Marty O'Connell

Marty O'Connell

Marty O’Connell is the former Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives.


College Rankings and the Admission Decision

The hotly debated "college rankings" you've seen (or will likely see, if you haven't already) aren't the end-all, be-all arbiters of college success. One passionate higher education professions explores the reasons why. read more

Should I take on extra student debt to attend my dream school?

The current economic climate and tough job market has most students and families carefully deciding how much student loan debt is reasonable. read more

Will joining a lot of clubs and activities boost my college application?

Remember that quality of involvement is more important than quantity. Stick with activities that have always interested you, as most colleges can see through the applicant that pads their résumé, especially late in the more

When should I visit college campuses?

Most colleges and universities are open year-round for visits and campus tours. But the time of year you visit will impact what you see. read more

How do I find the right college for me?

This is really the million-dollar question, and, of course, there's no succinct answer. Sometimes I like to tell prospective students to think of it this way: you're not just deciding where to go to school, you're essentially looking for a new home for four more

What should I write my college application essay about?

Students who are willing to share who they are as a person, distinct from their academic record and test scores, are the students who stand out. read more