Meet Katrina!

Meet Katrina!

counselor profile
counselor profile

Katrina Austria Marrero, College Counselor

Katrina Austria Marrero is an educator at heart. More so than a books-and-classroom type of way, Katrina focuses on building up human potential and providing learning opportunities for people to be the best versions of themselves. And what better way to do that by leaping into the college counseling world? Katrina transitioned from being a classroom teacher to a college counselor at KIPP Austin Public Schools where she increased college matriculation after her first year by 18%. In addition, her approach to training counselors increased college acceptance rates from 83% to 100% to the most selective colleges.


Then, she dipped her toe into IEC work as a counselor/trainer with GetAccepted (now The Princeton Review) where she designed and scaled an admissions program that served 5,000+ students per cycle. After that, she returned to Uplift Education as the Dean of College Prep and Strategic Partnerships, where she managed counselors, intervention specialists, and teachers to implement an intervention program supporting their most at-risk students. In 2018, Katrina served under the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with the Diversity Outreach Cohort at Stanford University where she was able to help sculpt their most diverse freshmen class yet. In addition to reading all those supplemental essays, she worked closely with the QuestBridge team to identify strong applicants.


Katrina earned her bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and then earned her master's in secondary education, curriculum, and instruction from Texas A&M University - Commerce. Meeting with Katrina feels like a chatting with an older sister or cool aunt. Having supported students through all stages of their academic careers, she is excited to help students redefine their version of success, so they can find environments where they'll thrive and engage in their communities.

Education & Experience

B.S., Political Science, Santa Clara University

M.A., Secondary Education, Curriculum, and Instruction, Texas A&M University-Commerce

College Counselor, KIPP Austin Public Schools, Austin, TX

Counselor, GetAccepted (now The Princeton Review), Austin, TX

Dean of College Prep and Strategic Partnerships, Uplift Education, Dallas, TX

Member, Diversity Outreach Cohort Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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