College Admissions

At St. Monica Academy, every junior takes a College Research Class in the spring to familiarize and prepare the student for the college admission process. Each student develops a student admission profile built on an understanding of their strengths and interests both academic and extracurricular that will benefit them in their search for the right college. Class assignments cover research of college choices, developing a college “apply list,” practicing SAT/ACT essay writing using actual test prompts, taking mock SAT and ACT exams under test conditions, discussing college visits, and developing summer plans that will build their college applicant profile.

In the fall, seniors continue their College Research Class by spending dedicated time each week in constructing their applications and essays and in researching and learning about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Throughout the school year, the College Counselor meets one-on-one with the Juniors and Seniors in order to

– Answer any questions the student has about the college admissions process
– Assist the student in staying on schedule and completing all components of college applications
– Discuss educational concerns and explore methods for improving academic performance
– Discuss personal or social issues in a confidential setting
– Help the student achieve present and future goals in education

Parents, teachers or students may request counseling appointments for students by contacting the Dean of High School. Parents should feel free to call the office with any concerns regarding their child.

Transcript Request

Requests made for official paper transcripts must be made in person to the office. In general, the UC and Cal State systems use student-reported grades and do not require a transcript with their applications.  After an initial review, an officialtranscript may be required; in that case, the student will be notified by the college. Most private universities also do not require an official paper transcript with the application. After graduation, seniors will need to request that a final official paper transcript be sent to the college where they will be attending in the fall.  There is a fee of $3 per transcript request. Students must fill out the form completely and must have the address of the college on the form. Official transcripts also may be required for scholarship applications.

For a printable transcript request form, click here.


College Research

General Information for U.S. Colleges:
Unigo –
CollegeLink –
Petersons –
GoCollege –
Catholic Colleges & Universities –
Jesuit Colleges –
College Board –
Medical Assistant Schools –
Affordable Online Colleges –
Top 100 Online Colleges –
Online College Navigator & Comparison Tool –
Online Reputation Management (important tips for college admission) –
Consumer Affairs Best Online Course Websites –

General Information for California Colleges:
College Atlas –
California Independent Colleges & Universities –
University of California schools –
California State University schools –
California Colleges –
California Online Colleges –
Affordable Online Colleges –

College Entrance Exams and Test Preparation

Register for the SAT –
Register for the ACT –
GoCollege – –

Scholarship Opportunities and Essay Contests
A Complete Guide to Financial Aid:
California Association of Collectors Scholarship:
Margarian Scholarship:
Reagan Scholarship:
RebatesZone Scholarships:
McDonald’s Scholarships:
Daughters of the American Revolution (Multiple Scholarships):
Columbus Essay Competition:
(More information on this with Mr. Halpin)
Varsity Tutors (monthly $1,000 scholarship contest):
Century Link Quote:

College Acceptances

This is a partial list of college acceptances that our graduates have received:

American Music and Dramatic AcademyAve Maria UniversityArizona State University

Art Institute of San Diego

Avila University

Azusa Pacific University

Baylor University

Boise State University

California Institute of the Arts

California Maritime Academy

Cal Poly State University, Pomona

Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

California State University, Channel Islands

California State University at Fullerton

California State University at Long Beach

California State University at Los Angeles

California State University at Northridge

California State University at Riverside

California State University at Santa Barbara

Carroll College

Catholic University of America

Chapman University

Christendom College

Citrus College

Cornish College of the Arts

Creighton University

Drexel University

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Felician College

Fordham University

Franciscan University of Steubenville

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Gonzaga University

Grand Canyon University

Hawaii Pacific University

Holy Cross College

Indiana University Bloomington

John Cabot University, Rome

John Paul the Great Catholic University

Johns Hopkins University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University of Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans

Lycoming College

Marist College

Marquette University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Montana State University

College of Mount St. Joseph

New York University

Northern Arizona University

Norwich University

Otis College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania State University

Pepperdine University

Portland State University

Providence College Rhode Island

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

San Diego State University

San Francisco Art InstituteSan Francisco Conservatory of MusicSan Jose State University

Santa Clara University

Seattle University

St. Gregory’s University

St. John’s University New York

St. Mary’s College, California

St. Mary’s College, Indiana

Southern Methodist University

Texas Tech University

Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas More College

United States Naval Academy

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Davis

University of California at Irvine

University of California at Los Angeles

University of California at Merced

University of California at Riverside

University of California at San Diego

University of California at Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Dallas

University of Evansville, Indiana

University of Hartford, Connecticut

University of La Verne

University of Louisville, Kentucky

University of Michigan

University of Milan

University of Minnesota

University of Mississippi

University of North Texas

University of Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of the Pacific

University of Pittsburgh

University of Portland

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of St. Francis (Indiana)

University of St. Joseph (Indiana)

University of St. Thomas

University of Virginia

US Merchant Marine Academy

US Military Academy West Point

Vanderbilt University

Vienna Conservatory of Music

Washington State University

Wheaton College

Whittier College

Westmont College

Wyoming Catholic College