College Counseling

Well Prepared
St. Catherine's students are well prepared for college and are admitted to many highly-selective colleges and universities. These alumnae attend Ivy League schools, large state universities, small liberal arts colleges, women’s institutions, art colleges and everything in between. To help each student find the college or university that best suits her unique talents and interests, an in-depth college counseling process begins during the ninth grade year. During the eleventh grade year, each student is assigned to one of the college counselors who will become her advocate and guide her during the complex application and admission process. Our College Counselors encourage the girls and their parents to compile a list of possible schools and then narrow the list down as the application time draws near. Admissions officers from more than 100 colleges and universities come to our campus to meet our students.

The Process
College counseling at St. Catherine’s includes plenty of one-on-one meetings, with and without parents, during which the counselor helps the student articulate what she wants out of her college experience. The counselor adds to each student's list of prospective schools by recommending colleges that the student may not be familiar with but that meet the student's criteria. Technology is an integral part of the process as well. St. Catherine’s uses the web-based program Naviance to help manage the data for each student’s college search — where she is applying, her grades, scores and recommendations, and where she is in the process at each school. Naviance also gives students access to their target schools’ SAT and GPA ranges, and how many St. Catherine’s students have been accepted there in the past. Each student has a password-protected Naviance account which is accessible to her, her parents and the college counselors.

The College Counseling offices are located in the Arcade, just off of the Green, between Ellett and Bacot. Stop in for a visit!

By The Numbers

  • More than 100 colleges and universities come to campus to meet our students  
  • Class of 2016 (85 students) filed 499 applications to 152 different colleges
  • Two out of every three college applications result in acceptance
  • 90% of our seniors took Advanced Placement exams
  • 83% of our students scored a qualifying score of 3, 4 or 5 on their AP exam (college credit eligibility) 
  • 316 AP Scholars (2009-2016)
  • 74 National Merit Distinctions since 2007

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College Choices

Sampling of recent college acceptances: 
Alabama, American, Boston College, Boston University, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Carnegie Mellon, Catholic University of America, College of Charleston, Colby College, Colgate, Colorado-Boulder, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Denison, Dickinson, Duke, Elon, Emory, Furman, Georgetown, George Washington, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Hampton, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Haverford, James Madison, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Lehigh, Longwood, Mary Washington, Michigan, MIT, Mt. Holyoke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, New York University, Parsons, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Randolph-Macon,
Rhodes, South Carolina, Smith, SMU, Sweet Briar, Trinity, Tufts, Tulane, U. S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Chicago, University of Richmond, University of the South, University of St. Andrews (Scotland), University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Villanova, Virginia Tech, VMI, Wake Forest, Washington and Lee, Washington University (St. Louis), Wellesley, William & Mary

College Board codes are needed when you register for SAT or ACT standardized tests or send score reports to colleges and scholarship programs. St. Catherine's CEEB CODE: 471885

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6001 Grove Avenue | Richmond, Virginia 23226 | (p) 804.288.2804 |  (f) 804.285.8169
Experts in the way girls learn best, St. Catherine’s offers a rigorous liberal arts education, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish (JK- grade 12), JK- grade 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and 23 AP classes and 33 honors classes. Call us today for a tour 804-288-2804.