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

Want to end the second semester strong? Check out these essential study tips, plus a handy video that will help you become a memorization master.read more

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

FAFSA Changes: The Upside (and the Down)

Changes are coming to the FAFSA in 2016. What does it mean for the Class of 2017 and beyond? We've got some answers.read more

Sleep Easy: What College Admission Officers Won't Tell You

Many parents and teens have no idea the way the game of college tuition is actually played. This post will explain it to you in terms we can all understand.read more

Test Prep for the Guinea Pig Class of 2017: To SAT . . . or Not to SAT?

Big changes are coming to the SAT, and the Class of 2017 will be the first to experience. Here, a higher ed expert weighs in on the new SAT, the ACT, and which one you should consider taking.read more

Get Smart About Student Debt: By the Numbers, Part II

In the second half of her discussion on cutting student debt, Pamela Donnelly offers some more of her top cost-cutting strategies.read more

Get Smart About Student Debt: By the Numbers, Part I

It may seem like staggering student debt is unavoidable, but that's not really the case. There are plenty of steps you can take to reduce how much you'll owe after college.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