Student Life

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life at St. Mary's University is a component of the Student Development Division and is shaped by Marianist traditions. Residence Life provides residence halls that are communities which develop students' life skills and personal responsibility and serve as transitional environments to future roles and service to society. First year students that reside outside of San Antonio are required to live on campus for their first year unless they receive permission prior to beginning of their first semester from the Office of Residence Life.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is an outpatient primary health care clinic located on the first floor of Charles Francis Hall. The clinic is staffed by a board-certified Family Practice physician and a certified physician assistant. All currently enrolled students of St. Mary's University are eligible to receive care at the Student Health Center. Spouses and children of enrolled students must seek care outside of the Student Health Center. Graduating students from St. Mary's University should begin the process of seeking a primary care physician in the community at least 30 days prior to graduation so that there is no interruption in patient care.

Student Judicial Affairs

St. Mary's University's approach to student conduct and behavior is educational rather than punitive. All students matriculating at St. Mary's University are expected to conduct themselves as responsible adults and are held accountable for their behavior.
Judicial authority is vested in the Office of the Vice President for Student Development. The Vice President for Student Development is the principle officer designated by the University for all non-academic discipline and the Vice President for Academic Affairs is the principle office designated by the University for all academic discipline. The Vice President for Student Development has designated the Dean of Students and Judicial Affairs to administer the University's non-academic policies as listed in all University publications including the Code of  Student Conduct. 

Student Psychological and Testing Services

The Student Psychological and Testing Services offer individual, couples and group therapy to St. Mary’s University students.  The service is staffed by psychologists, a marriage and family therapist, and a board certified psychiatrist.  These services may be accessed at no additional cost to the student.  The counseling services have a goal oriented focus ranging from situational adjustment problems to ongoing mental health issues.  Crisis intervention is available after hours and on weekends during the academic year.  Psychoeducational assessment is also available to students. The staff also is available for consultation by faculty, staff, student leaders and RA’s if someone has a concern about a student’s well-being or behavior. The Student Psychological and Testing Services is located in the Center for Life Directions building. 

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Coordinator for Disability Support Services is housed within the Student Psychological and Testing Services office in the Center for Life Directions building. The phone number is 210-436-3135.  St. Mary’s University ensures accessibility to its classes, programs, services and activities to all individuals with documented disabilities.  Students seeking accommodations may bring documentation to Dr. Rhonda Rapp for assistance.  In addition, Dr. Rapp provides consultation to faculty and staff about working with students with disabilities.

Testing Services

The testing services offer a variety of tests including admission testing, placement tests, certification tests and departmental tests.  It also serves as a national testing center for a variety of programs including CLEP, SAT, ACT, THEA, LSAT, MPRE, etc.  Testing fees are set by the particular program with some additional administrative charges added.  Individual proctoring is available for online courses.  The administrative office for Testing is located within the Student Psychological and Testing Services. 

Campus Recreation Programs

Campus Recreation provides students the opportunity to pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. The Intramural Sports Program offers students a variety of events annually with leagues, tournaments, and one-day events in men's, women's, and co-recreational divisions. Group fitness and water aerobic classes are offered daily. Informational programs and student trainers are available to assist students with fitness equipment. Indoor rock climbing is an exciting and fun alternative to traditional exercise, the indoor climbing wall is a simulated rock formation affixed with numerous hand and foot holds that provides mental & physical challenges to build strength, endurance, and self-confidence. A popular activity among students, the 40 ft. climbing wall is a unique experience that offers novice to advance climbing routes, an artificial crevice, and a 45 degree overhang.

Student Publication

The school newspaper, The Rattler, is the key student publication. The Student Publications Board under the supervision of the Dean of Students, cooperates with the student editors and staff adviser of all publications in order to maintain the highest journalistic standards.

Recognized Student Organizations

The University provides students with the means necessary to develop leadership in student, academic, social, and professional organizations. Membership in these organizations provides opportunities for developing the qualities expected of college graduates. The procedure for official University recognition of student groups is outlined in the Student Organization website

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

St. Mary's University participates in intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women, designed to assist in the over-all development of students. Varsity athletic teams at St. Mary's are rich in history and tradition. School colors are gold and blue and the team name is the Rattlers. St. Mary's is a member of the Heartland Conference, the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. St. Mary's teams participate in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and tennis for men; and basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, and cross country for women, and cheerleading for men and women. The Bill Greehey Arena is the home of the basketball and volleyball Rattlers while V.J. Keefe Field, one of the finest collegiate baseball stadiums in the country, is the home of the baseball team. St. Mary's University has four national champions: The 1986 and 2002 women's softball team, 1989 men's basketball team, and the 2001 baseball team.

