Orientation is the foundation for your experience at Saint Mary's College of California.

First-Year Student Orientation

During your one-day orientation session our faculty, staff and current students share information and experiences about how to successfully transition into the Saint Mary’s community. Those students needing to fulfill any placement requirements will have to complete them prior to orientation.

Students and families break into two separate programs, each tailored to address their specific needs. You will all become better acquainted with campus resources and have opportunities to discuss the many facets of college life.  Click here to see a sample schedule for the student program.

First-Year Fall 2018 Student Orientation 

  • June 21
  • June 23
  • June 27 
  • August 22*

All Orientation programs check in starts at 8 am, with the exception of the August 22 session.

*August 22 Orientation Check in begins at 12:00 p.m. after move-in.  

Transfer Fall 2018 Student Orientation 

  • Friday, August 10

Parent and Family Program

The continued involvement of parent and family members is crucial to the success of college students. Each new student is encouraged to bring up to three family members to participate in the Parent and Family Program during New Student Orientation, which will allow families to learn about the various resources available in the campus community, meet College staff, and connect with parents of other new students. Family members should attend the same New Student Orientation session as their student. Click here to see a sample schedule of the program for parents, guardians and guests.

What to Bring:

  • Student ID number
  • SMC username (example: abc3@stmarys-ca.edu) and password. Can't find yours? Call IT Services at (925) 631-4266 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., PST)
  • A smile :-)

Registration is only available to those students who have paid a deposit and received the "Get Ready" packet with their Saint Mary's username and password.  


Pacific Gas & Electric will be working on upgrading natural gas lines along Saint Mary's Road this summer. When coming to campus, Saint Mary's Road from Lafayette will be closed between S. Lucille and Bollinger Canyon Road, 7am-7pm.

The alternate route from Lafayette is to take the Central Lafayette/Oak Hill exit and use Moraga Road past the Saint Mary's turn, through Moraga to Rheem Blvd.  Another option is to use Hwy 24 to the Orinda Exit and approach the College on Moraga Way. 

Please plan for delays and heavy traffic when attending orientation.

Register for New Student Orientation

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