Welcome new students!

Please read this important information (below) before you arrive.

** Please send a copy of your plane ticket to intlcenter@smumn.edu as soon as possible.


Monday and Tuesday, August 21 & 22
New students arrive on Winona campus

Wednesday, August 23
International Student Orientation

Thursday, August 24
ESL Orientation
General New Student Orientation for English Language Bridging (ELB) and Undergraduate (UG) students

Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27
Welcome Weekend Activities for all new students

Saturday, August 26
Returning students move-in on campus
TOEFL exam 9:00 am – new ESL students and students accepted without status
Place: Heights Building (campus map #31)

Monday, August 28
First day of class


Friday & Saturday, January 12 & 13
New & returning students arrive on Winona campus

Saturday, January 13
International Student Services Orientation for new students

Sunday, January 14
TOEFL exam 9:00 am – new ESL students and students accepted without status
Place: Heights Building (campus map #31)

Monday, January 15
Classes begin

Tuesday, January 16 – Friday, January 19
International Student Services Orientation 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Please let us know if you would like us to pick you up at the airport. Remember that we will pick new students up at the airport on arrival days only. You will also move into your new dorm room this day.

If you plan to arrive another day, you must find your own transportation and accommodations.

Students will be informed of housing assignments via Saint Mary’s email. Questions about housing can be directed to the Office of Residence Life reslife@smumn.edu.

Study the Saint Mary’s Campus Map. Important buildings are:

#31 International Center (also known as The Heights)
#1 Campus Safety (Information Desk), Toner Student Center
#16 The Office of Residence Life, Room 105, Vlazny Hall

What is my username and first time login information?

Saint Mary’s University assigns usernames to all of its community members, students, faculty, staff, and administration. The username and associated password is given to new users via email upon employment or admissions confirmation. Users also are assigned a SMUMN ID number at this time. This also acts as your Library card.

To login to SMU-related systems, do the following steps FIRST:

1) Login to appropriate system below visit http://courses.smumn.edu, Students click Student Portal link in the University Links box.
2) Enter your username as listed on the Technology page of your acceptance packet.
Students: Typically first initial, middle initial, up to the first 4 characters of lastname, and year you were accepted to SMU.
3) Enter your password as listed on the Technology page of your acceptance packet or employment verification email.
4) At the WebTools home page, click “Change SMU Passwords”.
5) Enter your current (old) password. See above.
6) Create a personal, unique, password using the on-screen instructions as a guide.
7) Enter this password again.
8) Click “Reset Password”.

From now on, you will receive communication from the university at your Saint Mary’s email address. Please check your Saint Mary’s email daily.

Student Services Information:

Winona Campus: 1-800-635-5987
Business Office Ext. 6655 (Billing)
Registrar’s Office Ext. 1501 (Academic Issues)

Do you need to take the TOEFL?

The TOEFL exam is Saturday, August 26, 2017. The cost is $30, payable by cash or check on the day of the exam.

In most countries, first-time student visa applicants are required to appear at a U.S. embassy or consulate for an in-person interview. However, each embassy and consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding student visas. You should consult embassy/consulate websites or call for specific application instructions.

Keep in mind that June, July, and August are the busiest months for processing visa applications, and interview appointments are the most difficult to get during that period. You need to plan ahead to avoid having to make repeat interview visits and be sure to bring all the documents listed on the embassy/consulate website, as well as any other documents that might help establish your ties to your local community. It is important to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel departure date.

Spring Semester classes begin January 15, 2018








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