Alicia Terry


Admissions & Records Staff

Alicia Terry had planned on a career in science. Those plans changed, though, after a friend who was working in human resources office at UC San Diego suggested she would be a good fit for university admissions.

“I was kind of kicking around various clerical jobs at the time,” Terry said. “But I went into the interview, and they really liked me and hired me on the spot.”

Just a few years later, Terry was named director of MiraCosta College’s Admissions and Records Office. She has held the post for some 17 years.

A North County native who earned an associate degree at MiraCosta College, Terry transferred to Cal State San Marcos, where she secured a bachelor’s degree in social studies with an emphasis in history. These days, she takes great pride in helping students navigate the admissions process and offering the support they need to realize their academic and personal goals.

“There are so many reasons I like MiraCosta College,” Terry said. “I like the staff and the environment, but I especially like the fact that I am helping students in their lives and eventually in their careers. I feel like I am doing something, offering support that makes a difference in people’s lives.”

Alicia worked at UC San Diego and Palomar College before coming to MiraCosta College to work as a part-time staff member in 1988, providing support in the Admissions and Records Office. A short time later, she was in charge of the office.

Her post includes overseeing the applications process, the handling of transcripts and evaluating records and veterans’ benefits.

She has used her expertise in the Admissions and Records area as an active participant in several statewide organizations and work groups. She has served as an officer in the statewide Registrar’s Association, including two terms as president. She has helped develop the statewide online application system and has served as a resource to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office on issues of residency and admissions processing.

In her spare time, Terry is involved in alumni projects for her alma mater – San Dieguito High School, now known as San Dieguito Academy.

“I grew up in Del Mar and have maintained close ties to the North County community,” Terry said. “I enjoy keeping people connected.”

When she has time to get away, she drives to her retreat in the Borrego Desert where she enjoys reading, hiking and off-roading.