Emily Toffelmire

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience:
Former admissions officer at University of Southern California
Guidance and College Counselor at La Cañada High School (CA)
Guidance and College Counselor at The American School of Bangkok
Guidance and College Counselor at Coronado High School (NV) 


University of Arkansas– Bachelor’s in Advertising/Public Relations
University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Master’s in Educational Counseling


I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.

Get to know me:


I  have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Pre-dentistry
Nursing Pre-law Business
Music Theater Film
Computer science Honors programs Ivy League
Large state schools Small liberal arts colleges Two year colleges
Religiously affiliated schools Research universities Graduate programs


I have also worked with:

International students Transfer students Students with learning differences
First-generation students


Why I joined College Coach: 
Though I was able to meaningfully engage with countless students and families as an admissions officer, I missed the deeper bonds that I forged with students in my high school counseling days. As I found myself climbing the ladder in admissions, I realized the prospect of less face-time with applicants and more face-time with administrators (not to mention Excel worksheets) didn’t appeal to me. College Coach struck me as the perfect place to return to my counseling roots while drawing on the admissions expertise I picked up at USC. I find it especially rewarding to build an easy rapport with students and families through open and honest communication. This gives us all a clearer sense of who the student is and what they want, and this understanding leads to a stronger, more authentic application.

Reading, checking out art museums, photography, film, trying out as many restaurants as fiscally possible, attempting to be a better cook

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