Excited group of students in front of the Victory Bell

Yuri Tilapa

Yuri Tilapa

Yuridia Tilapa

Associate Director of Admission

Territory: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Undocumented Students
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Education: B.A., Coe College ’16
Major: Sociology

Email: ytilapa@coe.edu
Cell Phone: 872.333.0348
Office Phone: 319.399.8804

What I look for in a student:

Someone that is passionate about learning, has an open mind and is ready to step out of their comfort zone. I look for students that make their voice heard and stand tall against all odds. Most importantly, I look for students that are eager to take on new challenges and opportunities, and are thrilled to join Kohawk Nation.

Favorite part of my job:

I love that I get to build relationships with students and parents through the college decision-making process. I remember how amazing my admission counselor was and the great help she provided my family and I.  Now I look forward to doing the same with many future Kohawks and their families!

Favorite Cedar Rapids hot spot:

NewBo City Market

Favorite place on campus:

Intercultural Center in Lower Gage

One word your best friend would use to describe you:


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

  • I’m a first-generation college graduate
  • I’m one of 6 children
  • I LOVE to dance!