IEC PROFILE: Mike Hammer

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Meet Mike Hammer, a college admissions counselor with over 30 years experience in higher ed. Mike landed at Cornell University following stints in retail, non-profit, and IT consulting. Mike spent six years in Arts & Sciences where he was responsible for the undergrad admissions system, learning all the ins and outs of the admissions process and participating as an admissions reader. Moving to Engineering, he became involved in college- and university-level admissions policy while continuing to read applications “because it was so interesting.” Mike was heavily involved in campus organizations, including chairing one campus advisory group and acting as a longtime advisor/mentor for the McNair Scholars.

Since leaving Cornell, he has worked with over 250 US and international students both privately and with consulting companies. His view is that every hard-working student deserves the best advice and education they can get, finding it really does take a village to guide students to greatness. Mike now specializes in STEM students, seeing that STEM students might need to think about their path through high school and their undergrad college years differently than liberal arts students.

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Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!

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Thanks for this session with Mike. It resonated with me because my background is mechanical engineering and I’m working with a lot of students who are focused on STEM, particularly engineering.

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