Kayla Pauly


Senior Admission Counselor in Admission

Minnesota Territory: Southwest MN, North Shore, Iron Range, Select Twin Cities High Schools

National Territory: Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Kayla began her work with the Gustavus Admission Office in 2019 after receiving a master's degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion on college campuses and leads the admission office's Inclusive Recruitment Team. She enjoys working with students who are the first in their family to go to college (first-generation students) as she is a proud first-generation college graduate herself. 

Originally from Chanhassen, Kayla enjoys kayaking, hiking, boating, and all things Minnesota. You can usually find her cooking, reading poetry, watching college football, or spending time at her family cabin in Hackensack. She is proud to be a Gustie by marriage, as her wife, Halle (Aplin) Pauly is a 2015 alum!


B.S., Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato 2016; M.S., Counseling and Student Personnel, Minnesota State University, Mankato 2019; Licensed School Counselor