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Parent Compass: The Value of Holistic and Personalized College Admissions with Guest Ted O'Neill

Episode Summary

In this episode of Parent Compass on the Podcast, Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview Ted O'Neill, affectionately known as "guru," "philosopher king," and the "god of admissions." Ted joins Jenn and Cindy to chat about the changes in college admission over the span of his long career and to offer advice for those navigating through it.

Episode Notes

In this episode, Ted gets candid about what changed in the college admission process during his 40-year tenure in admissions at the University of Chicago: what he refers to as a natural growth and an unnatural growth. He discusses how college rankings lists have impacted the college admission process, he offers parenting advice for those trying to navigate the admissions journey, and he gives his perspective on the value of a holistic and personalized admission approach.

About our guest:

Ted O'Neill is a native of Chicago. He worked for many years in admissions at the University of Chicago, first as Associate Director of Admissions, then Director of Admissions, and ultimately Dean of College Admissions from 1997-2007. He taught in the humanities at the University of Chicago from 1990 to 2017. Since then, he served as the Head of Admissions at Bard College Berlin for a year, and now continues to work there as the Senior Admissions Advisor. He is married to Bonnie Marcus and has two children and four grandchildren.

About our hosts: 

Jenn Curtis, MSW, Educational Consultant, author, and speaker, owner of FutureWise Consulting. Cindy Muchnick, MA, Educational Consultant, author, and speaker. Check out their new book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World:

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