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Study and Self-Care Tips During COVID-19

A Comprehensive Guide

Take a look at this comprehensive guide that aims to help you adjust your study habits during COVID-19.

50 Ways to Take a Break

Need more ideas to take a little break? Here are 50 ways that comply with social distancing!

A Kwik Break

Take a “kwik” break and check out the Kwik Brain Podcast by Jim Kwik; a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance. His podcasts are short but engaging, and he provides you tools and action steps to help you apply his teachings to your life in practical ways. His episodes can help you both inside and outside of the classroom with a range from how to read and study more efficiently to mental health to creating healthy habits. Take a listen!

Log Your Study and Wellness Progress

Need some accountability? Consider filling out this Study and Wellness Log on a weekly basis. It includes prompts to help keep you on track with studying and self-care with some helpful tips included as we navigate this time together.

Wellness Center 

Check out the Wellness Center website for more resources!

Getting the Most out of Advising

As a student, there are some important steps you need to take in order to get the most out of your advising appointments with your adviser. In order for your adviser to help you make good decisions, it is essential that you take the time to understand academic policies, procedures, and degree requirements. Utilize the online course catalog and other online resources through Saint Mary’s to help you get started. Peer Advisers are here to help as well! Your adviser can then help clarify information and answer any questions you have.

Preparing for Advising Appointments

Arriving to your advising appointment prepared will be beneficial to both you and your adviser. While choosing courses is an important component of the advising meeting, having courses selected and two possible schedules created before your appointment opens the door for you and your adviser to talk more in depth about courses and how they will be beneficial to your future. Additionally, coming prepared will allow for more time to discuss your long-term goals (personally and professionally) and will help you get to know your adviser better. Not sure where to begin? Contact a staff member or peer adviser to get started! 

Advising and Registration Resources 

Spring 2021 Registration Date

  • Seniors: TBA
  • Juniors: TBA
  • Sophomores: TBA
  • First-Years: TBA

Students should check their portal for their specific registration time.

Classification of Students:

0-23 earned credits: First-Year
24-55 earned credits: Sophomore
56-86 earned credits: Junior
87+ earned credits: Senior

Registration Holds

GPA Calculator

Our GPA calculator was created by former student Marta Aleszewicz specifically for Saint Mary’s University students, faculty, and staff.

GPA Calculator


How do I know what to register for?

In addition to using tools in your portal such as your transcript and degree audit, utilize the following to help you plan your schedule:

For all students:

For students enrolled spring 2018 and prior (Legacy Program):

For students enrolled fall 2018 and after (IGEP):

Who is my academic adviser?

Your faculty adviser’s name is listed at the bottom of your portal homepage. Note: If you recently declared your major, you may still see your former adviser listed but you should be primarily working with your new major adviser.

How do I set up my advising appointment?

Look for communication from your faculty adviser. You can work with them via email or schedule a virtual meeting via Zoom or Google Hangout.

I want to drop/withdraw from a class, what should I do?
  • Email your adviser the name of the course you want to drop and any concerns or questions you have about dropping the class. If you and your adviser both agree that dropping the class is the best option, your adviser will notify the Registrar’s Office and take care of the rest.
  • Keep in mind:
    • Wednesday, April 15, is the last day to withdraw from a class
    • A final grade of W will be entered which does not impact your GPA.
    • If withdrawing from a course or courses will put you below 12 credits, you need to email the following office(s) (as applies) to see how this may impact you:
How do I declare my major, minor, and/or IGEP minor?

You can declare your major, minor, and IGEP minor using the online declaration form. You can also add, change, and drop a major, minor, IGEP minor as well.

Email the following to declare:

  • Major or academic minor: Department chair of that major or minor
  • IGEP minor: minor coordinator of the IGEP minor you want to declare
Do I have a hold on my account?

Check out the following resources and email Cardinal Central with questions:

Steps to Check for Holds

I took or want to take a class outside of Saint Mary’s and want to know how it counts. What should I do?

Use the key below to determine who to contact based on the course you have taken or hope to take:

  • Major or minor course – Department chair of the major or minor
  • IGEP course – Coordinator of IGEP minor or associate dean for General Education
  • Legacy General Education Program course – Dean of the College: Dr. Mark Barber at
I still have questions. What should I do?

Stay calm and know we are here to help! Here are some options:

Registration Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to learn about the new registration features and learn how to register for courses!