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Welcome to the St. Mary’s community. A place where student learning thrives. A culture where SerVing others is celebrated. And a home for students intent on SUCCeeDing.

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15 St. Mary’s professors have been designated Fulbright Scholars, and 11 have received the Piper award for professional dedication to teaching and outstanding scholarly achievement. Undecided? No problem.

Academic advising at St. Mary’s isn’t just for planning your class schedule. Your adviser is your partner and guide in everything from choosing a major to charting a course that helps you realize your educational and career goals.

13:1. A simple ratio. Look beneath the surface and you’ll see that a student-tofaculty ratio of 13:1 means you’ll have less competition for your professors’ attention. 2

St. Mary’s is listed #1 in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for service, research and social mobility. (2010)

“During my summer internship at Columbia University’s Nevis Laboratories, I worked on the MicroBooNE project to build a massive liquid argon time projection chamber that will hopefully detect neutrinos.” Jessica Esquivel ’11 Hometown: McAllen, Texas Majors: Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics Minor: Mathematics Activities: Alpha Sigma Tau, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Physics Students, McNair Scholars Program

The Honors Program provides extraordinary rigor without any traces of elitism for high-achieving students who want the challenge of being in a program described as “unapologetically academic.”

You’ll trade thoughts and experiences with classmates from a variety of backgrounds and with professors who appreciate fresh perspectives. Outside the classroom, you’ll translate theory into action through hands-on research, internships, and study and service in your community and around the globe.


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“My internship as a DJ and performer for Radio Disney’s road shows gave me a chance to see firsthand how some of the cultural dynamics we theorize about in political science classes play out in real life.” Daniel Zamorano ’12 Hometown: El Paso, Texas Major: Political Science Minor: Marketing Activities: Omega Delta Phi, Phi Alpha Delta, Pi Sigma Alpha, intramural sports, Rattler Recruiters


“Being able to get to know your professors so well in small, intimate classes, work on service engagement activities, and rise to leadership positions in clubs and organizations is invaluable. You get that here.” Kristina Lindsey ’11 Hometown: Beaumont, Texas Major: Marketing Activities: American Marketing Association, Student Government Association, Greehey Scholars Program

What would you do with a million dollars? Our learning laboratories include a state-of-the-art trading room, where you can help manage a $1 million investment portfolio.



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Sell an idea in 90 seconds St. Mary’s business students are very good at it—they won first and second place at the National Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization’s Elevator Pitch Contest for their 90-second explanations of a business concept aimed at attracting investors.

Rubbing elbows with the influencers

Thanks to the Executive Speakers Series, you’ll meet corporate and community leaders who come to campus each month to share their insights, spark debate, and entertain and inspire you. Past speakers have included a former mayor of San Antonio, the archbishop of San Antonio and the president of the Valero Alamo Bowl.

We stake our reputation on it

Accredited by the AACSB International, the Greehey School is committed to producing graduates who demonstrate ethical leadership, technical excellence, global awareness and professional orientation.

Majors Accounting Entrepreneurial Studies Finance: Corporate Financial Management Financial Services/Risk Management Information Systems Management International Business Management Marketing

Rattler Enterprises is one of the few student-run businesses in the nation and provides students an unparalleled experience of managing a real corporation.

The Bill Greehey School of Business is ranked in the top 10 nationally for “Greatest Opportunity for Women.”

Euro vision

The five-week Innsbruck Study Abroad Program lets you take two business courses in Innsbruck, Austria, plus field trips to other European Union countries to study business operations in different cultural, economic, legal, political, social and technological environments.


Majors Art Education Criminal Justice Criminology: Criminology Forensic Science – Criminology Economics English: English EnglishCommunication Arts Speech Communication Exercise and Sport Science History International Relations Multinational Organization Studies Music Philosophy Political Science Psychology Sociology Spanish Teacher Education Theology

Where the go-to people are

The SABÉR Research Institute, our think tank operated in partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is the region’s leading source of expertise on economic development.

Who says print is dead?

Our student newspaper, The Rattler, won first place for its content and design in the American Scholastic Press Association’s national newspaper contest.

