As a Catholic and Marianist university, we create opportunities for you to engage deeply in academics and faith. You become part of a family dedicated to excellence, the discovery of truth and a deeply rooted belief in supporting the common good.

As you explore St. Mary’s University, take a moment to imagine who you can become and what you will discover as a St. Mary’s Rattler.

St. Mary's students in front of St. Louis Hall.

We want to make your transition to college as smooth as possible.

Here is how we’re helping.

  • The Office of Admission has adopted a “test-free” policy when reviewing first-year applicants to the university beginning with students applying for Fall 2022. Standardized test scores (SAT and ACT) are not considered for admission to undergraduate programs or in scholarship awarding.
  • Additionally, standardized test scores will not be required or considered for admission into St. Mary’s University Special Programs

Your Journey

Your application to St. Mary’s University marks an important milestone on your college search and your journey to become a St. Mary’s Rattler.

Our hope is that you view the college admission process as a journey – one of self-reflection and discovery.

As you prepare for your journey, ask yourself:

  • What do I want to achieve?
  • Does this college provide opportunities to explore the world, give back to my community and be engaged?
  • Will I get to engage in undergraduate research to explore my own ideas?
  • Admission Application

    At St. Mary’s University, students can submit one of three applications online, free of charge.

    • St. Mary’s University Online Application
    • ApplyTexas
    • Coalition App
  • Important Dates

    The Office of Admission accepts applications on a rolling basis for each term. The application for 2021-2022 academic year is now available.

    • August 1 – Application available online
    • Oct. 1 – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online
    • Oct. 15 – Preferred FAFSA submission date for new students
    • Dec. 15 – Priority application deadline for admission and general merit scholarships
    • March 1 – FAFSA submission deadline
    • May 1 – Preferred enrollment deposit deadline
    • June – Summer Zaragoza (new student orientation) sessions begin
    • August – Classes begin
    Important Dates for Fall Enrollment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required instead of test scores?

Aside from the admissions application, only an in-progress high school transcript is required when applying. While the following documents are not required, we will accept them for your admissions file.  

  • Essay, personal statement, or writing sample 
  • One (1) letter of recommendation 
  • Resume 

If you feel that one or multiple of the  non-required documents helps providing a better understanding of who you are as a student and person, we encourage you to submit them along with your application and transcript.

Are transfer students eligible to apply test-free?

Yes. Transfer applicants with 30 or more college credit hours earned are not required to submit standardized test-scores. Transfer students with less than 30 college credit hours earned will need to submit their high school transcript along with college transcripts, but standardized test scores will not be accepted or used in the admission evaluation.

How to Apply

We’ve prepared a step-by-step walkthrough of the St. Mary’s University application process.

The online St. Mary’s University application is easy to use and provides the quickest way to get your information to the Office of Admission.

Once you submit the St. Mary’s University Application, you will have access to our application portal where you can track the progress of your application and receive notifications about important next steps.

St. Mary’s University accepts ApplyTexas, the Coalition App and our own application for admission. ApplyTexas and the Coalition App allow you to use an existing application and submit it to St. Mary’s University, free of charge.

Students who submit their application to St. Mary’s using ApplyTexas or the Coalition App will receive instructions on how to establish their portal account once their application is received by St. Mary’s.

1. Pick the right application

You’ve identified the application that is the best for you and you have all of your personal, demographic and educational information at hand. You’re ready to begin.

PRO TIP: Don’t forget to have a counselor, parent, guardian or friend review your application for errors and typos before you hit submit.

If you have already started (or submitted) an ApplyTexas application or a MyCoalition application to another institution, simply add St. Mary’s University as one of your target schools and hit submit.

Please note that St. Mary’s University does not have a preference on which undergraduate application students submit. Students who apply via the ApplyTexas, Coalition App or the online St. Mary’s University Application are equally competitive for admission and academic merit scholarships.

2. Complete your application

We need your help to get your official high school transcript. You will need to submit your high school’s form to allow them to send an official transcript to St. Mary’s University.

Most of the transcripts are submitted to the Office of Admission quickly, but check in with your college counselor or guidance counselor to make sure there are not any delays.

Once your transcript is received by the Office of Admission, you will be able to see that this required document has been submitted in the St. Mary’s University application portal.

3. Request Transcripts

Take a moment and share with us what isn’t reflected in your application, transcripts and through your test scores. We want to get to know you.

What drives you? What do you want to accomplish? Who are you? And, who do you want to be?

4. Write an essay

As we review your application for admission, we enjoy hearing from those who know you well. Request a recommendation from a counselor or teacher and have them submit it to us at or to the address below.

5. Request a recommendation

St. Mary's students enjoy class.

Contact Us

The Office of Admission
Chaminade Tower
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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