• Zaragoza, our orientation program for new undergraduate students at St. Mary’s University, is moving online for Summer 2020 due to COVID-19. While we will miss seeing you in person, we have put together an online course for this summer that will be followed by an experience Aug. 3-7. Check your email for more information.

Online Zaragoza Schedule

This year’s Zaragoza New Student Orientation begins with an online course via Canvas, the University’s learning management system. The course is split into four phases over June and July 2020.

Phase 1

Once a student has deposited and registered for Zaragoza, they will receive an email in their St. Mary’s University inbox with an invitation to join the Zaragoza course in Canvas. Students will be welcomed to the University with an overview of St. Mary’s University’s mission and Marianist heritage and a detailed explanation of the Zaragoza 2020 process. Students will go through a checklist on how to submit the pre-advising questionnaire, health records and accessibility needs, as well as instructions on how to navigate and use Canvas.

Phase 2

Students will complete required modules prior to scheduling an advising appointment.

Phase 3

Once all required modules are completed in Phase 2, students will meet individually with their Academic Advisers to adjust and finalize Fall 2020 schedules. Remember to check your St. Mary’s inbox for instructions on setting up your appointment.

Phase 4

After scheduling an appointment with their Academic Advisers, students will return to the Canvas course to complete remaining online modules to prepare for attending St. Mary’s University in the fall. The modules must be completed by Friday, July 31.

On-Campus Zaragoza Programs in August
All new residential students (freshmen and transfers) will receive housing assignments on July 15.  That email will include information regarding move-in times, details on the move-in process, and expectations, and a designated time slot for your on-campus Zaragoza experience.  All new commuter students will receive a separate email with available times for their Zaragoza experience. 


Zaragoza Days

The final portion of Zaragoza for entering freshmen is Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. Important sessions will be livestreamed so you may attend from your residence hall or your home.


Online Parent Programs

We have created a special online course for parents that will be available beginning Wednesday, July 15. This course is available in English and Spanish. We will email the login information using our list of parent email addresses. If you do not receive the login information, please contact the Zaragoza team at zaragoza@stmarytx.edu with your name and student’s name included in the body of the message.

Academics 101 Session

During Zaragoza, we want students and their parents to have an opportunity to hear from their respective dean and department chairs. Each school or College will notify their students of the dates and times for their interactive session, which will include a Q&A.

The Art of College Parenting

The highlight of parent orientation is this session, led by a national speaker. We will livestream the session at noon (CST) and 6 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Aug. 7. Please check back for details on how to register for the session.


Questions? Contact the Zaragoza team at zaragoza@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3473.

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