Frequently Asked Questions | Orientation

Q: What is orientation?

A: Orientation is a chance to get to know The College of St. Scholastica and the surrounding area of Duluth. You will take academic assessments, register for fall classes, learn about campus programs, meet new friends (both first-year and returning students), and much more.


Q: How do I sign up for orientation?

A: Reserve your spot at orientation online.


Q: Which assessments do I need to take?

A: Foreign Language Assessment:  The foreign language assessment is only for those taking French, Spanish, or German.  It is required of all incoming students who have had fewer than three years of a foreign language in high school OR who have had three years or more and plan to continue on in college. Students who have had three years (or more) of a foreign language in high school and do not plan to continue on, are not required to take the assessment.


Q: Do I have to attend an orientation session?

A: Yes, all incoming St. Scholastica students are required to attend an orientation session. 


Q: What do I have to bring to orientation?

A: If you have taken "College In The Schools (CITS)" or PSEO classes, it is a good idea to bring along an unofficial copy of your college transcript(s) for registration. In addition to that, it is a good idea to bring any materials you have received from us about credits that already have been officially transferred in.


Q: Is there an orientation program for family and friends?

A: Yes, family and friends are always welcome. For the First-Year Student Orientation, there is a concurrent parent orientation.


Q: How do my parents sign up for parent orientation?

A: Parent Orientation Information


Q: Do I have to pay for orientation?

 A: No, there is no charge for you to attend orientation. However, it is important that you have paid your $350 admissions/housing deposit ($200 for local area students who will be living at home) before orientation.


Q: Do I need to bring any money?

A: This is totally up to you. We provide lunch for you, so you shouldn't need money for meals.  However, if you want to purchase CSS apparel at the Bookstore, soda, candy, etc., then you should bring money with you.


Q: Are there accommodations for students with special needs?

A: Yes. Please inform us of the accommodations you may need before your scheduled session.


Q: What are Team Delta Leaders?

A: Team Delta leaders at the College of St. Scholastica are an elite group of 30+ students who are specially trained to help accommodate incoming first-year students adjust to college life. They are responsible for acquainting new students with campus services, activities, building locations and college life issues. Team Delta leaders aid in the development of class schedules and assist with the registration process. Above all, the Team Delta leaders are there to be a role model and provide a friendly face for all incoming students.


Q: Who do I contact if I still have questions?

A: Email the orientation staff at orientation@css.edu, or call (218) 723-6286 or (800) 249-6412.

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