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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.

Zaragoza Programs

Session Date(s) Registration Deadline
Midyear Zaragoza Jan. 8, 2019 Jan. 7, 2019
Zaragoza I June 10 and 11, 2019 June 8, 2019
Zaragoza II June 13 and 14, 2019 June 11, 2019
Zaragoza III Aug. 15 and 16, 2019 Aug. 14, 2019
Zaragoza Days (freshmen only) Aug. 15 and 16, 2019

How to Register for Zaragoza

Once you have been officially accepted to St. Mary’s University and have paid your enrollment deposit in Gateway, you will receive a notification to your St. Mary’s University email account when you are able to register for Zaragoza. This will typically occur within 48 hours of submitting your deposit payment.


Orientation Registration Fee

There is a one-time Zaragoza student registration fee that will be billed to the student’s account along with tuition charges. The fee is not paid at Zaragoza. The registration fee is $200.


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 glopez@stmarytx.edu 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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