Meet the Admissions Staff

When exploring colleges, it helps to talk to as many college counselors as possible. Below, you can find each member of our admissions staff and find out who your own counselor is.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have about the admissions process or the college in general. We would love to introduce you to all Newbury has to offer!

Yavuz Kiremit

Yavuz Kiremit

Director of Admissions
yavuz.kiremit@newbury.edu
617-730-7066

"I love the sense of community at Newbury College [and] I love working in admissions because it gives me the opportunity to help students achieve their goal of going to college. My number one piece of advice is to start early and pay close attention to dates and deadlines. The whole admissions process is much less stressful if you don't scramble at the last minute to get things done."

Shannon McCarthy

Yavuz Kiremit

Associate Director of Admissions
shannon.mccarthy@newbury.edu
617-730-7104

"One of my favorite things about working in the Admissions Office is hosting our Open Houses and Accepted Students Days: we introduce students and their families to the campus, the faculty, and current students, helping them see if Newbury is the right place for them! My advice is to submit an essay that tells us more than what's on your transcript.  Your essay is the perfect place to show us something unique about yourself, why you're a great fit for Newbury, and how you would contribute to our community."

Territories: Massachusetts (Suffolk/Norfolk/Bristol Counties)

Keino Purcell

Keino Purcell

Assistant Director of Admissions
keino.purcell@newbury.edu
617-730-7004

"I like working at Newbury because of the common goal here, helping students succeed in life. Working for Admissions, I like the opportunity of presenting the school to prospective students and assuring them that even small schools like ours will help them achieve their life goals. My advice is to look at all the options available and choose one that is the best fit for you. Don't choose a school just because of its name, size or rank."


Territories: Connecticut, New York (Rockland/Westchester Counties), International Students

Kristen Gallant

Kristen Gallant

Admissions Counselor
kristen.gallant@newbury.edu
617-730-7055

"I love helping students navigate a very personal and stressful time in their life. There is tons of pressure put on students to choose the ‘right’ college -- I aim to give them all the information about Newbury I possibly can to make that important decision. It's also fun to talk to students and get to know their families and backgrounds - diversity is what makes us special!"


Territories: New York (except Rockland/Westchester Counties)

Samantha Varao

Kristen Gallant

Samantha Varao
Application Coordinator
samantha.varao@newbury.edu

"I love working in admissions and being able to see the results of my effort just by walking on campus or attending an event. My biggest advice is to take initiative to complete your application, and to never hesitate to contact your counselor with any questions you may have."



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