August 28.
  • Submit the Enrollment Financial Agreement
  • Submit a properly executed Guarantor Agreement  (submission instructions on form)
  • New students only: Submit student vaccination records to
  • Settle your bill with the treasurer's office 

Please log into the Student Portal to complete your forms, if you have not done so already.

  • Move-In Schedule
    Fri., Aug. 26
    Sat., Aug. 27
    Sun., Aug. 28

    8-11am | Residents check in & move in Residence Halls
    Please plan to arrive between 9 and 11am as we will have the “BLUE Crew” here to help you move all your stuff up to your room. Once you have set up your room, take some time to visit the Alfond Center to register and take a tour facility, plus visit with your building’s Eco Reps (located next to your building check-in location) to learn about our sustainability efforts on campus. Most families will spend about 2 hours unpacking and settling in.

    9am-12pm | Engagement Fair
    Mercy Lawn
    Moved in early? Need something to do? Stop by our tents on Mercy Lawn to set up a local bank account, grab coupons to local businesses, discuss work options off-campus, or learn about our local food pantry, Catherine’s Cupboard, and the broader local community.

    11am-12pm | Family Welcome Mass, Alfond Lawn
    The Mercy Center and Saint Joseph’s College welcomes new students and their families to our community. We do this in a spirit of faith at the annual Welcome Mass.  This special Mass continues to commemorate the opening of a new academic year.  All students, families, staff, and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend!

    11:30–1pm | Lunch
    Pearson’s Café (Lunch is $7 for all non-students)

    Noon – 1pm | Commuter Check –In at Lunch
    Café Lobby

    1pm | All Students: 2020 Class Picture
    Behind Xavier

    1:15pm | Welcome, Class of 2020
    Join us in an opening prayer and welcome as the Class of 2020 begins its journey at Saint Joseph’s College.

    1:45pm | Students
    Resident Students meet up with your Resident Advisor (RA): Residence Halls
    Commuter Students meet up with a Commuter Orientation Leader: 2nd Floor Heffernan

    1:45pm | Families
    This concludes the family portion of the program. Please take time to say your goodbye’s to your student.  Please visit our Bookstore or any of the offices on campus before departing campus. We look forward to seeing you all at Family & Friends Weekend on September 23-24.

    2-4pm | The PLAYFAIR experience: Mercy Lawn
    The experience of a lifetime and a great opportunity to meet everyone in the Class of 2020!

    4:30-5:30pm | Floor Meetings with RA's
    Residence Halls

    5:30-7pm | Dinner, Pearson’s Café

    8pm | First Night Block Party, Clark’ Court
    Sponsored by the Student Government Association. 

    8-10am | Continental Breakfast, Pearson’s Café

    8-10am | Campus Store open, Mercy Hall

    10-11:30am | Campus Life at Saint Joseph’s College
    Information about living on campus presented from Residence Life, Campus Safety, Health & Wellness Center, Dining Services, and the Mercy Center.
    O’Connor, Cassidy, and St. Joe’s Hall residents: Alfond Lawn
    Standish and Putnam Hall residents: Auditorium, Alfond Hall

    12–1pm | Lunch

    1-2:45pm | Academic Life Sessions
    (Opening Session in Pearson’s Café/Break-out sessions in Alfond Hall)
    Academic Life Sessions will provide you with the additional information and resources needed to find academic success at SJC. Topics covered during the breakout sessions include: academic strategies for success, academic policies and procedures, faculty advising, community-based learning, career development and available academic support services.

    3–5pm | Take a Break
    It’s been a long weekend already!  Take this time to finish setting up your room, hit the beach for a swim, or just take a nap. 

    5-7pm | Dinner BBQ

    7pm | Dream Board Party, Pearson’s Café
    This party will ignite your enthusiasm for the next four years at Saint Joseph’s College. Join the fellow alumnus Nick Mirabello from URock Marketing in a very unique experience with all of the Class of 2020!

    9-11pm | Open Recreation, Alfond Center
    All the resources of the Alfond Center will be open for students to use during the evening, including fitness room, gymnasium, rock wall, and pool.

    Late Night Breakfast | Stone Barn at Pearson's Town Farm
    A finals week tradition at St. Joe’s.  All students are welcome to attend a special NSO version of this event.

    10–11am | Brunch, Pearson’s Café

    Noon | Freshman Experience Trips Off Campus
    Registration for trips will opening on August 10, and there is a small cost associated with some of the trips.


    • Portland Seadogs Baseball Game
    • Paint Night
    • Old Orchard Beach Trip
    • Pleasant Mountain Hike
    • Community Service Project

    1-7pm | Campus Store open, Mercy Hall

    5-6:30pm | Dinner, Pearson’s Café

    7pm | Sunday Mass, Under the Tent
    All are invited to begin the new academic year in thanks for what we’ve received and to pray for our needs in the semester ahead.

    8pm | Ice Cream Social, Mercy Center (2nd Floor)
    Come visit your Mercy Center, on the second floor of the Heffernan building, and get in on the ground floor of great opportunities like service trips, jobs, scholarships, and ways to get involved in helping others, meeting new friends, and joining in the many things that the Mercy Center sponsors.