Are you Rattler Ready?

First-year Rattlers are required to attend the St. Mary’s University orientation program.

Registration for Rattler Ready! and Zaragoza opens Friday, March 1.

Make sure you’re Rattler Ready! for orientation at St. Mary’s.

Congratulations on joining the St. Mary’s University family! We are excited you are St. Mary’s bound. Whether you are coming to St. Mary’s as a first-year student or a transfer student, Rattler Ready! and Zaragoza will help you with your transition to St. Mary’s University.

Rattler Ready!

Rattler Ready! is the St. Mary’s University new undergraduate student orientation for first-year and transfer students. Several sessions are offered throughout the summer.

Monday, June 17
Friday, June 21
Friday, July 19
Thursday, Aug. 15


Zaragoza is a required program for all first-year students that takes place in the days before school starts to help you meet your future classmates and transition to St. Mary’s, and learn about campus life.

Aug. 16-19

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.

Next Steps: Rattler Ready!

Step 1

Complete your Enrollment Confirmation Process

Before you can register for Rattler Ready!, be sure you have completed your Enrollment Confirmation Process and paid your $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit. It can take up to two business days for your deposit to be processed and Rattler Ready! registration to become available to you.

If you have not completed this step, visit the Rattler Roadmap for instructions on how to do so. The Rattler Roadmap also has more steps to complete after you’ve registered for Rattler Ready!, so don’t forget to return to it to finish your next steps.

Step 2

Register for Rattler Ready!

All new freshmen and transfers are required to attend Rattler Ready! prior to the beginning at St. Mary’s for the fall or spring semester. Space at each session may be limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We highly recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure your session best fits with your personal schedule.

Two guests are welcome to attend Rattler Ready! with their students, but please note the students do separate from the guests during the program. There will be parent-centered activities to participate in as well.

Registration will open Friday, March 1.

Step 3

Review the schedule for Rattler Ready!

Tentative Rattler Ready! schedule coming soon.

Step 4

Register for Zaragoza

All new freshmen and transfers are required to attend Zaragoza before the beginning of the fall semester. Families are invited to Day 1 of Zaragoza on Friday, Aug. 16.

Registration will open Friday, March 1.

Step 5

Review the Schedule for Zaragoza

Tentative Zaragoza schedule coming soon.

Step 6

Prepare to travel for Rattler Ready! and Zaragoza

We are excited to welcome you and your family to campus. Check out the link below for a campus map, area accommodations and travel information. Participants and guests are asked to park in  and  for their scheduled Rattler Ready! day and Zaragoza weekend at the .

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  • Questions?

    Office of New Student and Family Initiatives
    University Center, Second Floor

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