Rebecca Besthoff

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience:
Former admissions officer at Bowdoin College, Cornell University, Harvard University, and Barnard College

Bowdoin College – Bachelor’s in Psychology and French

Why I joined College Coach:
What I most loved about my years in college admissions was making a meaningful connection with students and communicating good information to families. I really wanted them to feel empowered and confident when they submitted applications to any school. At College Coach I have an even greater opportunity to know students well and to guide families through a complex and intimidating process. Searching for the right schools will often reveal a student’s growth in surprising ways. Creating an application that reflects an applicant’s unique talents, qualities and values can seem overwhelming, but it can also be one of the most memorable projects a student will ever do! I feel it is a privilege to be a part of this personal process with young adults and their parents.

Get to know me:


I have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Pre-law
Ivy League Large state schools Small liberal arts colleges
Business Visual and performing arts Post-grad prep school year
Research universities Architecture Computer science
Honors programs Teaching/education certification


I have also worked with:

Athletes International students Non-traditional students
Transfer students First-generation students


I joined College Coach after working for a number of years in college admissions at various institutions. I began my career at my alma mater, Bowdoin College, where I was in charge of applications from northern California, Colorado, Georgia and the New England states, as well as the transfer admission program. While I was an associate director of admission at Cornell, I oversaw all recruitment in New England for Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges. I reviewed all applications from the region and sat on the selection committees in the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. At Harvard I personally evaluated every application from my assigned regions and was a strong advocate for students in an extremely selective admissions process. My most recent position was at Barnard College, where I was responsible for all aspects of the international admission program and recruited in the US and overseas.

Telemark skiing, choral singing, road biking, international travel, watching movies with my family

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