Next Steps for Incoming Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Saint Joseph’s College!  We are excited for you to join the Puma family. These enrollment steps will keep you on track to prepare for the spring.

Enrollment Steps - Spring 2016

Advising Steps and Registration

1.  Turn in your enrollment forms at your scheduled registration appointment. 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.

Orientation and Move-In

Saturday, January 9, 2016: New student move-in day - the day you have been waiting for! Check in at the Ballroom level of the Halleck Student Center from 8:30-10:00 a.m. CST. Student Financial Services will be available during this time as well.

Saturday, January 9, 2016: Check-in for New Student Orientation is from 10:00-10:15 a.m. CST. Presentations begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Core Education Center, Courtney Auditorium.

Monday, January 11, 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 - Confirm your arrival with Housing by emailing

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