High Potential Program

Saint Mary's is committed to helping first-generation students graduate. Our High Potential Program provides a range of services and individualized support for the academic rigors of college. Academic advising, counseling, financial assitance, peer mentorship and summer programs are some of the many resources available in HP.

Eligibility for SAILS (prior to fall of freshmen year)

As a first-generation college student (neither parent has completed a bachelor's degree), you are eligible to apply for the High Potential Program's Summer Academic Institute for Leaders & Scholars (SAILS). SAILS applicants must be admitted to Saint Mary’s as first-time freshmen. Over the two week summer program, you'll:

  • take Saint Mary's classes
  • reside in our living/learning communities (residence halls)
  • conduct research with SMC faculty
  • learn and utilize academic and social resources on campus
  • recieve 1/4 college credit toward graduation, giving you freedom to select more courses

...and of course make an amazing HP Family along the way!

    For questions about High Potential and/or SAILS, please contact us:

    Pedro Ramirez

    Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

    Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment

    (925) 631-4930


    Lien Truong

    High Potential Program

    Assistant Director

    (925) 631-4165


    Tarik Scott

    High Potential Program,


    (925) 631-4751