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

Fall College Night: 10/3/2019


Canterbury will host 50 college representatives on Thursday, October 3 for a college fair from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the Copley Library in Steele Hall. Fifth and Sixth Form parents are invited to attend the fair.

Click below for a list of the colleges that will be represented.

College List

Spring College Day: 4/17/2020


Canterbury will host its Annual Spring College Fair and Fifth Form College Workshop Day. Over 100 college representatives will be present at the fair to answer questions and discuss their schools. Fifth Formers and their parents will participate in College workshops in the morning.

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

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Standardized Testing

Matriculation List

We are proud of our strong record for 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
Barnard College
Bates College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western University
Catholic University of America
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
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
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Harvard College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Ithaca College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Loyola University Maryland
Marist College
McGill University
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
New York University
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Pennsylvania State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Joseph’s University
Sewanee: The Univiversity of the South
Skidmore College
St. Lawrence University
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
United States Military Academy
University of California at Berkeley
University of CA at Los Angeles
University of CA at San Diego
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
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
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington University, St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University
Yale University

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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: