College Counseling

The St. Mary’s college counseling team plays a key role in preparing students for college entrance and beyond. St. Mary's emphasizes a classic, rigorous, liberal arts curriculum that is designed to allow each girl to achieve her individual potential and to discover the inner resources she will use for a lifetime.

The college counseling team works closely with Upper School students to discover colleges which fit their academic, social, and environmental expectations, guiding them through the entire college application and selection process. Juniors and Seniors participate in special in-school boot camps and programs, brainstorming and outlining essay topics and proof-reading essays. Alumnae come to campus and work with the girls on their interviewing skills, offering feedback and insight to best prepare the students for campus interviews. A college tour is offered each year to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, traveling to a different region of the country to visit a broad range of colleges and universities.

We look forward to speaking with prospective parents and students about the unique opportunities offered at St. Mary’s!

2016-2017 School Profile

The 64-member class of 2017 matriculated to 46 institutions and earned more than $12 million in merit based scholarships.

Auburn University
Baylor University
Boston College
Boston University
College of Charleston
Cornell University
DePaul University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Howard University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Mount Holyoke College
Newberry College
Oberlin College
Princeton University
Rhodes College
Saint Louis University
Samford University
Texas Christian University
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas

University of British Columbia
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Denver
University of East Anglia
University of Georgia
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Missouri
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Richmond
University of Southern California
University of St. Andrews
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas, Austin
University of the South, Sewanee
University of Virginia
Washington University in St. Louis
Wofford College

impact of St. Mary's education


Office of College Counseling


Vicki Englehart Thompson
Dean of College Counseling
901-537-1428

Chancey Thompson
Associate Dean of College Counseling
901-537-1480

Lee Avant
Registrar & College Counseling Coordinator
901-537-1474