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 29th. 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 30.
  • Submit the Enrollment Financial Agreement
  • Submit a properly executed Guarantor Agreement  (submission instructions on form)
  • New students only: Submit student vaccination records to healthcenter@sjcme.edu.
  • 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.

  • Orientation Schedule
    Fri., Aug. 28
    Sat., Aug. 29
    Sun., Aug. 30
    9am-Noon | Residents check in & move in Residence Halls
    Please plan to arrive between 9am and Noon 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 of the 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.

    11:30–1pm | Lunch
    Pearson’s Café

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

    1pm | All Students: 2019 Class Picture
    Behind Xavier

    1:15pm | Welcome, Class of 2019
    Join us in an opening prayer and welcome as the Class of 2019 begins its journey at the College.

    1:30pm | Students

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

    1:30pm | Parents and Families


    This concludes the parent and family portion of the program. 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 26–28.

    1:45-3:45pm | The PLAYFAIR experience: Mercy Lawn
    The experience of a lifetime and a great opportunity to meet everyone in the Class of 2019!

    4-6pm | Campus Life at Saint Joseph’s College
    Presentations from the Residence Life, Campus Safety & Security, Health & Wellness Center, Dining Services, Commuter Association and Mercy Center offices.
    Saint Joseph’s Hall Residents/Commuter Students: Alfond Hall Auditorium
    O’Connor & Standish Hall Residents: Pearson’s Cafe

    6-7:30pm | Dinner, Pearson’s Café

    8pm | Floor Meeting with RAs, Residence Halls

    9pm | First Night Block Party, Clark’ Court
    Sponsored by the Student Government Association. With tons of contests and tournaments to win FLEX, don’t miss out on opportunities to participate in pie eating and musical chair contests, plus Rock, Paper, Scissors and basketball knockout tournaments.
    8-10am | Continental Breakfast, Pearson’s Café

    8am-Noon | Bookstore open, Mercy Hall
    Time to pick up your books for class!

    10-11:30am | Student Employment Orientation, Auditorium, Alfond Hall
    Students with or looking to work on campus should attend this meeting to complete paperwork and training.
    Bring two forms of ID—one must be a photo ID (i.e. passport, driver’s license, social security card, etc.) NOTE: A student ID cannot be used as ID.

    11:30–1pm | Lunch

    12:45pm | Welcome to Saint Joseph’s by Academic Affairs
    Pearson’s Café
                
    Academic Life Sessions I (Breakout Groups) | Alfond Hall
    1- 2pm
    Groups A, B, C and D (Auditorium)
    1-1:15pm
    Group E (Rm128), Group F (Rm215), Group G (Rm216) & Group H (Rm320)
    1:20-1:35pm
    Group F (Rm128), Group G (Rm215), Group H (Rm216) & Group E (Rm320)
    1:40-1:55pm
    Group G (Rm128), Group H (Rm215), Group E (Rm216) & Group F (Rm320)
    2-2:15pm
    Group H (Rm128), Group E (Rm215), Group F (Rm216) & Group G (Rm320)

    2:15–2:30pm | Session Break
    2nd Floor Lounge

    Academic Life Sessions II (Breakout Groups) | Alfond Hall  
    2:30-3:30pm
    Groups E, F, G and H (Auditorium)
    2:30-2:45pm
    Group A (Rm128), Group B (Rm215), Group C (Rm216) & Group D (Rm320)
    2:50-3:05pm
    Group B (Rm128), Group C (Rm215), Group D (Rm216) & Group A (Rm320)
    3:10-3:25pm
    Group C (Rm128), Group D (Rm215), Group A (Rm216) & Group B (Rm320)
    3:30-3:45pm
    Group D (Rm128), Group A (Rm215), Group B (Rm216) & Group C (Rm320)

    5-7pm | Dinner
    Pearson’s Cafe

    7pm | UROCK Vision Board Party, Pearson’s Cafe
    This party will ignite your enthusiasm for the next four years at Saint Joseph’s College. Join alumnus Nick Mirabello ‘03 from URock Marketing in a very unique experience to put the words of New Student Orientation Star Ed Gerety into action with all of the Class of 2019!

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

    Late Night Dining | Chalet
    Chalet’s Late Night menu will be available for students. Feel free to stop in to play some video games, pool, or just hang out while enjoying some food at SJC’s favorite late night spot.

    Everyone is invited to this evening's Mass under the tent. If you'd like a ride to an off-campus worship service this morning, please call Campus Ministry at 207-893-7792.

    10am–1:30pm | Brunch, Pearson’s Café

    10am–3pm | Returning Students Check In at Your Residence Hall

    Noon | Freshman Experience Trips Off Campus

    Registration for trips will be available online, there is a cost associated with some of the trips. Student Activities will be reaching out with more details.

    • A day hike up Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton
    • Spend the day at the beach in Old Orchard
    • Join us for a community service project
    • Experience zip lines, mini golf, and go carts at Windham’s Seacoast Adventure
    • Relax by spending the afternoon at the Muse Paint Bar in Portland

    1-7pm | Bookstore open, Mercy Hall
    Time to pick up your books for class!

    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 the Mercy Center upstairs in the Heffernan Center and enjoy some ice cream. Meet new friends and learn about great opportunities such as service trips, jobs, scholarships, and ways to help others.