The college counseling process at St. Mary's Academy begins for all students at Grade 9. Rooted in our values and purpose-driven ethos, SMA dedicated itself to guiding students as they unearth their distinctive attributes, harness their talents, and set their aspirations. We provide a structured framework for students to delve into their individuality, learning preferences, and strengths, empowering them to make informed choices about their forthcoming educational journeys and professional paths.
Our experienced college counseling team, with an unwavering commitment to our students, delivers a tailored and comprehensive approach. What sets the SMA experience apart is that our college counselors are not only experts in their field, but they also serve as educators, coaches, and mentors. Their multifacted roles allow them to forge profound connections with each student within classrooms, on the field, in artistic spaces, and beyond, enabling them to offer insightful and meaningful guidance. As a united force, our devoted college team boasts over 60 collective years of experience, fostering a supportive environment with a student-to-counselor ratio of 14:1.
Notable College & University
Acceptances (2020 - 2023)
Carnegie Mellon University
Colorado School of Mines
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Southern California
William & Mary
... and hundreds more!
Of graduates matriculate to four-year college/ universities
2023 graduates merit scholarship offers
The Class of 2022 will be attending 48 different colleges and universities in 22 States, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom.
Awards & Scholarships (2019-2023)
1 US Presidential Scholar
1 Boettcher Scholar
2 Boettcher Scholarship Offers
4 National Merit Scholars
4 National Merit Finalists
7 National Merit Commended Scholars
6 Daniels Scholars
Our college counselors boast over 50 years of cumulative experience and work to ensure each student has a positive and personalized college application process. All of our counselors also serve as teachers, coaches, and mentors, which helps foster a deeper understanding of each student's goals and interests. This hyper-personalized approach enhances the counselor's ability to provide guidance and help students navigate the journey to college with confidence.
My experience with college counseling was incredible, thanks to the amazing counseling team. I am a first-generation student, so applying to college was a new and very difficult process. My counselor was always very attentive, honest, and most importantly made me feel heard. I am thankful that he was a part of my experience and will forever be grateful to have had him as my college counselor. Andrea López-López '21
2021 Daniels Scholar