Rattler Roadmap

Keeping You On Track

The Rattler Roadmap is a resource for you and your family to use as you start your college journey with St. Mary’s University. The events you attend and the connections you make will help you get answers to your questions and discover how to make the most of your St. Mary’s experience. Now what’s next?

  • Already admitted?

    We are excited to welcome you to our community!

    Are you a Fall 2024 admitted student? See steps below.

  • Awaiting your admission decision?

    Check your admission status. If you submitted your application through Apply Texas or Coalition, please create a St. Mary’s account to view your application status.

  • Still need to apply?

    We’re looking forward to receiving your application and learning more about you and your interests. Learn more about our admissions process and contact us with any questions.


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Congratulations, You’re In!


Welcome to the St. Mary’s community, Rattler! Take these next steps to ensure you’re on the right track.

Step 1

Visit and Join the Conversation

St. Mary’s is excited to host events for our admitted students to celebrate and welcome our newest Rattlers. We encourage you to attend these events to help you make connections with the St. Mary’s community. 

Find St. Mary’s on ZeeMee, an app where you can begin to connect with your future classmates!

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

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    Sleeping Bag Weekend

    Current high school seniors admitted to St. Mary’s University are invited to stay in one of our residence halls and be paired with a roommate, engage with current Rattlers, and observe and participate in a St. Mary’s class.


Step 2

Consider Costs and Funding

As you and your family explore how to finance your education, the Office of Financial Assistance partners with you to understand the process and how to demystify the various funding options available to you based on your family’s unique circumstances.

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA), or student budget, is the average cost to attend St. Mary’s for one academic year (fall and spring). The COA includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and other personal expenses.

Please note that the COA includes estimated amounts for indirect costs (like transportation and personal expenses). Your St. Mary’s University bill will include only direct costs.

Cost of Attendance

There are many different types of financial assistance available to students. The most common categories of aid are merit-based sources (such as academic or fine arts scholarships) and need-based sources (such as federal, state or institutional grant and loan programs).

If you have been awarded one of our general academic scholarships, it is detailed in your offer of admission to St. Mary’s.

Please note that St. Mary’s University reserves the right to replace your scholarship with other financial aid sources of the same amount. If you are eligible for more than one academic scholarship, only the scholarship of the highest value will be awarded.

Scholarships

We automatically consider you for a merit scholarship when you are admitted. If you want to be considered for federal, state and institutional grants, submit your 2024-2025 FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov.

Complete your FAFSA

Step 3

Complete Enrollment Confirmation, Submit your Enrollment Deposit and Apply for On-Campus Housing

You’re ready to become a St. Mary’s University Rattler. Great! To officially accept your offer of admission and reserve your seat at St. Mary’s, you need to complete the Enrollment Confirmation Process (ECP).

The Enrollment Confirmation Process is completed by submitting the Enrollment Confirmation form and the $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit.

  1. Enter your St. Mary’s username and password.
  2. Click the New Undergraduates button.
  3. Scroll down to the Enrollment Confirmation Process block and click Start your enrollment confirmation process. Sign in with your St. Mary’s username.
  4. Read the instructions carefully. Complete all sections of the Enrollment Confirmation form.
  5. Submit the $200 nonrefundable enrollment deposit and the $100 housing fee, if applicable.

If you are having trouble accessing Gateway and the Enrollment Confirmation form, please contact the Office of Admission directly at 210-436-3126. 

Step-by-step Guide to complete ECP

Fall 2024 Residents

Your housing application for the 2024-2025 academic year is available under the New Undergraduate section in Gateway. If you are planning to or are required to live on campus, you must complete the housing application and submit your $100 housing application fee, in addition to the $200 enrollment deposit in the Enrollment Confirmation Process through Gateway.

Move-in dates for Fall 2024

Wednesday, Aug. 14
For new students attending the Rattler Ready program in August

Thursday, Aug. 15
For new students who attended the Rattler Ready program in June or July

Move-in times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 7 to 10 p.m.

Apply for on-campus housing

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.


Step 4

Register for Rattler Ready! And Zaragoza

Rattler Ready! is the St. Mary’s University new undergraduate student orientation and your first event as an official member of St. Mary’s. Attending Rattler Ready! is required for all new undergraduate students (first-year and transfer). Space for each date is first-come, first-served. Complete your registration as soon as possible to provide the needed information for Academic Advisers to start working on your class schedule.

Zaragoza is a required program for first-year students that takes place before the school year starts to help you meet your future classmates, help your transition to St. Mary’s, and learn about campus life.

Registration for Rattler Ready! and Zaragoza will be available beginning Friday, March 1.


Step 5

Upload your Rattler ID Photo

Follow the instructions available through Gateway in your New Undergraduate tab to submit a photo to be used on your Rattler ID card. Rattler ID cards are $10 and will be distributed at Rattler Orientation. No cash is needed; the associated cost will be applied to your student account.


Step 6

Register for Classes

As a new student, your academic advisers will register you for your first semester of classes. The Office of Academic Advising will reach out to you via your St. Mary’s University email regarding registration.

