College Admissions Consultant
Former admissions officer at Occidental College, Marquette University, and 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
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.
Get to know me:
I have worked with students interested in:
||Large state schools
|Small liberal arts colleges
||Religiously affiliated schools
I have also worked with:
||Students with learning differences
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.
Languages, travel, culture, reading, and politics.
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
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