Meet Sean!

Meet Sean!

counselor profile
counselor profile

Sean Ashburn, College Counselor

Sean Ashburn started his college counseling work as a Senior Access Counselor at Bottom Line, working with 120 first-gen, low-income high school students through the admission process. Next, Sean headed to Tufts University where he became Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and reviewed over 8,000 applications during his tenure. He managed recruitment for parts of CT, MA, and NYC, managed partnerships with QuestBridge and local community programs, and focused a lot of energy on diversity recruitment and access initiatives.


Outside of his actual admission jobs, Sean volunteered as a College Access Coach for Breakthrough Greater Boston, a faculty advisor for Tufts’ Indigenous Students Organization, and a faculty mentor for first-gen students through the FIRST Resource Center at Tufts. In March, Sean jumped into a new role as Associate Director of Post-Secondary Support at Excel Academy Charter Schools in Boston where he'll work with scholars as a post-secondary advisor to make sure they're successful on the college side. Sean earned his bachelor's from Boston University in sociology. Then Sean earned his master's from Tufts University in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, with thesis written on "Indigenous Student Affairs at Tufts University: A Community Needs Assessment of Native Students’ Feelings of Inclusion and Sense of Belonging."


When he's not advising students with a pragmatic-yet-empathetic approach, Sean is busy loving interior design, Broadway musicals, Taylor Swift, and TLC reality shows.

Education & Experience

B.A., Sociology, Boston University

M.A., Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, Tufts University

Senior Access Counselor, Bottom Line, Jamaica Plain, MA

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Associate Director of Post-Secondary Support, Excel Academy Charter Schools, Boston, MA

Professional Organization Memberships

NEACAC: New England Association for College Admission Counseling

NPEA: National Partnership for Educational Access

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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