Just one degree of separation

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Rattler Battalion

St. Mary’s Army ROTC program, founded in 1932, combines courses in military science with summer training sessions that provide the leadership and management skills necessary to have a successful career in military or civilian positions. Nearly 30 St. Mary’s alumni have gone on to attain the senior rank of general or admiral.


Going to SeaWorld for academic credit … really!

Psychology students researching motherchild relationships spend several hours a week at SeaWorld San Antonio observing the behavior of beluga whales to analyze the interactions between the mothers and their calves.

They all went to St. Mary’s, so you’ll have something in common with the distinguished alumni who return to campus to share with you lessons from their careers—including John Quiñones, the Emmy Award-winning coanchor of ABC News’ “Primetime”; Rosalyn Mallet, former chief operating officer of Caribou Coffee; and Anthony Chapa, a former Secret Service agent who served in the protective details of four U.S. presidents.

“My experience at St. Mary’s has been completely transformational. As a freshman, I planned to be a dentist, but with the help of advisers and mentors, I decided to change my major to psychology. I plan to go to law school, but for now, I’m still graduating a semester early thanks to all the support I received.”

Artistic talent not required

A liberal arts education is valued by many employers as a strong foundation for future employees. You’ll sharpen your critical thinking skills while broadening your worldview. It’s a foundation that gives you the staying power for long-term professional success.

Dereck Loebbecke ’11 Hometown: Victoria, Texas Major: Psychology Activities: Honors Student, Intramural Sports, Student Blogger

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Why wait until grad school?

You’ll use sophisticated instruments and equipment in our research facilities, which include dedicated laboratory space for cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and biochemistry, along with an energy conservation lab and the Automatic Manufacturing and Robotics Lab.

“When I came to St. Mary’s, I wanted to be a doctor. That changed when I was accepted into the MARC Program (Minority Access to Research Careers) and discovered my passion for research, biology, and working with my professors on cancer research and molecular changes brought on by treating schizophrenia.” Chrystal Loya ’12 Hometown: El Paso, Texas Major: Biology Activities: MARC Program, Chemistry Club

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EnGREENeering to the rescue

Majors Biochemistry Biology: Biology Forensic Science – Biology Chemistry: Chemistry Forensic Science – Chemistry Computer Science: Computer Information Systems Computer Science Computer Science/ Applications Systems Engineering: Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Engineering Management Engineering Science Industrial Engineering Software Engineering/ Computer Applications Environmental Science Mathematics Physics: Applied Physics Physics

As part of their graduation requirements, engineering majors tackle senior design projects that are innovative and can potentially help the world, like a self-playing trumpet or a 1.4-kilowatt solar panel that was recognized by the Build San Antonio Green organization.

Let your smarts shine

The annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Creative Activities Exhibition lets you showcase your scholarly work. Past projects have ranged from “Formulation and Optimization of PLGA Nanoparticles for Cancer Therapy” to “A Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory of St. Mary’s University.”

St. Mary’s students can gain early admission to medical school through our Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars (FASTS) joint program with the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio or the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) that results in guaranteed admission to a Texas medical school.

With our integrated learning environment, you’ll master the technical skills that will put you in demand by the country’s top graduate schools and research firms.

Pre-Professional Programs Allied Health Dentistry Medicine Nursing Pharmacy






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It’s impossible to contain a St. Mary’s education within four classroom walls. When you step off campus—whether it’s just around the corner or along the Mediterranean Sea— you’ll make the world your classroom. 10

“My time at St. Mary’s has allowed me to grow as a leader. I was able to serve my peers as SGA president, learn about the world by studying abroad in Austria, and win first place in a national Elevator Pitch Competition. I attribute all of my success to my incredible college experience.” Alex McCoy ’11 Hometown: Arlington, Texas Major: English Literature Activities: Student Government Association, Entrepreneur Scholars, Marianist Friends, Innsbruck Study Abroad Program, Communities in Schools

Not just learning it, but living it The Civic Engagement and Career Development Center annually hosts international spring break service immersions in Mexico and Central America, plus a threeweek summer service immersion that rotates each year between Africa and Asia—trips that allow you to explore the international dimensions of social issues as you serve directly with people in need.

Go global!

St. Mary’s connections around the globe break down international barriers and build your understanding of cultural diversity. Off-campus study opportunities include exchange programs in China, Germany and Mexico, as well as study abroad programs all over Europe and South America.

