Next Steps for Incoming Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Saint Joseph’s College!  We are excited for you to join the Puma family. You've got a lot going on! This is an exciting—and hectic—time for you, and we want you to know that we are here to help you in any way possible. You're going to want to consider your options and you're going to have questions. Lots of them. We're ready to answer them. And remember...there are no dumb questions.

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Questions? Contact your Admissions Counselor.


Your Next Steps Toward Becoming a Puma

Enrollment Steps

Enrollment Steps - Fall 2016

March 10: Deadline for Indiana resident to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with our school code (001833).

March-August: Contact Student Financial Services to discuss your financial aid award package or payment options.

April 16, June 13, June 24, July 22: Attend one of our Early Registration events to register for classes, set up your email account, and get your student ID. RSVP with your Admissions Counselor.

May 1: Submit your $200 Enrollment Deposit to secure your housing and class registration priority.

Ongoing: Visit campus to find your fit and discover all that SJC has to offer.

Bills mailed after notification of deposit.

Mid to late June: Housing assignments emailed.

August 10: Bills due. A late fee of $50 will be applied for bills paid after August 10.

Advising & Registration

Advising Steps and Registration

1.  Turn in your enrollment forms at your scheduled registration appointment or by August 10. Or, if registering by phone, please submit completed forms by fax at (219) 866-6122; by mail to PO Box 890, Rensselaer, IN 47978; or by email to (click to print)

2.  Check out the New Student Advising Guide and the Family Guide prior to Early Registration for information about academic programs, services, and offices on campus.

3. Purchase your textbooks online after registering for classes. All textbooks are only available for purchase online.

4. Meet your future classmates at a Summer Send-Off. Invitations from Admissions are sent in July.

Orientation & Move-In

Orientation and Move-In

Thursday, August 18, 2016: Freshmen move-in day - the day you have been waiting for! Be sure to stop by the Admissions Welcome Cookout on the IM Field with fellow SJC students and staff.

Friday, August 19, 2016: Transfer student move-in day. Get acclimated to your new home and campus with an easy check-in process.

Thursday-Sunday, August 18-21, 2016: Get settled in during New Student Orientation.

Monday, August 22, 2016: Begin your first day of classes.

Early Arrivals

1. Athletes - Confirm with your coaches your move-in date (see coach listing)

2. International students - Move-in on August 5, 2016. Confirm your arrival with Housing by emailing Immunizations must be completed by July 5, 2016.

3. Extended Core Workshop - Move-in on August 10, 2016. Invited students will be required to attend "ExCo 1" courses from 8.10.16 to 8.18.16

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.