Alicia Terry


Admissions & Records Staff

Alicia Terry is a North County native. Alicia worked at UC San Diego and Palomar College before coming to MiraCosta College to work as a part-time staff member, providing support in the admissions office. Twenty years later, this beach and desert lover is now the director of the college’s Admissions and Records Office.

“I grew up in Del Mar, but I love the desert. I love to go off-roading and hiking,” explains Alicia. “My staff is always surprised that I have such a sense of adventure.”

Alicia loves the desert so much that she has a big reminder of it at her North County home—Alicia owns five desert tortoises.

“I have a thirty-pound tortoise named Big Boy; he’s over 70 years old,” says Alicia.

While Alicia enjoys the desert life, she also loves the beautiful view of Oceanside and the Pacific Ocean from her desk at MiraCosta College. But it isn’t just the view that she loves; Alicia herself is a MiraCosta College alumna who earned an associate degree in transfer studies before transferring to Cal State San Marcos, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies with an emphasis in history. Now, as a MiraCosta College employee, Alicia takes great pride in helping students navigate the admissions process and offering support they need to realize their academic and personal goals.

“There are so many reasons I like MiraCosta College. 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.”

If you stop by the Admissions and Records Office, chances are you’ll catch Alicia hard at work. If you don’t have the time to ask her for a bit of advice, here’s some that should ensure you get your admissions, enrollment or records needs met:

“Ask lots of questions and read as much as you can; it’s not hard once you learn the process. We also have so many people here to help. Just come in or call us and we’ll walk you through whatever you need.”