Welcome to the College Counseling pages of the Portsmouth Abbey School website. It is the mission of the College Counseling Office at Portsmouth Abbey to guide and support students and their families through the college search and application process. We endeavor to work with students as individuals, to understand who they are beyond the classroom, and to help them find a college that will provide a challenging and comfortable environment for them on all levels. True to the Catholic Benedictine tradition of Portsmouth, we treasure the spiritual and intellectual diversity and individualism of our students and understand that their lives will take them in many directions.

The formal college counseling process begins in the Winter Term of Fifth Form year, but students are encouraged to understand that college preparation is a compilation of their entire high school academic and co-curricular experience. We seek to build an open relationship with students and their families in order to understand all of the factors involved as the college list is developed.

As an office, we are here to guide, counsel, challenge, suggest and inform. The process ultimately belongs to the student. This is the first adult decision that many of our students will make, so each one must be invested in this choice, and have ownership of the process that brings them to it. Our role is to assist and advocate for them and to make sure that their choices are informed and appropriate.

To schedule a visit to the college counseling office, please contact the Office Coordinator, Lisa Kerr ,at 401-643-1254 or

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