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.



  • Continue to work hard in your courses. Grades achieved during your junior year are very important as colleges will focus on how well you performed in upper division classes. They like to see an upward progression in grades.
  • Keep a written record of academic, employment, internship, and co-curricular activities in your portfolio.
  • Discuss the PSAT QUICK START suggestions for improving standardized test scores (SAT, etc.) with your parents, advisor, and college counselors.
  • Attend the mandatory student/parent college meeting in October for an overview of the college search and application process.
  • Continue to research college majors and careers through the annual Alumni Career Day,, and
  • Research and develop a preliminary list of colleges for application in your senior year. Periodically evaluate your list for academic program, campus life, location, size, financial aid, etc.
  • Prepare for SAT and ACT tests. Test prep books are available in libraries and bookstores for individual study. Consult the College Counseling Office for information about test preparation companies and private tutors. Check out online sources such as for the SAT and for the ACT. Both offer sample questions and practice tests. Don’t let standardized test preparation take away from keeping up your grades in school.
  • Attend college fairs (Washington Area Independent School College Fair, NACAC and open house programs). Meet college reps that visit St. Anselm’s, visit college classes and take admissions tours. Some majors have specialized tours for the sciences, engineering, and the performing arts.
  • Register for and take the SAT Reasoning Test, the ACT, and the SAT Subject tests.
  • Check with potential colleges for standardized testing requirements.
  • Participate in college workshops offered by the College Counseling Office.
  • Discuss your academic progress with your advisor, teachers, and parents. Seek help periodically, if you need it, to sustain good grades.
  • Request letters of recommendation from your teachers at the end of the year. This will give them plenty of time to write thoughtful evaluations. Be sure to give them copies of your self-assessment, resume, and a list of your proposed colleges. This is the information they’ll use to write letters about you. Colleges depend upon the teachers to share things not found in your other documents.
  • Complete the Student Self-Assessment For College Planning (PDF).



  • Be sure to consult with your son’s advisor and teachers regarding his performance in classes, as colleges will want to see strong grades in his upper division classes.
  • Attend the mandatory student/parent college meeting in October for an overview of the college application process.
  • Attend the College Financial Aid Night in the fall for help in understanding and maneuvering the financial aid jungle.
  • Assist your son as he researches careers and colleges. You know him well, and you can give him excellent insight about himself.
  • Meet with the College Counseling Office in the spring to discuss college choices.
  • Pursue financial aid resources.
  • Complete the College Counseling Parent Response Form (PDF).

Form V Timeline


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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


  • 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 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 and
  • Check the financial aid pages of the colleges which interest you most.
  • Check scholarship and financial aid websites.
  • Read, read, read.