Portrait of a Graduate

The value of a Saint Mary’s Hall education is evident in the accomplishments of our students and alumni. There is a measurable difference between the quality of the education and the opportunities available to SMH students and students at other area schools.

Through curiosity and hard work, our graduates have built lives as articulate, confident individuals who are well prepared for college and are set on a course for achievement and fulfillment in life.

 


 

Class of 2020 Matriculation 

American University
Austin Community College
Baylor University
Boston University
California Polytechnic
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western University
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Colorado School of Mines
Connecticut College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Duke University
Emory University
Furman University
George Washington University
Hamilton College
Kenyon College
Middlebury College
New York University
Oxford College of Emory University
Rice University
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
SUNY Maritime
Texas A&M
Texas Lutheran
Trinity University
University of Richmond
University of Texas
UTSA

Class of 2020

  • 88 Students
  • $10,491,828 in Scholarships
  • 56% of Students Receiving Scholarships
  • 69% Accepted to First-Choice College
  • 66% Matriculating Out of State
  • 5 National Merit Scholarship Winners
  • 1,346 Average SAT Score

5-Year Average: 2016-2020

  • 92 Students Average Class Size
  • $9,890,048. in Scholarships
  • 57% of Students Receiving Scholarships
  • 59% Accepted to First-Choice College
  • 62% Matriculating Out of State
  • 18 National Merit Scholarship Winners
  • 1,341 Average SAT Score

Over the past four years, Kelly Jorgensen has proven to be an excellent college counselor for our two daughters. She makes an effort to know all of her students beyond their GPA’s and test scores and helps them get to know themselves. Kelly truly enjoys discovering their particular interests, likes and dislikes, and what makes each one of them unique. She guides her students in applying this self-awareness to search and discover schools that could be the the right fit for them.

With Kelly Jorgensen’s expertise, sound advice, patience and enthusiasm, students at Saint Mary’s Hall are exceptionally prepared.

  • Gina Markey
  • Parent

As parents at SMH for 17+ years with multiple children, we had always heard rave reviews about the College Counseling Team. But faster than we could have imagined, we were in their offices having conversations that were foreign to us, and if being honest, really scary. The first conversation with KJ, she had a couple requests - we (our student and us) keep an open mind to different schools and not focus in on a school, be intentional, keep the team updated, and ‘Trust the Process’. She assured us if we did those couple of things that she would 1) walk us through the process and not allow us to miss anything or drop the ball, and 2) she would help our student find the right school/fit/home. Going through the process and having been through the process, we can unequivocally testify to the accuracy of those statements. Our first student found a school that was not on the radar, but was, and is, the perfect fit, allowing him to thrive academically and personally. It is a stressful process, particularly for the students, but the College Counseling Team did an unbelievable job of walking us through it. We couldn’t imagine doing it without them.”

  • Scott and Stephanie Harris
  • Trustee and Parents

At Saint Mary’s Hall we are taught many life lessons, however I think the most important thing I learned was taught to me by the College Counseling office, and this was to trust myself. The college process overall is very overwhelming, but the college counseling office is the least overwhelming place to be on campus. Ms. Skurka’s warm greetings and genuine curiosity about one’s day is heartwarming, Ms. Ditto’s constant positivity and laughter is comforting in times of stress, and Ms. Jorgensen’s words of wisdom I will carry with me for the rest of my education and life. “Trust the process,” applies to so much more than college applications, it applies to life, relationships, and the comprehension that everything happens for a reason. Trust the process, means trust yourself.

  • Juliana Czar
  • Class of 2020

Mrs. Jorgensen’s college counseling leadership at Saint Mary’s Hall has shown why the institution remains one of the top in San Antonio. She takes pride into her student’s best interests with a positive attitude and succeeds. One of the best things about her Saint Mary’s Hall led college counseling program is her strong, prevailing advice in making a college list, writing essays, and ensuring that the college process is exciting and enjoyable. In addition, the college counseling program’s summer college boot camp sets a firm foundation and mindset for the college process to follow. I definitely would have not been in the position I am today without the help of Mrs. Jorgensen, and this is precisely why the SMH college counseling program is second to none in San Antonio.

  • Cardo Gutierrez
  • Class of 2020

Being an international student, the college application process was completely foreign to my family. I knew about standardized testing and the names of some American universities, but I didn’t know much beyond that. However, because I had Mrs. Jorgensen and Mrs. Ditto right by my side, I never felt like I was navigating the college process on my own. From helping me build a college list that was right for me and reading my essays time and time again to cheering on me when I finally wrote my college acceptances on the whiteboard, Mrs. Jorgensen and Mrs. Ditto were always there for me when I needed them. The supportive and encouraging atmosphere in the college counseling office provided me a sanctuary where I could talk about my dreams and anxieties about both the application process and the next chapter of my life I’m about to embark. I am so grateful I had SMH college counseling as I journeyed through the college process and I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without the mentorship and unconditional belief of Mrs. Jorgensen and Mrs. Ditto.

  • Maria Benavides
  • Class of 2020

Meet Our Team

Kelly Jorgensen - Director of College Counseling

Mrs. Jorgensen has led the College Counseling team since 2012.  Contact her by phone at (210) 483-9250 or by email at kjorgensen@smhall.org  

Taylor Ditto - Assistant Director of College Counseling


Mrs. Ditto has been with SMH since 2018.  Contact her by phone at (210) 483-9179 or by email at at tditto@smhall.org

Melissa Skurka - Administrative Assistant - College Counseling

Mrs. Skurka has been with SMH since 2001.  Contact her by phone at (210) 483-9139 or by email at mskurka@smhall.org