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Nial Rele

College Admissions Consultant He/Him/His
Nial Rele Bright Horizons College Coach
College Admissions Consultant
Former admissions officer Middlebury College, Colorado College, Lewis and Clark College
Application reader, MBA admissions Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
Former Graduate Assistant PhD Application Reader Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Science

My Background

I have spent most of my career in higher education, serving in admissions and residential life roles at Middlebury College, Colorado College, Lewis & Clark College, and Harvard University. During my years in admissions, I worked with students and families from across the country and the world and have read thousands of applications. I wore many hats as an admissions officer including supporting applicants from international, first generation, and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, managing a scholarship program and community-based organization partnerships, leading yield and data analytics, and working on athletic recruitment. Most recently I was an MBA application reader for Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. I also have nonprofit leadership experience; I served as the Executive Director of the Vermont & New Hampshire Energy Education Program, and I am on the boards of the United Way of Addison County and the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.
Nial was great. He helped [our student] choose colleges that were a good fit, nudged him along to finish his work, and helped him interpret the options for a mid-year transfer.
Parent of a Whitman College student

Why I Joined College Coach

I grew up in India and Nigeria and first came to the United States as an international student for whom college wouldn’t have been affordable if not for a generous financial aid award. I have experienced firsthand the transformative power of education, and it is a privilege to be a part of a young person’s journey as they figure out what the future holds for them. College Coach is a team of incredibly talented and knowledgeable individuals who are uniquely equipped to guide students and families through this big step in life’s adventure.

Get to Know Me

My Education

Middlebury College Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Policy
Harvard University Master of Education, Higher Education
I have worked with students interested in:
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer science
  • Dance
  • Data science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Film
  • Government
  • Graduate programs
  • Humanities
  • International relations
  • Ivy league
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Political science
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-med
  • Research universities
  • Science
  • Small liberal arts colleges
  • Social Sciences
  • Teaching/education certification
  • Theater
  • Visual and performing arts
I have also worked with:
  • Athletes
  • First-generation students
  • High school admissions
  • Home schooled students
  • IB program
  • International students
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • Students with learning differences
  • Transfer students

Some of my favorite pastimes

I love learning about people, which led me to two of my biggest passions: languages and food. I speak Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Marathi, as well as some Gujarati and French. I love cooking and learning about food from around the world and before the pandemic, I ran a supper club that had over a hundred members. I also love brewing and drinking coffee and reading lengthy sci-fi novels!


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