Kariny Contreras-Nunez

Kariny Contreras-Nunez

Admissions Expert

Kariny has extensive knowledge of the admissions process at various institutions. Over the past decade she has worked for Gettysburg College, Washington & Jefferson College, and Purdue. Most recently, as a Senior Assistant Dir. of Admissions at Purdue, she was a member of the College of Engineering Review Team for six years.


I was born in the Dominican Republic and my family immigrated to New York City when I was 6. As an immigrant, I value the importance of earning a good education and taking advantage of the opportunities that have been afforded to me by my parents. My passion for helping students through the admissions process started when I was inspired by my high school college counselor and my admissions counselor at Gettysburg College.

In my most recent position as a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Purdue University, I was a member of the College of Engineering Review Team for six years and led the committee in the spring of 2021. Moreover, I was the lead reviewer for the out-of-state Emerging Leaders Scholarship for Computer Science and The College of Engineering. These programs were ranked, at the time, 20th in the world and 8th in the nation, respectively.

At Washington & Jefferson College and Gettysburg College I acquired knowledge on the unique and personalized admissions process of smaller selective institutions. And how to leverage elements of the application process, such as the interview and the essay, to bring an application alive for admissions counselors.

Throughout my tenure in the admissions profession, I have participated in various professional organizations. As Co-Chair of the Government Relation Committee for INACAC I influenced legislation on a state and federal level to promote college access for all students across the country. Finally, I was published twice in the Journal for College Admissions Counseling and has presented at numerous conferences across the country.

Counseling Style:

When I work with students and families I prioritize creating an open environment where honest dialogue can flourish. Through honest conversations we can begin to identify what is truly in the best interest — intellectually, emotionally, socially, mentally, and financially— for the student and family.


I am an avid traveler! I have been to several countries individually and backpacked through Southeast Asia, Northern Africa, and Europe with my husband, Stephen. Lastly, I love exploring new food and engaging in the culinary arts at home.


  • BA in Sociology, Minor in Philosophy from Gettysburg College.
  • MBA in Business Administration from Purdue University Global, with a concentration in Information Technology.


  • National Association for College Admissions Counseling
  • Association of Latino Professionals for America


“Thank you for helping me with the appeal letter … I have no words to express my gratitude towards your support … you were my guardian angel these last few months… the appeals committee gave me an additional $4,000 per year!”

“I … wanted to tell you that you inspired my salutatorian speech at graduation. On my very first visit you said that after that day I wasn’t going to remember every word you said, but I would remember the way you made me feel. That really stuck with me. I had never thought of that before, and I swear I had an epiphany! I loved learning from you … when I gave my speech … I encouraged each of them to stop looking for the right words to say and rather do things to make people remember how they feel about them”.