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College Counseling

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.  

College Counseling profile

Notable College & University
Acceptances (2020 - 2023)

Bates College
Boston College
Brown University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University

Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
New York University
Northwestern University
Pomona College
Rice University
Smith College
Tufts University

University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Southern California
Vanderbilt University
William & Mary 

... and hundreds more!

By the Numbers


Of graduates matriculate to four-year college/ universities


2023 graduates merit scholarship offers


student:counselor ratio

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


Meet our college counseling team

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. 

Daniels Scholar Andrea Lopez-Lopez '21


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

Admission counselors may now go to to schedule an appointment to visit our High School. Please email Phil Gentry at if you have any questions.