New student orientation

Welcome to USM!

The time for you to join the University of Saint Mary family is rapidly approaching. If you have not done so already, there are a few things we want to remind you of.


  • Freshmen: Have your high school send your final official transcript. Final transcripts must have your graduation date and final GPA. If you have taken any college credit, be sure to have those transcripts sent to USM as well.

  • Transfers: If you have any incomplete transcripts or are currently enrolled in summer classes, be sure to arrange to have final official transcripts to complete your final. If you have any questions about missing transcripts please contact our admissions office.

  • Fall Schedule: You should have your fall class schedule. If you have not been contacted about registering for classes, please call the admissions office. Keep in mind you must first deposit before we can officially enroll you in classes.

  • Housing: If you are living on or off campus you must fill out the proper forms. If you are planning on living off campus, you must fill out the “housing waiver” form.  If you are living on campus you must fill out the “housing application”.  These forms are filled out through “eSpire”.

  • Financial Aid:  Be sure to complete your Master Promissory (MPN) Note and Entrance Counseling if you choose to take out student loans at Send an email to to check the status of your financial aid.”

  • Medical Forms:  If you are an athlete or if you are living in the dorms, you must have medical forms filled out please go out to

  • Student Accounts:  All student account balances MUST be satisfied prior to moving into the dorms. If you are a commuter student prior to the first day of classes.  You may review your balance by logging on to “eSpire”.  

    • Go to: My Account Info select continue then click on the amount showing for Accounts Receivable Balance to view your transactions.  Remember the 5 pay installment plan is available to sign up for through the month of July. The 4 pay installment plan begins Aug. 1. Payment plans are set up through “eSpire” by following the same link and selecting Review Current Bill/Make a Payment, then click Sign up for Payment Plan. This is also the same place where you set up your Parent Pin.

Important Dates

Aug. 10:  8:30 a.m. Resident Halls open at to ALL fall athletes. This includes new and returning students.

  • Fall athletes include Men/Women Cross Country, Men/Women Soccer, Football, Volleyball, and Cheerleading. The Dance team arrives Aug. 17.

Aug. 17:  8 a.m. Residents Hall open to ALL new incoming freshmen and incoming transfers.
Aug. 19:  8 a.m. New Transfer Student Orientation.
Aug. 21:  Fall semester begins.

We encourage you to make every effort to complete this checklist. By completing all the steps you will be avoiding long lines on move in day.  We look forward to having you join us this fall.



Fall Athletes - Aug. 10
Aug. 10 Orientation
Parent Schedule
Freshman - Aug. 17-20
Aug. 17-20 Orientation
Parent Schedule
Transfer Students 
Aug. 19-20
Aug. 19-20 Orientation

Contact USM's Student Life Office

Dr. Wendi Santee
On campus: ext. 6120