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College Counseling

Mary Mann

Mary Mann

College Counselor
B.S., Geology, University of Missouri
Cardinal Newman is a college preparatory school and our number one goal is fully preparing all of our students for the future. For most of our students that means preparing for college. The college application process can feel overwhelming, and at times maybe even intimidating. This is why we have a dedicated College Counselor who begins working with students as early as ninth grade. 

The College Counselor sends weekly updates in the Cardinal Compass, to keep parents aware of what resources and grade appropriate events are available to them and their students. College counseling begins when students enter high school, with research and test prep, and continues with increased regularity through a student's senior year. Cardinal Newman is proud to have built relationships with and sent students to elite programs like Duke, Sewanee, Notre Dame, Catholic University, American University, William & Lee, Virginia Tech, Clemson Honors, University of South Carolina Honors, Wofford, Furman and many more. College Counseling is an important component of the high school process, and is available to all families. 


For Colleges & Universities: Cardinal Newman uses RepVisits to schedule college visits.  We will be hosting Admission Representatives from September 18th through November 15th .  Junior and senior students are invited to attend at all visits.  With a graduating class enrolled yearly at colleges and universities across the country, we welcome both regional and national Admissions Representatives to visit our
campus.  In person and virtual visits are available.  All visits will last 30 to 40 minutes.  

If you have any questions or cannot find a time that matches with your availability, please contact Mary Mann, College Counselor, at 803-888-1624 or We look forward to hosting you and giving our students the
opportunity to learn about all your college has to offer!

Parents: Please be sure to click on the links below for a number of important resources.

Academic Common Market: The Academic Common Market allows for South
Carolina residents who are enrolled in specific programs at out-of-state institutions
to be charged only the applicable in-State tuition by the institution in which the
student in enrolled.

Common Application:  This online application is accepted by 456 colleges and
universities in the United States.

NCAA Initial Eligibility:  Students who plan to play college varsity sports should
register here at the end of junior year. 

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid File in the October of your senior

FAFSA: Information Video on what to know about the FAFSA process.

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: General Resources for families
and students: 

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education:  Information on  Palmetto
Fellows, Life and Hope scholarships, and access to the SCHOLAR South Carolina
colleges; online application.

Catholic Colleges and Universities: The National Catholic Colleges Admission
Association provides a search engine for Catholic colleges and universities, as well
as other resources.

College Majors 101:  a good source of information about college majors and

College Guide: The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc.
provides an interactive, digital edition of the College Guide.