Marty O'Connell

Marty O'Connell

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


College Rankings and the College Search

The hotly debated "college rankings" aren't the final say in college success. One passionate higher education professional shares the reasons why with 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 Clubs and Activities Boost My College Application?

Remember that quality of involvement is more important than quantity. Stick with extracurricular activities that have always interested you! Learn more

When Should I Visit College Campuses?

Most colleges and universities are open year-round campus visits. But the time of year you visit will impact what you see, so here's what our experts more

How Do I Find the Right College for Me?

This is really the million-dollar question for college hopefuls. Read our expert advice 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. Learn more