Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all entering first-year and transfer students are required to attend an O&R session.  While at orientation, new students learn about resources on campus, meet upperclass students who will serve as guides through their transition, become better acquainted with the St. Thomas community, receive their St. Thomas ID cards, and much more. Students are expected to attend the full schedule of events.

While it is not required, we highly encourage parents to register for O&R as well. Over 85% of new first-year students bring at least one parent or family member. We have a great program for parents with informational sessions designed especially for them, talks with faculty members, tours of residence halls and an opportunity to meet other parents or family members.

There is both a parent/guest schedule and a student schedule for O&R. There are times in the schedule when parents/guests and students are together, but there are also times when the students are with their small groups attending programs and having discussions geared specifically towards them. Likewise, there are times when the parents/guests are together attending programs and having discussions specific to their needs. View the First-Year Student Orientation program schedule or Transfer Student Orientation program schedule for students and parents/guests for more details.

First-Year Students

Prior to attending Orientation & Registration, new first-year students complete placement tests and course registration worksheets. Academic counselors use that information to prepare a full semester schedule for each new first-year student, which they share and discuss during a brief individual appointment at orientation.

Transfer Students

Prior to attending Orientation & Registration, new transfer students are invited to individual meetings with their academic counselor to sign up for courses.

Bring a photo identification card (so we can verify your identity for your student ID card), a list of any questions you may have, and an open mind. We suggest bringing an umbrella in the summer/fall and comfortable walking shoes.  For summer orientations only: if you are staying on campus the night before your visit ($25/person fee), bring personal items such as toiletries and an alarm clock. Bed linens and towels are provided.

Parking is available in Anderson Parking Facility, located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave. Refer to the campus map for directions.

If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know 72 hours before your scheduled orientation session by calling (651) 962-6051. 

Men joining the St. John Vianney Seminary will have a special orientation session and will be registered for courses via an individual appointment with Academic Counseling & Support. Adult learners (age 24 or older) and veterans will have the opportunity to attend an individual orientation appointment if they prefer not to participate in traditional group programs.

Yes! During summer orientations only: if you are traveling a long distance to campus, we can offer early arrival check-in and a pizza dinner the evening before your session (6-9 p.m.). Air-conditioned on-campus accommodations are available at a rate of $25 (includes sales tax) per person in our Flynn Hall apartment building. Bedding, a towel, a washcloth and soap are included. If you would like to stay on campus overnight, please bring check or cash with you to when you check in. If you prefer off-campus accommodations, a list of hotels is available online at