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Ian Brook Fisher

College Admissions Consultant

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Reed College

Bachelor’s in Philosophy

Stanford University

Master’s in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies

I began my career in admissions by walking backwards as a student intern, giving guided tours, interviewing students, and reading applications for my alma mater, Reed College. After graduating, I began full-time work in admissions, reading thousands of applications primarily from the Western United States, especially Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. (I got to eat the best food on my travel!) In my last three years at Reed, I directed admissions for the entire continent of Asia and 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. While Reed is not known (at all!) for sports, I was able to find my competitive outlet with the ultimate Frisbee team as a player and, when I graduated, a coach. After nine wonderful years at Reed, I left Portland to pursue a M.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. When I graduated and joined College Coach, I was living in Palo Alto, California, an experience that helped me learn so much about the UC and CSU system and high school programs all around the Bay Area. In the end, I missed the rain too much, and moved back to Portland in the summer of 2016.

Featured Blogs from Ian

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

[Video] What is the Most Important Factor in the College Application?

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COLLEGE ESSAYS

Writing the Scripps College Supplemental Essays

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

Former Reed admissions officer, Ian Fisher, discusses the ideal number of colleges to have on your list.

Posted on July 22nd, 2021
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COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

[Video] What is the Most Important Factor in the College Application?

What is the most important factor on your college applications? College counselor Ian Fisher answers.

Posted on November 10th, 2020
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COLLEGE ESSAYS

Writing the Scripps College Supplemental Essays

College admissions advisor Ian Fisher gives advice on writing the Scripps College supplemental essays. Read on!

Posted on October 15th, 2020
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Posted on September 24th, 2020

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