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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Your Next Steps Toward Becoming a Puma

Enrollment Steps

Enrollment Steps - Fall 2017

1. Submit your Enrollment Deposit

Confirm your enrollment by submitting your $200 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable after May 1. 

2. Apply for Financial Aid

To qualify for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Be sure to include the Saint Joseph's College FAFSA code 001833.

3. Sign up for Housing

Additional information regarding housing can be found at

4. Attend Early Registration

More information coming soon!

5. Send us your Final Transcripts

Don't forget to request final high school and/or college transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office by June 30.

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

More information yet to come!

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 Immunizations must be completed by July 5.

3. Extended Core Workshop - TBD

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.