Colleen Paparella Ganjian

Colleen Ganjian Northern Virginia College Advisor

Colleen has always been wholly comprehensive in navigating her students through the increasingly confusing and challenging world of college admissions. Having worked in undergraduate admissions at two different selective institutions, she became highly knowledgeable about the process from an insider’s perspective.   Colleen then spent an additional eight years working in competitive independent school college counseling offices, including six years as an office director. 

Colleen is a professional member of IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association. She is also a member of NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counseling), College Board, and is a certified English teacher. Her experience on “both sides of the desk” gives her students a competitive advantage, and she is an excellent resource about current programs and trends in the admissions process. As such, she 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. 

A graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Colleen attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated with honors in only three years’ time. She was then awarded a New York City teaching fellowship, where she received her master’s degree in English education from Fordham University and simultaneously taught high school English. While employed by the Department of Education, Colleen also developed a college counseling program for students at the New York City public school at which she worked. 

In her spare time, Colleen volunteers for a variety of organizations and programs including the Junior League of Washington, College Summit, and Colvin Run Elementary School. Colleen lives in Vienna with her husband and two children.