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Zaragoza Guerra

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience:
  • Former admissions officer at MIT
  • Former admissions officer at Caltech
  • Former admissions officer at The Boston Conservatory
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame – Bachelor’s in Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books) 
  • Harvard University – Master’s in International Education 

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.

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

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.

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