Pamela Donnelly

Pamela Donnelly

Pamela Donnelly is a #1 bestselling author (SWAT Team Tactics for Getting Your Teen Into College), speaker, and educational expert whose work can be viewed at www.pameladonnelly.com. As Time magazine's go-to college admission expert, she has appeared on regional and national television, and Larry King has endorsed her recently published book, 4 Keys to College Admissions Success.

Donnelly is a frequent speaker at live events throughout the greater Los Angeles region and a passionate advocate for education reform. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with degrees in literature/writing and secondary education, and she has been called "the Suze Orman of education." A professional educator for more than 20 years and a former on-camera talent under contract to ABC-TV, she is the academic expert trusted by some of the most discerning and notable parents in Los Angeles.

A mother of three, Donnelly leads a team of Ivy League educators, helping parents go the extra mile to ensure their teens' transition to colleges of their dreams.

Her brick-and-mortar business, Valley Prep Tutoring Services, Inc., is the hub from which all of Donnelly's brand-related products and services flow. You can visit www.valleypreptutoring.com and gatecollegesystem.com for more information.

Articles

How to Boost Your Second-Semester Grades

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Unicorns and Garbage Cans: The Impact of Tech on Access to Higher Education

Mobile tech aimed at would-be college students is on the rise. But who really benefits from it?read more

What Parents and Teens Need to Know About Obama's Every Student Succeeds Act

Is college right for everyone? The President's Every Student Succeeds Act gives one higher ed expert pause. What does it mean for your students, and what is the true definition of "success"?read more

Welcome to the Uncommon App

You may have heard of the recently launched Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. What does it mean for college applicants and the future of college admission?read more

The Summertime 7: Super Strategies for Seniors

Going off to college this fall? Congratulations! You deserve some downtime this summer. But you should also use the next few months to get ready for freshman year. Read on for some steps you can take to prep for life on campus.read more

How to Escape Your Dream College's Waitlist

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Use the 3 P's to Help Your Child With Major Decisions

Is your college-bound child undecided in their major? Get the conversation going with these tips.read more

Defying Gender Stereotypes with Nontraditional Majors

Even today, there are jobs that are often stereotyped by gender. But you can break the norm and pursue whatever career path you dream of. Here's what to know.read more

Squeak! How to Maximize Your Time With Your Guidance Counselor

High school guidance counselors are there to help you through the college admission process, but they have a lot on their plates. Read on for some tips to get the attention you need.read more

Major Decisions

Students may face many challenges throughout the college admission process, including picking their perfect major. Here, a higher ed expert shares her advice for leading students toward the best college and career for their strengths and goals.read more