Join us for the Rattler Experience on Saturday, March 9!

Get a glimpse of life as a Rattler.

The Rattler Experience

Saturday, March 9, 2024
9 a.m.
University Center, Conference Room A

You and your guests are invited to experience a day in the life of St. Mary’s University students through this full-day program. Discover academic opportunities, engage with faculty and staff, explore student life, visit residence halls, meet current students and hear about scholarships and financial aid resources.

The Rattler Experience will also include a graduate studies component for prospective graduate or Combined Degree students.

As we are curating the perfect Rattler Experience for you, check out last year’s schedule to see what to expect. 

Below is the schedule from the 2023 Rattler Experience. Check back for the 2024 schedule.

9 a.m., Check-in and Breakfast
Enjoy a continental breakfast and the welcoming sounds of our student-led musical group, Mariachi Cascabel.

9:30 a.m., Welcome

9:45 a.m., Admission Presentation
Learn more about what St. Mary’s offers and the next steps in your journey to become a Rattler.

10:15 a.m., Break
Take some time to pick out your sessions to learn more about us.

10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Choose Your Session #1

  • Financial Aid
    Learn how the Office of Financial Assistance connects students and families with the financial resources available so you can make informed decisions when it comes to paying for a St. Mary’s education.
  • Pre-Professional (Pre-Law, Pre-Health) Programs
    If you are considering pursuing a career in the law or the health care industry, this session will provide information on the different programs and resources St. Mary’s offers to help students prepare for admission to law school, medical or dental school and more.
  • Specialty Scholarship Programs
    St. Mary’s strives to make college affordable. Nearly 100% of incoming undergraduate students receive scholarships and/or institutional grants. Come to this session to learn about the academic and specialty scholarship opportunities available.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Choose Your Session #2

  • Financial Aid
    Learn how the Office of Financial Assistance connects students and families with the financial resources available so you can make informed decisions when it comes to paying for a St. Mary’s education.
  • Pre-Professional (Pre-Law, Pre-Health) Programs
    If you are considering pursuing a career in the law or the health care industry, this session will provide information on the different programs and resources St. Mary’s offers to help students prepare for admission to law school, medical or dental school and more.
  • Specialty Scholarship Programs
    St. Mary’s strives to make college affordable. Nearly 100% of incoming undergraduate students receive scholarships and/or institutional grants. Come to this session to learn about the academic and specialty scholarship opportunities available.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lunch
Enjoy a variety of delicious fare, crafted by our award-winning Executive Chef Brent Gorman, at the Diamond Back Café.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Resource Fair
Meet with campus resource departments and learn about programs, services and organizations.

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. , Campus Tours (Optional)
Grab a snack and take a walking tour of campus with a student Diamondback Tour Guide. Tours leave at 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

1 p.m., Academic Preview
Connect with students, faculty and staff to learn more about your academic school. You’ll discover academic programs, more about your major, courses, research opportunities and more. Guides will lead you to your session from the University Center.

  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Greehey School of Business
  • School of Science, Engineering and Technology

2 p.m., Closing Remarks

2:15 p.m., Residence Hall Tours (Optional)
See what campus living is all about.

Sample Schedule

Know Before You Go

Parking for the Rattler Experience will be in Lot T and Lot V (Visitor Parking).

Where can I park?

Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Location is TBD.

Where do I check-in?

Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. You will be walking outside between different campus buildings and areas.

Before heading to campus, check out our interactive Campus Map to get the lay of the land. The campus map provides walking directions once you are on campus.   

Be sure to check your email for more event information.

What do I need to know before coming?
  • Registration is now open!

    We can’t wait to see you and your family at The Rattler Experience, on Saturday, March 9!


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