About Rockstar's Founder


Erika Cole Gillette
Founder and CEO, Rockstar Academics, LLC

With over ten years of experience teaching, leading, and working in higher education, Erika Gillette has visited hundreds of college campuses and has been advising students since 2004. In 2017, Erika founded Rockstar Academics to give students and families a saner approach to choosing a college.

Today, she is on a mission to change the way American families approach education decisions and inspire them to dream big about their futures.

At Rockstar Academics, students to apply to colleges with the end in mind, by deciding what they want first, and then choosing the education that will get them there. As a result, they don’t just “get in “to college, they “get in” to their own vision of their future.

Dynamic Discovery and Mentorship  

 As a college administrator, Erika designed and ran a nationally-recognized academic mentoring program at Sierra Nevada College that continues to support and motivate at-risk college students into entrepreneurs, leaders, and world explorers.

She has also designed college- and job-readiness courses for Sierra Nevada College, The State of Nevada, the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, and the Saylor Institute, and is a graduate of the Fundamentals of College Counseling program at Rice University.

As a faculty member, she developed an active learning curriculum that attracted business and science students to hands-on courses in Art Literacy! Prior to that, she began her professional career in education at the University of Texas, Austin, where she mentored varsity athletes to discover their academic and personal potential. 

She holds a bachelor's degree from Tulane University and a master's degree in Ancient Art History from the University of Texas, Austin. She completed an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction in 2017, and writes for several independent publications in the Reno/Tahoe area. 

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Many students end up on a local campus (or one very far away!) by default, because they didn't have the guidance to find a great college match. 

We won't let that happen.