Zaragoza Guerra

College Admissions Consultant

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

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 Pre-law
Ivy League Large state schools Small liberal arts colleges
Business Graduate programs Music
Visual and performing arts Research universities Religiously affiliated schools
Two-year colleges Military/service academies Computer science
Honors programs Post-grad prep school year


I have also worked with:

Athletes International students Non-traditional students
Transfer students


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.

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

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