Ted O'Neill

The former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago, now a teacher in the Humanities Department.

College Visit Questions to Get Beyond the Brochure
11 September, 2019
If you want to make yourcollege visit [https://www.noodle.com/topics/college-visits]worth the time and expense, you need to keep your eyes wide open — and your mouth, too, even in ways that may seem embarrassing. What are the best college visit questions? You have little time to learn a lot— so spy, ask, and excavate. Perhaps you don’t want to riskasking the tough questions [https://www.noodle.com/articles/8-questions-that-will-stump-your-college-tour-guide] , but, if you are lucky enough to tr
3 Ways to Find Great Colleges for You Without Using Rankings
15 August, 2019
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This Dean Has 3 Wishes For The College Admissions Genie
19 December, 2017
Full transparency in the college admissions process is not really possible. If a college is selective, and uses holistic review — that is, takes into account the full range of material that is submitted — and if the decisions are made in committee conversations, the exact thinking with regard to any given decision is impossible to recreate and report. You will never really know why you were admitted or denied admission. But despite this fact, I suggest that we would all be better off if the syst
College Visit Questions To Get Beyond The Brochure
25 October, 2017
If you want to make your college visit worth the time and expense, you need to keep your eyes wide open — and your mouth, too, even in ways that may seem embarrassing. You have little time to learn a lot— so spy, ask, and excavate. Perhaps you don’t want to risk asking the tough questions, but, if you are lucky enough to travel with parents, not wanting them to ask questions that make you cringe may just be enough motivation to make you speak up. No matter who goes on the tours, remember, you w
3 Ways To Find Great Colleges Without Using Rankings
03 October, 2017
If you are thoughtful in how you interpret data — and if you seek out additional qualitative information — you are very likely to find a school that suits you. You’re looking for a place where you can spend four years (ideally, not more), participate in activities that matter to you, cultivate meaningful friendships, and gain the preparation you’ll need to pursue further education or enter the workforce. By taking a multifaceted approach to your college research, you’ll significantly improve you