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Zaragoza: Undergraduate Student Orientation

Zaragoza groupsYour 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. Zaragoza is a two-day orientation program for freshmen at St. Mary’s University. Midyear Zaragoza is a one-day orientation for tranfser students and students who are taking classes St. Mary’s for the first time.

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Zaragoza Details

Midyear Zaragoza

The midyear Zaragoza session is a one-day session for students transferring to St. Mary’s, or taking classes for the first time at St. Mary’s for the spring 2019 semester. Midyear Zaragoza will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

View a PDF of the Midyear Zaragoza schedule.

Residence Hall Check-In

Z1 and Z2 Zaragoza Programs

To allow students to get the full Zaragoza experience, freshmen are required to stay on campus; the cost is included in the orientation fee. Our program for students runs until 11 p.m. the first night, and begins early the next morning, making it difficult for even local students to commute home and back during the two-day program. Whether you intend to be a residential or commuter student during the academic year, staying in the residence halls during Zaragoza offers students a chance to become familiar with campus and to begin forming a network of friends. Each student will share a double-occupancy room with another student attending orientation. Students will be able to check into the residence halls beginning at noon on Day One of your chosen session.

Parents and guests are welcome to stay on campus during Z1 or Z2. Accommodations are reserved as part of the online Zaragoza registration process. Guests can select single or double occupancy, and you will be in a separate building from the students.

Accommodations for all rooms include beds, pillows, towels and linens. You will need to provide your own toiletries. You may also want to bring a blanket, additional towel, alarm clock and phone charger. Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available.

Z3 Zaragoza Program

New students who will be living in the residence halls for the 2019-2020 academic year and are attending the Z3 program may check-into their assigned rooms on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate commuter students, parents or other guests with on-campus housing during the August Zaragoza session.

What to bring

Students should bring a photo ID, any transcripts, CLEP exam scores, AP exam scores, health records, etc., that have not already been submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission or the Student Health Center. You can turn in your important documents during the program.

Zaragoza Costs

The student orientation fee for Midyear Zaragoza is $160 and the fee for Summer Zaragoza is $200. The student orientation fee will be charged to the student’s account and will appear on the tuition bill for the semester of enrollment. The fee includes the student and up to two parents or guests. You do NOT pay the orientation fee at Zaragoza.

For additional guests, there will be a $30 charge for each guest who is 12 years old and older; $15 for guests between the ages of 4-11; and children 3 and under are free. Payment for additional guests will be collected at Zaragoza check-in.

Lunch and dinner on Day One, and breakfast and lunch on Day Two, will be provided for all registered participants.

Summer Zaragoza

Summer Zaragoza sessions are two full days. Zaragoza Days, an extended orientation program, is required of all freshmen.

Zaragoza I: June 10 and 11, 2019
Zaragoza II: June 13 and 14, 2019
Zaragoza III: Aug. 15 and 16, 2019
Zaragoza Days: Aug. 15 and 16, 2019 (freshmen only)

Guest Lodging

Hotel and Lodging Information

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, below are a few offering special rates for guests of St. Mary’s:

Marriott Properties (10 to 20 percent off): code 5M6
SpringHill Suites San Antonio Medical Center/Northwest
SpringHill Suites San Antonio Airport
Courtyard San Antonio SeaWorld/Lackland Air Force Base
SpringHill Suites San Antonio Medical Center/Six Flags

Hilton Properties (10 to 20 percent off): code STM
Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio Downtown-Riverwalk
Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio-Airport
Hampton Inn & Suites Selma-San Antonio-Randolph Air Force Base

For more lodging options, visit the City of San Antonio’s website.

Z1 and Z2 Zaragoza Guests

For parents and guests attending the Z1 or Z2 Zaragoza sessions, we have a limited number of rooms available. A single room costs $50 for one night or $90 for two nights. A double room costs $80 for one night or $145 for two nights.

Accommodations include: bed(s), pillows, blanket, bed linens, towels, hand towels and wash cloths. You will need to provide your own toiletries. You may also want to bring an additional blanket, personal towel, alarm clock and phone charger.

If you would like to stay on campus and have indicated this in your application, you will receive a lodging confirmation approximately one week prior to your arrival. Walk-ups will be accommodated only if space is available.

Note: Parents and guests will be housed separately from incoming new students. Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available.

Z3 Zaragoza Guests

On-campus accommodations are not available for commuter students, parents or other guests during Z3 because our residential students are moving onto campus at this time.

Please see information above for hotel and lodging info if you will be staying in San Antonio during Zaragoza.



Zaragoza Days (Extended Orientation)

Zaragoza Days is St. Mary’s extended orientation program that takes place each fall. This extension is required for all incoming freshmen.

Our extended orientation program continues your transition to life here at St. Mary’s with a series of classes, workshops, activities and events designed to immerse you into the community and prepare you for the start of the semester. It is also the first time the entire Class of 2023 will be together!

As you are preparing for your arrival to campus, don’t forget to pack:

  • Your “#FangsOut” T-shirt — you will need this for the class photo
  • Your StMU drawstring bag — you won’t need a full backpack, but you will need something to carry a few items
  • Something for taking notes — you will have several classes during Zaragoza Days
  • A smartphone, tablet or laptop — you may need to access the internet in some classes

Other Orientation Programs

Check-in for international students

International students are also required to attend International New Student Check-in. This check-in is mandatory for F-1 and J-1 Visa holders. Please bring all of your immigration documents, including your passport, I-20 (for F-1 students), DS-2019 (for J-1 students), SEVIS fee receipt, I-94 (small white card you will receive at the United States border), and any other documents you receive from U.S. immigration officials.

Fall International Students Check-in
University Center, Conference Room A

In addition to check-in, international students must attend orientation for their respective areas (undergraduate or graduate).

Orientation for graduate students

Attendance is expected for all new graduate students, with an online option available for distance students.

Register for graduate orientation

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.

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