Education Biography

Donald Asher is a speaker and writer specializing in careers and higher education, and one of the nation's foremost authorities on the graduate admissions process. Hundreds of thousands of students have seen his lectures, tapes, and teleconferences.

He is the author of twelve books, including Graduate Admissions Essays, the best-selling guide to the graduate admissions process, Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming and Just Plain Different, and the The Best Scholarships for the Best Students.

He has been a keynote or featured speaker for the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP), the Ronald E. McNair Scholars National Conference in Delavan, Wisconsin, the Penn State TRIO Training Institute (offered coast to coast), the SREB Compact for Faculty Diversity, the annual Penn State McNair Conference, the University of Puerto Rico-San Juan McNair Conference, the New McNair Directors Training Program in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Maryland McNair Conference, the Oregon Statewide Graduate School Fair, the Indiana Statewide Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Wisconsin Statewide Conference on Undergraduate Research, Caltech's Ph.D. Career Development Days, and at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States.

He has been the keynote presenter for over ten years for the Professional Development Series of live teleconferences and webinars offered by the University of Tennessee, where he has four times hosted the National Teleconference on Graduate Admissions.

He has been a contributing writer to MSN homepage, MSN Encarta, the Wall Street Journal’s and,,,,,, the Los Angeles Times’s career development web site, USAirways magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, and Dow Jones, Inc.’s National Business Employment Weekly and Managing Your Career magazine.

His work can also be found in professional journals, including national and regional publications of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP).


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