Welcome Weekend

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What to Expect

Welcome Weekend 2017 kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1. You can move into the residence halls at 9 a.m.

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 3 p.m. Friday. 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 starting at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 4.  

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 and ask for Melissa Watschke at (218) 723-6747 or (218) 723-6790 (TTY/TDD) or access@css.edu. It is important that you contact her 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 CSS
  • 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 CSS
  • experience our Benedictine values in action and explore further what it means to live them every day

Welcome Weekend Check-in 

Check-in for St. Scholastica Welcome Weekend 2017!

Residential Students: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Friday, Sept. 1

  • Check-in at Somers Hall. Pick up your key, information about your new home and those kinds of nuts and bolts. 
  • You will also get your Delta Group assignment, which will include the name of your leader and the location of your first meeting on Friday, Sept. 1.

Commuter Students

  • Pick up your Welcome Week materials on Friday, Sept. 1 in Somers Hall from 1-2:45 p.m.  
  • You are also a part of the Delta Groups and the whole Welcome Weekend program! Plan on being on campus:
    Friday, Sept. 1: 2:45 - 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Sept. 2: 9:15 a.m - 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, Sept. 3: Noon - 9:00 p.m.
    Monday, Sept. 4: 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Is 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 CSS 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. 3!

Dignitas Class and Paper

As an introduction to the high academic standards of the College, all first-year students are given a summer reading assignment to complete as part of their Dignitas course. You will receive more information about the book and assignment instructions during On-campus Orientation. The assignment will also be available in the Learning and Living in CSS: New First Year Student Online Orientation all new students complete in August.


  • Welcome Week 2016 Schedule (pdf) - The schedule for 2017 will be posted in Summer 2017
  • None of the meals or activities during Welcome Weekend will carry an extra charge.


If you have questions or concerns about Welcome Weekend, please contact Megan Perry-Spears at mperryspears@css.edu. Or contact the orientation interns at orientation@css.edu or (218) 723-6728. 

Other helpful bits of information


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 CSS 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.

CSS ID Cards

Most of you had your student ID picture taken when you were here for On-campus Orientation. You will pick-up your ID during Welcome Weekend. If you did not have your photo taken, you can do that on Friday of Welcome Weekend as well.

Saints Dining

Meal plans are used primarily in The Greenview. Here students can dine with their friends or make a to-go meal to take with them. 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 CSS ID 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/)