St. Andrew's-Sewanee School Director of College Counseling Dan Monahan recently announced an 8-week series of seminars for SAS juniors as they begin the college search and application process. The seminars are focused on all aspects of the college admission process including: Why College?, Introduction to College Admission, Standardized Testing, College Visits, College Fairs & Interviews, Financial Aid, Social Media, and the College Admission Essay. The seminars take place during the school's scheduled work periods so that they do not conflict with classes, afternoon programs, or athletic schedules.
The seminars will cover topics such as the importance of a college degree, college search and admission jargon, financial aid, learning how to estimate predictability of admission, letters of recommendation, essays, review of the high school transcript, the campus visit, tips for working with your college counselor, résumés, athletic recruiting, tips for making the most of a college fair, and the college interview. Students will be guided in how to register for standardized tests and compose a résumé and admission essay. They will also participate in mock interviews.
In announcing the series, Monahan told students and parents, "Just as each of you are unique, each of your post SAS plans will be unique. My goal is simple, to find the best fit for you to meet your future plans." Monahan also emphasized the importance of students taking control of the admission process.
SAS Director of College Counseling Dan Monahan joined the school in 2018. Formerly director of college counseling at Cheshire Academy, a coeducational boarding school in Connecticut, he was selected as Professional of the Year by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling in 2016-17. In addition to being Director of College Counseling at SAS, Dan is an advisor and wrestling coach. He and his wife live on campus and serve as house parents. He formerly served in senior leadership roles in admission and enrollment management at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. and Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H.
Each year, SAS graduates matriculate at colleges and universities from cost to coast. The class of 2018 received more than $8.3 million in merit aid.