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. Eleventh graders participate in the School Day SAT sponsored by the NH DOE during their spring semester. 

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. The CLT is administered to administered to students in grades 8 and 10. 

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. 


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 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.