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Mary Sue Youn

College Admissions Consultant
Mary Sue Youn
College Admissions Consultant
Former admissions officer Barnard College
Former admissions officer Whittier College

My Background

I joined College Coach after working at Barnard College of Columbia University, where I served as the senior associate director of admissions. As the senior manager of the admissions staff, I coordinated all admissions recruitment travel, and directed the application review process. I chaired the admissions committee and personally reviewed many applications from both first-year and transfer admissions applicants. Prior to my tenure at Barnard, I was an admissions counselor at Whittier College and directed the merit scholarship process for the college. My admissions career began as an alumna admissions volunteer for Cornell University while completing my graduate work in psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
More than just “getting in,” Mary Sue worked hard to get to know our son, and to guide him to schools where she thought he would be happiest. This is a crucial part of the college search.
Parent of a Princeton University student

Why I Joined College Coach

I enjoy being a "mythbuster" There is so much about the college process that is confusing or blatantly false - and yet the misinformation still persists. As an admissions officer, I was involved in making thousands of admissions decisions every year. I would often fight in admissions committee for wonderful students who had received bad advice and didn't immediately stand out through their application. I joined College Coach to dispel those myths about what a college is truly looking for in an applicant. The best applications reflect the student's personality, and my job is to help students convey their personality and strengths clearly in their applications.

Get to Know Me

My Education

Cornell University Bachelor's in Psychology
Claremont Graduate University Master's in Psychology
I have worked with students interested in:
  • Accelerated dental - BS/DDS
  • Accelerated medical - BS/DO
  • Accelerated medical - BS/MD
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Computer science
  • Dance
  • Data science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Film
  • Game design
  • Government
  • Graphic design
  • HBCUs
  • Hispanic serving
  • Honors programs
  • Humanities
  • International relations
  • Ivy league
  • Journalism
  • Large State Schools
  • Marine biology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Political science
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-med
  • Pre-veterinary
  • Religiously affiliated schools
  • Research universities
  • ROTC
  • Science
  • Small liberal arts colleges
  • Social Sciences
  • Teaching/education certification
  • Technology
  • Theater
  • Two year colleges
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Women's colleges
I have also worked with:
  • Athletes
  • First-generation students
  • Home schooled students
  • IB program
  • International students
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • Students with learning differences
  • Transfer students
Mary Sue Youn

Some of my favorite pastimes

Running triathlons, French horn, cooking, traveling

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