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.
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. 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.
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
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.
(To learn how to view course schedule in Gateway, follow the Quick Guide.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to update your record.
Bring the following information to your preliminary advising appointment and to 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
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
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
Attendance is expected for all new graduate students, with an online option available for distance students.
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:
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.