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St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas

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About St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852 by Marianist brothers and priests, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the Southwest. 

The University provides a Catholic education experience that evokes academic excellence while integrating liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment. St. Mary's 192 full-time faculty members, 93 percent of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to student success in and out of the classroom. St. Mary's has more than 75 academic programs, which include two doctoral and two law programs. The student/faculty ratio of 12-to-1 permits small classes and promotes active learning.

With a diverse student population of about 4,000 of all faiths and backgrounds, St. Mary's is home to five schools: Humanities and Social Sciences; Bill Greehey School of Business; Science, Engineering and Technology; Graduate; and Law.

Campus information

The St. Mary’s University campus community has access to an excellent variety of recreation facilities, including an indoor running/walking track, a full gym and climbing wall, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and much more.

The Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center (AA&CC) 

The 135,000-square-foot center honors the winning traditions of the men’s and women’s Rattler teams. Since its official dedication on Nov. 27, 2000, it  enables the University to build on its Marianist traditions of community and caring by bringing together all members of the St. Mary’s family along with members of the broader San Antonio community for special celebrations, major speakers, concerts and performances, among other events.

The AA&CC includes:

  • The Bill Greehey Arena, a 3,800-seat capacity basketball arena
  • Four other basketball/volleyball courts for practice and intramural activity
  • Natatorium
  • Adequate locker rooms for all users
  • Cybex and Paramount selectorized weight equipment.
  • A training room
  • Racquetball courts
  • Six outdoor tournament-quality tennis courts
  • An indoor running track
  • Aerobic and dance facilities
  • Additional classroom space
  • Cardiovascular conditioning equipment
  • 40 foot indoor climbing wall
  • Athletics, Campus Recreation and Exercise and Sports Science department offices

Personal attention and powerful academic programs have made St. Mary's, located on 135 acres northwest of downtown San Antonio, a nationally recognized liberal arts institution. 


St. Mary’s University has 12 residence halls that provide students with a home-away-from-home, many of which offer living learning communities that include both academic and recreational focuses. We have two freshmen experience buildings, Founders Hall and Dougherty Hall that all freshmen are required to live in unless they are a part of a specific living community. Learn more about all 12 of our halls below.

Adele Hall
Available for upperclassmen and undergraduate students and is part of the Outback Area. This two story residence hall offers a private exterior room entrance and a private bathroom for two to three people of the same sex in each room. 

Chaminade Hall
Available for undergraduate, graduate, and law students that are at least 21 years old. This three story, suite-style residence hall offers single and two person rooms that are the same sex by room and suite. 

Cremer Hall
Available for upperclassmen, undergraduate students and is part of the Outback Area. This is a three story residence hall that offers a private room entrance and private bathroom for three people of the same sex in each room.

John Donohoo Hall
Also known as JD, is home to the Honors Living Learning Community, available to all classifications of undergraduate students accepted into the Honors program. This two story residence hall is part of the Outback Area and offers a private exterior room entrance. 

Dougherty Hall
Open to undergraduates of all classifications. This newly remodeled residence hall is home to two of our living communities, Rowdy Rattlers and Psychology Living Learning Community. As a two story, suite-style residence hall, Dougherty  accommodates two people per room that are the same sex by room and suite. 

Founders Hall
A first year experience hall, housing incoming freshmen only. This newly constructed three-story building is home to three living communities, Rattlers have HEART, Biology and Political Science Living Learning Community. 

Archbishop Flores Hall
Open to upperclassmen undergraduates, is a part of the Outback Area, and houses the Outback Area Office. This two story residence hall offers a private exterior room entrance. 

Anthony Frederick Hall
Also known as AF, is home to the Marianist Leadership Living Learning Community, open to all classifications of undergraduate students approved by the Marianist Leadership Program Coordinator. This two story residence hall is part of the Outback Area and offers a private exterior room entrance. 

Herbert and John G. Leies Hall
Open to upperclassmen undergraduate students. This three-story building is part of the Outback Area and has an exterior common area entrance and an interior room entrance. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Hall
Open to upperclassman undergraduate students. This two-story hall has rooms configured to house three residents of the same sex per room with a private bathroom, and built in closets and drawers. 

Marian Hall
Home to our science living learning community and houses science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors from all undergraduate classifications. This three story building has interior entrances to the suite-style rooms with two people assigned to each room and are the same sex by room and suite. 

Treadaway Hall
An upperclassman, undergraduate hall with private rooms and community bathrooms. Perfect for someone who likes a space to themselves, with the ability to still feel connected to a community of students. In this four-story building students are assigned same sex by wing. 


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 2 Engineering 2 English Language 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Sports Science 1


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