Freshmen students wear matching yellow shirts.

Welcome to Rattler Orientation

Congratulations on joining the St. Mary’s University family! As a new Rattler, here are the steps you will complete for Orientation and leading to your first days on campus.(Don’t worry, there’s a detailed step-by-step below.)

  • Incoming Freshmen

    1. Submit your enrollment deposit and complete the enrollment confirmation process
    2. Register for Rattler Orientation
    3. Complete the Accuplacer math assessment
    4. Meet with your academic advisor (begins June 1)
    5. Attend Rattler Orientation
    6. Participate in Zaragoza
  • Incoming Transfer Students

    1. Submit your enrollment deposit and complete the enrollment confirmation process
    2. Register for Rattler Orientation
    3. Complete the Accuplacer math assessment (if no math credits transfer)
    4. Meet with your academic advisor (begins May 16)
    5. Attend Rattler Orientation
    6. Participate in Zaragoza
  • Rattler Orientation Dates

    • Monday, June 13
    • Friday, June 17
    • Friday, June 24
    • Monday, June 27
    • Thursday, August 11 (Space reserved for out-of-state and international students)
  • Graduate Students

    Looking for Graduate Student Orientation?

    Graduate students in the Greehey School of Business, School of Science, Engineering and Technology, and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences must complete an online orientation course before classes begin. Refer to the Graduate Student Orientation page for more information.


1. Submit your enrollment deposit and complete the enrollment confirmation process

parent with freshman at Zaragoza

Admitted students are required to submit a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit prior to registering for Rattler Orientation.

If you have not completed this step, visit the Rattler Roadmap for instructions on how to do so.


2. Register for Rattler Orientation

All new freshmen are required to attend Rattler Orientation prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Space at each session is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. We highly recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure your session best fits your personal schedule. Due to limited space at each event, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins.

Your orientation registration includes a questionnaire that will help your academic advisor build your schedule and support you in your first semester at St. Mary’s.

Freshmen

Transfer students are required to participate in Rattler Orientation. Space at each session is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. We highly recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure your session best fits your personal schedule. Due to limited space at each event, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins.

Transfer

3. Complete the Accuplacer math assessment

The St. Mary’s University department of mathematics requires all incoming freshmen to complete the Accuplacer math assessment. In order to make this process more accessible students can complete this assessment online. To receive your complete first-semester course schedule, this must be completed two weeks prior to attending Rattler Orientation.

Registration for the Accuplacer is coming soon.

freshmen

4. Meet with your academic advisor

After completing your Rattler Orientation registration and your Accuplacer assessment, your academic advisor will begin building your fall semester schedule. Beginning June 1, your academic advisor will contact you to schedule your advising appointment. You will schedule your advising appointment in the Rattler Navigate portal.

During your advising appointment, your academic advisor will review your final schedule with you. Please ensure that any in-progress or final transcripts that reflect college credit are received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission by June 1.

Freshmen

After your academic advisor has reviewed your prior college credit and your Accuplacer assessment results (if necessary), your academic advisor will contact you beginning the week of May 16 to schedule your advising appointment. You will schedule your advising appointment in the Rattler Navigate portal. You and your advisor will register for your courses together during your meeting.

Transfer

5. Attend Rattler Orientation

a man stands at the podium in the AA&CC speaking to a group of students and parents at orientation

This is your official welcome to the St. Mary’s family! We are excited to welcome you and your family to campus.

The program schedule will provide you with insight into what to expect during your time on campus.

Schedule coming soon.


6. Participate in Zaragoza

close up from behind of student sitting at orientation wearing a St. Mary's backpack

From August 12 to 15, new Rattlers will participate in Zaragoza, a series of on-campus and off-campus events that will showcase campus, engage you with our community and help you prepare for the first day of class.

There is no need to register for Zaragoza. Being a new student at St. Mary’s assures that you can participate in every event during this four-day experience.


Zaragoza, Spain

Why Zaragoza?

Zaragoza was a place of new beginning. It’s the town in Spain where Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary, took time to reflect on his life and was the birthplace of the Society we now know as the Marianists.

Blessed Chaminade’s experience in Zaragoza parallels the reflection and new direction you will experience as you begin your collegiate career at St. Mary’s University.

Our Zaragoza program welcomes students to the St. Mary’s community and prepares students to be members of our community by easing the transition for students and parents; instilling a sense of pride in being a St. Mary’s student; and providing an opportunity for you to interact with other students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Zaragoza Team at zaragoza@stmarytx.edu.

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