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Hi, I'm Terrie.

I help students pursue their academic, career, and personal goals.

Dr. Terrie Shipley is an independent education consultant with 11+ years of experience helping 200+ families with college and career planning. 

She cares more about fit than school prestige, having helped students gain admission to 125+ various colleges and universities ranging the entire scope of type and selectivity. She is a member of NCDA (career development), HECA (education planning) and GPACAC (admission counseling).


Terrie earned a doctorate in Educational Administration from The University of Oklahoma, a master’s in Education from Michigan State University, and bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Syracuse University. (She learned the hard way that a life in journalism wasn't right for her. You can bet she also counsels students to have a great Plan B career!)


Formerly, Terrie was a visiting professor at The University of Tulsa; Associate Director of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative; a university admissions counselor, academic advisor, and student affairs officer; and an English teacher in Spain and China. The golden thread connecting all of these is student development.

She was named an Oklahoma Magazine Top 40 Under 40 and is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa. She is the mother of two spirited children and volunteers to promote diversity + inclusion, innovative education, the arts, and mental health + wellbeing. In her spare time, she writes about food and culture. 

A fun, college-related fact: Terrie met her husband as a rising college sophomore during living-learning community Resident Advisor training.

About Me


One on one. Always. 

Terrie has worked with students from most private and public high schools in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas. She also works virtually for families across the country, especially Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, and Oregon.

 Terrie's 1:1 consulting includes help with: 

  • Admission strategy

  • Applications & essays

  • Career assessments & counseling

  • College list curation

  • Curriculum & activities strategy

  • Graduate school planning

  • Interview preparation

  • Jobs & internships

  • Life design coaching

  • Personality assessments

  • Strengths-based coaching

  • Résumé review


Block out the noise of college admissions.

Let's Talk

Let's Talk.

Everyone's situation is different.


Whether the focus is finding the right college, selecting a career or major, and/or crafting a stellar admissions essay, your needs dictate what kind of services make sense for you.

Please complete this form or call 918.346.3890. You'll hear back within one business day.

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