College Counseling


Christopher Gruber Coming to Campus

We are excited to welcome Christopher Gruber, the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davidson College, to St. Mary's to speak to our 9th and 10th grade parents on Monday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Rose Theater at the Buckman Center. Please join us that evening to hear from Dean Gruber about how our students can best prepare for the college search and admission process. Dean Gruber will be meeting with our students on the morning of Nov. 15 to help them understand the factors that colleges consider when they review students for admission.

Prior to Davidson, Dean Gruber served as the Director of Admission at the University of Richmond. He has taught, lectured, and coordinated seminars locally, nationally, and internationally on admission, college counseling, and financial aid, and has spoken at high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations around the world. Dean Gruber served on the Board of Directors for the Common Application and as president during his five-year tenure on that board. He understands the independent school world, having served as the Board Chair for an independent school in North Carolina.


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

Office of College Counseling

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

The 65-member class of 2016 matriculated to 49 institutions and earned more than $11 million in merit based scholarships.

St. Mary's college matriculation

Baylor University
Carleton College
Centre College
Chapman University
Clemson University
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Emory University
Flagler College
Fordham University
Harvard University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Loyola University New Orleans
Marymount Manhattan College
Mississippi State University
Montana State University, Bozeman
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Pace University, New York City
Rhodes College
Saint Louis University
Smith College

Texas Christian University
The New School - All Divisions
The University of Georgia
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tulane University
University of Arkansas
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Notre Dame
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Toronto
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Webster University
Xavier University of Louisiana

impact of St. Mary's education