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Ian Brook Fisher

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience: 

  •  Former admissions officer at Reed College


  • Reed College – Bachelor’s in Philosophy
  • Stanford University – Master’s in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies

Background: Like many of my colleagues, I began my career in admissions by walking backwards. As a senior at Reed College, I worked as a student intern, giving guided tours, interviewing students, and reading applications. After graduating, I began full-time work in admissions, reading thousands of applications, directing admissions for an entire continent (Asia), and assisting in the development of recruitment strategies. In my last three years at Reed, I served as the director of marketing and communications for the admission office, honing our official voice for web, print, and social media. This helped me to develop a sharp eye for what works (and what doesn’t) in college essays. A big believer in the power of college community, I also served as head coach for the men’s ultimate Frisbee team, where I helped students develop their passion for athletics. After nine wonderful years at Reed, I left Portland to pursue a M.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

I have worked with students interested in:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pre-med Accelerated medical - BS/MD
  • Pre-veterinary
  • Pre-law Business
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Computer science
  • Game design
  • Teaching/education certification
  • ROTC
  • Honors programs
  • Ivy League
  • Large state schools
  • Small liberal arts colleges
  • Two year colleges
  • Research universities
  • Graduate programs
  • Religiously affiliated schools
I have also worked with:
  • Athletes
  • International students
  • Students with learning differences
  • Transfer students
  • Non-traditional students
  • High school admissions
  • First-generation students

Why I joined Bright Horizons: During my time in the Reed admission office, I found myself most excited by conversations with students and their families. Whether it was in an interview, an information session, or just over coffee, I loved helping students explore new ideas and learn to ask interesting questions. College Coach provides an opportunity for me to continue to build connections with students and families as they work through the university admissions process. I believe that the application process should be open and reflective — that asking the right questions is just as important as finding the right answers. It is my goal to help students develop a strong sense of self through our conversations, their research, and a collaborative and constructive writing process.

Hobbies: Playing ultimate Frisbee, reading great books, watching NBA basketball, cooking breakfast, drinking coffee, and writing clever emails