Edward Pickett III
College Counselor and 11/12 Dean
Polytechnic School (CA)
Edward “Eddie” Pickett III is a College Counselor and 11th/12th Grade Dean at Polytechnic School which is a K-12 independent school in Pasadena, California. During his summers, he is the College Counselor for Partnership for Success! (PFS!), which is an access program for Pasadena Unified School District students from 4th grade through finishing high school. Prior to these roles, he worked for six years at Tufts University where he rose from Admissions Counselor to Associate Director of Admissions & Director of Diversity Recruitment. He earned a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, where he also worked as an Enrollment Coordinator for a college bound program, and a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies and Studio Art from Pitzer College. Eddie identifies as a first-generation college graduate and he grew up between Oakland and Berkeley, CA.
MA - Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration, 2011
Boston College (MA)
BA - Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Studio Art, 2008
Pitzer College (CA)
Why are you serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee?
“Within the past 2.5 years, I transitioned from the role of director of diversity recruitment for a university to college counseling in both an independent school with plenty of full-pay students and a summer access program with 80%+ first-generation college students. Seeing the dichotomy of resources, information, and opportunities between the two groups I currently work with isn’t new, but I feel I can help our admission colleagues understand the similarities and differences in the stress levels that these kids are under from school, home, and the college process. On the personal side, I missed GWI last year and felt like I missed my second family. It’s always a pleasure joining the conversations at GWI and these are the people that I lean on professionally.”