Meet Brenna!

Meet Brenna!

counselor profile
counselor profile

Brenna Heintz, College Counselor

Brenna has been immersed in admission since 2011. She first landed in admissions at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, then to MIT's Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she was a senior admission counselor, and finally to Swarthmore College where she just finished a run as their Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Recruitment. In these roles, Brenna has served as a faculty member for College Horizons and Cherokee College Prep Institute, and a reader for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s College Scholarship Program.

Brenna earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy at Tufts and then her master’s in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. Brenna grew up in Alaska and after finishing her undergrad, she did stints as a naturalist tour guide in Juneau and as a field research assistant at NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Laboratories. 

Brenna loves any dog she sees (including her own, Sprout, who sometimes ignores her), Peloton-ing, and cooking mostly vegetarian and vegan food (though still maintains loyalty to that wild-caught AK salmon). She's also pretty hard to rattle at work—if you ask how she handles stress, she'll tell you about the time she ran into a bear while leading a group of tourists through the forest.

Education & Experience

B.A., Philosophy, Tufts University

M.S.Ed., Education: Education, Culture, and Society, University of Pennsylvania

Associate Dean of Admissions, Director of Recruitment, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Senior Admissions Counselor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Admissions Assistant, Harvard Graduate School of Education Office of Admission, Cambridge, MA

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

Ready to tackle the admissions process?