  • 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.
Math Placement/Testing Requirement
  • Advisers will register you for classes before your advising appointment.
  • Advisers will contact students to schedule advising appointments.
  • Students will review their final class schedule with their adviser during the advising appointment.
First-Time Freshmen (including those with Dual Credit)
  • Advisers will reach out to schedule advising appointments.
  • Review of transcripts and Accuplacer scores (if no math transfer credits) is required for advising/registration.
  • Your adviser will register you for classes during the advising appointment.
New Transfer Students

For more information, visit the Academic Advising webpage.


Step 7

Submit Additional Forms

Fall 2024 students are required to submit the following forms and documents by July 1, 2024:

  • Final high school transcript (indicating date of high school graduation)
  • College or community college transcript(s) for consideration of dual credit by Registrar’s Office
  • AP, IB or CLEP score reports submitted directly to St. Mary’s from the testing service.
Transcripts
  • Turn in Immunization Records to the Student Health Center:
    • Meningitis vaccine required for students under the age of 22
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirement of International Students
  • For more information about turning in your immunization records and screenings, visit the Student Health Center website.
  • Review health insurance auto-enroll information, waiver forms, and eligibility at the Student Health Center website.
Health requirements

St. Mary’s University is not currently requiring a COVID-19 vaccination, but for those who would like more information on where to get the vaccine in San Antonio, visit the City of San Antonio’s COVID-19 site.


Step 8

Make a Plan for Paying Your Bill

Students may choose to pay their bill in full by the first day of class or set up an interest-free payment plan each semester to pay the balance of their bill. After the first day of classes, students with a balance who have not selected a plan will have a hold placed on their account.  All students with a balance who have not enrolled for a payment plan after the 100% tuition refund will be auto-enrolled in the A5 Payment Plan. There is a $35 fee for the setup of the payment plan each semester.

For more information, review the Payment Policy and payment plan dates.


Step 9

Finalize Financial Aid

You can view your financial aid and any missing requirements in your Gateway student portal.  Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Gateway and sign in with your St. Mary’s University username and password.
  2. In the sidebar menu, click Students and then Financial Aid. This will launch the Gateway self-service area.
  3. Click Requirements, then Financial Assistance Requirements.
  4. Select the 2024-2025 Aid Year.

All students should review their financial aid award in Gateway. Watch the video below to see how to view and accept your award.

For more information, visit the Applying for Aid webpage.


Step 10

Complete New Student Tasks

If you haven’t yet, start checking your St. Mary’s University student email daily. This is where you will receive all future University correspondence. Please be attentive to your email to include your junk/spam folder.  

If you have difficulty accessing your inbox, contact the Technical Support Center at 210-431-4357 or tsc@stmarytx.edu

1. Complete the Clifton Strengths Assessment  

St. Mary’s University is a strengths-based campus. During your time at St. Mary’s you will have the opportunity to learn more about your top five Clifton Strengths and how you can use and enhance your personal strengths during your time at St. Mary’s and beyond.  

Step 1: Register 
  • Go to stmarytx.gallup.com and click New Account below the Register heading on the login page. Make sure to use your St. Mary’s (@mail.stmarytx.edu) email when registering.  
  • Once you finish filling out the form, you will receive an email confirming completion. Click the link in the email message to complete your registration.  
Step 2: Sign In  
Step 3: Take the Assessment  
  • The assessment will take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. We advise that you find a quiet place and don’t think too long about your answers, as the questions will disappear shortly. 
  • Once you have completed the assessment, write down or take a screenshot of your results.

2. Complete U Got This! 

St. Mary’s University is committed to the health and well-being of our students. St. Mary’s Student Health and Wellness Programs’ mission is to enable you to develop mindful and respectful habits while becoming engaged Rattlers. U Got This! contains content and language that explores sexual and interpersonal violence in our culture. Under the federal Violence Against Women Act, this training is mandatory for all incoming St. Mary’s University undergraduate students. The training consists of three modules that take about an hour to complete.  

Students who do not complete the training by the provided deadline will have a hold placed on their student account, preventing registration for classes and transcript requests.  

Be on the lookout for the training link from wellness@stmarytx.edu that will be sent to you in late July. If you have questions, contact Elisa Garza, Wellness Coordinator, at egarza82@stmarytx.edu.  

3. Complete Active Shooter Preparedness Training

New students are asked to watch this 6-minute safety video to help them be prepared for an emergency situation regarding an active shooter.

To-Do List

Step 11

See Yourself as a Rattler and Get Involved

Once you arrive at St. Mary’s University, we hope you will get involved on campus and make your mark in the St. Mary’s community. We are home to a dedicated and vibrant student body. We invite you to connect with the many student organizations as you discover new passions and interests.

Exciting things are happening around every corner at St. Mary’s. Take a look and picture yourself here.

  • Connect with us on social media!

    Connect with St. Mary’s departments, schools and teams on your favorite social media channels as we share important information and the student experience to welcome the newest Rattlers to our community. 

    Office of Admission

    St. Mary’s University

  • Questions?

    For any questions you or your family may have, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support you.


    Office of Admission
    Chaminade Tower
    Text us: 210-526-0796
    Call us: 210-436-3126
    uadm@stmarytx.edu

    Office of Financial Assistance
    St. Louis Hall, Room 301
    210-436-3141
    finaid@stmarytx.edu

    Office of New Student and Family Initiatives
    University Center, Second Floor
    210-431-8066
    orientation@stmarytx.edu

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