Patrick O’Connor

  • Director of College Counseling, Roeper School
  • Birmingham, MI   

248 203 7418

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 blogging 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 doctorate in Education Administration.

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Is college really worth it?
College can seem expensive and full of uncertainty, but it can also be full of opportunities and be the best investment you will ever make in yourself. Consider your options carefully, ask a lot of qu...
Visiting college campuses during the summer
You may not be able to see a football game or see what the fall foliage looks like, but a summer visit can tell you a lot about the culture, resources, and opportunities available on a college campus....
Advice for those going to a community college
Community colleges can offer a great, affordable start to college. With an early start and a little investigating, you can find out if it’s the right place to start your college career....
Write a great college admissions essay that will get you noticed
Admission essays may seem like a big obstacle to climb, but if you see them as a chance to show the colleges who you are, your writing will come as naturally as talking to a friend. Give yourself enou...

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