There’s never a dull moment on campus.

Student Life is committed to evening and weekend programming to enhance the campus vibrancy for all students. We provide on- and of-campus programs and events for all students for free or at reduced costs. Below is just a sample of our many annual signature events.

Welcome Weeks
The first two weeks of the academic year are filled with activities to welcome Rattlers back on campus, including an exotic petting zoo.

A student poses with a Marianist brother

Burgers with the Brothers
A St. Mary’s University tradition! Students and the Marianist Brothers get together to grill, catch up and play games in Rattler Yard.

A sorority poses during Rattler Roundup

Rattler Roundup
Each fall and spring, fraternities, sororities and organizations set up shop in the University Center courtyard to recruit new students to their groups.

A student and their family play a game at Casino Night

Family Weekend
Each fall, Rattlers welcome their families and loved ones to campus for a weekend for music, fun, community and the annual StMU 5K for the Neighborhood.

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Rattlerpalooza is an annual fall music festival that usually coincides with Family Weekend. Past acts have included Shelly Lares and Whosah.

A fan cheers on the Rattlers at Rattler Madness

Rattler Madness
In the fall, students and fans attend a tailgate and basketball or volleyball game to cheer on Rattler Athletics, compete in dance-offs and games.

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Midnight Breakfast
A favorite among Rattlers, Midnight Breakfast is a biannual event to help fuel students for finals. Students are treated to a free breakfast-for-dinner and door prizes and, in the fall semester, compete in an ugly Christmas sweater contest.

St. Mary's University Homecoming Court 2019

Homecoming Week
This spring tradition includes crowning of a king and queen, week-long events and Baby Bake — a private mini-Oyster Bake event for the campus community.

A student band is cheered on at Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands is an annual Homecoming tradition featuring students, faculty, staff and alumni bands competing for a spot at Oyster Bake.

Students participate in the golf cart parade during Homecoming

Golf Cart Parade
The Golf Cart Parade is an annual Homecoming competition between fraternities, sororities and student organization for the best-decorated cart.

Students pose with a Marianist brother at a photo booth

Father Chaminade’s Birthday
Each April, campus comes together to celebrate the birthday of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary.

Students crowd around a stage during Rattler Fest

Rattler Fest
Rattler Fest is an annual spring music festival that takes place the Thursday evening before Fiesta Oyster Bake. Past acts have included Dzeko.

Students are excited to pet a therapy dog

Therapy Dog Visits
Each semester, therapy dogs pay a visit to campus to ease students’ stress of midterms and finals and, of course, to receive cuddles and pets.

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Trivia Nights
Students flock to The Pub at St. Mary’s for weekly and bi-weekly trivia nights for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.

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Movie Nights
Students hit up their favorite spots around campus, including the pool on hot days, for this monthly tradition in the fall and spring semesters.

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