College Guidance

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Jeannie Nix
College Counselor
251-461-2144
Email
Melinda McCall
College Counselor
251-461-2143
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Mission and Philosophy

The mission and philosophy of the College Guidance Office at St. Paul’s is to help students explore their strengths and passions while they find the college or university that is the best academic, extracurricular, social, and financial fit. We seek to ensure this process is positive for both students and parents by starting, and finishing, early so that the senior year is an enjoyable and low-stress time. Our experienced and committed College Counselors are available and eager to provide support throughout the college search and selection experience. Since the world of college admissions is complex and ever-changing, annual travel to college campuses and membership in professional organizations ensure that the College Counselors maintain both strong knowledge of, and excellent working relationships with, the colleges most sought after by our students. 

To serve parents of all grades, the College Guidance Office holds a variety of informational meetings throughout the year.  During these events, the College Counselors provide timely information, answer questions, and offer suggestions on how families should proceed based on their individual stage of the college process:

  • In the spring of the 8th and 9th grade years, the College Counselors, in conjunction with the School Counselors and Deans, speak to students and parents about how to plan an overall Upper School strategy, select appropriate Upper School courses, build a strong student profile, avoid common missteps, prepare for standardized tests, and participate in valuable high school activities.
  • Students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades have the opportunity to meet with college representatives who visit the St. Paul’s campus to present candid advice on their admissions process. The representatives also share unique information about the opportunities found at their institution.

In addition, St. Paul's, in conjunction with the Bay Area School Consortium, hosts a College Fair each fall that includes representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities.

While college preparation is emphasized throughout the Upper School years, the college counseling program moves into high gear during a student’s junior year. This process begins with an informational meeting for all juniors and their parents. Throughout the junior and senior years, students and parents meet with the counselors individually to generate target schools and develop action plans for college applications. While the college research process is guided by the College Counselors, it is primarily driven by the student’s growing awareness of his/her own interests and strengths. Through student interviews and individual meetings with parents, the counselors learn about each student’s hopes, dreams, and goals in order to help create a personalized and tailored plan. The logistics of the process are managed through Naviance, a web-based college counseling information system, which also provides students and parents with additional resources for college information. Specific instructions for how to apply for scholarships/financial aid and register with the NCAA Clearinghouse are also accessible through the Naviance portal.

By the time the college application season arrives in the fall of the senior year, St. Paul’s students are educated about the process and are ready to prepare their applications. They can be confident that they are presenting themselves in a holistic manner. The College Counselors work closely with each student during this last stage of their college journey, helping to guide them through the sometimes complex process while serving as their advocate and cheerleader. Finally, when the college acceptances arrive, we help students decide upon their best fit and join in celebration as they begin the next exciting chapter in their lives!

What should you be doing to prepare?

 

Grades 5-8: In middle school, we will continue the students’ path in fostering a strong foundation in our curriculum. Middle school is an exciting and curious time in the lives of our students as they are one step closer to becoming a high school student. Middle school students are in the early stages of preparing themselves for high school (and ultimately college), so we will concentrate on creating positive study habits, developing critical thinking skills, and teaching our students to be accountable for their own academic success. Students will also continue to enhance their writing skills to prepare for the higher-level classes that the upper school offers. We strive to make the transition into high school (where their transcript for college acceptance begins) as smooth as possible. As our students continue to take achievement tests, some may start to receive invitations to college readiness programs. We highly recommend reaching out to our College Counselors for assistance and guidance. In the spring semester of 8th grade, all of our students will begin course selection for upper school at which time our counselors will help guide them in the right direction. We look forward to becoming a part of your St. Paul’s college preparatory experience.

Grades PreK-4: We encourage our families to foster the excitement of exploration and the enjoyment of learning. Children at the lower and intermediate school levels will develop a strong foundation in our curriculum. We provide experiences for the academic and social skills necessary to develop confident, lifelong learners. We are the first step to a vibrant college prep experience.

