Steve Brennan

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience
Former admissions officer at Occidental College, Marquette University, and Loyola University Chicago
Admissions counselor at Regis University (CO)

Education
Marquette University, Bachelor’s in History and English Literature
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning

Why I joined College Coach:
The choice of college has the power to be transformative — for the young person making what for many is their first adult decision with long-term impacts, for his or her family, and for the institution she or he chooses. Making a good choice after a thoughtful, proactive process can make all the difference in that young person’s life, and helping students and families through the process is tremendously rewarding. In past positions, I would see time and again how much misinformation there is in the education marketplace, and the core mission of College Coach — empowering families and students with knowledge about higher education opportunities and how to access them — meets that information gap. I’m proud of the work that College Coach does to help people with one of the biggest decisions they make.

Get to know me:

 

I have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Pre-dentistry
Nursing Pre-veterinary Physical therapy
Pre-law Ivy League Large state schools
Small liberal arts colleges Business Graduate programs
Research universities Religiously affiliated schools Two-year colleges
Journalism ROTC Computer science
Honors programs Teaching/education certification

 

I have also worked with:

Athletes International students Non-traditional students
Transfer students Students with learning differences First-generation students

 

Background:
Prior to joining College Coach, I was associate dean of admission at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where I was a final decision maker on student applications. Before that I was director of advising at College Connections Hawai`i, a Honolulu non-profit focused on Native Hawaiian and first generation to college youth, and I served as a high school instructor and college advisor there while pursuing my master’s degree. I started my admissions career in Jesuit education, working for Regis College in Denver and Loyola University Chicago in on-campus roles, and for Marquette University as regional director in Southern California.

Hobbies:
Languages, travel, culture, reading, and politics.

Popular blog posts and press:
Meet an Admissions Counselor: Steve Brennan
March Madness: Sports Impacts the College Experience
Transferring Colleges: Two-Year to Four-Year

Connect with me on social media:
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