Colleen Paparella Ganjian

Colleen Ganjian Northern Virginia College Advisor

Colleen Ganjian is a seasoned educational consultant and nationally recognized expert in the field of college admissions. As the founder of DC College Counseling, she specializes in guiding families through today’s challenging college admissions landscape. 

Colleen spent the first decade of her career working as an undergraduate admissions officer and independent school college counselor, including six years as an office director. She became highly knowledgeable about the process from an insider’s perspective, and her experience on “both sides of the desk” gives her students a competitive advantage.

As an excellent resource about current programs and trends in independent school, college, and graduate admissions processes, Colleen is approached regularly by members of the press for her expert advice in local and national publications. She also provides professional development to her colleagues on a national level at seminars and conferences. She is a professional member of IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, as well as NACAC, the National Association of College Admissions Counseling.

Colleen is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and Washington University in St. Louis, from which she graduated with honors in only three years’ time. She was later awarded a New York City Teaching Fellowship, through which she received her master’s degree in education from Fordham University and became a New York State-certified English teacher.

In her spare time, Colleen enjoys volunteering for the Junior League of Washington and Fairfax County Public Schools. She lives with her husband and two children in Vienna, Virginia.