Emily Toffelmire

College Admissions Consultant

Former admissions officer at
University of Southern California
Former guidance and college counselor at
La Cañada High School (CA)
Former guidance and college counselor at
The American School of Bangkok
Former guidance and college counselor at Coronado High School (NV)

About Emily ToffelmireCollege Admissions Consultant

My Background

I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.

My Education

University of Arkansas
Bachelor's in Advertising/Public Relations
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Master's in Educational Counseling

Get to Know Me


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Why I Joined Bright Horizons College Coach

Though I was able to meaningfully engage with countless students and families as an admissions officer, I missed the deeper bonds that I forged with students in my high school counseling days. As I found myself climbing the ladder in admissions, I realized the prospect of less face-time with applicants and more face-time with administrators (not to mention Excel worksheets) didn’t appeal to me. College Coach struck me as the perfect place to return to my counseling roots while drawing on the admissions expertise I picked up at USC. I find it especially rewarding to build an easy rapport with students and families through open and honest communication. This gives us all a clearer sense of who the student is and what they want, and this understanding leads to a stronger, more authentic application.

Some of my Favorite Pastimes

Reading, checking out art museums, photography, film, trying out as many restaurants as fiscally possible, attempting to be a better cook