Tara Nicola is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Culture, Institutions, and Society concentration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on issues concerning access, choice, and equity in higher education, especially in relation to the college admission process. Prior to studying at HGSE, Tara was a Research Associate at the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She worked in various capacities on projects ranging from the impact of school counselors on students’ college-going behaviors and the prevalence of state-mandated individualized learning plans, to best practices in supporting the transition of international students to postsecondary education. Her work has been featured in journals such as AERA Open and The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and in publications including Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, and The Hechinger Report. Tara holds an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a M.Sc. in Higher Education with Distinction from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University.