Transfer Student Checklist


Transfer Checklist

Congratulations on becoming a Gael! Start your path to Saint Mary’s by taking steps to complete your enrollment. Below is a checklist to help guide you in the process. You will need to manage most of these items through your application status page.


After You’ve Been Admitted 


Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To be considered for financial aid, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and ensure that Saint Mary’s College of California is listed in the school section with the code 001302. Financial aid offer letters are typically mailed 3 - 4 weeks after your admissions decision has been released.  Contact your admission counselor with initial questions regarding your financial aid offer. 

Submit Your Enrollment Deposit

To secure your spot among the incoming class, you must submit your non-refundable enrollment deposit of $550 (Tuition Only) or $650 (Tuition and Housing) by July 1 or within two weeks after the date of acceptance (whichever is later).

You may submit your deposit online through your Applicant Status Page. To pay by check, return the enrollment commitment form included in your acceptance packet via mail.

After You’ve Enrolled


Login to Your SMC Account

You will receive your official Saint Mary’s login information via email about a week after submitting your enrollment deposit. This information can also be found, along with your incoming student checklist, on the Applicant Status Page. You will need your official login information in order to complete tasks like applying for housing, completing medical requirements, checking your SMC email, and more.

Beginning in mid-March, you will also receive a Get Ready Packet in the mail with this information. If you are having any issues with your status page or login information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Finalize Your Financial Aid

Make sure to accept or decline your financial aid offer.  The free money (such as scholarships and/or grants) has already been marked as accepted! Contact your admission counselor with initial questions regarding your financial aid offer. For students with questions about loan counseling, the verification process, and signing the loan promissory notes, please contact the Financial Aid Office. For information regarding your student account balance and payment options, please contact the Business Office.

Apply For Campus Housing by the July 1 Priority Deadline

Saint Mary's strongly believes in the value of the on-campus residential experience for students. On-campus housing is guaranteed, although not required, for incoming transfer students. In order to register for housing, you must submit your enrollment deposit of $650 for Tuition & Housing. Enrolled students will receive their Saint Mary's College login information, along with information outlining the steps required to submit your housing application via your Applicant Status Page. If you have a medical circumstance that you believe may impact your room assignment, please contact our Student Disability Services office and they will assist you further. If additional questions arise about the housing application or living on campus, please contact our Campus Housing department with questions. 

Submit Your Student ID Form by July 1

All new students are issued a photo ID card prior to the first day of the semester. Instructions for submitting your photo and access to the submission form are available on the Student Identification Card website.


Register for Orientation 

During your orientation session, you will get to meet our faculty, staff, and former transfer students who will provide you with helpful information for your successful transition into the Saint Mary’s community and answer any outstanding questions you may have. Each session provides critical information including an introduction to our academic programs, resources, and student services. Students and guests will become better acquainted with campus resources and have opportunities to discuss the many facets of Saint Mary's life.

Complete Medical REQUIREMENTS by August 1

Prior to starting classes at Saint Mary's, all undergraduate students must complete their medical requirements through the Student Health Portal on MySMC:


  • Medical History Form
  • Tuberculosis Screening Form
  • Upload Immunization Records

Complete Required Health Education Courses by August 1

Information for accessing the Health Education Courses will be sent to your SMC email in early July or soon after you submit your deposit.  

Opt-out of SMC Health Insurance by August 1 (optional)

To ensure that all students have health insurance coverage, including basic sickness and accident insurance, the College has instituted a mandatory health insurance requirement for all full-time undergraduate students. Students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the College’s provided plan through Anthem Blue Cross.  If students have comparable coverage, they must file an annual waiver.  Information regarding health insurance and access to the waiver is available on the Student Health Center website.

Submit Your Final Transcripts

In order to accurately evaluate your existing credits for transfer, please have your final official transcript or final mark sheets sent to the Office of Admissions as soon as they are available. If you are currently completing any courses that are prerequisites for entry as a transfer student, your acceptance is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of these courses.

Submit Your Pre-Enrollment Questionnaire 

Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you will have access to your  Pre-Enrollment Questionnaire (PEQ) via email, and it will also be accessible via your Applicant Status Page. The Pre-Enrollment Questionnaire (PEQ) will allow us to get to know you, your major interests, and academic aspirations. Our team of faculty who facilitate registration will assist you with registering for fall courses, create an academic plan based on your academic interests, prior college-level coursework, placement tests, and program requirements. Don’t hold back when you complete the PEQ! Tell us everything you think will help us understand you as a student.

You will receive your class schedule the weekend prior to the start of classes. If there are schedule conflicts, you will be able to work with your first-year academic advisor to change your class time (depending on course availability).

Take Your Placement Exams

Transfer students who have not yet completed all their Foreign Language, and/or English requirements may need to take a placement exam prior to registering for classes. There will be no math placement exam for Fall 2023. Here is more information on placement exams.