Seniors Class of 2021

Resources, Ideas, and Opportunities to Assist in the College Application Process!

COVID-19 has impacted this upcoming college admissions cycle. Updates, workshops, and news stories can be access through this SM site:

College Advising During Covid

SM College Counseling LIVE Virtual Workshops - Week of July 13th

Workshops will be held via the TEAMS platform. RSVP below for the topics that interest you and the TEAMS link will be sent to you on July 9th


Topic Description Date Time
Building a College List

Explore virtual resources, search engines,  information sessions and tours to use for effective research. Review programs, majors, and unique college experiences to create an individualized college list. 

7/13 9am
College Application 101 Review all the information required to complete the Common App, Coalition App, CSU App and the UC application. Deadlines, general terms, organization, and the basic process will be explained.  7/13 11am
Using Naviance & the SM Process Naviance is the college counseling software platform SM uses to send documents, research colleges, complete letter of recommendation information and create a balanced college list. We will walk you through how to use each aspect of this platform.  7/14 9am
Creating the Activities List & Additional Information Section Learn how to create a long list of activities, interests, hobbies, and awards, convert them into a resume, the UC activity list and the Common App activity list. Explore ideas about how to use the "Additional Information Section" on the applications.  7/14 11am
The Highly Selective School Admissions Process Schools deemed "highly selective" have an admissions rate under 30%. If you are applying to schools in this category, learn how to correctly strategize the timing, writing prompts, and other information unique to this process.  7/15 9am
Scholarships, Merit & Financial Aid Build a college list designed to maximize merit aid as well as research and apply for scholarships. Learn how to effectively complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile.  7/15 11am
Advice from SM Alumni 5-6 recent SM grads will share their advice, best practices, and encouragement.  7/16 11am


SM partners with Ethan Sawyer, "The College Essay Guy" to provide free & discounted college essay writing guidance

College Admissions Resources

Essay Resource - Prompt.com

Prompt.com is a free tool that helps you:

  • Organize all the required writing requirements paired with your individual college list.
  • Provides tools to help you create a strong activities list and resume
  • Assists in the brainstorming process by suggesting topics based on your resume and assessment results.

Prompt.com also provides low cost online essay reviews, edits, and coaching! SM students get a 33% discount on all paid services. Use the link above to register. 

How Prompt Works



Michigan State University Admissions

“Based on the outstanding academic preparation received by students at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and their resulting history of success at Michigan State University, we are pleased to announce that SMCHS has been named as an MSU Spartan Select California High School for the second consecutive year. As one of only three schools in CA to be given this designation, all SMCHS students admitted to Michigan State this year will receive a grant of $15,000, renewable for 4 years, as well as a one-time study abroad award of $3,000 to $5,000. If eligible, students can also receive additional legacy and honors college merit awards. Congratulations to the students, staff, and families of SMCHS.”

SM/MSU Spartan Select Partnership 2019-20

  • If admitted to Michigan State University, the total cost of attendance for SM students (including room and board/fees) will be approximately $35,500 each year.
  • Each admitted SM student will receive a one-time study abroad grant in the amount of $3,000-$5,000.
  • SM students can stack other scholarships received (legacy and/or honors college) to further reduce the total cost of attendance.

Seniors - Apply to Michigan State by November 1 (Early Action) or February 1 (Regular Decision) to access this SM partnership scholarship.