Begin your transition into life at St. Mary’s.

Zaragoza is St. Mary’s University’s new student orientation program, where your transition into life at St. Mary’s begins! During Zaragoza, you and your family are introduced to the St. Mary’s campus community, our programs, other students and their families. Most importantly, Zaragoza welcomes you as one of us.

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  • Zaragoza

    (noun) St. Mary’s University’s new student orientation

  • First-time freshmen and transfer students, make sure you’re ready for Zaragoza.

  • First-Time Freshmen

    Enrolling in Fall 2021

    Defined as high school graduates who have not enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university*

    First-time freshmen are required to complete all modules of the Zaragoza online course and attend a one-day, in-person program in June or August. A required three-day program for entering freshmen will occur Aug. 14-16, 2021.

    *St. Mary’s defines students with dual-credit course work as first-time freshmen.

  • Transfer Students

    Enrolling in Fall 2021

    Defined as students currently or previously enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university**

    Transfer students will also complete a required online course, and attend a one-day, in-person program.

    **Transfer students with less than 30 credit hours, or students who are required to take additional placement tests, must attend one of the two-day sessions described under First-Time Freshmen.

  • Midyear Zaragoza

    Enrolling in Spring 2022

    This program is for new students who enroll for the Spring 2022 semester at St. Mary’s and will take place on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

    Please join us for a one-day interactive program that will provide you with helpful information and resources the day before classes begin.

  • Graduate Students

    Looking for Graduate Student Orientation?

    Graduate students in the Greehey School of Business, School of Science, Engineering and Technology, and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences must complete an online orientation course before classes begin. Refer to the Graduate Student Orientation page for more information.

Zaragoza, Spain

Why Zaragoza?

Zaragoza was a place of new beginning. It’s the town in Spain where Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary, took time to reflect on his life and was the birthplace of the Society we now know as the Marianists.

Blessed Chaminade’s experience in Zaragoza parallels the reflection and new direction you will experience as you begin your collegiate career at St. Mary’s University.

Our Zaragoza program welcomes students to the St. Mary’s community and prepares students to be members of our community by easing the transition for students and parents; instilling a sense of pride in being a St. Mary’s student; and providing an opportunity for you to interact with other students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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For more information, contact the Zaragoza Team at

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