Arezu Corella, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Arizona

What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
I have worked in the field of higher education for 26 years. My interest in working with college students in general stemmed from my undergraduate experience serving as a peer adviser for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. I enjoyed assisting students and helping them to navigate their college experience and determine their career path. As a graduate student in higher education, I worked in recruitment assisting transfer students. My professional career started with assisting K-8 students in early recruitment efforts and high school recruitment. Through the years I have worked in academic advising, retention programming, and serving and supporting students on academic probation and from underrepresented groups. Currently, I work in enrollment management overseeing our operations and systems for undergraduate admissions, which supports the recruitment efforts and outreach to high schools and high school counselors concerning admissions counseling. I am passionate about access to higher education, retention, and graduation of all students.

What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job is the collaboration and work to create a seamless experience for prospective students applying to college. Many teams have to work together and collaborate with high schools to provide information to help students have a positive and streamlined experience when applying to and enrolling in college.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC has provided resources and networks that are invaluable to our teams and partners, including opportunities for active networking, attending conferences, and professional development opportunities.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
Retention of employees, limited resources and funding, changing technology, and introduction of AI to name a few.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy crocheting baby blankets and scarves, watching Hallmark movies, and scrapbooking.

What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Passionate. Authentic. Collaborative. Empathetic. Hardworking.


Published Aug. 19, 2024