Santa Fe Orientation and Convocation Fall 2024

Freshmen, New Transfers, Readmits,
Graduate Students (In-Person & Low Residency), and Families

We are pleased to welcome all of our Johnnies to our beloved community. This fall we are planning a full schedule of events and activities for everyone!

As plans and schedules are finalized, we will update this page, so check back often. In the meantime, please find important information and links below as you plan for your arrival in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Freshman Orientation Finding Meno Fall 2019

Housing & Orientation Details


Housing questionnaire is due July 1 and housing assignments will be emailed to your SJC email on July 15.

Move-In Dates (Subject to changes!)

  • Invited participates in the Pritzker Scholars Program will arrive on campus August 18.
  • Bridge in the Wild outdoor program will take place during Bridge orientation (limited availability). Students will move in on August 20 and start the trip on August 22.
  • International Students will arrive August 17–18 if participating in the Pritzker Scholars Program, or August 19–20 if not participating in the Pritzker Scholars Program.
  • Freshmen, New Transfers, and Readmits will move in on Tuesday, August 20, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Check in at the ESL portal (see Santa Fe campus map).
  • Returning students, and all Graduate students will move in on Wednesday, August 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Orientation will provide you with a thorough introduction to the life of the college and the departments that will support you throughout your time at St. John’s. Below are important dates for planning purposes. All orientation sessions are required unless otherwise stated. Schedules will be posted soon.

  • Freshmen, Sophomores, and Transfer/Readmits: Tuesday, August 20–Saturday, August 28.
  • Families of Freshmen: On select Wednesdays throughout the summer we will host virtual family orientation sessions to introduce you to all of the key offices and services on campus. Check your email for invitations and recordings of sessions.
  • Families are welcome to join us in person or online for Convocation on Thursday, August 29.
  • Graduate Students (Low-Residency): Online Wednesday, August 28–Thursday, August 29.
  • Graduate Students (In-Person): Wednesday, August 28–Thursday, August 29.


This ceremony is a long-standing tradition at the college and serves as the formal induction into the St. John’s community. Families and friends are invited to attend in person or watch online.

Thursday, August 24 at 11 a.m. Rehearsal at 10:30 a.m., Weigle and ESL Placita.

  • Freshmen and New Graduate Students
  • Special welcome to our transfer students and readmits

Check back here for a link to watch the Convocation livestream on YouTube.

Welcome Week

August 30–September 6

Full week of events – updated schedules will be provided in Welcome Packets upon arrival.

Class of 2028

Find answers to frequently asked questions on the Santa Fe Admitted Student Page.