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 email@example.com or 210-436-3126 for options.
Sign up for a virtual information session, video chat or phone call with an Admission Counselor.
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.
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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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 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.