Determining the path of your academic career is essential — we see it as the first step toward future success. Once you’ve chosen St. Mary’s College, you’ll need to start getting ready for fall semester. While SMCM staff and faculty are happy to answer questions as you make this transition, we also want to make sure you know what steps to take next — and when to take them. Here is some general information that we hope you find helpful.
DUE BY JUNE 1:
For forms and details, please see the New Student Page on the Portal at seahawks.smcm.edu.
Commuting students are those who do not live on campus and do not plan on signing a housing contract. All commuting students are required to complete the acknowledgment of the Drug-Free Campus Policy. Commuting students can visit the Office of Student Activities in the Campus Center for support with parking passes, lockers, study spaces, and much more.
In an effort to promote an educational and work environment that embraces inclusion, diversity and equity, the College requires all campus members to complete DiversitySMCM, which is a two-part training, online and in-person. The mandatory online training is about an hour in length and is to be completed before August 28. A link to the training will be sent to your St. Mary’s email account this summer.
The second half of the DiversitySMCM training is in-person and takes place during Orientation: it creates an opportunity for community dialogue about the concepts introduced in DiversitySMCM and how they can impact our roles (and experiences) on campus. To facilitate active involvement during the in-person discussion sessions, you are expected to complete the online training prior to the in-person session.
Drug-Free Campus Policy Form
All new students are required to complete an acknowledgment of the Drug-Free Campus Policy form.
Health History: Meningitis Vaccine Information
Meningitis vaccine information is required for residential students only.
Staying connected to your professors, classmates, family, and friends is important. Each student living on campus is provided with Internet access through our residential network. Wireless access to the Internet is also available in all academic and residential buildings, in the library, and at the Campus Center. Most students bring their own personal computer or laptop to campus, though computers are available for use in the College library and in computer labs.
Liberal Arts Seminars
As a new student at St. Mary’s College, you will take a Liberal Arts Seminar in your first semester. First-year students take CORE 101 (the First Year Seminar). Transfer students take CORE 301, designed for students transitioning to our community as sophomores or above. Details about the seminars and the Core Curriculum can be found at: www.smcm.edu/academics/corecurriculum.
All new students must complete the Foreign Language and Writing Placement Exams.
All new residential students are required to complete a housing contract. Housing assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis according to when your commitment deposit is received. Every attempt will be made to honor your requests; housing confirmations will be emailed August 1.
Student Strengths Inventory
St. Mary’s College offers a voluntary student strengths inventory (SSI) to new, first-year and transfer students in order to obtain information that will be useful to your faculty advisor and support staff. This survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes. Your answers will not affect your enrollment at SMCM, your status as an athlete, or your relationship with the College in any way. The link will be available on the New Student Page on the Portal starting May 7 and will close on August 15.
Title IX is the federal law that guides our efforts to build and maintain a campus community where sex-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence, is not tolerated. We work together to foster a campus climate where everyone is able to learn, live, and work in a safe and healthy environment. As part of your welcome to campus, you will be required to participate in live and online Title IX training.
SOAR: Seahawk Orientation, Advising and Registration
June 26 or 27 or 28
All new first-year students will choose a day to attend SOAR: Seahawk Orientation, Advising and Registration. During this one-day event, students and family members will learn more about what to expect during the fall semester. You will meet with advisors, register for your fall classes, and rank your Liberal Arts Seminar (Core 101) choices. You will also have the opportunity to tour the residence halls and get your student ID picture taken. All students must register to attend SOAR through the New Student portal page.
Fall Bill Payment
Please be sure to pay your fall semester bill in full by the close of business on Friday, July 27, 2018. Failure to do so will create a hold on your account. If you plan to use a payment plan for your bill, the first installment is due July 5 so you will want to contact the Business Office before July 5 to avoid having two payments due August 1.
Move-In Day (for Residential Students)
Transfer Students – August 28
First Year Students – August 29
Move-in day marks the beginning of your orientation to St. Mary’s College! You may move in to your residence hall between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Check-in will occur at your assigned residence hall (more information will be provided by the Office of Residence Life). Residence hall coordinators, resident assistants, and orientation leaders will be on hand to assist you with moving your belongings and guiding you through your settling-in process.
Fall Orientation and Welcome Week
August 29-September 7
During orientation, you will learn more about the academic and co-curricular opportunities available at St. Mary’s College. This experience will give you the opportunity to connect with new peers and participate in program highlights including an opening ceremony, late night socials, a dance performance from orientation leaders, service activities, and time relaxing by the river.
New Student Summer Information Line
While most of the information you need is on your New Student page on the College’s Web Portal, we will also have a summer phone line dedicated to new students and their families. From June 1 – August 24, you can call us at 240-895-4279 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our student orientation members staff this line and will be able to answer commonly asked questions. If the questions are more specific, they will be able to direct you to the appropriate campus office for additional help.
All first-year students and all residential students are required to have a meal plan. Students, including commuters, may select one of the meal plan options. In addition to traditional dining in the campus Great Room dining hall, you may also use your plan to purchase meals from the Grab-n-Go on the north side of campus, which provides quick breakfasts and lunches on the go. Dining (flex) dollars associated with the meal plans can be used in the Great Room, the Daily Grind, and at The Pub, which has late-night food and beverages.
Parking on Campus
Through the first two weeks of every semester, commuting students and their families may park in any lot on campus. For semester parking passes, students can visit the College’s Portal and follow My Student Account > Account Management > Vehicle Registration to submit a request.