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Emily Toffelmire

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience:
  • Former admissions officer at University of Southern California
  • Guidance and College Counselor at La Cañada High School (CA)
  • Guidance and College Counselor at The American School of Bangkok
  • Guidance and College Counselor at Coronado High School (NV) 
Education:
  • University of Arkansas– Bachelor’s in Advertising/Public Relations 
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Master’s in Educational Counseling

Background: I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. Counseling was a career that interested me because, at the low-performing public high school I attended, college guidance was almost non-existent. The inequality of access I saw firsthand inspired me to earn my Master’s of Education and work in public schools. I also spent time at an overseas school in Thailand guiding students through the application process for universities around the world. I later transitioned to admissions at USC, where I began as an assistant director, recruiting and reading thousands of freshman and transfer applications to 150 majors in the liberal arts and professional schools. Looking for more responsibility and interaction with both applicants and current university students, I moved on to the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. As senior assistant director, I oversaw the merit scholarship selection process as well as recruitment and conversion publications, and traveled across the country presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.

I have worked with students interested in:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pre-med
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Pre-law
  • Business
  • Music
  • Theater Art
  • Computer science
  • Honors programs
  • Ivy League
  • Large state schools
  • Small liberal arts colleges
  • Two year colleges
  • Research universities
I have also worked with:
  • International students
  • Transfer students
  • Students with learning differences
  • First-generation students

Why I joined Bright Horizons: Though I was able to meaningfully engage with countless students and families as an admissions officer, I missed the deeper bonds that I forged with students in my high school counseling days. As I found myself climbing the ladder in admissions, I realized the prospect of less face-time with applicants and more face-time with administrators (not to mention Excel worksheets) didn’t appeal to me. College Coach struck me as the perfect place to return to my counseling roots while drawing on the admissions expertise I picked up at USC. I find it especially rewarding to build an easy rapport with students and families through open and honest communication. This gives us all a clearer sense of who the student is and what they want, and this understanding leads to a stronger, more authentic application.

Hobbies: Reading, checking out art museums, photography, film, trying out as many restaurants as fiscally possible, attempting to be a better cook