International Student Services
International Student Services serves as a point of contact for international students at St. Mary's University from pre-arrival through post completion of their studies. Immigration services include issuing Form I-20AB needed to obtain an F-1 student visa, recommending and authorizing practical training, and maintaining student information in SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System), the government database. Other services include international orientation, serving as a liaison between international students and other campus offices, help obtaining a Social Security Number and Texas Identification card, and offering workshops and cultural events specifically for International Students.
The VA Certifying Official serves as the liaison between the Department of Veterans Affairs and students of St. Mary's participating in a VA educational training program. The VA Certifying Official at St. Mary's is the training institution's representative responsible for completing all paperwork necessary to certify the enrollment and changes in enrollment for students eligible for VA benefits. All students applying for VA education benefits must complete the request for VA enrollment certification form every semester. VA students are responsible for notifying the VA Certifying Official of changes in their enrollment status. The VA Certifying Official is located in the Office of Financial Assistance.
Serviceman's Opportunity College (SOC)
St. Mary's University is one of the four-year institutions of higher learning in Texas to be designated as a Serviceman's Opportunity College (SOC). SOC provides service personnel an opportunity to pursue educational programs through a variety of traditional and nontraditional means – on-campus and on-base -- in a variety of instructional modes and at times appropriate to their duty assignments. The service is particularly appropriate for the military-service personnel who wish to combine military service with a college education. St. Mary's will provide initiating services such as pre-college counseling, deferred admission, program planning, records of student's work taken during service time and continuing advisement. For further information on this program, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.