Rattler Orientation

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.)

  • Rattler Orientation Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Tuesday, January 10

    Fall 2023

    • Friday, June 9
    • Monday, June 12
    • Friday, June 16
    • Friday, June 23
    • Thursday, August 10
  • 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

Rattler Orientation

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.

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

  • 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.

Please check your St. Mary’s email and for an email from “ACCUPLACER” for registration information for this test. The sooner your Accuplacer exam is completed, the sooner your academic adviser can connect with you about your first-semester schedule. You will receive a testing voucher and info on how to prepare and take the exam. The exam is able to be completed remotely and is of no direct cost to you.


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).

Freshmen

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.

Transfer

5. Attend Rattler Orientation

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.

Participants are asked to park in Lot T and Lot W for their scheduled Rattler Orientation day.

Rattler Orientation Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:30 a.m.Check-in
9:30 a.m.Welcome Session
9:45 a.m.Being First-Day Ready
10:45 a.m.Advising 101
11:40 a.m.Parent Lunch
11:40 a.m.Student Small Group Sessions
12:30 p.m.Student Lunch
12:30 p.m.Parent Small Group Sessions
1:30 p.m.Academics 101
3-5 p.m.Campus Resources Fair & Final Processes

Optional campus tours will be available at 8 a.m.

Schedule

6. Participate in Zaragoza

Rattler Orientation

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, 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 about Rattler Orientation, contact the Rattler Orientation Team at orientation@stmarytx.edu.

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

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