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Alicia

MBA Admissions Counselor

Additional Specialties: MBA admissions, graduate admissions, financial aid, international admissions
Languages Spoken: English

Alicia is the former Assistant Director of Admissions at Columbia Business School where she had the privilege of working with both full-time MBA and Executive MBA applicants. Alicia also served as Assistant Director of Student Financial Planning at Columbia University Medical Center. As an admissions counselor, Alicia has interviewed, read applications, and coached hundreds of applicants into Columbia’s top-tier programs.

Alicia graduated from George Washington University where she studied anthropology and linguistics. She has worked in higher education for more than eight years, in positions focused on admissions, financial aid, student affairs, and teaching.

Working with students and applicants is her passion. Alicia started out as an ESL instructor in Japan and in the US before moving to NYC to work at Columbia University. She found that, in addition to teaching, empowering people to achieve their educational goals is something that both motivates and inspires her.

In her free time, Alicia enjoys running, crochet, and spending time with her husband and two children. She is a Louisiana native, so it’s no surprise that she loves spicy food and, of course, Mardi Gras! Alicia has a deep interest in other cultures, languages, and travel as a result of her anthropology studies in college.