College Counseling

The College Counseling team works closely with each Upper School student, helping her discover colleges and universities which fit her academic, social, and environmental expectations, and guiding her through the entire application and selection process.


College Profile 2023-2024

Class of 2023 by the Numbers


63 girls were accepted to 157 colleges and universities in the US and abroad. They matriculated to 45 institutions in 23 states.


14 girls in the last four years have continued their athletic careers in college. These students are members of the bowling, cross country, fencing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and trap teams at Birmingham Southern College, Rhodes College, Roanoke College, Spring Hill College, United States Air Force Academy, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee Southern, and Washington and Lee University.



28 was the average ACT score for the last four classes of graduating students.


79% of the class of 2023 attend colleges out of state. 


14% of the class was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program including 2 National Merit Finalists and 7 National Merit Commended students.

The 63 members of the Class of 2023 matriculated to 45 universities and colleges in 23 states.

Appalachian State University
Auburn University (3)
Birmingham-Southern College
Brown University
Butler University
Chapman University
Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Cornell University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Emory University
Goucher College
High Point University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University, Bloomington (2)
Louisiana State University (2)
Loyola Marymount University (2)
Marymount Manhattan College
Middle Tennessee State University
Rhodes College (2)
Saint Louis University
Samford University
Savannah College of Art and Design

Sewanee: The University of the South (2)
Southern Methodist University
The University of Alabama (2)
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (6)
Tufts University
University of Arizona
University of Central Florida
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Memphis (2)
University of Miami
University of Mississippi (4)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California
University of Virginia (Main Campus)
University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Vanderbilt University (2)
Wake Forest University (2)
Warren Wilson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University

The college search process is overwhelming. We appreciated the way the St. Mary’s counseling team broke the process down into manageable steps, reassured and educated us throughout, and empowered our daughter to feel confident about her options. Her chosen university is the perfect fit and it is a school we only considered because of the recommendation of the St. Mary’s counselors. Cathy Mccormick Wilson '88

Beverly Brooks

Beverly Brooks

Director of College Counseling
Leanne Pleasants

Leanne Pleasants

Registrar & College Counseling Coordinator
Ann Pretzer

Ann Pretzer

Assistant Director of College Counseling
Cornell University
Duke University
Emory University