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About Dr. Cynthia Colón

Dr. Cynthia Colón holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Using over 20 years experience as an educator, her new book, Tips, Tales, & Truths for Teens, offers a practical road map for the college admission process.

Dr. Colón has been featured on ABC, NBC, KTLA, FOX 5, KCAL, WGN, WKRC and in Latina Style.

Dr. Colón has worked as both an admission officer at Vassar College in New York and as a college counselor at the elite private Marymount High School in Los Angeles. She has read thousands of applications and worked directly with over 800 students who have been admitted to top colleges in the country – including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Duke, Georgetown, USC, UCLA, Berkeley, Notre Dame, and many more.

As the first in her family to attend college, Dr. Colón is on a mission to help every student, no matter her/his background, pave their way to the college of their choice. Further, she offers parents and educators the tools to support teens along the road to college.

Cynthia’s passion is obvious and her infectious energy can captivate any audience. She loves all things baseball, Trojan football, and enjoys crafting, reading, and running.

I was lucky enough to have the living breathing version of Tips, tales & Truths when I was in high school with Dr. Colon personally guiding me through the daunting process of college admissions. She was honest and direct while simultaneously being encouraging and tender, she just knew her stuff.

-Molly H. '02, Yale University '06
Dr. Cynthia Colón brings passion, experience, humor, and pragmatic expertise to her conversations with students, parents, and school staff. Whether it is insider tips on what college admissions counselors are looking for or details on how to make a senior's personal statement stand out, Dr. Colón delivers her insights in a friendly and down to earth way that will connect with with all of your stakeholders

-Dr. Scott Weatherford, Principal at Da Vinci Schools
I have coached at the NCAA Division I level, the high academic NCAA division III level and have worked with all kinds of coaches and players. cynthia Colon is in the top 1% of all motivators and educators I have ever known. Working with Dr. Colon is truly an adventure in energy and inspiration.

-Ryan Moore, Recruiting Coordinator for TheBeast Recruiting
Dr. Colon has helped me tremendously during this college process. I started with her during the summer and she helped me get a head start on all of my essays. I always feel comfortable reaching out to her, and she always makes herself available. When we get together or FaceTime, our sessions are always very productive. I definitely wouldn't have gotten this far without her.

-Lara M. '18, University of Virginia '22
Dr. Colon's energy and passion for helping teens discover their passions and define their goals is unmatched! She graciously led our Girl Scout Troop through the exercise to help each of them identify a problem in their community that had been weighing on their heart. Through this simple but brilliant exercise, each of our girls was able to pull together a plan for their Gold Award. We are thankful for her expertise in empowering teens to make choices through their interests and passions!

-Carolyn, Girl Scout Troop Leader

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