We’ll be their knight in shining armor.
You’ve been simultaneously dreading and longing for this moment. Your student is beginning the college search process! You’re super proud, but you’re also wary, and we get it. You’ve been there for them since the days of diapers and dinosaurs, and now suddenly you’re expected to just trust an institution with your most precious gift? Plus, the college search process is already making your head spin, and you've only just started.
Take a deep breath, and then read this page. We’ll walk you through the process, hopefully calm some of your fears, and introduce you to some people who can help.
Why trust us with your student?
Why should you send your student to the Mount? We know the decision is difficult, but here are some of the many reasons we think the Mount is the right choice for your whole family.
- We involve families as much as we can. Yes, FERPA limits what we can and can’t share with the parents of our students, but our Facebook group for current families, newsletter, and Office of Parent Engagement work hard to make you feel like a member of the Mount community too.
- We work hard to support our students. From free counseling and disability services to academic support like a personal academic coach and librarian, we’re here to ensure that your student has the tools to succeed. Outside of class, our Campus Ministry, Athletics, Student Activities, and other offices help to mold your students into confident adults and leaders.
- We form community-minded, successful students. The numbers speak for themselves here: 96% of the Class of 2018 was employed six months after graduation. With our focus on serving others, we constantly see our graduates working successfully to change the world, thanks to the foundation you set for them and the values we uphold.
- Your student becomes our family, too. We’re a small school with close faculty-student relationships. We know our students, and we care about them deeply. We become their second family, and this family sticks together. There is no Knight left behind.
The Admissions Process (From a Parent's Perspective)
In sophomore or junior year, talk with your student about how involved you’ll be in the college search process. Would they like your assistance? If so, how much? Talking it out ahead of time will be helpful as the process progresses.
Sophomore or junior year is also a great time to start researching schools and visiting them. We suggest that both you and your student each select a few schools you’d like to visit, maybe 3-4 each.
Join your student on college fair visits at their high school (they may feel embarrassed to talk to admissions counselors, but we’re always happy to talk to parents too!).
Most students apply between August-December of their senior year. Be sure to check if any of the schools your student is interested in have specific application deadlines for certain programs.
Prior to December 1, you’ll also want to help your student fill out the FAFSA, which allows students to be eligible for financial aid. We know that the FAFSA can be a bit intimidating, so watch out for FAFSA sessions at our Open Houses to meet with our financial aid counselors who can walk you through the process.
Celebrate with your students as they receive each acceptance!
If your student has been accepted to the Mount, be sure to attend Accepted Student Day with them! We have sessions specifically for parents to answer all of your questions, including a reception with our president.
May 1 is the big day - Decision Day! In order to secure your student’s place at the school of their choice, you will most likely have to pay an admissions deposit on or before this date (at the Mount, it’s $450 for resident students and $150 for commuters).
Many schools (like the Mount) offer payment plans. Be sure to sign up if you’re interested and talk to the Financial Aid Office about any last minute finance questions.
If your student will be living on campus, be sure to check the school’s website for a list of what to bring (and what not to bring). You can find the Mount’s here.
Resources for MSMC Families
When your student becomes part of the Mount family, so do you! You can find all of our resources for MSMC families here, but here’s an overview of some of the ways we work with you to keep you informed and help you get involved.
Office of Parent Engagement
The Office of Parent Engagement provides parents with information, educational programming, and access to ensure that families have a positive experience with MSMC. We run programs, coordinate family volunteer opportunities, and keep you informed of college news with a newsletter and Facebook group for current parents and guardians.
Meet the Director of Parent Engagement
MSMC Association of Families
All parents and family members are automatically members of the MSMC Association of Families. The association is led by the Parent Leadership Council, which works with the Director of Parent Engagement to keep parents informed about college news and updates and offer opportunities for involvement, including Family Weekend.
For more information on these and other resources, including office contact lists and frequently asked questions, please visit our site for current MSMC families.