Students and parents have many questions about the college admission process. That is why Canterbury's college counseling office provides personalized help in selecting those colleges and/or universities that best meet each student's personal, social, academic and financial needs. Preparation begins as soon as a student enters Canterbury.
The basis of the college search is formed by individual meetings with both the student and parents; use of computer software; College Night presentations; an extensive library of college view books, catalogs and applications; May Term classes; and presentations by visiting college admission counselors.
Additionally, students can turn to their college counselors to monitor and coordinate PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject and AP testing. Canterbury provides the optimum environment for successful completion of the college search, an important aspect of school life. Assistance with financial aid, financial planning, scholarships and summer opportunities for travel and education also are handled through the college counseling office.
Junior College Trip
Each year juniors visit a number of colleges in the South, Midwest or East as part of their initial college selection process. The purpose of the trip is to allow the students to see first-hand how going to college dramatically differs from institution to another. As the group travels from school to school, they reflect on and evaluate the college they just left and then read about the university they are about to visit. By learning first-hand what they like and don't like about the various types of colleges they are visiting, the students are able to generate a list of criteria as their starting point for a successful college search.
During their junior year, students are divided into small groups that meet in a special class once a week called College Bound. Students complete 18 assignments that prepare them for their actual application the fall of their senior year. These assignments include everything from learning the difference between a college and a university to crafting a college essay. In addition to these once a-week- class meetings, students and parents schedule individual appointments in the spring of the junior year to establish criteria and customize their college lists.