College Counseling

College Counseling News


Seniors’ decisions about where to attend college 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 other colleges (where they’ve also been accepted) know if they’re declining their offers. An email message or quick phone call is sufficient.

Gap year plans? Some students plan to take a gap year before college. They will request to defer their admission in order to pursue travel, work, and other opportunities to grow outside of the academic environment. Every college manages their deferral process differently. If your daughter is considering a gap year, please have her check in with her assigned college counselor.

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

Keep us informed, please! Should your daughter change her mind about where she’s going to school or is taken off a waitlist and accepts a different offer of admission, she needs to check in with the counseling office. Have her let us know so 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

On College Prep Day, May 24, juniors learned about college costs, got tips on how to focus their college research, and started filling out their Activities Resume. As part of the college application process, students are asked to share how they spend their time beyond their academic work. Each student spent time on College Prep Day reflecting on her family and service commitments, athletic and other extracurricular activities, employment, and accomplishments.

The Activities Resume is a convenient format students can use 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 learn about where students engage, initiate, and derive satisfaction. We also hosted the Jesuit Colleges for a mini-college fair on May 24.

Early admission deadlines. For juniors planning to hit early admissions deadlines in November or December, it is important to remember that her sixth semester grades will be the last ones those colleges will consider. Many juniors are preparing to take the SAT, ACT and/or the SAT subject tests in June, along with their final exams.

College visits. Summer is a convenient time for students and families 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. Just keep in mind that 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, or have your student do so, if you have any questions.

Kimberly Crouch

Carolyn Gazeley

Karlen Suga