College admissions expert to share tips at free event


From a Birmingham Southern College Press Release:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Marty O'Connell, executive director of Colleges That Change Lives Inc. and a nationally recognized authority on the college admissions and search processes, will address interested high school students and their parents Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall at Birmingham-Southern College.

O'Connell, who has nearly three decades of experience in college admissions, will share her thoughts on the college search process and offer tips to high school students on how they can choose the college that is best for them.

The event is free and open to high school students and their families and also to high school counselors and other administrators.  A reception with light refreshments will precede O'Connell's talk at 6 p.m.

O'Connell was named executive director of Colleges That Change Lives in 2006, following the retirement of founder and longtime New York Times Education Editor Loren Pope.  Pope passed away in 2008.  CTCL is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 with a mission to help students and families better understand the college admissions process to find the best college fit possible.

Birmingham-Southern is included among the 40 institutions in "Colleges That Change Lives," a guidebook published by CTCL in 1996 and revised in 2000 and 2006.  The guide highlights liberal arts institutions that "offer as much, if not more, than Ivy League schools."

Prior to her role with CTCL, McConnell served in higher education admissions for 28 years, most recently as vice president for enrollment and dean of admission at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.  Prior to that, she worked in the admissions operation at Rutgers University.