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Ian Brook Fisher

College Admissions Consultant He/Him/His
Ian Fisher Bright Horizons College Coach
College Admissions Consultant
Former admissions officer Reed College

My Background

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.

Ian Fisher was the BEST coach I could've worked with. His pragmatic, calm approach was perfect for me and my parents. He asked thoughtful questions and gave good advice as we navigated senior year and the college application process.
Student at Cornell University

Why I Joined College Coach

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.

Get to Know Me

My Education

Reed College Bachelor’s in Philosophy
Stanford University Master’s in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies
I have worked with students interested in:
  • Accelerated medical - BS/MD
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Computer science
  • Dance
  • Data science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Film
  • Government
  • Graduate programs
  • Graphic design
  • HBCUs
  • Hispanic serving
  • Honors programs
  • Humanities
  • International relations
  • Ivy league
  • Journalism
  • Large State Schools
  • Marine biology
  • Mathematics
  • Military/Service academies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Political science
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-med
  • Pre-veterinary
  • Psychology
  • Religiously affiliated schools
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Research universities
  • ROTC
  • Science
  • Small liberal arts colleges
  • Social Sciences
  • Sports analytics
  • Teaching/education certification
  • Technology
  • Theater
  • Two year colleges
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Women's colleges
I have also worked with:
  • Athletes
  • Gap year students
  • Home schooled students
  • IB program
  • International students
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • Non-traditional students
  • Students with learning differences
  • Transfer students
Ian Fisher

Some of my favorite pastimes

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

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