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.


Contact Us

Scott Orvis
Director of College Counseling

J. Morgan Phillips
Associate Director of College Counseling

Elizabeth Morrel
College Counselor

College Counseling News

Mary Virginia Swain '77C

To everything there is a season, and spring is a season of transitions at Saint Mary's. Seniors are enjoying many student experiences and traditions for the final time along with all the rites of passage to say farewell, celebrate, and transition from life at Saint Mary's to college life. Underclasswomen and juniors are beginning to step up to a new grade level status and to assume new leadership positions, as they grow and progress through their Saint Mary's years.

Read more about A Season of Transitions
Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Compass Leadership Week underway at Saint Mary's School, offering students meaningful off-campus learning experiences engaging students in grade-level activities matching their social, emotional, and age-appropriate needs.

Read more about Compass Week 2018