We are excited to welcome you to the Saint Anselm community!
Start your Hilltop experience with Anselmian Beginnings, our orientation program designed to prepare you for your academic journey and introduce you to college traditions and campus resources.
Through Anselmian Beginnings, you will meet with your major department, connect with other members of the incoming class, register for classes, and hear about the endless opportunities you will find during your time on the Hilltop.
Anselmian Beginnings is a two-part program beginning in mid-June.
Anselmian Beginnings Part I
Launches May 17, 2021
Anselmian Beginnings Part I is a hybrid experience where you will participate virtually through online orientation modules and Zoom meetings, and come to campus in early summer to meet the community. Part I introduces you to your academics and prepares you to register for classes. It will also connect you with fellow Anselmians and allow you to explore the endless opportunities on the Hilltop. Part I is accessible on May 17 through your New Student Enrollment Portal. Under the orientation section on the New Student Portal you will see all the orientation checklist and programming. Log on now to begin your orientation experience.
What to expect in Part I?
As a new student you will be participating in various activities starting in May. Below are all the components of part I:
- Online Orientation Module – The asynchronous orientation is now available. The program walks you through your academic requirements and important resources. To access the online orientation module visit the New Student Enrollment Portal. For most students, it will take about two hours to complete. You may leave the orientation at any time. We recommend you take a break between sections; the program will remember where you left off. Complete the online modules by June 4.
- Academic Department Virtual Meetings – Connect with faculty from your major over Zoom meetings. They will give you an introduction to your major and academic requirements as you prepare for fall class registration. Zoom meetings are June 8 - 10. To register for your department meeting, fill out the registration form on the New Student Portal. Once you register you will receive a Zoom link.
- Meet Your New Community – On June 15, come to campus to meet your new community and classmates. For more details and to register, check the New Student Enrollment Portal.
- Student to Student Virtual Connections – In addition, to getting to know faculty you will also get to know peers and Orientation Student Leaders through virtual Zoom meetings. You may register for one virtual session happening on June 15, 17, 21 and 23 at 8 p.m. To register fill out the registration form on the New Student Portal. Once you register you will receive a Zoom link.
- Registration for Fall Classes – Starting on June 14 - 16, log into the myAnselm Portal to register for fall classes and view your fall course schedule. Refer to the registration section of this guide and online orientation module for further details about the course registration process.
New Student Guide (Fall 2021)
Whether you are a first-year student or a transfer student, you are embarking on a big, exhilarating transition. As the newest members of our community you may have a lot of questions. We hope our New Student Guide is a resource for you with answers to all those questions and to help you feel prepared for the year ahead.
Anselmian Beginnings Part II
Anselmian Beginnings Part II prepares you for the academic, personal, social, and cultural transition to Saint Anselm and the greater New Hampshire community.
The multi-day program is designed to help you navigate your transition and feel a bit more settled before classes begin August 23. Part II is scheduled for August 19 - 21, 2021. Residential students will move in prior to the start of the orientation program. Students will receive further communication regarding their move-in date in the summer.
Information for Parents and Families
Anselmian beginnings offers several family orientation sessions. The sessions allow parents, guardians, and other members of student's support system, to get to know the resources and meet Saint Anselm faculty, staff, and administrators. The goal for families to walk away better prepared to support their student as they begin their college journey.
Anselmian beginnings will host virtual thematic sessions for families beginning in June. Families are encouraged to ask questions by submitting them beforehand through the registration page or during the session through the chat feature. All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available following the session on this webpage.
To register for sessions please visit the enrollment portal.
For further information or questions about Anselmian Beginnings, please contact the AcademicAdvisement@anselm.edu.
Family Summer 2021 Schedule
Learning about Academics and Academic Support Resources - June 7 at 6 p.m.
Families will learn about the academic curriculum and academic supports in place to help their student succeed. Families will also hear from faculty, academic Dean’s Office, and Academic Resource Center regarding academic expectations.
All About Finances - June 10 at 6 p.m.
The Office of Financial Aid and Student Financial Services will provide relevant information about financial aid and financial services to families including understanding their students' financial aid and bill.
Important Health Services and Residence Life Information - June 14 at 6 p.m.
Families will learn about the medical and mental health support provided by Health Services as well as all the mandatory student requirements needed prior to moving onto campus and starting classes. Additionally, families will learn about residential life—first-year housing assignments, life in the residence halls, and how to prepare their student to move onto campus.
Student Engagement and the Student Perspective - June 16 at 6 p.m.
Families will hear directly from current students about their experience as an Anselmian and how their parents assisted them in the transition to college, as well as during their college journey. Families will learn specifics regarding opportunities for involvement, why we encourage students to get engaged, and how student’s experiences outside the classroom contribute to their academic and social success.
Conversation with the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Offices - June 17 at 6 p.m.
Families will hear perspectives from members of the Student Affairs team regarding campus life and the importance of involvement, as well as the college’s goals and expectations for students. The panelists will also provide thoughts on how families can assist their student throughout their college experience, as well as how to help prepare and support your student prior to starting their Anselmian journey.