Recent Internship Sites Alamo Children’s Advocacy Center AT&T Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Clear Channel Communications Dallas Cowboys Deloitte Drug Enforcement Agency Ernst & Young Federal Bureau of Investigation Goodwill Industries H-E-B I Have a Dream Foundation IBM Institute of Texan Cultures KPMG Merrill Lynch Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Microsoft Motorola NASA National Security Agency NuStar Energy Office of the Attorney General of Texas Peace Corps PepsiCo Pfizer San Antonio Spurs Southwest Airlines Southwest Research Institute Tesoro Companies, Inc. U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Marshals Service U.S. National Park Service UNESCO Union Pacific University of Texas Health Science Center USAA Valero Energy Corp. Witte Museum WOIA-TV World Trade Council 11

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St. Mary’s stands out as a friendly and welcoming campus— and it always has, ever since the Marianists (members of the Society of Mary) founded the University more than 150 years ago based on values that emphasize educating in the family spirit for service, justice and peace.


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Inclusively faith-based

The beginning of every semester is marked with a day-long, Universitywide service event called Continuing the Heritage, when you gather with more than 700 other students, faculty, alumni and staff to collectively offer over 3,500 hours of volunteer service in the local area.

Our community, our home

Being neighborly sometimes means doing manual labor like creating pocket parks, or preparing local residents’ taxes for free on Saturdays during tax season. In 2010, St. Mary’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project, in conjunction with the Office of District 7 Councilman Justin Rodriguez, announced the St. Mary’s Gateway District, giving the community an official name.

Fun with liquid nitrogen

The annual Fiesta of Physics takes St. Mary’s students out into the community with guitars, pinwheels and balloons to share the wonders of acoustics, light spectrums, electricity and more for local schoolchildren in hands-on demonstrations.

While 65 percent of our students are Catholic, our University Ministry pastoral team promotes spiritual development and growth in community among students of all faiths. In addition to daily Mass and two Masses on Sunday, University Ministry offers prayer gatherings, student retreats, ministry opportunities, and faith and justice activities.

Serving as a role model

Many St. Mary’s students tutor seventh graders in the San Antonio Students Stand and Deliver program, working on the skills that will eventually help them excel on the SAT college entrance exam.

“I feel like the people at St. Mary’s understand and embrace my passion for service. I love taking part in as many service opportunities as possible, including the Marianist Leadership Program.” Delissa Villa ’12 Hometown: Tulia, Texas Major: Marketing Minor: Spanish Activities: DSP Business Fraternity, Marianist Leadership Program, President’s Ambassadors, Mexican Student Association


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Community at St. Mary’s begins in the residence halls, where nearly 80 percent of our first-year students live as part of a big family. Before classes even start, you’ll go to Rattlerpalooza, an annual event that gets you acquainted with your fellow students and all of the ways you can pack your days and nights with activities that let you pursue new interests and have lots of fun.

One BIG party!

“The resident assistants plan really fun activities that also make your transition easy. This campus has so much to offer, I wish I could join all the student organizations—but there are only 24 hours in each day!”

Started as an alumni tradition in 1916, Fiesta Oyster Bake now attracts more than 70,000 people to our campus. It features 30 bands on five stages, a carnival area, a fireworks show, 6,000 turkey legs, 7,500 ears of corn, 25,000 chickens-on-a-stick and 100,000+ oysters. The proceeds support a $6 million scholarship endowment fund that benefits around 70 St. Mary’s students per year.

“Between going to class, attending interesting University events, traveling as the manager of the men’s basketball team, and doing mandatory tasks like laundry and homework, I’m usually very busy— and I love every minute of it!”

Okay, get out your social calendar … Getting involved in some of our more than 80 clubs and student organizations lets you meet new people, plan and organize events, and promote worthy causes.

Portia Gresham ’12 Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Major: Biology Activities: Residence Hall Association, Black Student Union, Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors

Better than your room at home!

Isiah Thornton ’13 Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Major: Management Activities: Men’s Basketball Team, Intramural Sports, Student Blogger, Black Student Union

Built in 2009, Founders Hall is a suite-style, co-ed residence hall for first-year students that features a cyber café, a grand courtyard, meeting and worship spaces, free laundry facilities, and both cable and wireless Internet access.

