Zaragoza (Orientation)

St. Mary’s New Student Orientation

Your transition into life at St. Mary’s University begins at Zaragoza! During Zaragoza, you and your family are introduced to the St. Mary’s campus community, our programs, other students and their families. Most importantly, Zaragoza welcomes you as one of us.

For students enrolling at St. Mary’s University for the spring 2016 semester:

Zaragoza is on Monday, January 11, 2016. Click here for the full schedule.

For students enrolling at St. Mary’s University for the fall 2016 semester:

Zaragoza is a two-part orientation program for freshmen at St. Mary’s University. (Transfer students do not attend Rattler Days.) Full schedule will be available in March.

Zaragoza sessions (select one) Rattler Days – for freshmen only
·         Zaragoza I: June 13-14 August 12 (begins at 5 p.m.) – 15
·         Zaragoza II: June 16-17
·         Zaragoza III: August 11-12


During Zaragoza you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet other new students
  • Meet Zaragoza Leaders (ZLs) who will guide you through the Zaragoza program
  • Meet with an academic adviser in your discipline and confirm your class registration
  • Learn about the University’s academic expectations and performance policies
  • Learn more about our Marianist charism and service learning mission of the institution
  • Learn how to access the University’s services and resources
  • Learn about important campus traditions and ways to get involved in campus life.

As you can see, Zaragoza is packed with information and opportunities for you! To plan for your time on campus, we encourage you to review the schedule in advance of your arrival.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.

Contact Us:

Zaragoza Orientation

Student Activities and Transition Programs
University Center, Second Floor
Fax: 210-436-3422