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. 

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 (2019-2022)

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
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University

New York University
Rice University
Smith College
Tufts University
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
William & Mary 
Williams College

The Class of 2022 will be attending 48 different colleges and universities in 22 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, And the united kingdom.


Awards & Scholarships (2019-2022)

1 US Presidental scholar

1 Boettcher Scholar

1 Boettcher scholarship recipient

3 national merit scholars

2 national merit finalists

7 National Merit Commended Scholars

6 daniels scholars



awarded in merit-based scholarships to the Class of 2022



college counselors with 65+ 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.