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.
Director of College Counseling
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.
- We get to know each student and his or her parents as well as we can.
- We help develop lists of appropriate colleges for each student and make educated estimates of admissions probabilities.
- We keep students and parents informed about important deadlines, college visitors, and standardized test registrations.
- Through phone calls and visits to college admissions offices we act as advocates for students.
- 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.
COLLEGE NIGHT - OCTOBER 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 DAY - APRIL 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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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
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western University
Catholic University of America
Claremont McKenna College
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
The College of Wooster
Franklin and Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Loyola University Maryland
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Pennsylvania State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Joseph’s University
Sewanee: The Univiversity of the South
St. Lawrence University
Stony Brook University
Texas Christian University
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
Wake Forest University
Washington University, St. Louis
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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: