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From the Director of Counseling

Class of 2020 Myths and Common Questions
  • I plan to retake the SAT or ACT, I can't apply to college. MYTH. Yes you can submit your application as you only enter when you plan to take the test. 
  • Senior year grades do not matter. MYTH--yes they do matter. In the spring, the counseling team will send out mid year reports to your colleges with your semester grades. 
  • There is no  scholarships for me. MYTH. Check out apps such as Scholly and don't forget the Naviance Scholarship page. Also most Texas Public colleges use Apply Texas for their scholarship applications, check
    this Apply Texas Resource out
  • Time: When are the deadlines? Check out our calendar for suggested deadlines. Also don't forget all week we have lunch workshops. Goal is to complete all applications by November 15th. 
  • Merit Aid is based off of your academics at STH. Check out this resource of colleges who give out the most merit aid

If you plan to attend, please sign-up in Naviance. If a college visit is during lunch, please bring a lunch from home; and if a college visit is during class, please get a Notification Form of College Visit (blue form) from the counseling office to get your teacher's approval and signature to miss class.  These dates are subject to change due to last minute cancellations/changes from the college.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs.Garza in the Counseling Department at extension 107 or email 

College Knowledge 

Nestled in the heart of our hometown surrounded by majestic live oaks lies the world renowned Rice University.  Let's check it out!

Location: Houston, TX
Size: 6767
Average SAT/ACT: 1535/34
Top Programs: Engineering, Biosciences, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Architecture, Economics, Music, Entrepreneurship
Mascot: Rice Owls
Fun Facts: Need blind admissions process that guarantees full financial need met of all admitted students, families making less than $200,000 are awarded at least 1/2 tuition grants, strong residential college life that replaces Greek life, social life is highly focused on campus events, NCAA Division I athletics, national leader in entrepreneurship studies, engineering, architecture, science,  and music, opportunities to work closely with NASA,  70% of courses have fewer than 20 students, long tradition of encouraging double and triple majors.

Have you added any of our featured schools to your "Colleges I'm thinking about" list on Naviance?  Add them to learn more and check out Scattergrams to see what it takes to be admitted!

Purdue University
Saint Louis University
Ithaca College
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Dallas
Creighton University.
Trinity University.
Truman State
Bucknell University.
Drake University
The University of Notre Dame

And more to come!

Throughout the year, SMU offers several specialized opportunities for students to learn what makes the Lyle School of Engineering one of the premier engineering schools in the world. Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty, current students, and to ask questions about our world-class education and research facilities. 

Academic Spot Light
Friday November 8th

Come see the Lyle School of Engineering through the eyes of students and faculty. Explore where students work on innovative projects in state-of-the-art facilities. Learn more about your intended major and the research opportunities you will have as an undergraduate student. Gain a better understanding of the admission process and see how the Lyle School of Engineering can help you achieve your career goals. Click to Register 

Careers, Resumes, oh my!

Hey STH parents!  Do you have a "cool career" that you would like to share with the young men of St. Thomas?  We are looking to feature parent careers in our upcoming newsletters and would love your input.  If you would like to have your career featured, click here to complete the Google form!

Paid Service Learning Opportunity- 
Did you know that in Texas, high school students aged 16 years and older can work the polls on Election Day? The Harris County Step Up to Serve campaign encourages civic participation and gives students an inside look at the elections process. They are looking for students to apply to work in the upcoming November 5, 2019 Joint General and Special Elections.   If you have any interest in a future career in government or politics, this would be a great opportunity for you!

If selected for this opportunity, you would have to be at the polls all day and would miss school.  The Dean of Students Office has graciously offered to count this participation as an "academic absence" that would not count towards exemptions, etc.

Application/Permission Form

Scholarship Spotlight
The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest- is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education.
Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen. Each school’s DAR Good Citizen receives a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate and wallet recognition card. This student is eligible, if he/she wishes, to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. The DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest consists of two parts. Part I consists of the student describing how he/she has tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen. This part may be completed at home and is to be submitted together with a grade transcript and two letters of recommendation. Part II is a time essay.
Applications are available in Ms. Rawls office 2221 A and the Deadline for Part I of the scholarship is due on October 31, 2019.


College Admissions Case Study Night - Recap and Info

A big thank you to all who could join us at our College Admissions Case Study Night Program last night!  Committees made up of STHS students and parents and led by actual college admissions representatives spent the evening examining three fictitious college admission applications and were given a glimpse of what types of discussions are commonly had behind the scenes before admissions decisions are made.

Listed below is the contact information for each of the admissions representatives that were kind enough to volunteer their time to help make the program a success.  Also for those of you who were unable to join us last night, there is a link to the information and cases that were used throughout the program.  We will do this again next fall so if you were not able to come this time, we hope to see you next year!

Group   School Rep Name Email
1   University of St. Thomas-Houston Beth Mussalli
2   Rice University Shana Castillo
3   University of Tennessee Monica Thompson
4   Texas State University Jessica Vannauker
5   University of Rochester Dana Marchant
6   Baylor University Cassie Rodriguez

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