Mary Sue Youn

College Admissions Consultant

Former admissions officer at Barnard College
Former admissions officer at Whittier College

About Mary Sue YounCollege Admissions Consultant

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.

My Education

Cornell University
Bachelor's in Psychology
Claremont Graduate University
Master's in Psychology

Get to Know Me


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Why I Joined Bright Horizons 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.

Some of my Favorite Pastimes

Running triathlons, French horn, cooking, traveling