Pinpoint College Planning does not guarantee admission to any college. We will work with your student to create a balanced list of schools for them to apply to. Students write their own essays and fill out college applications.

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Michele McNamee
Independent Education Consultant

Michele McNamee, the founder of Pinpoint College Planning, is committed to helping students and their families navigate the college application process and make informed decisions. As a mother of two boys, Michele became interested in the admissions process when her oldest son was applying to college. Knowing very little at the time, it became her goal to learn as much as she could about the process of applying to college, and her interest led her to pursue more education and certification and create Pinpoint College Planning.


Working directly with students is Michele's favorite part of her job. She understands that the student, along with the support of their family, is the center of the process. Michele uses her experience and education to guide the students but encourages them towards the knowledge they need to make informed decisions for themselves. Michele's passion is helping students find the best colleges that fit their academic interests, abilities, and personal preferences. Though the process can seem overwhelming, Michele leverages her knowledge to offer advice that puts students and their families at ease. Her approach is comprehensive, organized, and positive.


Michele feels a strong sense of continuing to volunteer and support students in need with free counseling. She is currently a volunteer with ScholarMatch and has been matched up with two students for the 2019-2020 school year.


Education and Certifications:

Washington State University BA: Communications/Advertising

UCLA Extension Program: Certificate in College Counseling,

Graduate With Distinction


Volunteer Experience:

Michele has been involved with public schools and students on a volunteer basis since 2004. Most recently, she spent three years as the Co-Chair for the Sehome High School Auction and has served as a Board Member-at-Large for the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation for the past four years. She was the Happy Valley Elementary PTA President for two years and served as the Fairhaven Middle School PTA Vice President for one year.


Personal Bio:

Michele lives in Bellingham, WA with her husband, two sons, and loveable Goldendoodle, Roxy. Prior to working as an Independent Education Consultant, Michele worked for over twenty years as a freelance graphic designer and enjoyed owning her own business and working independently.

Professional Organizations:

Michele is a member of HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), as well as PNACAC (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling).






Western Washington University  •  University of Washington

Washington State University  •  Gonzaga University

University of Idaho  •  Boise State University

University of Portland  •  Lewis and Clark College

Willamette University  •  Oregon State University

University of Oregon  •  Stanford University

University of San Francisco  •  University of California, Davis

University of California, Berkeley  •  University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Santa Barbara  •  University of California, San Diego

Santa Clara University  •  San Diego State University  •  University of San Diego

University of Southern California  •  Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Occidental College  •  Loyola Marymount University

Chapman University  •  University of Colorado - Boulder,

Colorado State University  •  University of Denver

University of Wisconsin  •  Northwestern University  •  University of Michigan

Georgetown University  •  American University