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Vermont Quarterly

Cristiana Quinn

Counselor extraordinaire


Cristiana QuinnCristiana Quinn

Counselor extraordinaire

Cristiana Quinn ’84 is all one can hope for in the college and university alumni relations business.

First, of all, she loves UVM. “I had a wonderful experience at UVM,” she says. “I always tell everyone if I could go anywhere in the country I would go back to UVM. I want every student to feel that way about their college choice.”

Second, she’s in about the best position one could imagine to get that word before hundreds of prospective students every year. Quinn founded and heads up College Admissions Advisors in Providence, RI, serving students throughout the U.S. and abroad, in person and via Skype.

“My career has been about education, helping kids find the right colleges and affording the college of their choice,” she says. “And for students who feel that UVM is their first choice, I don’t want finances to be a barrier.”

And, third, Quinn (a relative youngster when it comes to thinking about estate planning) decided to leave a substantial percentage of her estate to fund an endowed scholarship for out-of-state students at UVM. As a Rhode Islander who attended UVM, “I wanted to provide more students the opportunity to attend UVM from out of state, and I also wanted to help UVM with attracting top students from across the country, which I know is always a challenge for a state university,” she says. “Two of my highest performing students last year chose UVM because they were going to come out debt-free. They chose UVM and the Honors College, which were wonderful opportunities for them.”

Quinn writes a column on college admissions published in Providence and Worcester, Massachusetts. She often writes about UVM. “Usually I do a piece every year on the best honors colleges in the country, and I always include UVM,” she says.

The college counselor takes special satisfaction from the fact that the year after she graduated from UVM, her niece, Jennifer Quinn, enrolled and graduated in 1988. Being so close in age, “she and I are very much like sisters,” Cristiana says. “We have a tremendous amount of pride in UVM and wonderful feelings about the school.”

I think the thing that’s special about UVM is its extremely warm, accepting sense of community combined with a top notch education—students there are collaborative versus competitive. Burlington and UVM provide such a unique place to go to school. I don’t think there are many colleges that compare.”

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