Finding the right fit
At St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, college counseling is all about finding the right fit for each student. We offer the personalized attention needed to find the college that will help students reach their full potential as scholars and as people. We won't let students talk themselves out of trying for a university that might be a bit of a stretch. And, we won't shove a student into the wrong school just to make our matriculation list look good.
Counseling for parents, too
Each year SAS hosts a college counseling workshop for junior students and their parents. The workshop includes sessions with the Director of College Counseling and with college counselors and financial aid officers from the University of the South who help to explain the process and give families a preview of what to expect. Throughout the junior year our Director of College Counseling meets with juniors in groups and individually. During the senior year, parents are invited to a college counseling program during Opening Weekend and a second session on Upper School Family Weekend.
A favorite stop for college counselors
In a typical year, more than 50 colleges and universities send admission representatives to SAS. Given our remote location and small size, this is a clear testament to the reputation our graduates have in the college world.
Celebrating with our seniors
When a student commits to a college we celebrate that decision with an announcement in Chapel, and they record their decision on the class banner in the College Counseling Office. On College Decision Day, members of the senior class sport their college logos for an all-class photo.
St Andrew's-Sewanee School uses Scoir (pronounced "score"), a college guidance management system. Scoir streamlines the process of requesting, processing, sending and tracking the electronic delivery of all application-related documents. Students and parents find Scoir useful in the college search and selection process with colleges coming to life through pictures, videos, and links. Scoir also provides parents with financial calculators to determine the likely cost of attendance at different colleges. These features, along with more convenient scheduling and communication tools, will help keep everyone informed and engaged throughout the college application process. Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Dan Monahan.
M.S., Management Non-Profit Leadership, New England College
Mr. Monahan plans and administers all aspects of the college counseling process at SAS beginning with academic planning in the ninth grade and continuing with guidance through senior year and the college admission process. He is also the standardized testing coordinator, head wrestling coach, and assistant track coach. In 2020, Mr. Monahan also assumed the critical role of campus COVID coordinator.
Mr. Monahan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling and serves as a National Delegate to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the International University Alliance High School Counselor Advisory Board. Prior to relocating to the South, Mr. Monahan was an active member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling. He was selected as a Professional of the Year by the organization in 2016-2017. Mr. Monahan has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on college counseling and admission topics ranging from management, NCAA recruitment, marketing, partnerships, and more.
Mr. Monahan previously served as the Director of College Counseling at Cheshire Academy and in senior leadership roles in admission and enrollment management at Stonehill College and Daniel Webster College. He holds a B.A. in History from College of the Holy Cross, where he played Division 1-AA football, and a M.S. in Management Non-Profit Leadership from New England College. He and his wife Christine, an SAS history teacher and the school’s Residential Life Coordinator, live on the SAS campus with their two sons.