College Advising

Step by step, from the initial college search to the taking of standardized tests, writing of the application essay and the final college choice, our Fifth and Sixth Formers enjoy the benefit of having a seasoned team of college counselors on their side. Our understanding of each student’s college goals, coupled with sage advice and attention to detail, ensure a successful and timely process.

At Canterbury, we pride ourselves on the individual attention each student and family receives. We feel strongly about helping students find the right fit for college and creating a supportive and informative environment for the college search and application process.

Sarah Ferland

Director of College Counseling

Questions about the college counseling program should be directed to one of the following:
Sarah Ferland, Director of College Counseling -
Katherine Mandigo, Assistant Director of College Counseling -

What to expect?

Beginning in February, Fifth Formers meet weekly in small groups and start meeting individually with their college counselor to begin formulating an initial list of colleges. During Spring Parents’ Weekend, we invite parents of Fifth Formers to College Day; parents and students attend workshops led by college admissions officers who address such topics as financing a college education, essay writing and college entrance criteria. Also on that weekend, Canterbury hosts a large college fair, featuring representatives from over 100 colleges and universities.

Soon after the beginning of the school year, the search and application process accelerates for Sixth Formers. Sixth Formers continue to meet weekly in groups and they also meet with their college counselor individually as often as needed.

Each October, the School hosts Canterbury’s College Night, which features a sit-down dinner for college admissions representatives, Sixth Formers, and Canterbury faculty members. After dinner, the students meet with the representatives at a small college fair. Throughout their child’s Sixth Form year, parents are kept up to date and alerted to deadlines through a College Office newsletter.

Our Third and Fourth Formers also hear from the college counselors, at a few select times throughout the year, to begin the conversation around the college process and help them frame their Canterbury experience, both academically and non-academically.

What does Canterbury do to help college applicants and their families?

  1. We get to know each student and his or her parents as well as we can.
  2. We help develop lists of appropriate colleges for each student and make educated estimates of admissions probabilities.
  3. We keep students and parents informed about important deadlines, college visitors, and standardized test registrations.
  4. Through phone calls and visits to college admissions offices we act as advocates for students.
  5. We are available to parents, students, and advisors throughout the process for advice, counsel, and support.
To help accomplish these things and to keep growing professionally, we travel widely to meetings and workshops and work to keep lines of communication open with admission offices by hosting representatives at Canterbury, visiting colleges, and making phone calls.

We are proud of our strong record of placing Canterbury Graduates in outstanding colleges and universities. Here is a sampling of schools where our graduates have recently matriculated.

Amherst College
Babson College
Bard College
Bates College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western University
Catholic University of America
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
The College of Wooster
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison College
Dickinson College
Duke University
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Hamilton College
Harvard College
Haverford College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Ithaca College
Kenyon College
Lake Forest College
Lehigh University
Loyola University Maryland
McGill University
Miami University, Oxford
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Occidental College

Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Providence College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Skidmore College
Stonehill College
Syracuse University
Trinity College
Tulane University
Union College
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at San Diego
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Edinburgh
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Vassar College
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington University, St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Whitman College
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

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