Determining the path of your academic career is essential—a decision that will lay the foundation for your successful future. Once you’ve decided to join St. Mary’s College of Maryland, half of the hard work is done but many questions may remain. While College staff may be needed to address any specific challenges or questions you may have, here is general information you will find helpful.
Testing and Technology
By June 1
All new students must complete the OIT (technology) orientation and placement exams by June 1. See instructions on the New Student Tab on the College’s Web Portal. Even if you are a native speaker of another language or have college credit for a language, you must complete the survey portion of the foreign language placement exam. Unless you received a 4 or 5 on the AP English language or literature exams, a 600 or higher on the SAT writing, a 27 on the ACT, or have transferred to St. Mary’s the equivalent of ENGL 101 or 102 from another college, you must take the writing placement exam.
Housing Contract and Health History
By June 1
All new students are required to complete a housing contract, health history form, and an acknowledgment of the Drug-Free Campus Policy by June 1. The forms can be found at the New Student Tab on the College’s Web Portal. Housing assignments and roommate selections will be made on a first-come, first-served basis according to when your commitment deposit is received, as long as all forms are received by June 1. Every attempt will be made to honor your requests and housing confirmations will be given out in July. In addition, in order to submit the mandatory health history form to the Wellness Center by June 1, you must complete a physical exam and the physician must complete the immunization record and tuberculosis screen. You may not move into your assigned campus residence without these mandatory items.
Liberal Arts Seminars: CORE 101/301
June 6 – 12
As a new student at St. Mary’s College, you will take a Liberal Arts Seminar in your first semester. First-year students register for CORE 101 (the First Year Seminar). Transfer students will take CORE 301, designed for students transitioning to our community as sophomores or above. Details about the seminars specifically and the Core Curriculum generally can be found at: www.smcm.edu/academics/corecurriculum.
July 11 – 14: Transfer Student Advising
July 18 – 22: First-year Student Advising
You will be emailed at your SMCM Gmail account with information to set up an advising phone appointment. You may sign up for an appointment by calling Academic Services at 240-895-4388, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by signing up during your visit at New Student Information Day (see below). The advising appointment is an important step in helping you prepare for online registration (see below).
New Student Information Day
We invite you and your families to visit campus. We will have informational sessions, residence hall tours, and opportunities to get your SMCM ID photo taken. We also invite you to stay for the River Concert that evening, beginning at 7 pm. Details can be found at: www.smcm.edu/new-student-information-day.
Full Bill Payment
Please be sure to pay your fall semester bill in full by the close of business on Friday, July 22, 2016. Failure to do so will block you from registering for your fall semester classes the following week. A delay in registration will make it much more difficult for you to get into the classes you want for the semester.
Registering for Classes
July 25 – 28
You will be assigned a 21-hour registration window in July, during which you will be able to register for classes using the College’s Web Portal. In addition to the advising support available before registration week, there is also information describing the registration process on the New Student page of the Portal. While there is no advantage to registering earlier in the week, it is advantageous to register early (noon) in your own registration window; you should by no means miss registration altogether. If you miss your window or decide to make changes to your schedule, registration will reopen later in August; keep in mind, though, that course selection may be limited.
Move-In Day (for Residential Students)
Move-in day marks the beginning of your orientation to St. Mary’s College. You may move in to your residence hall at 8 am and continue until 3 pm. Check-in will occur in the lobby of your assigned residence hall. Waring Commons and Lewis Quad check-in will occur in the staff offices of those buildings. Townhouse checkin will take place in the Lewis Quad office. 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.
August 25 – 28
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.
All first-year students and students of all class years living in traditional halls and suites are required to have a meal plan. Students living in apartments and townhouses, as well as commuters, may select one of the meal plan options if they desire. 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, for 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 The Pub, for late night food and beverages.
Staying connected to your professors, classmates, family and friends is important. Most students bring their own personal computer or laptop to campus, though several computers are available for use in the College library and in computer labs. Each student living on campus is provided with Internet access through our residential network. Wireless access to the Internet is available in all academic and residential buildings, in the library, and at the Campus Center. College email and Web Portal accounts will be available for your use prior to your arrival on campus.
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 am to 4 pm. Our student orientation chairs 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.