Meet Jenna!

Meet Jenna!

counselor profile
counselor profile

Jenna Pagnotta, College Counselor

Jenna earned her bachelor's in psychology at Fordham University and her master's in higher education from Boston College. It was at Fordham that she got her first look into the world of admissions, working in the undergraduate admissions office as an ambassador, which entailed many, many tours and chatting with prospective families. After college, Jenna started recruiting professionally, working in talent acquisition for a heath care group in New York. Pretty quickly, Jenna realized she missed being around students and took her first step back to counseling.

She spent two years at an independent counseling company as a client relations associate, which is a fancy way to say she supported a team of seven counselors and their clients, doing everything from building college research reports and visit planning, to reviewing applications and managing enrollments. She was the first point of contact for every one of those families, handling every question that came her way (and there were a lot). When she started her grad program at Boston College, she stayed engaged in the admissions world at two of Boston's many colleges: as an outside reader at Brandeis and in the graduate admission office at BC, where she hired and managed the student ambassadors.

Jenna is the unofficial champion of hearing the first five seconds of a song and naming the artist. Other important things to know about Jenna: she loves Taylor Swift, hates being stuck behind a slow walker, and is such a nerd for college campuses that she wants to go on a nationwide tour.

Education & Experience

B.S., Psychology, Minor in Marketing, Fordham University

M.A., Higher Education, Boston College

Graduate Assistant, Graduate Admissions Office, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Outside Application Reader, Undergraduate Admissions, Brandeis University,  Waltham, MA

Client Relations Associate, IvyWise Admissions Counseling, New York, NY

Building Manager & Senior Building Manager, Fordham University Office of Student Involvement, Bronx, NY

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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