Guest & Families Orientation


Welcome to Saint Mary's College!

We are excited to welcome you to the Gael family! We’re here to support you and your student and provide you with resources to ensure your students success at Saint Mary’s College. Your students college experience starts with New Student Orientation, an essential introduction to life at SMC that provides you and your student with the resources you need for success.

At orientation, your student will connect with new classmates and friends, learn about the support services available, and explore the many opportunities to get involved on campus. We can’t wait to see what your student will achieve. Go Gaels!

Orientation Dates & Times



All new students, including transfer students, need to register for orientation. Each student is allowed to bring two guests to orientation; we have a program just for them! 

A one-time charge of $300 for orientation will be applied directly to a student's account and covers all costs associated with orientation, administrative costs, materials, and staffing.

Register for Orientation

Thursday, June 20, 20249am- 4pm     
Saturday, June 22, 20249am- 4pm  Simultaneous Spanish interpretation for parents and families.
Saturday, June 29, 20249am- 4pm     
Wednesday, August 21, 20249am- 4pm     

See also: Transfer Student Orientation Program | First-Year Student Orientation

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:00 a.m.Check-in Resources Fair, Coffee/Tea

9:00-9:20 a.m.

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Saint Mary’s Academic Opportunities

10:00 - 10:10 a.m.

Orientation Leader Welcome

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Transitioning to College Families

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session #1:
Gael Health & Wellness
Academic Support Services
Career & Professional Development
Financial Aid

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


1:15-2:00 p.m.Living on Campus
2:15-3:00 p.m.Breakout Session #2:
Special Academic Programs
University Credit Union
First Generation College Families
Campus Tour
3:15-3:45 p.m.Financing Your Future
3:45 p.m.Wrap Up
4:00 p.m.

Optional Programs:
Residence Hall Tour
High Potential Program Reception*
Honors Program Reception*

*Invitation Only


Contact Us

New Student & Family Programs
1928 St. Mary's Road, PMB 4238
Moraga, CA 94575

Call at: (925) 631-4647