Resources


Naviance: Naviance Family Connection is an internet-based college advising website aimed at helping your child explore colleges and potential career options. Students log into their personal Naviance accounts during their freshman year and are expected to be active through graduation.

Other Resources

Junior Night

College Visits  

College Representatives come to St. Paul’s campus to visit with prospective juniors and seniors and their parents in a small group setting. The visits are scheduled during the fall, primarily during lunch periods, but some are scheduled throughout the school day. The meetings last approximately 30-45 minutes. A student must have approval from his or her teacher in order to attend and is responsible for making up any work missed.

Students - How to Attend a Visit

All Scheduled visits are available on Naviance.

Before the visit day:
Sign up to attend the visit through your Naviance portal
If the visit is during lunch, you do not need a pass.

If the visit is during a class time:
• Pick up a pass in the College Guidance Office.
• Ask your teacher for permission to leave the class (You must ask at least one day before the meeting).

On the visit day:
• Have your teacher sign the pass to permit you out of class.
• Introduce yourself to the representative.
• We will sign the pass for you to return to class.

College Reps - How to Set Up a Visit

St. Paul’s welcomes college visitors and appreciates your willingness to share information about the schools you represent and the application process. Please contact Jeannie Nix (jnix@stpaulsmobile.net/251.461.2144) or Melinda McCall (mmccall@stpaulsmobile.net/251.461.2144) to arrange your visit during any school day. We prefer to schedule visits at 11:45 during lunch. Our students will be instructed to bring their lunch to a private conference room to meet with you. 

  • If 11:45 does not fit with your schedule, we will be glad to arrange a better time between 8:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
  • When you arrive on campus, please check in at the front desk, immediately to your left as you walk in the double glass doors. They will give you a Visitor’s Pass and direct you to the Conference Room or the Counseling Office.
  • We will advertise your visit to our students and parents. However, if none are available to meet with you, the counselor will meet with you to share information.
  • In addition to your school visit, you may be interested in attending the Bay Area College Night, hosted by six area College Preparatory Schools each October. 

Where do St. Paul's graduates go to college?

The Class of 2020 was accepted to over 90 different colleges and universities across the nation and earned 8.5 MILLION dollars in scholarship offers!

2018-2020 College and University Acceptances and Matriculation

Schools listed in bold indicate that one or more students matriculated.

Academy of Art University
Alabama A&M University
American University
Anderson University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Auburn University at Montgomery
Barnard College
Baylor University
Belhaven University
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont University
Berry College
Birmingham Southern College
Bishop State Community College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
California College of the Arts
California Institute of Technology
California Institute of the Arts
Case Western Reserve University
Central Michigan University
Centre College
Christendom College
Christian Brothers University
Clark Atlanta University
Clemson University
Coastal Alabama Community College
College of Charleston
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Duke University
East Central Community College
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emory University
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fisk University
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Fontys Hogescholen
Fordham University
Full Sail University
Furman University
Gardner-Webb University
George C Wallace Community College
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Grove City College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
Harvard College
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Howard University
Huntingdon College
Illinois State University
Iowa State University
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Kenyon College
LeTourneau University
Lewis University
Liberty University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Manhattan College
Marion Military Institute
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McLennan Community College
Mercer University
Millsaps College
Mississippi College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Mississippi State University
Montana State University
Morehouse College
New York University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oglethorpe University
Ohio University
Oklahoma City University
Pace University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Rollins College
Samford University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Simmons University
Snead State Community College
Southeastern University
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
Spring Hill College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
The University of Arizona
The University of Findlay
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Tennessee
The University of Texas, Austin
The University of West Florida
The University of West Georgia
Trident Technical College
Trinity University
Troy University
Tulane University of Louisiana
Tuskegee University
United States Naval Academy
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Arkansas
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Holy Cross
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Mississippi
University of Mobile
University of Montevallo
University of New Mexico
University of North Alabama
University of Northern Iowa
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of San Francisco
University of South Alabama
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Virginia
University of West Alabama
Valley Forge Military College
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St Louis
Western Carolina University
William and Mary
William Carey University
Winthrop University
Wofford College
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale University

 

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