Background & Credentials

Expertise in college admissions, experience on multiple college admission teams, active involvement in professional organizations and a prior career in marketing & strategy inform Marci Reichelstein’s college counseling.

  • Admissions teams at Stanford University,
    Northwestern University, and University of Virginia

  • Former Lecturer, Stanford University
    "Critical Analytical Thinking" course

  • Certification in College Admissions Counseling, UCLA 

  • MBA, Northwestern University

  • BA Psychology, with Distinction, University of Virginia 

  • Member, Western Association College Admission Counseling  

  • Attend professional conferences to stay current on trends, policy
    and institutional policy. 

  • Extensively tours and meets with college admissions representatives
    at schools across the country to learn what they are really looking for in students.

  • Career in strategy & marketing provides an important foundation
    for helping students present themselves in a compelling way and “give voice to their dreams” when crafting essays.

All services are provided in accordance with the ethical standards and practices set by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).


Background & Credentials

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Following a successful career in public relations and marketing, Pam began working at Stanford University helping students improve their writing and communications skills. Motivated by her joy of working with students, she began her career as a college consultant. Pam speaks several foreign languages, has lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia, and has an exceptional ability to connect with people from a broad arc of cultural and social backgrounds. Today, she uses these skills to help students discover and present their vibrant and unique selves in college applications.

  • Stanford University experience:
       - Lecturer,  “Critical Analytical Thinking” course
       - Workshop leader for communications and interviewing skills, 
          GSB MSx Program
       - Editorial consultant and student writing team manager,
          Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research

  • Certification in College Admissions Counseling, UC San Diego

  • MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies

  • BA, University of Santa Clara

  • Member, Western Association for College Admissions Counseling

  • Extensive background in public relations and strategic communications helps students develop and present their unique selves, particularly through critical admissions essays.

  • Specific expertise in helping international students with communications, cultural adaptation and writing skills.


Local and Global Services

COMPASS TO COLLEGE provides private college admission counseling locally in Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Atherton, Portola Valley, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and San Jose.  We also work with families in San Francisco, and Marin, and throughout the East Bay, including Berkeley,  Walnut Creek, Livermore, Pleasanton and Fremont.

Our international college consulting services span the globe via telecommunications such as Skype and email.  We have worked with clients in China (Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai), Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, India, Germany and England.