Dr. Cynthia Gutierrez


  • High school college admissions counselor for fifteen years
  • Teacher for five years
  • Counseled over 5,000 students in over 14 years through high school and college admission process
  • Assisted students in successfully applying and accepting offers from top UC's, and private universities
  • Worked with over 15 districts in college and career development for their teachers and parents, presenting on topics such as Writing a Winning Letter of Recommendation, My Child Is Going to College! Now What? and What Universities are Looking for in a Student
  • Have read over 11,000 applications for UCLA admissions
  • Designed and facilitated many workshops on college planning


About Cynthia

Experienced college admissions counselor and teacher. Reads applications for UCLA. M.S. in Education, M.S. in School Counseling, and Ed.D. in Education

Be ashamed to die until one has won some victory for humanity! Horace Mann

My mission in life has been to win victories for humanity! My goal is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness, and for success in a global society. I have spent my career preparing students for their best and brightest future, and I am ready to continue my work with you! I will give you individual attention in helping guide you through high school, and beyond.
When I am not working, I am spending time with my daughter – I am an expert on all Disney movies, as I have seen them multiple times! I am a Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, and Magic Mountain fanatic (especially Disneyland). I also like to read, and bike.


  • B.S. in Psychology – UCLA
  • M.S. in Education – UCLA
  • M.S. in School Counseling - University of La Verne
  • Ed.D. in Education - UCLA


  • Clear Administrative Services Credential
  • Clear Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential
  • Multiple Subject – Professional Clear Teaching Credential

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • California Association of School Counselors (CASC)


I believe knowledge is power! My job is to assist students and families gather as much information as possible to make a good decision about their future. I believe all questions should be asked- because that is how you learn.


“Cindy has been good at making my daughter talk and she has been providing valuable tips that my daughter could use. She has been building a good relation, that’s what we wanted.”

– Anand G.

“Without Dr. Gutierrez I would not have survived high school and gone to college. She was with me every step of the way, and gave me great advice. I am where I am today because of her.”

– J.C