Abigail Anderson

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience
Former admissions officer at Reed College
Former admissions officer at Emma Willard School
Alumni Admissions Representative at Colby College

 

 

Education
Colby College – Bachelor’s in Sociology
London School of Economics – General Course

Background:
I joined College Coach after working in independent school and college admissions. At the collegiate level, I evaluated thousands of applications and managed more than 20 student workers and 200 alumni interview volunteers. I recruited in, and read applications for, multiple domestic and international recruitment territories, including all of New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Europe, and the Americas. I also worked with and evaluated transfer applicants. Committed to increasing college access and demystifying the college application process, I collaborated with colleagues across institutions to develop free, accessible programming for high school juniors wanting to jumpstart the application process and improve their essay skills.

My passion has always aligned with working directly with high school students; I started my career in admissions at a highly-selective all-girls’ boarding school. While there, I recruited students throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and California. I oversaw multicultural and first-generation student recruitment, participated in both admission and financial aid committees, and assisted in residence hall management.

Get to know me:

 

I have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Accelerated medical - BS/MD
Pre-dentistry Nursing Pre-veterinary
Pre-law Business Journalism
Visual and performing arts Theater Art
Architecture Computer science Graphic design
Game design ROTC Teaching/education certification
Honors programs Ivy League Large state schools
Small liberal arts colleges Religiously affiliated schools Research universities

 

I have also worked with:

Athletes Non-traditional students Transfer students
High school admissions First-generation students

 

Why I joined College Coach:
As an admissions officer, I often found myself shaking my head while reading applications. I was frustrated by activity lists chock full of avoidable mistakes and essays written by a student who thought they knew what I wanted to read, but had completely missed the mark. As the shaper of a freshman class, errors annoyed me, and the same “textbook” applicant over and over again was the furthest from what I wanted to see. I joined College Coach not only because I want to help students avoid the simple mistakes, but also because I firmly believe that celebrating your child’s strengths, while nurturing their differences, is what makes for the best applicant. I am process-oriented; I love helping students take control in the process by focusing on organization and strategic planning. But my favorite part is always the creative—bring on the writing!

Hobbies
Reading great books, skiing and hiking, spending time with my husband and our puppy, searching for the next best restaurant or dessert, volunteering for my alma mater.

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