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What to Expect

Each student will be part of a Delta Group. These are small groups led by an upper-class student leader. Your first Delta Group will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday, after you’ve moved into your home for the next nine months. Starting with that group, you will be involved in Welcome Weekend throughout the whole weekend.

Welcome Weekend is mandatory for all new first-year students. It is full of lots of fun programs, activities, and conversations that will help you connect well to this community and give you what you need to hit the ground running! You will have required events every day.

If you have a disability or chronic medical condition that may affect your ability to participate fully and richly in Welcome Weekend, please contact the Center for Equal Access at 218-625-4891 or at access@css.edu. It is important that you contact them at least two weeks before Welcome Weekend if possible.

Welcome Weekend is a great introduction to life at The College of St. Scholastica. During this time you will:

  • have a ton of fun!
  • become familiar with your new home at St. Scholastica
  • make new friends and connect with a number of the diverse people who make up this community
  • meet faculty and staff
  • find ways to be involved and make connections that get you started
  • learn more about academic success strategies
  • be familiar with the student support services that exist at St. Scholastica
  • experience our Benedictine values in action and explore further what it means to live them every day

Is St. Scholastica Welcome Weekend required?

Welcome Weekend is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition from high school to The College of St. Scholastica. The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you’ll be making every day of your college experience — whether to attend class or not, whether to participate in on-campus events or not, or whether to have a positive attitude or not. Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending Welcome Week will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with St. Scholastica and build a sense of community (one of our values). We encourage you to attend all the sessions and events. Get to know your classmates and start making new friends and memories.

And remember, you have your first real Dignitas class on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5!

Schedule

An updated schedule will be provided in 2022. Check out our 2021 Welcome Week Schedule to get an idea of what to expect. Some of the events are mandatory each year and are indicated with bold titles. All meals and activities during Welcome Weekend are free.

Friday, Sept. 3

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Move into your new home
Welcome home and check in for Welcome Weekend
Lot 5 and Somers Hall

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Welcome refreshments
Lemonade, Coffee and Bakery items
Reslife Desk

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saints Shop Open
Tower Hall 1611

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free frozen treats for everyone
From Campus Ministry
Alpha Chi Lawn (outside between Somers Hall and Tower Hall)

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free lunch (for new students and families)
Greenview Dining Room, Somers Hall
Get tickets at welcome table

1 p.m.
Muslim prayer
Tower Hall 1603

2:30-3 p.m.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Parent welcome reception
Benedictine Commons

2:45-4 p.m.
Delta groups

Delta Locations

3-4 p.m.
Parent and family council welcome reception
Benedictine Commons

4-5 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood (Part I) 

Mitchell Auditorium

5-6 p.m.
Celebration dinner 

Greenview Dining Room

7-8 p.m.
Reslife wing meetings and commuting students meeting 

Commuters meet in Somers Main Lounge

8-9 p.m.
Playfair

Reif Gymnasium

9:30-11:30 p.m.
Back to school bonfire
Live music, ice cream treats, lawn games and a bonfire
Groves Lawn

Saturday, Sept. 4

8-9:15 a.m.
Breakfast
Greenview Dining Room

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Delta groups

Delta Locations

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saints Shop Open
Tower Hall 1611

10:15-11:30 a.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood  (Part II):
Building relationships to last with Sarah Stewart and Megan Perry-Spears 

(Bonus content on diving into Saints Life!)
Mitchell Auditorium

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Intramurals, yard games and BBQ lunch
Science Front Lawn

1:30-2 p.m.
Delta groups

Delta Locations

2-3:15 p.m.
Loving our neighbor; what this means at CSS-sex signals 

For yourself and others to learn more strategies to take responsibility for your safety and health in college
Mitchell Auditorium

3:15-3:45 p.m.
Getting involved in community: Residential life and student activities 

Mitchell Auditorium

3:45-5:30 p.m.
Saints social
Meet new friends over refreshments, stickers and games
Storm’s Den

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Reslife family floor dinners 

Greenview Dining Room

8-10 p.m.
Paint a pot
Decorate a pot and grab a plant to make your new space feel like home
Storms Atrium

9 p.m.-Midnight
First saints splash
Join us for a dance with a photo booth, DJ and free food!
Storms Den

Sunday, Sept. 5

10 a.m -12:15 p.m.
Brunch
Greenview Dining Room

10 a.m.-Noon
Port open
Check out games, grab snacks and hang out with other students
The Port

11 a.m.
Catholic mass
The Chapel

12:15-1:45 p.m.
Delta groups 

Find your classes and campus resources
Delta location

1:45-2 p.m.
Cookies in the student union
Student Union

2-4 p.m.
Student success panel and Dignitas first class meeting 

Meet in Mitchell Auditorium first

4-4:15 p.m.
Snack
Mitchell Foyer

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Being healthy: striving for benedictine balance 

Mitchell Auditorium

5:15-6:45 p.m.
Delta groups dinner

Greenview Dining Room

7-9:30 p.m.
Nerd nite
Storms Den

9 p.m.
Movie on our hill
Alpha Chi Lawn

Monday, Sept. 6

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Greenview Dining Room

9:45-10:15 a.m.
Delta groups 

Prepare for your last day of Welcome Weekend
Delta Locations

10:15 a.m.-Noon
Welcome to the neighborhood (Part III): Connection as a community of saints

Mitchell Auditorium

Noon-2 p.m.
Lunch/final Delta group meeting 

(Lunch closes at 1:30pm)
Greenview Dining Room

3-7 p.m.
Community and beyond

  • Canal Park Touring: First Bus at 3 p.m. from Mitchell lot and last bus at 6:45 p.m.from Canal Park
  • Hike through Chester / 3rd Street Bakery: Enjoy a nice hike and a sweet treat. Departing from Mitchell lot at 3 p.m.
  • Climbing Wall: Head to the Burns Wellness Center to meet the Outdoor Program staff and climb the wall. Starts at 4 p.m.
  • Valley of Silence Hike: Explore the woods on campus. Departing from Mitchell lot at 3 p.m.

4:30-6 p.m.
Dinner
Greenview Dining Room

6-7 p.m.
Praise and worship with bonfire
Christian Fellowship and Worship
Groves Lawn

7-8:30 p.m.
Stand up and knockdown show
Comedian and Hypnotist
Mitchell Auditorium

Other Helpful Bits of Information

Housing

If you apply for and select to live on campus for the fall, you will receive a letter in the middle of July informing you of your fall housing assignment and your new roommate(s). To be assigned a room, you will need to complete a housing contract and submit your $200 deposit. If you have not yet submitted your full deposit, please contact your admissions counselor or make your deposit online. You may also review a list of suggested items to bring to campus. Transfer students are not required to live on campus, but if you are a transfer student and interested in living on campus, please complete the same steps.

Saints Dining

Meal plans are used primarily in the Greenview Dining Room. Here students can dine with their friends and enjoy the diverse food options provided. More information can be found on the Saints Dining website.

Parking Permit and Transportation

Students are allowed to have vehicles on campus, but are required to register their vehicle online and purchase a student parking permit.

Please note that many students opt to NOT have a car on campus and it works out just fine. You can use your Saints Card as a bus pass to go anywhere in Duluth. For traveling further distances (Twin Cities and beyond) Jefferson Bus Lines picks up right on campus! (www.jeffersonlines.com/)