Weekend of Welcome

Our faculty, staff, and students are excited to welcome first year and transfer students to Saint Mary's College as our newest Gaels!
Weekend of Welcome 2024 will take place August 22-25.  Fall classes begin on Monday, August 26.

You can check out the WoW schedule below.  Please note that some times are subject to change.


August 20

If you are attending orientation on Wednesday, August 21, you will move into your residence hall on Tuesday, August 20, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Last Name A-L:  1:00 - 2:00 p.m. / Last Name M-Z:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

August 22

If you attended orientation in June, you will move in on Thursday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Last Name A-L:  9:00 - 11:00 a.m. / Last Name M-Z:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

When you arrive on campus, you will be directed to a Campus Housing station where you will receive your keys, student ID and other important information.

Welcome Home, Gaels!

Weekend of Welcome 2024 Schedule

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - First Year Student Move-In, Residence Halls

  • Last Name A-L:  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Last Name M-Z:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Relax & Unwind, Ferroggiaro Quad

3:00 - 4:15 p.m. - Student Life Meet & Greet, 1928 Pub and Dryden Hall

4:30 p.m. - Welcome Liturgy Hosted by the Mission & Ministry Center, Soda Center

5:00 p.m. - Men's Soccer v. Kansas City, SMC Stadium

5:30-7:00 p.m. - Farewell BBQ, Chapel Lawn

7:00 p.m. - Meet Your Weekend of Welcome Leader* / Families will be asked to depart campus at this time.

8:00 p.m. - First Year Welcome Event, Soda Center

9:00 p.m. - Late Night, Oliver Hall

*Check your specific information located on your residence hall door

8:30-9:45 a.m. - Breakfast with your WoW Group, Oliver Hall

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - First Hall Meeting and Roommate Agreements, Various Locations*

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Lunch with Your First Year Advising Cohort, Soda Center

1:00 p..m - First Year Advising Cohort Meeting, Various Classrooms*

4:00 p.m. - Yes! Yes! Yes! with Jeff Bucholz, Soda Center

5-7:30 p.m. - Dinner Available, Oliver Hall

8:00 p.m. - Residence Hall Association (RHA) Soiree, Ferroggiaro Quad

*Check your specific information located on your residence hall door


7:30-10:00 a.m. - Brunch Available, Oliver Hall

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Transfer Student Move-In, Residence Halls

10:00 a.m. - Meet with your WoW Group, Various Locations

12:00 p.m. - Transfer Student Welcome, Commuter Lounge, De La Salle Lawn

12:30-2:00 p.m. - Lunch Available, Oliver Hall

1:00-4:00 p.m. - Campus Recreation Pool Party, Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center

4:30 p.m. - Paint the SMC, Meet on De La Salle Lawn

5:00 -7:00 p.m. - Dinner Available, Oliver Hall

8:00 p.m.- WoW Evening Event (TBD)



9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Brunch Available, Oliver Hall

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Bay Area Trips, Sign Up for these throughout WoW

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Adventure SMC

12:30-2:00 p.m. - Lunch Available, Oliver Hall

5:00 p.m. - Men's Soccer v. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, SMC Stadium

5:00-7:00 p.m. - Welcome Back BBQ, De La Salle Lawn

8:00 p.m. - Alpha Mass, SMC Chapel




WOW Students

Weekend of Welcome

Your guides for Weekend of Welcome are Student Leaders (WoWies), who will answer your questions, give advice and show you around!

After move-in day, you, as a new student, get to take part in Weekend of Welcome—you'll participate in activities that focus on coursework, programs that complement the curriculum, and activities that will help you get acquainted with your new home. 

Apply to be a WoWie