First Year Student Orientation and Move-in



First Year Student Orientation and Move-in


The University is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the new school year. As the parent, family, or loved-one of a new St. Kate's student, we welcome you to campus on September 6 to celebrate the start of the academic year. September 6 is both the start of New Student Orientation and Residence Hall Move-In. You may be wondering what the day has in store for you, so we compiled a list of frequently asked questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why are parents and families invited to campus on Sept. 6?

Parents, family, and loved-ones are invited to campus on Sept. 6 to help us kick-off new student orientation. Events include:

  • Picnic on the beautiful campus grounds
  • Welcome by St. Catherine University President, Sister Andrea Lee (IHM)
  • "It's Going to Be Okay" a light-hearted performance about the transition parents and students go through during the first year of college

How do I move my student into the residence halls?

Information about parking, unloading, and check-in is available on the Residence Life website

Will we have time to attend mass on Sunday, Sept. 6?

Yes. Mass will take place in Our Lady of Victory Chapel at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend!

What is the dress code on this day?

Casual attire is acceptable. Shorts, t-shirts, jeans...whatever makes you comfortable! If you are attending mass on this day, casual dress is acceptable.

My student is not living on-campus, what time should we arrive for Orientation?

You and your student should check-in for Orientation between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the first floor of Coeur de Catherine. Following your check-in we encourage you to participate in these activities:

  • Picking up your student ID
  • Commuter Student Reception at 11:00 a.m.-2:00pm
  • President's Picnic at 12:00 p.m.
  • Multicultural & International Programs and Services Meet and Greet at 1:00 p.m.

Will the St. Kate's Bookstore be open on this day?

The bookstore is open on Sunday, Sept. 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m.

Does my student need to attend all three days of Orientation?

Yes. Our research has shown that students who attend orientation have a smoother transition to St. Kate’s and are more successful. In addition, students who participate in orientation will:

  • Learn about academic and community expectations
  • Get to know other students
  • Meet their Reflective Woman instructor
  • Learn about important resources for the first semester of college

If you have any questions or if you would like to request interpretation or translation services for the Orientation Parent Program, please email Sabrina Anderson at