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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 online experience Aug. 3-7. Check your email for more information.

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.


(noun) St. Mary’s University Orientation

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 for Students Enrolling for Fall 2020

First-Time Freshmen

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 program and attend in-person sessions in August. Required programs for entering freshmen will occur Aug. 8-10, 2020.

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

Transfer Students

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

Transfer students will also attend a required online course. In addition, transfer students may attend on-campus programming Aug. 6-7, 2020.

**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.

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.

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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