Virtual Counselor

Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D.

Born and raised in Detroit, Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D., 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 weekly columns for the Huffington Post, High School Counselor Week,, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, he's the author of five books on college counseling, including the highly acclaimed College Counseling for School Counselors and the College is Yours series.  

Dr. O'Connor has served as President of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). He is on the Board of Directors of The Common Application, the Board of Directors of the Michigan College Access Network, and the Credentialing Commission for the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. A member of the Political Science Faculty at Oakland Community College, he's 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). Dr. O'Connor holds five college degrees, including a Ph.D. in Education Administration. He has attended all of the White House Convenings on Higher Education and presented at two of them.

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