Margaret (Margie) Amott brings unique skills, knowledge and experience to the student seeking guidance in the complex process of college admission.

Her educational credentials include the following:

BA in English from UCLA

MBA from California State University, Sacramento

Certificate from UC Berkeley in College Admissions Advising

Masters in Educational Counseling PPS Counseling Credential – State of CA

Educational Memberships include:

Certified Educational Planner (CEP)

Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)

Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC)

National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants  (AICPA)

After working several years as a CPA in the business world, Margie began her career in college admissions counseling by serving as a volunteer coordinator at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento from 1990-1994 in the Volunteers in Career and College Information (VICCI) program. This experience led her to pursue professional status in this field at UC Berkeley, attaining her certification in 1996. The coursework was varied and intensive, including classes in financial planning, college admission for student athletes, admissions testing, career transitions, professional ethical issues and development, and advising students with special needs and special talents. She has completed internships at Rio Americano High School, Sacramento High School, and Churchill Middle School.  In 1996, Margie founded her own private practice to guide students through the complicated and increasingly competitive college admission process.

Margie has successfully helped to educate hundreds of students and parents. She has not only helped individual students, but has reached many others by presenting lectures at numerous area high schools. Over the years, Margie has amassed a large library of resources for her office, spanning the field of the college admissions process.  She meets monthly with several professional groups including the Bay Area College Admissions Counselors to exchange information and brainstorm ideas. In addition, she regularly consults with many local high school counselors and is frequently able to obtain specific information relating to your school.

During 2009, Margie earned the designation of Certified  Educational Planner (CEP).  As of January 2015, there are 187 certified planners in the United States and 22 in California.  CEP's  must  pass a comprehensive examination, visit a minimum of one hundred colleges within the preceding five years, have demonstrated expertise through membership in relevant associations, shown leadership in the counseling  profession and shown expertise through  speaking engagements and the  publication of articles and books. According to the American  Institute of Certified Educational Planners, "CEPs represent the highest  level of professional standards.  They demonstrate extensive  knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of educational  planning."  


Margie gives presentations at various public venues throughout the school year on the following topics:

The Application Essay / Personal Statement
Admission Strategies and the Search/Selection Process     
Testing in the College Admission Process
The Highly Selective Colleges
The UC and CSU Systems
The Student/Athlete
Overview of the College Admission Process
Parents – What You Can Do to Help Your Student.
Fit and Match – College Selection

See regularly lectures at the following Sacramento locations :

  • El Camino High School
  • Mira Loma High School
  • Rio Americano High School
  • Sacramento Public Library System


Contact information: (916) 974-1339 : 690 Lilac Lane, Sacramento, CA 95864 : : Photo Credits