College Counseling

Although the college search process formally begins in the eleventh grade, you and your family have the benefit of access to your college counselors as early as ninth grade. The college counselors at Saint Mary's School offer support to you and your faculty advisor on questions related to academic planning and preparation for college.

They will guide you through the process of identifying and applying to colleges and universities that best fit you based on your academic profile, interests and goals. The College Counseling Office consistently provides opportunities for Saint Mary's students to assist in the preparation of applying to colleges and universities. They host nearly 100 college representatives on campus each year from both domestic and international institutions and regularly visit other college and university campuses across the country. Recently they have visited schools in Virgina, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, and, of course, North Carolina. Although your path and progress are in your control, you will have the support of the College Counseling Office along the way.

Traditionally, each year, one hundred percent of Saint Mary's seniors are accepted for admission at a wide array of selective colleges and universities. Students at Saint Mary's School typically submit applications to an average of 6 institutions. We are heartened by the success Saint Mary's girls experience in the college application and selection process. A willingness on the part of students to explore the educational options that exist at the local, regional, national and international levels allows them to leave the Saint Mary's community and move forward in their educational pursuits successfully.

Our college counselors encourage and welcome your questions, and look forward to working with you.


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College Counseling News

Communications Office

Jordan Gelber '16, Saint Mary's alumna and Denison University sophomore, was featured in an article titled "Sexual Assault, Sororities and Statistics." Jordan is both a delegate from a Greek organization, Delta Gamma, and also an avid individual proponent for sexual respect on Denison's campus. In the article she says "her roots in this issue grow deep, starting with experiences she had while attending [Saint Mary's School,] where open dialogues and conversations regarding sexual respect were welcomed." Read the full article here. She goes on to say, "I was privileged to be in a place that supported my values of womanhood."

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Laura Novia

As the academic year draws to a close, Saint Mary's School prepares to send its Class of 2017 out into the world. For 175 years, Saint Mary's has remained true to its mission to prepare young women for the challenges and opportunities of their day. As Saint Mary's founder the Rev. Aldert Smedes believed in 1842, we believe today – "an educated woman can make a difference."

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Scott Orvis
Director of College Counseling

J. Morgan Phillips
Associate Director of College Counseling

Elizabeth Morrel
College Counselor

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