Julie Vultaggio, Ph.D.

College Advisor

Julie has worked in college admissions in various capacities for over a decade. She began her career as an Admissions Ambassador for her undergraduate alma mater, Cornell University, and later served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Tufts, where she recruited from Michigan to Massachusetts and evaluated more than 2,000 freshman/transfer applications. Her time at Tufts inspired a deeper exploration of admissions policy and practice, which she examined during her masters work at Harvard University and doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her PhD, Dr. Vultaggio accepted a position as Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard, where she has read and evaluated over 1,500 applications for the renowned Doctor of Education Leadership program.

Dr. Vultaggio’s passion for university admissions has also led to private counseling endeavors with clients worldwide. She enjoys building relationships with applicants and their families, as well as providing guidance, support, and encouragement from beginning to end of the often-complex admissions process.

Dr. Vultaggio has authored several articles and book chapters on the college admissions process, including “Stressors in college choice, application and decision-making—and how to reduce them” (with Stephen Friedfeld; The Journal of College Admissions, Fall 2013); “Inclusivity for all applicants: An admissions case study” (in R. Winkle-Wagner and A.M. Locks, Diversity and Inclusion on Campus: Supporting Racially and Ethnically Underrepresented Students; Routledge, 2013); and “The illusion of race-blind admissions” (Inside Higher Ed, November 2008).

She lives in Boston and divides her time between classical ballet training, competitive cycling, and learning to master gluten-free cooking. 

University experience

Cornell University
Admissions Ambassador
Tufts University
Assistant Director of Admissions
Harvard University
Associate Director of Admissions


Cornell University
Harvard University
University of Pennsylvania