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-part orientation program for freshmen at St. Mary’s University.
Welcome to St. Mary’s University!
We look forward to meeting you at your preliminary advising appointment in preparation for Zaragoza, the new student orientation program. At that time, you will be registered for the Fall 2016 semester. During Zaragoza, you will meet with your faculty academic adviser, finalize your schedule and complete the schedule confirmation process for the spring semester. To prepare for your preliminary advising appointment, complete the Transfer Student Advising To-do List.
Transfer Student Advising To-do List
Note: Students who do not schedule a preliminary advising appointment will meet with an academic adviser and register for the Fall 2016 semester during Zaragoza.
Your academic adviser will assume you completed the Transfer Student Advising To-do List before attending Zaragoza.
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 email@example.com to update your record.
Bring the following information to your preliminary advising appointment and to Zaragoza:
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
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room A
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.