The ultimate in stress relief The competition is real Rattler Athletics is home to six national titles and 12 NCAA Division II sports teams: baseball, basketball (M&W), cross country (W), golf (M&W), soccer (M&W), softball, tennis (M&W) and volleyball (W).

Intramural sports, wellness programs, sport clubs and informal open recreation activities let you rest your mind and exercise your body instead. Our fitness facilities include an indoor running track, indoor and outdoor pools, Nautilus equipment and a weight room, racquetball courts, a movement studio, a climbing wall and outdoor tennis courts.


Historic Downtown

The Alamo Alam arry AT&T Center Brackenrid Canyon Lake Gruene Guadalupe River Instit Japanese Tea Garden Market Square

San Antonio is famous for its River Walk, which features restaurants, shops, galleries, river boat tours and the Rivercenter mall. Nearby is the historic Alamo mission.

san antonio is home to

Museo Alam North Star Mall The R San Antonio Zoo San A San Antonio Museum of Art San Fernando Cathedral Six Flags

Just North

In the beautiful Texas Hill Country, you can explore cave systems like Natural Bridge Caverns (originally discovered by St. Mary’s students!), go tubing on the Guadalupe River, or drive up to Austin, which has more music venues per capita than any other U.S. city.


y Market idge Park Hall Enchanted Rock itute of Texan Cultures McNay Art Museum King William Historic District

San Antonio is quite possibly one of the friendliest big cities in the United States. With over 2 million people in its metropolitan area, the city is a major hub for the financial services, government/military and health care industries. That means your opportunities for internships and part-time or full-time jobs in the area are almost endless. And because San Antonio is a popular tourist destination, your entertainment opportunities are just as abundant.

what’s hot and what’s cool.

ameda Natural Bridge Caverns River Walk Antonio Botanical Gardens Southwest School of Art and Craft Fiesta Texas SeaWorld Just South

You can catch some rays and the waves at the Texas Gulf Coast, with 600 miles of beaches and warm water, or head to Mexico and experience its vibrant culture.






throughout your lifetime is the real reward.


All St. Mary’s students experience the personalized attention that challenges and inspires them to reach toward their highest levels of achievement. The result is powerful: Our graduates find career success and personal fulfillment as they enter all walks of life.

Our students are prepared for



How’s this for a built-in network? Today there are more than 33,000 alumni of St. Mary’s living around the world. From writers to neurosurgeons, from teachers in the classroom to CEOs in the boardroom, and coaches, columnists and members of Congress, St. Mary’s graduates shine in their careers and in their communities.

Our Civic Engagement and Career Development Center offers you comprehensive assistance for each phase of your career planning process, from internship searches to résumé critiques and mock job interviews to career fairs attended by hundreds of employers.

Let’s Play Ball Brian Anderson graduated in ’93 and still credits his mentors at St. Mary’s for leading him to a successful career. Brian uses his English-Communication Arts degree every day as a playby-play announcer for a Major League Baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

About 44 percent of St. Mary’s graduates go on to graduate school.

“With help from the Career Services Center and my political science professors, I received the skills and confidence needed to intern for Joaquin Castro, the Texas State Representative for District 125.” Valerie Mancias ’11 Hometown: Austin, Texas Major: Political Science Activities: Executive Vice-President, Student Government Association; Tri Sigma


Think St. Mary’s may just be the sort of campus community where you’ll be challenged to succeed by professors who will support you every step of the way? Where friends will be by your side not just for four years, but for life? Where you can make your mark by making a difference ? Calculate the potential return on investment. u.S. News & World Report consistently ranks St. Mary’s among the top ten universities in the western U.S. for Best Value.



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percent of our seniors completing the National Survey of Student Engagement say they would choose St. Mary’s again if they could start the college search process over again.

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SEE IT, HEAR IT, SMELL IT, TASTE IT, FEEL IT. The best way to determine if St. Mary’s University is the right fit for you is to make a campus visit. We’ll provide you and your family a personalized visit experience that answers all of your questions. Your visit schedule can include an admission interview, a financial aid consultation, meeting faculty members, and sitting in on a class, as well as a campus tour. Our doors are open. Special visit events include Saturday at St. Mary’s, our version of an open house, and our popular Sleeping Bag Weekend overnight program.

