College Counseling

The college counseling process at SMA begins for all students at grade 9. As a values-based, purpose-driven school, St. Mary’s Academy supports and mentors students as they identify their unique qualities, develop their abilities, and set goals. We provide a framework for students to explore their personality, learning style, and strengths as they make decisions about their future education and career paths.

Our dedicated and experienced college counseling team offers a personalized, comprehensive approach for each of our students. What makes the SMA experience unique is that all of our college counselors are also teachers, coaches and mentors. They come to know each student in the classroom, on the court, in the art lab, and in all our spaces, allowing for meaningful insight and guidance. Collectively, our dedicated college counseling team has more than  60 years of experience, and our student to counselor ratio is 13:1. 

2021-2022 College Counseling profile


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, Mr. Gentry, was always very attentive, honest, and most importantly made me feel heard. I am truly 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

Notable College & University Acceptances (2017-2021)

Boston College
Carnegie Mellon University
Colorado College
Cornell University
Davidson College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
Emory University
Georgetown University
Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
New York University
Northwestern University
The University of Texas at Austin
Tufts University


University of California-Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Oxford
University of Richmond
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St Louis
William and Mary
Williams College

The Class of 2021 will be attending 41 different colleges and universities in 20 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Australia.



Awards & Scholarships (2017-2021)

1 Boettcher Scholar

6 Daniels Scholars

4 National Merit Commended Scholars

1 National Merit Finalist



awarded in merit-based scholarships to the Class of 2021



college counselors with 60+ years of experience



student:counselor ratio



college/university admissions representatives visit SMA each year

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.