Ian Brook Fisher

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience
Former admissions officer at Reed College

Education
Reed College – Bachelor’s in Philosophy
Stanford University – Master’s in Policy, Organization,
and Leadership Studies

Why I joined College Coach: 
During my time in the Reed admission office, I found myself most excited by conversations with students and their families. Whether it was in an interview, an information session, or just over coffee, I loved helping students explore new ideas and learn to ask interesting questions. College Coach provides an opportunity for me to continue to build connections with students and families as they work through the university admissions process. I believe that the application process should be open and reflective — that asking the right questions is just as important as finding the right answers. It is my goal to help students develop a strong sense of self through our conversations, their research, and a collaborative and constructive writing process.

Get to know me:

 

I  have worked with students interested in:

Science Engineering Mathematics
Pre-med Pre-law Ivy League
Large state schools Small liberal arts colleges Business
Graduate programs Music Visual and performing arts
Research universities Honors programs High school admissions
Teaching/education certification

 

I have also worked with:

International students Non-traditional students Transfer students

 

Background:
Like many of my colleagues, I began my career in admissions by walking backwards. As a senior at Reed College, I worked as a student intern, giving guided tours, interviewing students, and reading applications. After graduating, I began full-time work in admissions, reading thousands of applications, directing admissions for an entire continent (Asia), and assisting in the development of recruitment strategies. In my last three years at Reed, I served as the director of marketing and communications for the admission office, honing our official voice for web, print, and social media. This helped me to develop a sharp eye for what works (and what doesn’t) in college essays. A big believer in the power of college community, I also served as head coach for the men’s ultimate Frisbee team, where I helped students develop their passion for athletics. After nine wonderful years at Reed, I left Portland to pursue a M.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Hobbies:
Playing ultimate Frisbee, reading great books, watching NBA basketball, cooking breakfast, drinking coffee, and writing clever emails

Popular blog posts and press:
Meet an Admissions Counselor: Ian Fisher
Ignore Those College Rankings
4 Ways Guidance Counselors Help Seniors Get Into College
Finding the Perfect Fit – Relevant Magazine

Connect with me on social media:
LinkedIn
Twitter

Get in touch with College Coach today to start working with Ian Fisher or one of our other educational consultants.