Over 20 years of combined experience as an University Admission Officer at a highly selective institution and High School College Counselor.
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Mel Preimesberger is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Gerontology. She feels fortunate to have had the opportuity to serve a wide variety of generations. She entered the field of college admission in the mid-eighties and has witnessed the ever changing landscape and increased competitiveness of the college admission process.
In her role in higher education Mel's experience includes having worked on what the college admission profession refers to as "both sides of the desk". At Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California she served as a college counselor where she advised students and their parents about the college search and application process, wrote letters of recommendation and taught college counseling courses.
Mel has almost 14 years of combined admission experience at the University of Southern California. There as an Associate Director of Admission , her primary duties included coordinating student athletic admissions, designing recruitment and retention plans, and managing a file review load of approximately 600 -1,000 files during each admission cycle.
She serves as the Board of Trustee Chair at Jusin Siena High School and as a Trustee of the Oxbow School, both in Napa, CA.
Her professional affiliations include memberships in the following:
Western Association for College Admission Counseling, Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association for College Admission Counseling, International Association for College Admission Counseling, Higher Education Consultants Association ( HECA) and Professional Membership in Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
Mel volunteers extensively and holds volunteer leadership positions in HECA and IECA.
She also serves as a guest speaker for the UCLA College Counseling Certificate Program.