Excited group of students in front of the Victory Bell

Yuri Serna

Yuri Tilapa

Yuridia Serna

Associate Director of Admission

Territory: Illinois counties of Dekalb, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, Will, Kankakee, Grundy, Boone, Lake and McHenry and Undocumented Students
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Education: B.A., Coe College ’16
Major: Sociology

Email: yserna@coe.edu
Cell Phone: 872.333.0348

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What I look for in a student:

I look for students who are excited about the transition to college. I love working with students who are involved in their high school, community or home. I also look for students that are curious about the world...you don’t have to know your major right away, at Coe you’ll find what you’re passionate about.

Favorite part of my job:

Meeting and working with students and families from all across the US and around the world.

Favorite Cedar Rapids hot spot:

Whenever I need my Mexican food fix, El Bajio is the spot!

Favorite place on campus:

James Randall Intercultural Center...but let’s be honest, all of campus!

One word your best friend would use to describe you:


Favorite Childhood memory:

Road trips with my family.

Dream job:

Travel the world. 

What are three things that people don’t know about you:

  • I love cumbia.
  • I love Selena.
  • I have 5 siblings.

Favorite team: 

Chicago Bulls and the Kohawks!