Orientation

Welcome to St. Mary’s University! As a new student, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the many questions you have about the University and your academic future. No matter if you are a freshman, transfer, international or graduate students, we have orientation programs to smooth the transition.

New student orientations


Undergraduate students: Zaragoza program

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 transer students and students who are taking classes St. Mary’s for the first time.

Register for Zaragoza


  • Advising for Transfer Students

    Welcome to St. Mary’s University!

    Once you complete the Enrollment Confirmation Process in Gateway, you can sign up for your preliminary advising appointment.  At that time, you will be registered for the spring 2017 semester.

    To prepare for your preliminary advising appointment, complete the Transfer Student Advising To-do List below.

    Transfer Student Advising To-do List

    • Become familiar with your major’s degree requirements. Print and review degree plan for major (or major of interest, if undeclared.)
    • Determine what credits have transferred to St. Mary’s. Review your GPS Worksheet (degree audit).
      To access GPS, Log in to Gateway.  Click on MY EDUCATION found in Academics and click on STEP 1 under ENROLLMENT ESSENTIALS.  (To learn how to read your GPS degree audit, view GPS video).

    Bring a pdf copy of your GPS Worksheet to the preliminary advising appointment. If some of your transfer work does not appear in your GPS worksheet (degree audit), please bring an official or unofficial transcript with you.

    • Review the spring 2017 Course Schedule in Gateway.

    (To learn how to view course schedule in Gateway, follow the Quick Guide.)

    • Learn about the registration process. During your advising appointment at Zaragoza, you will receive a registration pin that is required for online registration and schedule changes. To become familiar with online registration, view the Online Course Registration Video. For your convenience a Quick Guide to register is also available.

    Once you complete the Enrollment Confirmation Process, the Office of Academic Advising will contact you via email in order to schedule your preliminary advising appointment.

    Students who do not schedule a preliminary advising appointment will meet with an academic adviser and register for the spring 2017 semester during Zaragoza on Jan. 17. Your academic adviser will assume you completed the Transfer Student Advising To-do List before attending Zaragoza.

    Note: Your academic adviser will be assigned to you during Zaragoza check-in. Because your adviser assignment is based on your major, please ensure your GPS worksheet has the correct major information. If the major listed is incorrect, please contact the Admission Office at uadm@stmarytx.edu to update your record.

    Bring the following information to your preliminary advising appointment and to Zaragoza:

    • Updated official transcripts, if applicable (Unofficial transcript, if currently enrolled in courses)
    • PDF copy of your GPS Advising Worksheet (degree audit)
    • Degree Plan for major (or major of interest)
    • Completed Schedule Planning Worksheet.



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 2017 semester.

Midyear Zaragoza: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

View Midyear Zaragoza Schedule


Summer Zaragoza

Summer Zaragoza sessions are two full days. Zaragoza Days follow the final session as an extendend orientation required of all freshmen.

Zaragoza I: June 12-13, 2017
Zaragoza II: June 15-16, 2017
Zaragoza III: Aug. 10-11, 2017

View Summer Zaragoza schedules

Zaragoza Days

(freshmen only)
Aug. 11-14

Zaragoza Days

Other orientation programs

Orientation for international students

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

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
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
2 to 5 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room B

Orientation for graduate students

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

Register for graduate orientation

Zaragoza Days (Extended Orientation)

Zaragoza Days is StMU’s extended student orientation program that is required for all incoming freshmen. The program begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 and continues through Monday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m.

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 2020 will be together!

As a reminder, move-in day for all freshmen is Aug. 12, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those freshmen attending the Zaragoza program on Aug. 11-12, your move-in day is Aug. 10.

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

  • Your Class of 2020 T-shirt — you will need this for the class photo
  • Your StMU water bottle — it gets hot here in August!
  • Your StMU drawstring bag – you won’t need a full backpack, but you will need something to carry a few items
  • Something for note-taking — you will have several classes during Zaragoza Days
  • A smart phone, tablet or laptop — you may need to access the internet in some classes

Get details on Zaragoza Days

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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