Orientation is a fundamental aspect of a new student's experience of Saint Mary's College of California.  

First-Year Orientation

All new students must participate in an orientation session. During this one-day orientation session students and their family members meet with faculty, staff, and current students who share information and experiences about how to successfully transition into the Saint Mary’s community.

Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer students will have a session tailored specifically for you. Sessions will cover your degree audit, how to create an academic plan, and answer your questions. Faculty, staff, and current transfer students will be available to share opportunities for involvement as a continuing student at Saint Mary’s. 

International Student Orientation

In addition to attending a First-Year or Transfer Student orientation, all international students are required to attend the International Student Orientation. Workshops offered during this special orientation will assist with your transition to new surroundings and a new culture.

Register for New Student Orientation Available April 1, 2021

All new students, including transfer students, need to register for Orientation.  Registration for fall 2021 will open on April 1.


All students are charged a one-time $300 Orientation fee applied directly to their student account. The fee covers all costs associated with Orientation, administrative needs, materials, and staffing.

Parent and Family Program

The continued involvement of parents 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 students.