Post-Secondary Counseling

Norma Shanesy Gutierrez
Meet Norma Gutierrez!
She is a key contact for your post-secondary planning, whether that be four-year, two-year, tech program or gap year. She has personally toured numerous college campuses and looks forward to sharing important insights with you. She embraces the fact that each student's post high school journey is as unique as the student themselves.

Most recently, Mrs. Gutierrez served as the Director of College Counseling at Saint Thomas Academy for 9 years. She also has worked in college admissions at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Director for almost 17 years. She is a Past-President of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling and serves on a variety of Boards and committees.

To make an appointment, please email  or call 952-401-5746.

College Entrance Testing

Do you have questions about college entrance tests?
  • Why should I take the PSAT?
  • What’s the difference between the ACT and SAT?
  • When should I take the ACT/SAT?
  • How many times should I take the ACT/SAT?
  • How can I prepare for college entrance tests?
  • What colleges have adopted a test-optional policy in admissions?

These questions vary based on each student and their situation. It’s a good idea to have a conversation with your counselor about testing.

ACT vs. SAT: Which Exam is Right for Your College Goals?

For general information, please visit the Testing and Assessments webpage.

Information for Your College Search

Scheduled Events

Date Time Event
September 18 7 p.m.

Senior Parent Night Program
Watch the recording

September 27 10:45-11:15 a.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
MHS Forum
October 3 8:55-9:25 a.m.

Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
MHS Forum

October 3 7 p.m.
Admission to Selective Colleges 
Guest speaker: Alex Castro, Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Southern California
Watch the recording
October 9 7 p.m.
University of California System Application Workshop
October 10 7 p.m.

Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
Guest Speakers: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Iowa and The University of Wisconsin Madison
Watch the recording

October 11 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
MHS Forum

October 16 7 p.m.

Admission to Two-Year and Technical Colleges
Guest speakers: Hennepin Tech, Normandale, North Dakota State College of Science, Dougherty Family College
Watch the recording

October 25 10:50-11:20 a.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
MHS Forum
November 16 7 p.m.
Financing a College Education
Guest Speaker: Neil Leibundguth, University of St Thomas
Watch the recording
December 19  

Annual Alumni College Panel
Watch the recording

February 5 7 p.m.

Junior Parent Program - A Kick-off to the College Search Process
The Arts Center

February 6 6 p.m.

Momentum Information Night: Aviation and Skilled Trades Panel and College Fair

MHS Forum

March 19 7 p.m.
Military Night
MHS Forum
Come learn about the variety of military options. Our guests will include members from the Service Academies, ROTC, Reserves, Minutemen scholarship and Enlisting. There will be a brief presentation followed by opportunities to speak with the representatives.
March 25 7 p.m.

Understanding Your Scholarship Award Letter
Google Meet (changed from the Forum)

April 29 7 p.m.

Making the Transition to College
MHS Forum

The transition to college involves the whole family - it's a transition for everyone! Join the University of St. Thomas Dean of Students Linda Baughman and Assistant Dean Dr. Marlon Blake for a conversation on what to anticipate with this major life transition and how you can support your student on their college journey.

May 13 7 p.m. Sophomore Parent Program – An Overview of Post-Secondary Planning
MHS Forum


Student Activities