Steve Brennan

College Admissions Consultant

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


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

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.

Get to know me:


I have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Pre-dentistry
Accelerated dental - BS/DDS Nursing Pre-veterinary
Physical therapy Pre-law Business
Journalism 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 Non-traditional students
Transfer students First-generation students


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.

Languages, travel, culture, reading, politics, and flag football.

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

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