Mel Preimesberger is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Gerontology. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve a wide variety of generations. She entered the field of College Admission in the mid-eighties and has witnessed the ever changing landscape and increased competitiveness of the admission process.
In her role in higher education Mel’s experience includes having worked on what the college admission profession refers to as “both sides of the desk”. At Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California she served as a college counselor where she advised students and their parents about the college search and application process, wrote letters of recommendation and presented to students and parents during evening programs. She taught college counseling courses, maintained and tracked data in Naviance, met and worked with college admission officers, kept updated on college admission criteria/trends, administered standardized tests, and helped students to navigate through the maze known as the application process.
Mel has almost 14 years of combined admission experience at the University of Southern California. As an Associate Director of Admission at the University of Southern California, her primary duties included coordinating student athletic admission, (both domestic and international) designing the recruitment and retention plan for underrepresented and first-generation college going students, planning large scale events for these populations and designing workshops, outreach events, and managing a file review load of approximately 600-1,000 during each admission cycle. She has had the opportunity to work with various colleges bound community organizations on both a local and national level. She also established relationships with a number of schools in the charter, public and private arena helping their students to prepare for the college admission process, identifying the potential fit to USC, and advocating on their applicant’s behalf with her colleagues on the admission committee. Working with campus stakeholders she developed workshops for students and their families highlighting the college application and admission process and has given presentations at College Board and Western Association for College Admission Counselors Conferences.
From a personal perspective, she had the opportunity to be a member of the private school community and is well acquainted with the demands and expectations of both parents and students.
She has served as a Board of Trustee Member and Chair Elect at Justin – Siena High School in Napa, California. She is also an elected Board of Trustee Member of The Oxbow School in Napa. Mel has recently been appointed as an inaugural member of Lehigh University’s Counselor Advisory Board. She is a recipient of the University of Southern California Black Alumni Award. She has attended the Harvard Admission Summer Institute and is a member of several professional college admission organizations: Western Association for College Admission Counseling, The Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling , Independent Educational Consultants Association (served as College Committee Chair and Co-Tour Leader of New York Area Colleges) and Higher Education Consultants Association (of which she is the Community Representative, has held the position of Webinar Master and has also had the opportunity to co-chair tours of Northern California and Colorado Colleges).
Mel has been recognized in the Independent Consultant’s Community as a leader having been awarded the McDonald Service Award. Through the growth of her business Mel’s practice has extended across the globe with international students.
Mel resides in Napa, California where she has volunteered her time at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Youth Group and served as an ongoing guest speaker with the Leadership Academy Youth Leaders in Action (LAYLA) of Napa High School offering college advisement to both groups. Mel also serves as a guest speaker for the UCLA College Counseling Certificate Program.