About Sonja Montiel
Sonja Montiel founded College Confidence in 2002. Her mission is to have students discover their passions and apply them to their education ultimately creating innovations in their community.
She earned her MA degree in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in educational leadership and organizations. Sonja became an admissions counselor for UC Santa Barbara from 1999-2002 during the controversial transition of moving college admissions to a more comprehensive review process.
She has had extensive experience in reading and editing applications, producing college publications, coordinating recruitment efforts, and facilitating incoming college students to their new college life.
Currently, Sonja serves on the Executive Board of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC) and is a active member for the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) serving on the planning committee for Ventura County's National College Fair. She is also a member of the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA), and conducts numerous seminars and workshops to families about the college admissions process.