Welcome New Students!

Welcome to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and we look forward to meeting you!  We recommend that you refer to the following website for up to date information https://www.dhs.gov/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions and that you educate yourself on the possible restrictions and/or processes for entry into the U.S. prior to making your airline reservation.



The university has recently announced a revised spring semester 2021 academic calendar, due to COVID-19, with the first day of classes on Monday, January 25. For new international students, the university is currently reviewing new arrival dates that may include early arrival for quarantine. This information will be posted after October 5. Please do not make flight arrangements until this information is posted.

Friday, January 22
International Student Orientation for new students – Begins at 9:00 am
Place: International Center, Heights Building (campus map #12)

During orientation we will take care of:

  • Immigration Check In: bring your passport, I-20, I-94, proof of health insurance
  • Getting your Saint Mary’s ID
  • Getting you get connected to Saint Mary’s technology
  • Banking
  • Introduce you to campus services
  • Shopping for supplies for your room
  • Tour of campus and Winona

Monday, January 25
Classes begin



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:

#12 International Center (also known as The Heights)
#19 Campus Safety (Information Desk), Toner Student Center
#29 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 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 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 and change their password. You will not be able to access other SMUMN Systems, including Gmail, until you change password in the portal.

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

Helpdesk Ext. 7800 (Technology Issues)
Cardinal Central Ext. 6655 (Billing)
Registrar’s Office Ext. 1501 (Academic Issues)

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.


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.