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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed some aspects of the St. Mary’s University admission process, but rest assured that the Office of Admission is dedicated to making your transition to college as smooth as possible. We’re eager to answer any questions you have about your application.

You can contact our Admission team at 210-436-3126 during normal business hours, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST or by email at Find and connect with your designated Admission Counselor:


No, there will be no delays in processing your application file. Our team continues to process documents as they are received. Once your application file is complete with all required documents, you can expect to receive an admission decision within two to three weeks. 

Will my application be delayed?

Yes, our team continues to process documents during our regular business hours.

Will documents continue to be processed?

To help expedite the submission of required documents, please email PDF attachments to the Office of Admission at

Unofficial transcripts will suffice for the review of your application.

For test score submissions, you may email a PDF copy of your test score report from either College Board (SAT) or ACT.

How can I submit required documents?

In an effort to support prospective students affected by the cancellation of ACT and SAT testing as a result of COVID-19, St. Mary’s has made the SAT and ACT test score requirement optional for the Fall 2020 semester for incoming, first-time freshmen.

Students who wish to have their application reviewed as test-optional should submit a résumé and personal statement/essay to be considered.

Supporting documents can be emailed in a PDF format to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at

We strongly encourage first-time freshman applicants to submit any outstanding test scores they may not have already submitted. For test score submissions, you may email a PDF copy of your test score report from either College Board (SAT) or ACT.

My ACT/SAT test was canceled, what do I do?

Yes, our team will review any new documents that you supplied for the re-evaluation of your application.

For questions regarding the re-evaluation process, contact your designated Admission Counselor.

Will my file still be re-evaluated?

No, students interested in applying beyond our priority deadline will still be considered for admission for a Fall 2020 semester start. Learn more about applying to St. Mary’s University.

It is too late to apply for Fall 2020?

Yes, our team is committed to continue providing a personalized service to our students and families through video or phone calls.

Find your designated Admission Counselor and schedule a one-on-one meeting with him or her. Explore the various virtual visit options we offer for prospective students and families.

Can I schedule a virtual appointment?


Yes, there is still time to apply for on-campus housing. Visit your Gateway portal and locate the New Undergraduate tab to begin the housing application process. Please note, there is a $50 non-refundable housing application fee.

Can I still apply for on-campus housing?

Housing assignments will be released in mid-July. Please note, all accommodations and room assignments will be in accordance with all safety and health recommendations.

When will housing assignments be released?

Residence halls will not be filled to maximum capacity. Appropriate COVID-19 contact tracing, testing, quarantine and isolation protocols will be enacted to minimize the potential for exposure to the virus, as well as enhanced cleaning of all spaces.

Out-of-town students will have priority for on-campus housing, but our goal is to accommodate everyone.

For those of you who have already completed a housing application, there is nothing you need to do now. If you have not signed up to live on campus for the fall, there is still time. Make sure you connect with your admission counselor to help submit your enrollment deposit to begin housing application process, if you have not already done so.

How will living on-campus look like this fall?

Zaragoza (Summer Orientation)

In an effort to plan for the safety of our students, guests, faculty and staff, St. Mary’s University has made the decision to offer a fully online, virtual Zaragoza orientation experience.

Please know, we are looking forward to seeing you in-person on campus for Zaragoza Days in early August. Learn more about our Zaragoza orientation.

Will summer orientation still take place?

After submitting your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email invitation to the email address listed on your admission application to register for orientation.

How can I register for summer orientation?

Campus Visits

Out of an abundance of caution due to concerns regarding coronavirus, the Office of Admission has decided to temporarily postpone on-campus visits. We encourage prospective students and their families to join us for one of our daily Live Virtual Guided Tours where prospective students will have the chance to virtually walk around campus and get all of their questions answered by one of our student Diamondback Tour Guides.

Are campus visits available?

Yes, we offer a variety of ways for you and your family to visit the St. Mary’s campus virtually. Explore your virtual visit options or register for an upcoming information session.

Can I visit virtually?

Fall 2020 Plans

First-time freshmen: After submitting your enrollment deposit, first-time freshmen will receive an email to complete an Advising Questionnaire. This questionnaire will help our Academic Advising team build your fall course schedule. Note, the email invitation to complete the questionnaire will be sent to the email address listed on the student’s admission application.

Transfer students: After submitting your enrollment deposit, transfer students need to register for Zaragoza (online summer orientation) program. Once transfer students have registered and completed the first two phases of the online Zaragoza modules, a member of our Academic Advising team will reach out to set an advising appointment to help transfer students register for fall courses.

How do I register for classes?

Yes, we are adjusting the fall schedule to begin and end earlier to allow for the best possibility of an uninterrupted semester.

Undergraduate and graduate classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, and end before Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 20. The last day of final exams will be Wednesday, Nov. 25.

There will be no fall semester break to minimize travel and provide extra class time. View the updated Academic Calendar for Fall 2020.

Will the schedule be different?

This fall, St. Mary’s is deploying a dynamic approach for classes using a variety of teaching and learning styles that are adaptable and optimal for maximizing student flexibility. Whether courses are held in-person or online will be handled on a case-by-case basis to ensure safety and an active and community-centered learning environment.

How will courses be offered?

Yes, student services will be available in person and remotely. We are developing plans for engaging students in cocurricular activities using new and innovative approaches while following social distancing guidelines. Large gatherings for events and activities will be modified or suspended during the fall semester.

Will student services still be available?
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