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All undergraduate students who are new to St. Mary’s University – freshmen, transfers and undergraduate international students – are required to attend a Zaragoza program.

In order for us to offer you the best level of service including preparation of your course registration materials, you are required to sign up in advance of the program you wish to attend by the deadlines listed below. Space for each session is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Available sessions are as follows:

Zaragoza Orientation Sessions
Session Registration deadline
Midyear Zaragoza: Jan. 9, 2018  Jan. 8, 2018
Z1: June 11 and 12, 2018 June 9, 2018
Z2: June 14 and 15, 2018 June 12, 2018
Z3: August 9 and 10, 2018 Aug. 7, 2018

Are you a transfer student?

If you meet the following criteria, you have the option to start your Zaragoza experience on Day Two (beginning at 7 a.m.) of the session of your choice:

  • transferring in at least 30 accepted course credit hours; and
  • completed all prerequisites from the Advising Office; and
  • will not need a math placement test

All other transfer students must attend the full Zaragoza program.

How to register for Zaragoza

Once you have been officially accepted to St. Mary’s University and have paid your enrollment deposit, log into Gateway to register yourself and your guests. Once in Gateway, click on the New Undergraduate tab on the top navigation bar.

Orientation registration fee

There is a one-time Zaragoza student registration fee of $160 that will be billed to the student’s account along with tuition charges. The fee is not paid at Zaragoza.

Placement testing

The math placement test is required for the following students entering St. Mary’s University:

  • Transfer Students without transferable college-level math credits.
  • Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT exam (this includes most international students).
  • Students who received an SAT Math score of 550 or better (520 or better if taken prior to fall 2016), or 22 or better ACT Math score, and plan to pursue a degree within the School of Science, Engineering and Technology.*

*School of Science, Engineering and Technology majors include Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Science/Application Systems, Computer Information Systems, Environmental Science, Forensic Science-Biology, Forensic Science-Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and all Engineering majors.


Getting ready for the NextGeneration Accuplacer Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Placement Test. Students who need to complete a math placement exam will sit for the NextGeneration Accuplacer Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Placement Test during their designated orientation session.
Students interested in reviewing sample questions in advance of the placement test may consult the following resources:

For more information or questions about the math test, please contact Graciela Lopez-Fuentes, Director of Academic Advising, at or 210-436-3736.

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.

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