College Counseling

Strong and Self-Reliant

Canterbury provides its students with an outstanding preparation for success in higher education.  This means giving students the academic foundation to meet the challenges they will face at some of the nation’s most selective universities. It also means supporting students with a personalized process of college advising that helps each find a college or university that represents an excellent personal fit. However, this is all just one part of a Canterbury education. At Canterbury, a combination of positive forces comes together to help you experience personal growth in a remarkable way. You will see the result in the form of the confidence, independence, and self-reliance you will gain here. Canterbury graduates are not just ready for college, they are ready for life.

  • College advising at Canterbury combines experienced counselors, a strong individual focus, and persistent attention to detail.

  • Starting in Fifth Form (11th Grade), students meet each week in small groups and individually with their college advisors.


Welcome from the Director of College Counseling

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


College Admissions Process

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.



Meet the College Counseling Team

Sarah Ferland

Sarah Ferland

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Katie Mandigo

Katie Mandigo

Titles: Assistant Director of College Counseling
Mary Savino

Mary Savino

Titles: College Counseling Administrative Assistant

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College Day: 4/26/2019

Canterbury hosted its Annual Spring College Fair and Fifth Form College Workshop Day.  96 college representatives were present at the fair to answer questions and discuss their schools. Fifth Formers and their parents participated in College workshops in the morning.

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At Canterbury, I learned time management and really great study skills. I feel confident facing the challenges of my courses at Yale.
Andrew Bortey '16

Financial Aid and Scholarships

College Office Downloads


Standardized Testing

Matriculation List

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
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William and Mary
  • The College of Wooster
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Denison College
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • 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
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Ithaca College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Marist College
  • 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
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rhodes College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Sewanee: The Univ. of the South
  • Skidmore College
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Stonehill College
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Trinity College
  • Tulane University
  • Union College
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of CA at Los Angeles
  • University of CA at San Diego
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Univ. of IL 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
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Whitman College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University

College Admission Representatives

If you are a college Admission Representative and you would like to set up a fall visit to Canterbury School, please inquire with Mary Savino below: