Illinois Admissions

Admissions Counselor

Kyra's Bio


My name is Kyra MacKenzie, and I’m an Admissions Counselor at Illinois! In addition to helping prospective students with their college search and application process, I specialize in working with prospective international students.

My hometown is called Orangeville, IL. It is a small town located in the northwestern area of Illinois, population 800! (That’s right, I said 800!) Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to attend the University of Illinois. So, after graduating from high school in Orangeville, I did just that! I ended up graduating from Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business.

Even though I came from a small town, Illinois was a great fit for me. I was given such wonderful opportunities and experiences, and the people I met here have become some of my greatest friends and influences. I even love Illinois so much that I decided to work here! Now that I’m an Admissions Counselor, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with prospective students and advising them along their college search journey.

Another fun fact about me is that I lived as an international student in China the summer after my sophomore year of college! I loved living in China, learning the language (kind of…), and immersing myself in the culture.

This is me in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

me in Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Because of my international experience, I do understand some of the questions and concerns that can come along with living and studying in an entirely new country. I feel grateful for that, because now I can relate to the potential international students that I work with. It is my privilege to help you, so please feel free to ask me any questions that you might have!

Best wishes, and go Illini!