Zaragoza Guerra

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience
Former admissions officer at MIT, Caltech, and The Boston Conservatory 

Education
University of Notre Dame – Bachelor’s in Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books)
Harvard University – Master’s in International Education 


Why I joined College Coach:
Applying to college can feel overwhelming — there’s so much out of one’s control, and there’s so much to do, too. But the process can be tamed; it can be mapped. I joined College Coach because I felt it was a place where I could make the positive difference I had always hoped to make while working as an admissions officer. Helping families get a handle on the process so that it no longer feels unwieldy, but instead, very doable is so rewarding. I love shedding light on a very confusing process — helping families make choices based on facts rather than speculation.

Get to know me:

 

I have worked with students interested in:

Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics Pre-med Accelerated medical - BS/MD
Pre-law Business Visual and performing arts
Music Theater Art
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 Non-traditional students Transfer students
First-generation students

 

Background:
I came to College Coach with 15 years of college admissions experience. I spent part of my career as director of admissions for the Boston Conservatory, where I oversaw overall recruitment and auditions for students interested in music, theater, and dance. I spent most of my admissions career, however, as an admissions officer for two institutes of technology. As an associate director of admissions at MIT, I directed overall recruitment and yield activities as well as international, transfer, and special student admissions. I also served as an assistant director of admissions for Caltech, where I handled specialized student recruitment and reviewed domestic and international student files.

Hobbies:
Playing guitar, singing, running, hiking, biking, photography, yoga. 

Popular blog posts and press:
5 Tips for Showcasing Your Identity on the Common App Essay
Realizing Your Dreams at Very Selective Colleges
The Asian Penalty

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