College Counseling

A liberal arts curriculum prepares students to become whatever God is calling them to be. MRA strives to ensure that all doors remain open to students as they discern their vocation. We therefore strongly encourage students to prepare for college by taking all the necessary steps to keep the door open.

MRA is a College Board approved test-site so students can take the PSAT on campus. The PSAT is administered to students in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11. In March of 2017, the School SAT was taken by 11th graders at MRA. 

Students are also encouraged to consider taking the newly created Classics Learning Test if their college of choice accepts results.  The Classic Learning Test (CLT) was developed as a better way to engage, assess, and admit the best students through a technology-enabled college entrance exam, allowing for a personalized experience for both students and colleges. 

Seniors receive personal attention and college counseling during the school day throughout their senior year. They also attend college fairs at local public schools during the fall.

We also invite guest speakers to visit the campus to help students in their discernment process. Speakers include alumni, financial aid advisors, and college admissions team members. In 2012, we gratefully welcomed the president of the Cardinal Newman Society - Mr. Patrick Reilly - onto our campus. His keynote address was entitled, "The State of Higher Catholic Education". 

To access a presentation entitled "Which door to open? What keys are needed?" click here. This was given by Headmaster Derek Tremblay and contextualizes the discernment process for high school students. 

The NHEAF Network Organization also provides free college counseling services, including how to finance a college education. NHEAF provides a session once a year on campus for students and parents. 

College Profile

Class of 2017 SAT Performance

SAT
ERW
Math
Composite
Class Average
591
539
1130
Top 15% of Class
710
725
1435
Top 30% of Class
698
635
1333
National Average
500
500
1000
  • 100% of class participated
  • One student scored 1540 (60 points shy of perfect score)

Scholarships

12th grade students typically begin applying for scholarships after college admissions applications are completed (February to April). 

Students should contact their local school district guidance department to determine eligibility for scholarships awarded to residents of specific towns. 

The following scholarships are open to MRA students:

  1. Robert and Joyce Oberkotter 2017-2018 Combined College Scholarship Application (M3723077x9DD8D).pdf
  2. Robert and Joyce Oberkotter 2017-2018 Combined Trade School Application and Criteria (M3723097x9DD8D).pdf
  3. Cardinal Newman Society Essay Scholarship
  4. Niche College Scholarships
  5. National Honor Society Scholarship

The Headmaster will email scholarships directly to 12th grade parents and students as information is publicized and application windows are opened. 

Colleges and universities will generally award merit scholarships as well, inclusive in the financial aid package. These notices are given simultaneous or shortly after admissions decisions. 

CLEP

The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 50 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in more than 1,800 test centers. This rigorous program allows students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.

While CLEP is sponsored by the College Board, only colleges may grant credit toward a degree. Not all colleges have the same CLEP policies—some colleges accept credit for a few exams, while others accept credit for all of them. A college often grants the same amount of credit to a student who earns satisfactory scores on a CLEP exam as it does for a student who successfully completes the related course.