Dedicated university counsellors are well versed in applications to Canadian, American and British universities. The counsellors work with students as early as grade 9 or 10 ensuring students have given their post-secondary decisions adequate thought. Both group and individual sessions are utilized. Resources are easily accessible and the counsellors regularly attend professional development opportunities to stay current. Students feel very supported through their application process. In addition to students qualifying for universities through their academic performance, due to the high level of a number of sports at the school, a number of students are recruited athletically each year. The university counselling staff are very experienced in assisting students to develop an appropriate marketing strategy when writing their applications. The school has an excellent record in placing students at top universities in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.
The university counselling was excellent. Starting at grade 10, various university representatives came to present to us each week. This meant that by the time we were picking universities to apply to, we were informed on a very large range of choices. At Stanstead, your university counsellor starts working with you more closely in grade 11 where they will help you with applications, essays, SAT/ACT preparation, etc. By the time students are in grade 12, final edits to applications are made and they are submitted. The university placement is very good, especially for such a small school. In my graduating year, the most common placements for students were McGill University and University of Toronto. Most students decided to go to university in the Canada and the United States however, there were also a significant number who decided to attend universities abroad.
At the time I felt the University Counseling program was good. I felt very supported through my SAT's, and University selection process. I felt that I was able to have some very frank discussions about my placement chances, and what I could do to better my chances. They were also very receptive to what I wanted, and weren't focused on just telling me where to go. Now that I am (more than) several years out of University the above all stands true, however I wish the discussions about college and, more importantly, long term career aspirations had started earlier. University is a very big unknown if you've never been, just as the process of turning a goal into a degree and then into a rewarding career is. In addition to starting earlier, I think there should be conversations about what they want to do after they graduate involved in the process to encourage ongoing, long-term critical thinking as a part of the planning process.