Applying to college doesn't have to be confusing.

Let me be your guide.

Deanna M. McGinity, Independent Educational Consultant

I founded STAR College Prep to pursue my passion of helping high school students and their parents navigate the college application process.  It doesn't have to be frustrating or overwhelming.  I’ll guide you the entire way - from starting the college search to receiving the acceptance letter.  

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I received a certificate in College Counseling, with distinction, from UCLA, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Arizona State University.  

Prior to becoming an Educational Consultant, I worked in the private sector as a recruiter, and have over a dozen years experience working with students in resume building, email etiquette, and interviewing techniques.  I incorporate these skills into my current programming, as I believe a college application is about the whole student, not just what is on paper.

I also volunteer with a non-profit organization that assists high-achieving, first generation students with their college applications, essays and scholarship searches. 

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Virtual, phone, or in-person sessions are available.  It doesn't matter where you live or what your schedule is, I am here to help and we can make it happen.

Contact me today and let's get started!  

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Covid-19 has upended the College Admission process in 2020.  Though the climate is still changing, I cover topics that are most important to students right now.


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Free Consultation

I offer a complimentary virtual or phone conversation to meet with you and your student. After we speak, I'll follow up to recommend an appropriate service.

Complete Package

I offer support through the entire college application process, including:

  • College Readiness and Exploration 
  • College Lists and Visits
  • Application Timelines
  • Personal Statement and Essays
  • Scholarship Search
  • Activity lists
  • Resumes

Hourly Services

Some students just need a helping hand finalizing their application or reviewing their essays.  I am available on an hourly basis to provide support when needed.

Contact Me

Deanna McGinity

(424) 254-8350

Independent Educational Consultant


STAR College Prep -

Manhattan Beach, California, United States