Ian Brook Fisher

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience:
Former admissions officer at Reed College




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

I began my career in admissions by walking backwards as a student intern, giving guided tours, interviewing students, and reading applications for my alma mater, Reed College. After graduating, I began full-time work in admissions, reading thousands of applications primarily from the Western United States, especially Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. (I got to eat the best food on my travel!) In my last three years at Reed, I directed admissions for the entire continent of Asia and 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.

While Reed is not known (at all!) for sports, I was able to find my competitive outlet with the ultimate Frisbee team as a player and, when I graduated, a coach. After nine wonderful years at Reed, I left Portland to pursue a M.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. When I graduated and joined College Coach, I was living in Palo Alto, California, an experience that helped me learn so much about the UC and CSU system and high school programs all around the Bay Area. In the end, I missed the rain too much, and moved back to Portland in the summer of 2016.

Get to know me:


I  have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Accelerated medical - BS/MD
Pre-veterinary Pre-law Business
Visual and performing arts Music Theater
Art Film Architecture
Computer science Teaching/education certification ROTC
Honors programs Ivy League Large state schools
Small liberal arts colleges Two year colleges Religiously affiliated schools
Research universities Military/Service academies Graduate programs


I have also worked with:

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


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.

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

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