Pamela Kwartler is a seasoned independent education consultant and professor of Writing and English. She is a Certified Educational Planner, a distinction earned by a small percentage of consultants in the field. Pamela completed over fifty hours of concentrated study and high performance on a four-plus hour written assessment of institutional knowledge and case studies evaluated by a board of top peers in the field. Before becoming an IEC, Pamela worked as a college professor, in college development, advertising, magazine and textbook editing, and supported students with ACT/SAT prep and in Humanities subjects and AP tests. Working closely with 9th through 12th grade students, in person and electronically, Pamela guides students on their high school pathway, including course selection, extracurricular and summer activities, and standardized tests. As students become rising seniors, Pamela minimizes stress by helping students complete tasks, manage a schedule, meet deadlines, and craft standout applications, communicating with parents throughout the process.

The founder of Less College Stress Consulting, Pamela earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature and Master of Arts Degree in Writing/English from Seton Hall University. In addition to Educational Planning, she holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid, College Essay Writing, and CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) Tutoring. Pamela is an active member of the Independent Education Consultants Association, the Higher Education Consultants Association, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the NJ Association of College Admissions Counselors, attending conferences for continuing education and college tours, attending virtual college webinars and tours, and conferring daily with professional colleagues. 


In addition to teaching Writing/Composition & Literature, Pamela refines her essay expertise by continually taking courses and classes with top essay writing professionals. In July 2020, Pamela wrote and co-led the breakout panel “Quantifying the Value of Essays in College Admissions” featuring admissions officers from Vanderbilt University, Gettysburg College, The University of Miami, Denison University, Marist College, The University of Richmond, and the University of Delaware at the 2020 IECA National Conference. She writes articles for IECA's industry publication and rates essays for the Stop the Hate Youth Essay Contest. She especially enjoys helping students find and express their unique college essay stories.

"Pam guided our son through the daunting process of applying to colleges. When it came time to choosing the perfect school, writing the essays and keeping track of deadlines and required information, Pam was always on top of things. She went beyond the obvious and found our son his perfect fit."

SEVEN REASONS to Consider Less College Stress Consulting


    Pamela discovers the right schools for          every students' needs:

  • AACSB-accredited business schools

  • STEM, sustainability and environmental science

  • Nursing, pre-health and pre-law 

  • ABET-accredited engineering programs across the spectrum

  • International institutions

  • Religious considerations

  • Best accommodations for students with learning disabilities



 Pamela has written articles about the pros and cons of standardized testing, how colleges must appreciate and accommodate the mental health needs of students, what the jobs of the future will look like, and what skillsets students will need in the 4th Industrial Revolution. She encourages students to consider the UN Sustainable Development Goals as they consider careers.


As a teacher of writing/research methods and a former textbook editor and copywriter, Pamela guides students in crafting exceptionally strong essays, including those for graduate programs in the health sciences, and law. She has extensive experience helping nursing, PT, PA, and MSW program applicants.


Since 2009, Pamela has worked with students privately and in groups as well as given presentations to educate families about the college process. She adheres to a strict code of ethics as a CEP and member of IECA, HECA, NACAC, and NJ ACAC.


Pamela keeps up with admissions/academic trends by doing continual research, attending conferences, continuing education workshops, and meeting with admissions officers throughout the year.  Sign up for her website blog, like Less College Stress Consulting” and join the LCS Parents Group on Facebook to view her posts on developments in higher education and ask questions. This is especially important during the pandemic, which has had a huge impact on admissions.


Pamela regularly visits a minimum of 25 colleges per year to build relationships with admissions reps, see campus growth, learn about financial aid trends, and experience campus culture. Since March 2020, she has met with admissions counselors on webinars and taken virtual tours of over 75 colleges


When Pamela manages the college process for your family, we DE-STRESS the COLLEGE PROCESS.