Ellen Gaddie

Educational Consultant

Simply College Prep

Providing Academic & College Planning for students in grades 8-12. Let us help make the college process less stressful and more organized.

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My services are available on an hourly basis (three-hour minimum) as well as providing a Comprehensive Package that covers management of the entire application process.
List of services provided:  
• Academic and college planning
• College research and list building
• Essays and supplements writing
• Recommendation letter management
• Comprehensive review of all college applications
• Athletic recruitment advising 
• Interview preparation 
• Comprehensive plan juniors and seniors: Unlimited communication—email, phone, face-to-face—and support to make sure your student stays on track academically and in the college application process, through the end of senior year.


Educational Consultant

Simply College Prep
January 2012 - present

Currently in my sixth year and working with Class of 2018 seniors on the college process and providing academic planning and support for 2019 juniors, 2020 sophomores and 2021 freshmen. 


Chico State University

1979 - 1982

Spent three years at Chico working on undergrad and major coursework before having to transfer, due to financial constraints, to my alma mater, San Jose State. 

San Jose State University

Bachelor's Degree
1983 - 1985

Received my degree in Journalism Radio/TV broadcasting emphasis and a minor in Business Marketing. 





Independent Educational Consultant

University of California, Irvine
January 2014 - present


Navigating the Financial Aid Network

UC Irvine (EDUC X406.1)

Consulting Transfer, Summer, and Gap Year Students

UC Irvine (EDUC X406.8)
10/2/2017 12:48:33 PM,
Ellen Gaddie replied:

Hello Anonymous, 

Because I don't have any details on what the rest of your academic profile looks like I can't answer this. Generally speaking there are some large public universitites (California State University for example) that use just GPA and test scores to determine admittance. They do not require an academic/activities/honors resume or an essay where you can shine a light on  yourself.

Your best bet is to research the school of interest and read through their admissions pages to learn about the numbers of the previous class of freshmen admitted and see how you stack up. It is only a rough gauge and for a majority of institutions they are looking at the whole student and trying to build a well-rounded school population. 

If you would like to talk further please schedule a time on this website. 

Thank you for reaching out to me.