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Patricia Soares, co-founder of Aspire To College LLC, is a 20+ year enrollment management professional of selective college admissions within undergraduate, military service and graduate institutions. As an independent educational consultant, Patricia’s specialty areas are individual & group college counseling; consulting with colleges & organizations to achieve admissions related goals; improve efficiency of admissions processes; staff hiring & management.
Managing Partner/Educational Consultant
Aspire To College, LLC
April 2013 - present
Aspire to College™ is a robust team of college admissions professionals and financial advisors. Provide global advisory services to students, families and social support organizations helping students seeking a successful experience within undergraduate, service academy and/or graduate institutions. Offer guidance with the secondary school curriculum selection, college search, application and college selection processes.
EDU Invictus, a division of Aspire To College, LLC, provides navigation/advocacy support for learning differenced students. The EDU Invictus team services include: a customized IEP for the college environment; work closely with college access, student counseling & residential life offices; create strategizes to acclimate & routinize the student's on campus experience.
Associate Director of Admissions (Deputy Director of Admissions)
U. S. Coast Guard Academy
March 2006 - April 2016
Provided strategic leadership to the Admissions Division staff of active duty Coast Guard Officers, civilian professional and administrative staff, and reserve officers. Responsible for Division's HR, and provided management oversight of the Division's AFC-34 budget of approximately $3m annually. Directed the daily operations of the Division, inclusive of supervising five associate directors and administrative staff.
Hope Educational Consultant
June 1994 - February 2006
As an independent educational consultant, Patricia’s specialty areas included individual/group counseling; provided advice and strategies for individuals applying to undergraduate, graduate and professional institutions.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Yale University School of Medicine
September 1998 - July 2005
Managed daily operation of the Office of Admissions. Hired, trained and supervised four permanent staff members and seasonal support staff. Coordinated the admissions database system, online application, admissions website and AMCAS data transmissions in conjunction with Yale Information Technology Services Division. Assisted with on-campus recruitment activities and programs. Biomedical Science Training and Enrichment Program (BioSTEP) Admissions Committee member through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Represented the Office of Admissions at AAMC annual meetings, AMCAS and 13 school consortium meetings. Collaborated with the Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid and Director of Admissions.
Assistant Director of Admissions
July 1994 - June 1997
Interviewed prospective applicants, conducted group information sessions and reviewed all files for admission committee. Evaluated and redesigned application process and revised publications for The Return to College Program. Designed and implemented two-day visitation programs, admission cycles and tuition exchange program. Position included coordination of transfer admissions, application processing, return to college admissions and multicultural recruitment.
The Ohio State University
1992 - 1994
Master's of Arts, Higher Education and Student Affairs
Rhode Island College
1985 - 1990
Bachelor of Arts, History