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Follow in their footsteps. notable alumni.

Deborah Ackerman, Southwest airlines general Counsel Stuart Bowen, U.S. inspector general for iraq reconstruction John Cornyn, U.S. Senator Debra Dickerson, author and journalist John Dewey, Former lehman Brothers Managing Director Giovanni Fazio, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for astrophysics Senior Physicist Hector M. Flores, league of United latin american Citizens (lUlaC) President O.P. Garza, Former U.S. ambassador to nicaragua Charles A. Gonzalez, U.S. Congressman Bill Greehey, nuStar energy Chairman and Valero energy Founder Karen R. Johnson, United Way of Texas President & CeO Larry Levinson, television and movie producer Rosalyn “Roz” Mallet, Former Caribou Coffee Chief Operating Officer John Quiñones, aBC news’ “Primetime” Co-anchor Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers of america President Ciro D. Rodriguez, U.S. Congressman Maj. Gen Alfred Valenzuela, Former Commander of U.S. army South Moises “Moe” Vela Jr., Director of administration for Vice President Joe Biden Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge and former San antonio Mayor

Four years in San antonio is just the beginning.

Where will your path u go.

You’ll be in good company, wherever yo A peek at the graduate schools that admit our students: American University Baylor University Boston College Carnegie Mellon University Georgetown University Harvard University Indiana University Johns Hopkins University Marquette University School of Dentistry New York University Purdue University Rice University Texas A&M University, College Station The Ohio State University The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston The University of Texas Medical School at Houston University of Notre Dame Washington University Yale University

A sampling of employers hiring St. Mary’s graduates: Accenture Aetna Ameriprise Financial AT&T BNSF Co. Central Intelligence Agency Coca-Cola Co. Cox Radio, Inc. Dell Department of Defense Department of State Ernst & Young Federal Bureau of Investigation Frito Lay Frost National Bank Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Intercontinental Hotel Group Internal Revenue Service KPMG Make-a-Wish Foundation NASA National Labor Relations Board National Park Service National Security Agency New York Life NuStar Energy Peace Corps Ronald McDonald House Charities San Antonio Red Cross Chapter San Antonio I.S.D.

Sara Lee SeaWorld of San Antonio Smith Barney Southwest Airlines Southwest Research Institute Target Corp. Tesoro Cos. Texas Public Radio The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Sciences USAA Valero Energy Corp.

Minimal hoops. Maximum results. Our aim is to keep the application process simple so you can concentrate on what’s important–doing well in your senior year. We’ll evaluate your application for admission based on your overall academic record, including the

rigor of your high school courses, your overall grade pattern and your standardized test scores. Plus, we want to know more about you as a person and your level of motivation. That’s why we ask for a list of your activities, a short essay

and a recommendation from your counselor. Although St. Mary’s is on rolling admission and applications are reviewed throughout the year, it’s to your

advantage to apply by January 15.

A complete application consists of the following: •

Application form and essay Official high school transcript Official SAT or ACT scores Guidance counselor’s recommendation

St. Mary’s is also a part of ApplyTexas.


St. Mary’s are below the national average for top-rated independent regional universities, yet we understand some students will need help to make St. Mary’s a reality. More than 90 percent of our entering students receive some form of financial assistance. Our expert counselors are prepared to help you be one of them.

Within Reach.

Hard work deserves recognition. Qualified applicants are awarded academic scholarships based on the application for admission.

Trustees’ Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to $15,000 per year $60,000 total President’s Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to $12,500 per year $50,000 total Bordeaux Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to $7,500 per year $30,000 total chaminade Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to $4,000 per year $16,000 total


Students who complete the application by this date receive priority consideration for scholarships.

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We recommend you submit the FaFSa to the federal processor by mid-February.


We count students as having applied on time for financial aid if we have their FAFSA results by the end of March.


This is the date by which many schools will ask you to pay an enrollment deposit if you plan to attend.

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Undergraduate Viewbook  
Undergraduate Viewbook  

The Office of Undergraduate Admission produces the viewbook publication annually to showcase St. Mary's students, majors and student life.