Julia Ross, author of Getting into College with Julia Ross: Finding the Right Fit and Making it Happen, is dedicated to the education and development of teenagers. Her business, Professional Tutoring, LLC, has grown exponentially since its founding in 1994, from a handful of students its first year to hundreds in 2009. In the 15 years since its inception, annual revenues have increased 100,000%. Professional Tutoring clients travel from throughout the tri-state National Capital Area to seek Julia’s tutoring, SAT classes, college coaching and other educational services. Additionally, Julia accepts long-distance students working by phone and internet.
It is Julia’s gift with teenagers that lies at the heart of the success of Professional Tutoring, LLC. While educational theories abound and much can be boiled down to science, it is the ability to understand and relate to teenagers that singles out Julia Ross and her wonderful college admissions guide, Getting into College with Julia Ross: Finding the Right Fit and Making it Happen. The guide reads in Julia’s conversational tone that teenagers love. Parents embrace the organized step-by-step approach.
A native of New Jersey, Julia grew up in the competitive academic environment of the New York City suburbs. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature with a concentration in Spanish and Italian. The degree included Julia’s direct matriculation at the prestigious and highly competitive University of Paris at the Sorbonne. Upon graduation, Julia began a management intern program with the government in Federal Property Management and Sales. In 1992, at the age of 27, Julia became manager of a team of architects and urban planners. It was in this job that she learned to manage professionals effectively. While working full-time, Julia completed a Masters of Urban Planning with a concentration in finance, again from the University of Virginia and again with a near-perfect grade point average. In 1994, Julia gave up the Washington rat race to pursue her own passion, working with young people, and thus, founded Professional Tutoring, LLC.
Julia’s personal life is full of kids as well. Since marrying in 1987, Ms. Ross has had the blessing of three children in her life, Meredith, 18, Emma, 16 and William, 5. Julia’s passion for education extends to her children; all three are bilingual. In addition, the Ross family has dedicated itself to children from around the world. Since 1995, the family has hosted 23 young people from six continents in medical exchange, student exchange and foster programs.