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, certification and the creation of 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 in her second year as a volunteer with ScholarMatch and enjoys being able to give back to the community.
Education and Certifications:
Washington State University BA: Communications/Advertising
UCLA Extension Program: Certificate in College Counseling,
Graduate With Distinction
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 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.
Michele lives in Bellingham, WA with her husband, two sons, and two loveable dogs, Roxy and Rusty. 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.
Michele is a member of HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), as well as PNACAC (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling).
American University • Boise State University • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Chapman University • Claremont McKenna College • Colorado State University
Georgetown University • Gonzaga University • Harvey Mudd College • Lewis and Clark College
Loyola Marymount University • Northwestern University • Occidental College • Oregon State University
Pitzer College • Pomona College • San Diego State University • Santa Clara University • Scripps College Stanford University • University of California, Berkeley • University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles • University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara • University of Colorado - Boulder • University of Denver
University of Michigan • University of Oregon • University of Portland • University of San Diego
University of San Francisco • University of Southern California • University of Washington
University of Wisconsin • Washington State University • Western Washington University
CLASS of 2020 ACCEPTANCES
Arizona State University • Boston University • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo • Cal State Long Beach
Cal State Los Angeles • Colorado School of Mines • Emerson • Gonzaga University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) • Montana State University • Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University • Oregon State University • Rice University
San Diego State University • San Jose State University • Santa Clara University • St. Olaf College
University of Arizona • University of British Columbia • University of California Davis
University of California Irvine • University of California San Diego
University of California Santa Barbara • University of Colorado - Boulder • University of Denver
University of Oregon • University of Portland • University of Puget Sound
University of San Francisco • University of the Pacific • University of Southern California
University of Washington (Engineering) • Washington State University
Western Washington University • Whitman College