Welcome New Students!

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

Arrival

SPRING 2018 – ARRIVAL DAYS/SCHEDULE

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

Airport pickup time at MSP airport is 5:00 p.m. each day. A Saint Mary’s representative will be in the baggage claim area by carousel 3 with a sign indicating Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Please let us know if you would like us to pick you up at the airport. Remember that we will pick up new students at the airport on arrival days only and help you move into your new residence hall.

** Please send a copy of your travel arrangements to intlcenter@smumn.edu as soon as possible. If you plan to arrive another day, you must find your own transportation and accommodations. An airport shuttle from Minneapolis airport to Winona is available. You can make a reservation by going to www.gocarefreeshuttle.com. Indicate Winona SMU Toner Center as the destination. Cost one way is $48.00.

Saturday, January 13
International Student Services Orientation for new students
Shopping & Dinner: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 14
Returning students move-in on campus
TOEFL exam 9:00 am – new ESL students and students hoping to change status.
Meet at the International Center, Heights Building (campus map #31)

Drop in Advising: Noon – 2:00 pm
Questions about classes? Stop by Toner Room 8 (basement of Toner/campus map #1) ) for help.

Orientation: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Meet your Orientation Leader, check your campus mailbox, learn about technology, get help finding your classrooms, and so much more!
Meet in the Toner Center near Campus Safety (campus map #1)

Monday, January 15
Classes begin – Undergraduate & ELB

Shopping: 9:00 – 11:00 am
Meet at the International Center, Heights Building (campus map #31)

SEVIS Check In: bring your passport, I-20, student ID, and other documents
SEVIS Clearance: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Place: International Center, Heights Building (campus map #31)

Tuesday, January 16
Classes begin – ESL

SEVIS Check In: bring your passport, I-20, student ID, and other documents
SEVIS Clearance: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Place: International Center, Heights Building (campus map #31)

Wednesday, January 17
Banking: 9:00 – 11:00 am (bring passport, I-20, and student ID)
Meet at the International Center, Heights Building (campus map #31)

Thursday, January 18
Wellness Center and Campus Safety visit: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Meet at the International Center, Heights Building (campus map #31)

Housing

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.

Prepare

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

Technology

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 admission confirmation. Users also are assigned a SMUMN ID number at this time.

First Time Login Instructions

Sometime after you accepted through the university, you should have received an email to your personal email account that you submitted with your original application. This email is very generic looking and contains your username and temporary password for your first time logging into SMUMN systems. If you cannot find this email, please check your spam folder and/or call the Helpdesk for assistance.

The new Student Portal at SMUMN is where students can add/drop classes, view billing, grades, transcripts, and much more! To access the Student Portal, go to student.smumn.edu. All first time users need to login to SMU Portal first. You will not be able to access other SMUMN Systems, including Gmail, until you first login.

Blackboard: http://courses.smumn.edu/
Gmail: http://webmail.smumn.edu/ OR mail.google.com

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)

TOEFL

Do you need to take the TOEFL?

The TOEFL exam is Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 9:00am in the International Center, the Heights. The cost is $30, payable by cash or check on the day of the exam.

Tuition
How to Pay Tuition

Tuition payment reminders are sent by email to students and and responsible parties on a monthly basis. Your tuition account detail can be found in the MyBill section of the student portal. Please verify that the Saint Mary’s email is not blocked by your spam filter.

Tuition bills can be paid online, through the mail, or in person. To pay online, go to the student portal, MyBill section, and select Pay by Electronic Check/Credit Card.

  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
    • Transfer funds from checking or savings (no fee)
  • Credit Card
    • Pay with Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express (2.75% fee applies)
  • Pay with check or money order at the cashier window or mail payment to:
    • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
      Business Office
      700 Terrace Heights #8
      Winona MN 55987

Note: A service charge of $20 will be assessed against the student’s account for each check returned for insufficient funds.

Visas

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.