Information for high school counselors, college advisers, Community-Based Organization, educators and independent counselors

The St. Mary’s University Office of Admission looks forward to working with you to help your student become a member of the St. Mary’s community. We are available for classroom presentations, tours, fairs, application and financial aid workshops on your campus or virtually. We are happy to help. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is dedicated to ensuring each student’s journey to becoming a Rattler is as smooth as possible. Reach out to us with any questions about the enrollment process or to schedule a visit. 

Find Your Admission Counselor

We have developed virtual and in-person sessions to help students and parents engage confidently with the college admission process. Please reach out to your St. Mary’s admission counselor if you would like to explore these presentation options: 

  • St. Mary’s University Admission Presentation 
  • St. Mary’s University Transfer Admission Presentation 
  • Panelist for test-optional college admissions discussions 
  • College Admissions 101: Students are offered an overview of the college admissions process, affordability, terminology and requirements. We include tips for understanding college search and application portals while we introduce students to the college search process and the components of a college application.  
  • Telling Your Story: Students who are ready to begin their admission application learn how to use their experiences and interests to tell their personal story in their application.
Partner With Us

Let us show you around!  

To schedule a group tour, contact the Office of Admission at or 210-436-3126 for options. 

Sign up for a virtual information session, video chat or phone call with an Admission Counselor.

Visit Campus

St. Mary’s is Test-Optional for Fall 2024 Undergraduate Admission 

St. Mary’s University has a test-optional admission policy for students entering Fall 2024, meaning students are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) to be considered for admission. Test scores will only be used to enhance a student’s application for admission and scholarship. If a student feels their score is valuable and a good indication of their abilities, they are encouraged to submit as part of their admission to St. Mary’s.

Students who apply to St. Mary’s are fully considered for freshmen scholarships. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is committed to a holistic review of each student for admission and for scholarship opportunities. 

Important Dates

Aug. 1 – Applications are available online 

Oct. 1 – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online 

March 1 – Priority application date for admission and general merit scholarships, FAFSA submission priority date 

May 1 – Preferred enrollment deposit deadline 

June – New student orientation sessions begin 

August – Classes begin  

Ways to Apply

Application Checklist

Required materials to complete a St. Mary’s University application: 

  • Application for admission 
  • Official high school transcript(s)  

Optional materials for all applicants: 

  • Personal Statement 
  • Letter(s) of recommendation 
  •  Résumé  
  • Additional writing samples 
  • Optional SAT or ACT test scores

How Students Submit Documents

To help expedite the submission of required documents, St. Mary’s accepts PDF attachments to the Office of Admission at Unofficial transcripts and test scores are accepted for application review.  

High School Transcripts

St. Mary’s reviews the student’s academic profile within the context of their high school. It is helpful to include a school profile. Students applying for Fall 2024 are not required to include SAT or ACT test scores on the transcript.

If students apply using the Common Application, remember that for us to receive the high school transcript, it must accompany your high school profile and the Common App school form. 

Awaiting Admission Decision

Waiting is the hardest part. If students applied through Apply Texas, Common App or Coalition, they must create a Slate Application portal account to view their application status. 

Help Your Students Apply

Direct your admitted students to the Rattler Roadmap and check out our Admitted Student Events. 

The Enrollment Confirmation Process (ECP) is a critical step in your student’s journey to St. Mary’s and can be completed in two steps when they are ready:  
1. Read and complete all sections within ECP.  
2. Submit the necessary deposit(s): 

  • $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit and 
  • $100 housing application fee (if applicable). 

Students must complete both steps to secure their position as a first-time student at St. Mary’s. Your student will be notified via their St. Mary’s University email that their ECP is available.

After Students are Accepted

Students can apply for Financial Aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA (FAFSA code is 003623) or for non-citizens who live in Texas, the TASFA beginning Oct. 1 of your high school senior year. The Office of Financial Assistance is available to assist. 


St. Mary’s strives to make college affordable. Nearly 98% of first-time freshmen receive scholarships and/or institutional grants. 

Check out additional scholarship opportunities for eligible first-year and transfer students.

Financial Aid Helpful Links

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s University is full of traditions, customs and events that set us apart — what do you expect after 170 years? Browse through the pages to see and read what makes St. Mary’s so unique, from our start on the banks of what is now the River Walk to our beautiful 135-acre campus on San Antonio’s West Side. See the vibrant campus life and learn the lingo of this great Catholic and Marianist University. 

San Antonio

San Antonio is a vibrant and culturally rich city in the heart of Texas. With more than 220 days of sunshine a year, you will be able to take advantage of all that San Antonio has to offer. We hope that you visit us soon and see for yourself. 

St. Mary’s University and San Antonio Life

We want to make your transition to St. Mary’s University as smooth as possible. 

Here is how we’re helping our incoming transfer students.

Transfer Students

We welcome students from all over the world at St. Mary’s. We are here to help International students with the application and enrollment process. Contact International Student and Scholar Services at with questions about international applications. 

International Students
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