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 Transfer Students
Rattler Orientation Dates
- Friday, June 9
- Monday, June 12
- Friday, June 16
- Friday, June 23
- Thursday, August 10
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
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
Parents/guardians are welcome to attend orientation with their student. There will be parent-centered activities to participate in as well.
All new freshmen are required to attend Rattler Orientation prior to the beginning at St. Mary’s for the fall or spring 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.
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.
3. Complete the Accuplacer math assessment
- ALL first-time students are required to take Accuplacer AAF regardless of SAT/ACT score, AP scores, and extra-institutional credits (dual or otherwise) to get the most accurate math placement information to your academic adviser as they are building your student schedule.
- A transfer student, not transferring math credits, is also required to take Accuplacer AAF.
- A transfer student who is transferring math credits or who has fully completed their math requirement does not need to take the AAF.
An email will be sent from Examity within 10 business days via the St. Mary’s University email account with information on how to take the Accuplacer AAF. Utilize the testing voucher and follow the link from the email to sign-up and take the exam. The exam can be completed remotely, and the sooner the Accuplacer exam is completed, the sooner the academic advisers can work on your fall schedule.
4. Meet with your academic advisor
After completing your Rattler Orientation registration and your Accuplacer assessment, your academic advisor will begin building your first semester schedule.
For Spring 2023, beginning November 28, your academic advisor will contact you via your St. Mary’s email address to schedule your advising appointment. For Fall 2023, you will be contacted beginning June 1. You will be able to schedule your advising appointment via the appointment campaign link sent to you in that email.
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 November 28 (Spring 2023) or June 1 (Fall 2023).
After your academic advisor has reviewed your prior college credit and your Accuplacer assessment results (if necessary), your academic advisor will contact you for Spring 2023 beginning November 28 or for Fall 2023 beginning May 15 to schedule your advising appointment. You will be able to schedule your advising appointment via the appointment campaign link sent to you in that email. You and your advisor will register for your courses together during your meeting.
5. Attend Rattler 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.
Rattler Orientation Tentative Schedule
|8 a.m.||Check-in (University Center, Second Floor)|
|8:45 a.m.||Making the Most of Your St. Mary’s Education|
|9:15 a.m.||First-Day Ready|
|9:45 a.m.||Student Health and Wellness|
|10:15 a.m.||Student Academic Success|
|10:45 a.m.||Advising 101|
|11:15 a.m.||Student and Family Small Groups Various Locations|
|Noon||Lunch (Diamondback Café)|
|12:45 p.m.||Campus Tour (University Center, Information Desk)|
|1:45 p.m.||Academics 101 (Various Locations)|
|3 p.m.||3 O’clock Prayer (Barrett Memorial Bell Tower) -optional|
|3 p.m.||Student Resource Fair and Check-Out (Cotrell Learning Commons)|
6. Participate in Zaragoza
From August 11 to 14, new Rattlers will participate in Zaragoza, a required series of on-campus and off-campus events that will showcase the campus, engage you with our community and help you prepare for the first day of class for the fall semester.
As a new student at St. Mary’s, you are expected to participate fully in the four-day experience. Plan for full days of fun and excitement as you form bonds that will last a lifetime during this experience. A schedule will be provided as we get closer to Rattler Orientation.
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.