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St. Anselm’s Abbey School

A Catholic, Benedictine School for Boys Grades 6 - 12

College Counseling

Four years of preparation, 100% college placement

Form V Students

The serious organization and activity for applying to college begins in the junior year. This year, courses and grades are critical. Students will contemplate career and college choices, research and visit colleges, develop application materials, prepare and take college entrance standardized tests.

Form V Timeline

September

  • Make any adjustments in your course schedule during the drop/add period without compromising the integrity of your program.
  • Attend special information sessions held by colleges in the DC metropolitan area.

October

  • Take the PSAT.
  • Attend the College program
  • Attend the College Financial Aid Night
  • Research majors and colleges to draft a list of potential schools.
  • Start to work on your Student Self-Assessment for College Planning (PDF).
  • Register through the Naviance program for college rep visits.
  • Attend special information sessions held by colleges in various locations throughout the DC metropolitan area.
  • Go to open house programs sponsored by colleges and universities.

November/December

  • Research and refine your college list.
  • Polish your Student Self-Assessment for College Planning.
  • Register through Naviance for college rep visits.
  • Receive your PSAT test scores and evaluate your readiness for taking the SAT.
  • Attend special information sessions held by colleges at locations throughout the DC metropolitan area.
  • Go to open house programs sponsored by colleges and universities.

January-February

  • Submit Student Self-Assessment for College Planning and List of Proposed Colleges to the College Counseling Office.
  • Participate in the St. Anselm's Abbey School (SAAS) Common Application and College Resume workshops.
  • Participate in the SAAS College Essay and College Interview workshops.
  • Attend individual student conferences with the College Counseling staff.

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February-March

  • Attend Family conference with the College Counseling staff.
  • Revise college essays and resume.
  • Research and update college list.
  • Register and take March SAT.
  • Register and take February ACT.
  • Schedule college visits.

April

  • Continue to revise your application documents.
  • Visit colleges and attend college fairs in the area.
  • Register and take the ACT.

May-June

  • Take the SAT, SAT Subject, or ACT tests.
  • Ask teachers for letters of recommendation.

July-August

  • Analyze SAT, SAT Subject, and ACT results; plan additional tesing days as needed.
  • Continue visiting colleges and interview.
  • Attend a summer school program, work, intern, or perform community service.
  • Narrow down your college list; analyze high reach, average reach, and secure reach categories.
  • Go to www.commonapp.org and draft an application for Common Application schools.
  • Work on applications from colleges which don’t use the Common Application.
  • If you are applying to any US service academies, contact the websites of your senators and representatives to secure information regarding Congressional nomination procedures at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov.
  • Check the financial aid pages of the colleges which interest you most.
  • Check scholarship and financial aid websites.
  • Read, read, read.