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College is Yours 2.0
Award-winning college counselor Patrick O’Connor has helped thousands of college-bound students and families find colleges that are right for them by focusing on what matters most—the needs, interests and goals of the student. College is Yours 2.0 offers nearly twice the advice found in College is Yours, with updates to guide you through a strong college search while living a high school life you love. From high school schedules to admission essays, from college visits to paying for college, College is Yours 2.0 offers the calm, clear, step-by-step advice that’s easy to follow, but hard to come by. A world of opportunity awaits you—discover the richer road to college in College is Yours 2.0. _______________________________________________________________________ Praise for College is Yours: (logo) “If you are going to read one book before embarking on the college search process, this is the one.” --Kimberly Bryant, Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Michigan “Having survived a successful college search with our first child, I turned to this handbook again when our second child began his own process. The book provided a user-friendly refresher. And, just as importantly, it helped us all keep a sense of humor during a stressful period.” ---Christie Peck, Parent "The best college counseling book that I have ever read. It truly gets to the essence of what choosing a college is REALLY about." --Dr. Alicia Acey, Adolescent Psychologist “Concise, thorough and powerful. Patrick O’Connor, one of our nation’s giants in the college counseling arena, has hit a grand slam with this guidebook. Frank, honest and fun, the book helps students navigate this sometimes-daunting process without having to, in effect, ‘add another course’ in order to understand its nuances.” ---Raymond Brown, Dean of Admissions, Texas Christian University “Given the contemporary madness which characterizes the college application process, the novice and experienced parent will greatly appreciate the substantial, practical advice contained in this manual.” --Lori Lutz, Parent

About Patrick J. O'Connor Ph.D

Patrick J. O'Connor Ph.D
Patrick O'Connor is on the Political Science Faculty of Oakland Community College and is Director of College Counseling at The Roeper School, both in Metropolitan Detroit. Born and raised in Detroit, he has been a college counselor since 1984, serving students in rural, urban, and suburban high schools, as well as community college. In addition to writing a weekly column at , his writing has appeared in High School Counselor Week,, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Patrick has served as president of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He is on the board of directors of the Michigan College Access Network, and on the credentialing commission for the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from Oakland Community College, the Margaret Addis Service to NACAC Award, and the William Gramenz Award (for outstanding contributions to college counseling in Michigan.) He holds five college degrees, including a Ph.D. in Education Administration. Patrick lives with his wife and children in suburban Detroit, and can be reached at