College Guidance Program

Saint Maur International School is a college-preparatory school. Each year, 100% of our graduates are accepted by and enroll in four-year universities around the world.

Our high school curriculum includes a wide variety of challenging academic courses, designed to provide students with the academic background and skills necessary to succeed in higher education and careers which require university degrees. We do not provide any vocational training or preparation for students who intend to seek employment directly after high school. Our College Guidance Program helps students and parents to understand and navigate the admissions process, so that students can achieve their academic goals.

Since 2009, Saint Maur students have matriculated to the following colleges & universities:

POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS FOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
Where do Saint Maur students apply to university? Where are they accepted? Where do they enroll? The College Guidance Program enables students to enter universities where English is the language or instruction, in countries around the world (including non-English speaking countries such as Japan). However, our ability to advise students and parents about admission to national university systems, in countries where English is not used, will be severely limited.

Here are the countries where Saint Maur students often apply and enter higher education:

  • United States (over 2,400 four-year colleges and universities)
  • Canada (about 90 four-year universities)
  • Britain (about 120 three- and four-year universities) and Ireland (seven universities)
  • Australia and New Zealand (over 20 universities where students can begin in July)
  • Japan (25 universities with courses taught in English and September admission)
  • Europe and the Middle East (about 50 universities with courses taught in English)

WHAT COUNTS FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION (LISTED IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE)
This may differ according to national education systems and individual universities, but in general these criteria are most decisive in determining success in admission to college.

  • Academic Profile
    • Level of Academic Difficulty of Course Selection
    • Grades in Advanced Courses (such as IB and AP)
    • Predicted Grades for IB and AP Exams
    • Final Year Grades for all Courses in Grades 9-12
  • Standardized Admissions Tests (especially SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests)
  • Proof of English Proficiency, as shown by TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, IGCSE, SAT, etc.
  • High School Transcript: All courses in Grades 9, 10, 11, and Semester I of Grade 12
  • Application Essay or Personal Statement (usually one or two per college)
  • Counselor and Teacher Recommendation Letters (usually three letters)
  • Demonstrated interest in attending a particular university or college
  • Depth of commitment to an extra-curricular activity, such as sports or music
  • Interviews with college or alumni representatives (when available)

Note: The terms “college” and “university” have overlapping meaning and usage, depending on the national system. They are often used interchangeably, especially in the United States.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
Based on a survey of college and university admissions officers throughout the United States, published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The percentages reflect the proportion of universities which considered each criterion “extremely important” or “very important.”

Criteria Percentage
High School Grades in College Preparatory
Courses
(At Saint Maur, all full-credit
graded courses fall into this category.)
83%
Academic Rigor of the Courses Selected by
the Student
(This refers to the number of IB
subjects which students choose to take.)
66%
Standardized Admissions Tests
(SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests, as
well as TOEFL)
59%
High
School Grades in All Courses
46%
Student’s
Application Essay or Personal Statement
27%
Student’s
Demonstrated Interest in Attending College
23%
Class Rank
(Due to our small enrollment, we do not rank our
students at Saint Maur. This
is true of most private schools and almost all international schools.)
22%
Counselor
and Teacher Recommendation Letters
19%
Interview
(when it is possible to schedule one)
9%
Sports
and Extra-Curricular Activities
7%
Student
Portfolio
6%
Work
Experience
2%

Other factors play almost no role in the admission process: Ability to Pay, Alumni Relationship, Race, Ethnic Group, and Place of Residence

GENERAL SCHEDULE OF APPLICATION DEADLINES

Date University
November U.S. Early Action or Early Decision program
University
of California/California State University system
British
Universities through UCAS system
Late December or January Most U.S. universities
Some
universities in Japan
Late February Most Canadian universities
Some
universities in Japan
March or April Remaining
universities in U.S., Japan, and Canada

Deadlines for individual colleges will vary.