Dr. Pamela wants to help your teen find the college that feels like home.


Interested in learning more about Compass and how we can partner with you to achieve the educational vision for your teen?


Where are you starting your college process?

When I first started the process I did not really know where to begin, but thankfully Dr. Pamela laid out a “roadmap” for me that had key due dates for apps and was my lifeline for getting all of my apps in on time. . .  and improved my writing skills tremendously.

Ben C

Denison University, Class of 2016

Dr. Pamela helped us navigate the overwhelming variety of choices for our two children, finding schools that fit their individual ambitions and learning styles. The investment was small compared to the payback of having a motivated student in the right learning environment.

Stasia and Chris S

Proud Parents

Dr. Pamela was always available if I had questions and she helped me brainstorm and critique my essays. My decision to apply ED was an important one, and Dr. Pamela’s support was very important during that time.  Dr. Pamela is very invested in each of her students.

Lauren H

Tufts University

What Families Need to Know About . . .

Compass College Advisory Center provides personalized, insightful counseling services to families. From middle school through freshman year of college, Compass works with college-bound teens and their parents to ensure they find the college experience that feels like home. There are three distinct phases in the journey to college:



  1. Planning
  2. Admissions
  3. Application
Phase 1 – Planning The college planning process begins prior to high school. Planning looks different for every family and may include college-going expectations in the home, a college savings plan, math placement in middle school, or campus visits.
Phase 2 – Admissions The admission process begins at the point of contact with a potential program/college. Teens will typically receive 12-18 communications per college! If case you’re wondering, your teen signs up for these mailing lists through taking standardized tests and visiting certain websites.
Phase 3 – Application The application phase generally occurs during the sophomore to senior years of high school. Please make sure you understand the application criteria of Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision. These designations may impact how much your family pays and where students are admitted.
  • 9th grade – Self-awareness 25%
  • 10th grade – Exploration 50%
  • 11th grade – Discovery 75%
  • 12th grade – Application and launch 100%

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Frequently Asked Questions

We talk to students and parents everyday (and love it!). Here are three of our most frequently asked questions about our services and general college admissions. Please see more FAQs here.

What services do you offer?
We offer a range of college counseling services for families and schools. Our services for families include college list development, essay writing services, and summer program recommendations. For schools, we provide a suite of college readiness services for grades 7-12, which include professional development for school counselors and parent engagement programs. Please see our “school sheet” for more details.
When should we start thinking about college?
Depends on how much you want to pay and the grade level of your son/daughter. For example, if you are comfortable with paying the full cost of attendance at any college where your son/daughter enrolls, then you can start in senior year! For those who are interested in scholarships, then middle school is a reasonable time to start thinking about college (there are even scholarships with a minimum age of 13 to qualify). Starting in middle school allows time for students to make sure that they are taking the right level of courses, building good study habits, and reading more consistently!
What matters for getting into college?
There are a number of factors that typically weigh in the college decision. Those factors include

  • Rigor of high school curriculum
  • GPA
  • Test scores (if college is not ‘test-optional’)
  • Well-written, authentic essays
  • Strong teacher recommendations (must be from English, Foreign Language, Math, Science or Social Studies teachers)

Colleges do vary in terms of the factors they emphasize in the admissions decision. You may review their website for more details.

Where have your past clients been accepted?
Check out the list here!