The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs guides students in creating and maintaining successful organizations that are socially responsible, representative of the student body, and that reflect the Saint Anselm College mission.

We are a student-centered office which supports the development of students through positive social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and leadership experiences.

The office helps create an environment which promotes self-governance, values congruence, and a broader relational understanding of the community in which they live through interactive learning opportunities.

Explore and Get Involved!

The Office of Student Activities & Leadership Programs coordinates several experiences which engage students in new and fun ways. For more information, contact the office directly by phone at (603) 641-7363.


  • Out Cold

    The Out Cold Program provides students the opportunity to visit area ski resorts at reduced costs. Your fee includes transportation, lift ticket, and a nominal meal voucher at some resorts. Check out one of our trips to Loons Mountain:

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    Hit the slopes in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont. The best skiing in the east is in our backyard!

  • Outer Limits

    Our 'Outer Limits' program provides the Saint Anselm student body with the opportunity to partake in outdoor, recreational activities that encourage development of the whole student. The program focuses its interest in outdoor activities, teaches risk management skills, helps students strive toward their personal limits, builds and creates leaders, allows students to push beyond their comfort zone, uses the wilderness as a classroom and encourages students to trust themselves and their peers when engaging in activities that are outside of their comfort zone.

    Fall 2017 Events

    • September 9: Paddle boarding/kayak/canoe - Contoocook River ($10)
    • September 23: Adventure/ropes course - Gunstock Mountain ($20)
    • September 30: Hiking - Mount Monadnock ($5)
    • October 14: Hiking - Tower Hill Pond Loop Trail ($5)

    The Saint Anselm College Outer Limits crew tackled the classic Franconia Ridge hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

  • Passages

    We invite members of the incoming class of 2021 to join us for Passages 2017, Saint Anselm College's Adventure Leadership Program for new students. Passages is a unique opportunity to meet an amazing group of friends to start college with, get acclimated to being Anselmian, and spend time learning and having fun in exciting locations.

    Trained student leaders (Passages Guides) and faculty/staff lead and facilitate the daily activities as well as provide guidance and supervision throughout the program. Guides are also excellent resources for participants as they transition to Saint Anselm College.

    2017 Trips

    This year Passages is offering four different trips, each occurring prior to your arrival on campus for New Student Orientation. Participants must arrive by 9:45 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and should anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.

    Champlain, July 17 - July 21
    This trip engages well-rounded individuals in a blended exploration of service, adventure, culture and spirituality. Based at Saint Anne's Shrine in northern Vermont, the 32 acre attraction touches the shores and banks of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. While cabins at Saint Anne's will be home on this trip the adventure does not stop there. This trip encourages activity via avenues such as kayaking/canoeing/hiking/biking near Lake Champlain's shoreline, a day trip in Montreal to explore astonishing cathedrals and other landmarks, and finally, a day of service in a nearby community. Participants can expect to learn about the impact of service, positive group dynamics, leadership, and classic cathedrals. This adventure will provide participants with an experience unique to our region and our Anselmian way of life. *A Valid Passport is required*

    Acadia, July 24 - July 28
    This trip engages adventurers interested in exploring beautiful Acadia National Park, which consistently ranks in the top 15 best parks in the nation. Aside from enjoying some of the best hiking trails in the east, participants will spend time reminiscing on breathtaking views and experiences with new friends around nightly campfires as well as engaging in a day of education and service at two certified organic farms. Participants should expect to return home with an established connection to the SAC community, an understanding of how food is cultivated, and an appreciation for our protected lands. Participants' home for the week will be a campground tent site (with amenities) located within walking distance to the ocean. The goal of this trip is to provide an unbelievable experience shared amongst peers that can be reflected upon for the next 4 years and beyond. (Don't worry if you dont have a tent! We have plenty for you!)

    Gettysburg, August 1 - August 5
    This trip engages emerging leaders, historians, trivia buffs and those interested in the care of others. The trip will provide an opportunity to explore historical battlefields, analyze the effects and causes of the conflict, glimpse leadership demonstrated on the battlefield and within the local community, learn of the acts of human heroism, and explore the spirituality and ethos of the people. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War and ended General Lee's 1863 invasion of the North. The battle was the war's bloodiest and was the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." Participants will base their explorations out of a retreat center located near the Appalachian Trail. Additional activities may include exploring historic Harpers Ferry and floating the Shenandoah River.

    Adirondacks, August 4 - August 8
    This trip engages participants as they explore the Adirondacks located in northeast New York. The Adirondack Park covers 6.1 million acres and is the largest park, state-level protected area, and national historic landmark in the contiguous United States. The trip will consist of gaining historical knowledge, understanding environmental issues, land management, outdoor leadership, and the importance of having wild, protected areas. Participants will base their adventures out of lakeside cabins in the Pharoah Lake Wilderness region of the state park. Possible activities include a treetop ropes course with zip lines, exploring the high peaks region, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

    No Refunds after July 10.

    *All trips are subject to change without notice.*


    Registration is now open and will continue until filled.

    Trips have limited space available and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and they fill quickly. Don't wait too long to register. Each trip costs $375 and includes all group activities, lodging, meals, & transportation. Participants must arrive by 9:45 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and should anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.

    Checks should be made payable to Saint Anselm College - Passages, and mailed along with the registration form to:

    Passages - Student Activities & Leadership Programs
    Saint Anselm College
    100 Saint Anselm Drive, #1715
    Manchester, NH  03102

    For more information about the Passages program, contact: Student Activities & Leadership Programs at (603) 641-7363 or via email at

  • Family Weekend

    Family Weekend is held each Fall. Featuring live entertainment, tours and activities, Family Weekend is an enjoyable way to join your Saint Anselm student on campus. Events include live performances by our very own Anselmian Abbey Players, a Family Fun Run/Walk, ice skating, a reception with the president of the college, athletic events, hayrides, and Mass at the Abbey Church. 
    The 2018 Family Weekend will be held October 19th through October 21st!

  • New Student Orientation

    New Student Orientation (NSO) is a collaborative program that consists of Orientation Part I in June, Orientation Part II in August, and the Transfer Student Orientation in January. In addition, the office helps coordinate the recruitment, selection, and training of over 60 Orientation Leaders (OL's) every year.