College Counseling

June College Counseling Update

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!  These students navigated the college application process with grace by applying to those schools that made the most sense for them, managed all the details to submit their best applications, and encouraged their fellow classmates to follow their own dreams. This class submitted 931 applications to 238 colleges and universities. Overall, 70% of these applications resulted in offers of admission and our 143 seniors are headed to 76 different institutions, with several taking a gap year before beginning school. We are proud of them all and wish them the best as they head off on their new adventures.

We will send your daughter’s final transcript to the college she has listed in her Naviance account. Please remind her to let her college know her new email address. Her SMA email address will no longer work after June 30.

Juniors and Sophomores

On Junior College Prep Day we provided strategies for researching colleges, tools for understanding merit and need based aid, introduced the Common Application, and asked students to complete an activities resume. Ask your daughters what they learned and their plan for keeping their college information organized so they can find a group of schools that would be great fits for them, academically, financially, and socially.

Visiting colleges over the summer, including local ones, can be an excellent way to for students to find out what type of college might best suit their ambitions and intellectual interests. College websites offer a wealth of information about campus tours, information sessions, and how to schedule your visits.  Every college visit will expand your daughter’s knowledge about what she wants in her college education as well as giving her tools to assess other colleges that she is unable to visit. One good opportunity to visit local institutions is during Oregon Private College Week, July 25-29. These same colleges offer tours and information sessions throughout the summer, but during this week they offer additional programming for interested students and parents. More information is available here:

One other summer opportunity to find out more about colleges is the “Colleges that Change Lives College Fair,” hosted at the Oregon Convention Center on Wednesday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. More information, including participating colleges, is available here:

This summer rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and their parents will receive summer packets from St. Mary’s. Please be on the look out for these as they contain important college planning information. While the college counselors are not in the office during the summer months, Kimberly and Carolyn will be checking email regularly. Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have questions about the college research and application process.

Have a relaxing and restful summer!

Kimberly, Carolyn, and Meg