Andrea Malkin Brenner, PhD is a college transition educator and author who travels across the country to speak with high school students and parents on the challenges related to college transitions. She draws on her 25 years of experience as a college professor, as the creator and director of American University’s first-year experience program, and as the faculty director of the college’s University College program. Andrea has received multiple awards for her teaching and program design.
Andrea is the creator of the Talking College™ card deck, the original card deck of discussion prompts for college-bound students and their parents (available in English and Spanish), and available for purchase on this site and on Amazon. She is co-creator of the upcoming Talking College™ Campus Visits Card Deck, which is available for pre-order on this site. Andrea is also co-author of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There) (Macmillan), a student-facing book that guides high school graduates through their transition to college.
Dr. Brenner has written about college transition challenges for Grown & Flown, HuffPost, Salon, The Conversation, CampusESP, The Seed, College Scoops, Collegiate Parent, The College Spy, LINK for Counselors, and the Curiosity Vine (see writing tab). She frequently appears as a guest on podcasts focused on the college transition process (see podcast appearances tab).