Adriana Serrano

Associate Director

B.A. Spanish; Latin American & Iberian Studies, Education (minor)
University of California Santa Barbara



I’m originally from Guanajato, Mexico y soy Orgullosamente Mexicana. I grew up in the Bay Area in Richmond, California but my heart was taken away by the city and people of Los Angeles. After graduating High School I moved to the central coast to Santa Barbara where I pursued my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara. My career path has allowed me the opportunity to work with high school students, scholarship organizations and with the Office of Admissions at UC Santa Barbara. This along with my own path of being a first generation student that had to traverse through the complicated journey of graduating a 4 year University, has allowed me to have an fundamental understanding of the concerns and questions that students and their parents may have towards the application process and succeeding at a higher education institution.


Why USC?

USC, will offer you the opportunity to have an interdisciplinary education experience. This university will not only give you the opportunities and resources to succeed but also access to a global alumni network.


Admission Advice:

We know the process of applying to college can be stressful and difficult. As well as trying to figure out which college is the right fit for you. To help you with this process think of these three factors: location, population and what you want to study or learn more about. When working on your application take the time to tell us more about yourself beyond your academics accomplishments. Look at your application as a big puzzle. You as the applicant have the power to decide what we as readers learn about you. Lastly, reach out to us. As Admission Counselors, we are here to answer your questions and help you through the process.


Movie: A Star Is Born (2018)
Food: Everything, I love food!
Musical Performer: Beyonce
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