Author Archives: Will Dix

About Will Dix

I am currently writing a book about college admission. I'm interested in the intersection of the college process and American culture. I attended Amherst College in the 1970s, taught high school English and theater at The Hill School in the '80s, returned to Amherst in the '90s as an admission dean, and began the '00s as a college counselor at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. I then joined Chicago Scholars as Program Director. Currently, I blog about college admission for I also help community organizations serving low income students understand the college admission process so more students can consider gaining access to higher education. I have a few private college counseling clients that I take by referral only. The views expressed in this blog are mine alone.

See My Latest Entry at One Big Mistake to Avoid

Don’t try to conform to colleges; make them conform to you. See my latest entry HERE.       Advertisements

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Perspectives on College and College Admission: Some Reading

Feeling guilty about not reading “how to get into college” books? Try these related but wider-ranging books for a break. Continue reading

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Try an “Experience Surrogate” When Researching Colleges

My latest piece riffs on a NY Times article downplaying the campus tour in favor of using “experience surrogates” when trying to learn about a college. Could be good…It’s not “Handmaid’s Tale” surrogacy, but you can get a good … Continue reading

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College Admission Anxiety is a Systemic Problem

I haven’t posted here in a while because I’m writing for my blog. But my most recent entries are about how the college admission system is a major cause of anxiety and pressure in kids and families. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Getting the Most Out of College @ Hobson’s

Hi Everyone– I am currently a featured blogger on Hobson’s website. You can read the entry at I write about getting the most out of your college experience…  

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Cooke Foundation’s Executive Director Responds to “Elitism” Entry

After my last entry, Elitism in the Name of Access, David Egner, the communications consultant at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, contacted me and asked if the Foundation’s Executive Director, Harold O. Levy, could respond as a guest writer. I am happy … Continue reading

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Elitism in the Name of Access

Correction: I carelessly misstated the size of the Cooke Foundation’s endowment in billions of dollars instead of millions. It was not my intent to do so and I apologize for the egregious error. I have corrected the amounts below. Also, … Continue reading

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