College Choice and Success Counseling in Bellingham

Sean Hawes helps students prepare for, apply to, and graduate from college.

Counseling for College Success

I started PTCA in 2010 to inspire and encourage students to identify and pursue their dreams. Through listening, discussing and planning, I help students and their parents gather information and consider options to foster confident and informed college choices.

I offer comprehensive and hourly services to help students prepare for, apply to, and graduate from college. Counseling services can begin as early as eighth grade and continue throughout college. I meet students where they are in order to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

How I Work With Students

Get Organized
  • Academic Planning
  • Time Management
  • Study Skills
  • AP Classes
  • Running Start
Find Direction
  • Interests & Majors
  • College List
  • Campus Visits
  • Summer Enrichment
  • Community Service
Establish Value
  • Career Goals
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • Transfer Credits
  • Gap Year
Apply to College
  • Applications
  • Essay Development
  • Athletics & Portfolios
  • Academies & ROTC
  • Cover Letter & Resume
College Success
  • Earn Acceptance
  • Select A College
  • Choose Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Internships
  • 4-Year Academic Planning
  • Graduate School
  • College Re-entry

Since 2010, I've served


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states/DC & Canada

What Parents Say

We want you to know that hiring you as an advocate for our daughters is among the smartest decisions we’ve made along the often challenging road of parenting. Thank you for preparing her for admission by encouraging a rigorous high school curriculum and fostering interest in various other educational and volunteer opportunities during her high school years—this surely helped to get them into their first-choice schools.

—R. & C. H.

1511 19th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225


As an Independent Educational Consultant, my principal mission is to help students plan their high school curriculum, progress through the college application process, and navigate their college journey through graduation. - Sean P. Hawes