College Planning

The Office of College Counseling helps navigate students and their families through the process of choosing a college that will offer the right fit for their interests and abilities. Because we know each student and her personal preferences, we can effectively seek colleges where they will continue to grow and find success. At St. Margaret's this in-depth process officially begins during students' sophomore year then becomes more focused during the junior year with opportunities such as Next Steps. Individual meetings with the Dean of College Counseling continue to take place into a student's senior year as do a wide variety of additional resources, such as Family Connection, an online personalized college planning tool, and interactive visits from college admission representatives and young alumnae.

It is important that you, as students and parents begin thinking and talking about college in general terms early. Instead of considering specific schools, discuss what is working in your classes now and the type of academic environment that has already excited and challenged you, and thus, provided successful learning experiences. Then, look beyond the classroom: athletic involvement, clubs, research opportunities, and the potential for travel and internships are all examples of opportunities waiting for you at college.

For more details about how our academic resources will prepare your daughter for the future please visit the St. Margaret's Academic Profile.

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    Valerie Doucette 

    Dean of College Counseling
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    Ellen Carlson 


College Matriculation

Nearly all of our seniors are dual-enrolled, taking classes both at St. Margaret's and Rappahannock Community College to earn college credit. You'll see in the list below that St. Margaret's graduates matriculate to a wide variety of colleges and universities based on their goals for the future. Nearly 100% of SMS graduates enroll in a four-year college or university. In 2020, our graduates all were accepted into a college or university of their choice and received almost a million dollars in scholarship offers.

Agnes Scott College
American University
Auburn University - Montgomery
Baylor University
Becker College
Bellarmine University
Boston University
Bryn Mawr College
Coastal Carolina University
Christopher Newport University
College of New Jersey
College of William & Mary
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Cornell College
Denison University
Dixie State University
Drew University
Drexel University
East Carolina University
Elon University
Emory University
Ferrum College
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgia State University
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hampton University
High Point University
Howard University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
James Madison University
Juniata College
Lehigh University
Liberty University
Longwood University
Lynchburg College
Lynn University
Marshall University
Mary Baldwin College
Marymount University
McDaniel College
Meredith College
Michigan State University
Mills College
Mitchell College
Morgan State University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount St. Mary's University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Piedmont Virginia CC
Pitzer College
Radford University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Rappahannock CC
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Richard Bland College
Roanoke College
Rocky Mountain College
Rollins College
Saint Michael’s College
Santa Clara University
Seattle Pacific University
Seton Hill University
Shenandoah University
St. Olaf College
Stoney Brook University
Suffolk University
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Temple University, Japan
Tidewater Community College
Towson University
Trinity College
Trinity University, DC
University of California at Irvine
University of Georgia
University of Guelph
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Kentucky
University of Mary Washington
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of Rhode Island
University of South Carolina
University of Texas, Austin
University of Virginia
University of Washington, Seattle
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Waseda University
Washington State University
Widener University
Wilfrid Laurier University
William Peace University
Wofford College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
St. Margaret's School
P.O. Box 158
Tappahannock, VA 22560
T: 804-443-3357
Episcopal girls' school for boarding and day, grades 8-12, and postgraduate, on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.