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

Before coming to College Coach I worked in admissions at a breadth of institutions. My most recent experience was as associate dean of admission at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where I was responsible for international admissions and read applications from around the world but specifically Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria. While at Oxy I also made the final decision on applications from students applying from all over California; Chicago and the Midwest; and Hawai'i and the Pacific, and I served on the athletics admission review committee and was liaison with baseball as well. I started my career at Marquette University where I reviewed applications for each of the seven undergraduate colleges including engineering, business, and nursing, as well as for the direct entry physical therapy and BS/DDS programs. At Loyola University-Chicago, where I was assistant director of admission, nearly half of the applications I reviewed were applying for pre-medicine. While in Honolulu completing my master’s degree at the University of Hawai'i I served on the graduate admission committee for the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and after graduation I served as the founding director of advising at College Connections Hawai`i, a Honolulu non-profit focused on Native Hawaiian and first generation to college youth, where I worked as an independent counselor helping students and their families with all parts of the college application process. I have presented at the national admission conference as well as state and regional conferences on topics related to keeping the admission process student-centered, helping students write their best essays, and retaining first generation students and students of color.

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 Students with learning differences
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.