Orientation 2021

Fall 2021 Orientation will begin with Move-In on Friday, August 27th and will conclude on Sunday, August 29th.

Activities are being planned for new students during each of the three days and evenings of Orientation. Families will be invited to attend several activities on Friday and Saturday.

For planning purposes, families typically depart campus between 11am and 12:15pm on Saturday, August 28th.  Classes will begin on Monday, August 30th.

On Friday, August 27th, each new student will receive a much more detailed copy of the Orientation schedule which will include additional detail as well as locations and times. 

Transfer Students: All transfer students are welcome to attend all Orientation offerings.  However, there will be some sessions specifically designated for Transfer Students on Saturday, August 28th. More detail can be found on the Orientation schedule that students will receive on August 27th. 

International Students: International Student Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 26th.  (International Students may arrive Wednesday, August 25th.) It is designed to help you get acclimated to campus, provide you with important information about immigration, campus services, and student life, and give you an opportunity to meet other new international students. For more information, please visit the International Student Orientation page. International students will participate in the Fall 2021 Orientation starting August 27th

Orientation Schedule

Download the Full Schedule PDF

Friday, August 27:

9:00am – 2:00pm: Check In.
Hoehl Welcome Center/ Dion Courtyard

Pick up your packet and other essential items. Become familiar with campus resources, activities, and services; meet some of our local vendors; meet members of the Saint Michael’s College community in an informal setting. Your folder will contain your orientation schedule, important information from various campus departments, and an envelope that will contain your Room Key; your SMC KnightCard; and your Mailbox Key. Move into your residence hall with the help of Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistants.

11:30pm – 2:45pm: Complimentary Lunch for All.
Green Mtn. Dining Room, Alliot Student Center

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Center for Multicultural Affairs & Services Meet and Greet.
2nd Floor Alliot Student Center 223

2:30pm: Photo of Alumni and Their New Students.
Steps of the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

3:15pm: Students Only: Residence Life Community Meetings.
Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center

4:15pm: Celebration of the Liturgy.
Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Students Only:
BBQ with Orientation Groups followed by Class Photo.  – Durick Library Lawn
Families Only: Reception Hosted by the Society of Saint Edmund.  – Dion Family Student Center

7:00pm: New Student Convocation.
Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

The Convocation is open to all members of the Saint Michael’s community, families, and friends.  The ceremony welcomes our newest members into the academic community of Saint Michael’s College.

Immediately following convocation, families will be given some time to say goodnight. Students will then go to the next activity planned for them. 

8:00pm: Fun for All New Students.
Ross Sports Center

10:00pm: Residence Hall Floor Meetings.
Please see your RA for Locations

Resident Assistants facilitate activities that allow you to better know those students you’ll be living with this year. Additionally, you’ll learn about floor/building and community living standards.

Transfer Students & Off Campus Students are invited to meet on the first floor of
Alliot Hall by the fireplace.

Saturday, August 28:

8:00am: Students Only: Gathering Breakfast for All New Students.
Green Mtn. Dining Room, Alliot Student Center

Students Only: Academic Advisor Meetings. *REQUIRED
Please see label on your Orientation folder for meeting locations
Families Only: Enjoy a Cup of Coffee.
1st Floor, Dion Family Student Center Families

Families are Encouraged to Depart Anytime Between 11am – 12:15pm

Students Only:
Gathering Breakfast for All New Students.
Green Mtn. Dining Room, Alliot Student Center

12:15pm: First Year Seminar Presentation and Tools for Success Presentation.
12:15-1:15pm: Groups 1-15:  Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center
12:15-1:15pm: Groups 16-31  & Transfer Students: Roy Room, Dion Student Ctr., 3rd Floor
1:30-2:30pm: Groups 1-15: Roy Room, Dion Student Center, 3rd Floor
1:30-2:30pm: Groups 16-31: Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center
1:30-2:30pm: Transfer Students: Vermont Room, Alliot Student Center, 2nd Floor

2:30pm: Saint Michael’s College Scavenger Hunt.
Meet your O-Group on the Library Lawn

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Dinner with Orientation Group.
Durick Library Lawn

8:00pm Dion Student Center Open House.
Dion Student Center

Connect with upperclass students and learn about the many ways you can get involved at Saint Michael’s College; learn more about Public Safety who help keep our community safe, enjoy ice cream, and have fun with additional activities.

Sunday, August 29:

8:00am: Students Only: Gathering Breakfast for All New Students.
Green Mtn. Dining Room, Alliot Student Center

9:00am: Connections.
Ross Sports Center

Learn more about what “Community” means at SMC and connect with current students in a different way. You’ll gain information and participate in a program about healthy interpersonal relationships. You’ll also receive your “braid,” an Orientation tradition.

12:00pm: Lunch.
Green Mtn. Dining Room, Alliot Student Center

2:00pm – 4:30pm New Student Athlete Orientation.
McCarthy Arts Center, Recital Hall

4:45pm – 7:00pm:  Dinner.
Green Mtn. Dining Room, Alliot Student Center

7:00pm: Opening Liturgy.
Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

For additional questions, contact:

Kerri Leach, Assistant Dean of Students / Director of Student Activities

Tim Mackin, Associate Dean of the College