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.
We want to make your transition to college as smooth as possible.
Here is how we’re helping the future Class of 2024.
- The Rattler Hometown Advantage grant provides an additional $2,000 per academic year to students residing in Bexar County. See if you’re eligible.
- SAT and ACT are optional for those applying to undergraduate programs.
- Incoming undergraduate students can start with a Summer 2020 course with a 50% tuition grant. Learn more about this opportunity.
- The Office of Admission has gone digital. Sign up for a virtual information session, video chat or phone call with an Admission Counselor, and take our Virtual Tour too. Explore virtual campus visit options.
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?
At St. Mary’s University, students can submit one of three applications online, free of charge.
- St. Mary’s University Online Application
- Coalition App
Required materials to complete an application to St. Mary’s University:
- Application for admission
- Official high school transcript(s)
- Official SAT or ACT standardized test scores
- Application essay
- Additional writing samples
- Letter(s) of recommendation
- School counselor reports
- Student resume and activity listing
The Office of Admission accepts applications on a rolling basis for each term. The application for 2021-2022 academic year will be available July 1.
- July 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
Test-Optional Admission for the Class of 2024
In light of the complications for standardized testing as a result of COVID-19, St. Mary’s University has implemented a test-optional admission policy for entering first-time freshmen joining St. Mary’s University this fall.
If you were planning to retest or sit for the ACT or SAT for the first time this spring, we are allowing students to submit their application to the St. Mary’s Class of 2024 without standardized test scores.
Instead of test scores, applicants should submit a résumé and a personal statement. Applicants who have completed all application requirements will be considered for admission through a holistic review. Students who apply as test-optional applicants are still eligible for academic merit scholarship consideration.
If you are interested in our test-optional application process, connect with your admission counselor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants to the St. Mary’s Class of 2024 who have not begun their application to the University will be considered a test-optional applicant. If you are a first-time freshman and have a current application on file without an admission decision, contact your admission counselor.
If you have already been admitted to the Class of 2024, you will not need to be re-evaluated through the test-optional review process.
Instead of test scores, prospective students should submit a résumé and a personal statement that describes what drives you, what drew you to your preferred major, and your personal and professional goals.
ACT or SAT test scores are not required for students interested in transferring to St. Mary’s University with 30 or more credit hours. If you are interested in transferring to St. Mary’s University and have not completed 30 credit hours, please contact your admission counselor for assistance.
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
To complete your application, we need to take a look at your official SAT or ACT score reports.
PRO TIP: Submit all SAT and/or ACT results; we will use the best sub-scores across all test dates to determine your best superscore.
St. Mary’s University School Codes:
- ACT Code: 4158
- SAT Code: 6637
Please note that St. Mary’s University does not superscore across different test types. We will not mix and match the Redesigned SAT with the SAT (CR+M) from the former version of the SAT to generate a new superscore across test types.
4. Submit Official Score Reports
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?
5. 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 teach and have them submit it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the address below.