College Counseling

May SMA College Counseling News

Upcoming College Counseling Dates:

            May 18: Jesuit College Fair at SMA (lunch)

            May 25:  Junior College Prep Day

 SENIORS

Celebrating Results and Sending Transcripts. For seniors the college application process is winding down. We celebrated their plans at our “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” party on Monday, May 2. Seniors’ acceptances are the culmination of a long and important rite of passage, and we could not be more proud of them. At the end of June we will automatically send your daughter’s final transcript to the school she has listed as attending in Naviance. It is also important for students to let any college where they have been accepted know if they are declining an offer. An email message or quick phone call is sufficient.

Gap Year Plans. Some students plan to take a gap year, meaning they will request to defer their admission in order to pursue travel, work, and other opportunities to grow outside of the academic environment. If your daughter is considering a gap year, please have her check in with her college counselor.

Managing the Waitlist. Over the next few weeks, some students will hear from schools where they have been waitlisted. If a student receives good news, it will open the question of whether she wants to attend the school where she has deposited or the one that is ready to admit her off the waitlist. As always, we are available to help students consider their options. If your daughter is on a waitlist of a college she is no longer interested in, she should contact the school(s) and ask to be taken off the list.

Keep us Informed, Please! Should your daughter change her mind about where she’s going to school or is taken off a wait list and accepting a different offer of admission, she needs to check in with the Counseling Office and let us know so that we can submit her final transcripts to the proper school in a timely manner. In keeping with the National Association of College Admission Counselors Principles of Good Practice, St. Mary’s Academy submits a final transcript to only one school. Please help make sure that your daughter keeps us advised of her plans.

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES

College Prep Day. On College Prep Day, May 25, juniors will learn about college costs, become familiar with the Common Application, and start their Activities Resume. As part of the college application process, students are asked to tell how they spend their time beyond their academic work. Each student will reflect on her family and service commitments, athletic and other extracurricular activities, employment, and accomplishments. The activity resume is a convenient format to be used when applying to college or for scholarships. Every school wants to know how students contribute to their family and community, how they pursue their interests, see evidence of character and personality, and where they engage, initiate, and derive satisfaction.

Early Admission Deadlines. For juniors planning to apply by early admissions deadlines in November or December, it is important to remember that sixth semester grades will be the last that those colleges will consider. Many juniors are preparing to take the SAT, ACT and/or the SAT subject tests in June, as well as their final exams.

Jesuit College Fair. On May 18, a group of 13 Jesuit Colleges will visit SMA during lunch for a mini college fair. Juniors and sophomores should plan to attend to learn about these colleges. The evening of May 17, Jesuit High School is hosting the same colleges at 7 p.m. Students and parents are welcome.

College Visit. Summer is a convenient time to visits college campuses, go on student-led tours and meet with college admission representatives. Local and regional schools are convenient and affordable to visit. Some smaller colleges may feel quieter in the summer than they do when school is in session. If this is the case, encourage your student to use her imagination. You may also want to arrange your visit during a summer session in order to see and speak with as many current students as possible.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your college counselor if you have any questions.

Kimberly Crouch: Kimberly.crouch@smapdx.org (503-721-7711)

Carolyn Gazeley: Carolyn.gazeley@smapdx.org (503-721-7731)