University Ministry

The mission of University Ministry at St. Mary's University is to assist the University's efforts to provide opportunities for all its members to develop the intellectual, moral, and spiritual principles needed for leading value and God centered lives. Although this is done within the Catholic and Marianist traditions, the University seeks to unite all persons on campus at their deepest level of religious consciousness, and to enrich them through a genuine ecumenical sharing. University Ministry, staffed by religious and laity, fosters a spirit of community and faith. We provide opportunities to strengthen one's spiritual life and, in collaboration with other departments, encourage community members to respond to the needs of others through the celebration of the Eucharist and other Sacraments, prayer, community service, social justice programming, service immersion experiences, pastoral counseling, retreats, Small Faith-Sharing Communities, spiritual direction, faith formation and other activities. The Eucharist is offered daily when classes are in session and on Sundays in the University Chapels. Special all-school Masses and smaller liturgies and prayer services are interspersed throughout the year. The Chapels are open daily for private prayer.

All members of St. Mary's Community are invited to participate in liturgical ministries, retreat planning, Bible study, Sacramental preparation, community service projects, faith sharing groups, and much more. We also welcome the participation of faculty, staff as well as students and Alumni as part of our team effort to integrate a growing sense of ministry and service into the total experience of our academic community.

Civic Engagement and Career Development Center

The Civic Engagement and Career Development Center supports the University mission by providing holistic, strategic and innovative services and programs that challenge and support students to succeed in their career development while serving and engaging in their communities in which they reside and beyond. The Center places emphasis on the importance of becoming life-long active and engaged citizens who use their education and experience to make a difference.

Civic engagement, as a part of a Catholic and Marianist education, encompasses the moral development of the whole person through service, as well as skills, leadership and knowledge needed to build community and work to resolve public problems for the common good.

The phrase "civic engagement" is used throughout scholarly literature to describe actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. Some of the activities that regularly occur at St. Mary's and serve as a portal to civic engagement include: service-learning course instruction; ongoing volunteer efforts; immersion trips; and student involvement in programs such as the Marianist Leadership Program, the WINGS (Workers Invested in Knowledge and Growth throughout Service) initiative and Continuing the Heritage.

Similarly, the programs and services offered to assist students in their career exploration and planning are designed to move them through the developmental stages of investigation, preparation and maintenance of a successful career and are enhanced by their civic engagement experiences.

The staff work with students to discuss majors and career path options, to explore experiential opportunities such as job shadowing, volunteering, internships, and part-time employment, as well as to execute a successful job search or graduate school admissions process. The goal of educating students on making employment choices that best fit them as individuals and lead to productive and meaningful careers remains a core element of our mission.

The Civic Engagement and Career Development Center will work in partnership with faculty and staff, as well as external agencies and employers, to assist students at all stages of their development and to provide them with the opportunities, training, and education needed to succeed as active, informed and engaged citizens.

Marianist Leadership Program

Funded by the Marianist Trust and administered by the Service Learning Center, the Marianist Leadership Program is dedicated to scholastic excellence and the development of the student as a leader through service and spirituality. The Catholic Marianist Spirituality guides members of the program through the development of lifelong habits by integrating faith and culture through leadership and service activities within the university and civic communities. Applications are accepted for entering freshmen, transferring and current students as allowed by current membership size. All majors are considered.

Student Identification Cards

During the registration processes each student is responsible for obtaining a Rattler Identification Card from the Student Life Office. The Rattler card is necessary for participating in student activities, elections, for purchasing student tickets to athletic and cultural events, for checking out books from St. Mary's library and other college libraries, for use in the Registrar's Office, the Business Office, Bookstore, for use as a meal card in the Dining Facilities, as well as other official uses by the University. All students are required to carry their identification while on campus and must present it upon the request of any University official. ID cards are billed to all first time enrollees. Lost ID cards will be processed for a fee of $10.00.