About Lynn

Lynn O'ShaugnessyMeet Lynn O’Shaughnessy

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized college expert, who is a higher-ed journalist, consultant and speaker.

Best-Selling Author

Lynn is the author of numerous books including her Amazon bestseller: The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price. The second edition of The College Solution was released in May 2012.

Popular College Blogger

Lynn contributes regularly to her own college blog – The College Solution. She also writes a college blog for  CBS MoneyWatch.


At the University of California, San Diego Extension, Lynn is the consulting director of college planning, K-12.


Lynn gives popular presentations about college strategies for schools, nonprofits, companies and financial advisory firms.

Media Contributor

Lynn has written and/or been interviewed about college issues for such national outlets as The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Consumer Reports, USA Today, Money Magazine and Parade Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Associated Press, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Fox Business News, Money Magazine, Smart Money and The Early Show on CBS.

Financial Journalist

Prior to focusing on college issues, Lynn was a veteran financial journalist who wrote for many consumer and financial industry publications such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, Money and Bloomberg publications. She has written three financial books, The Unofficial Guide to Investing (MacMillan), as well as Retirement Bible and Investing Bible (John Wiley & Sons). She ghost wrote two additional financial books, including one New York Times bestseller. 


Lynn and her husband Bruce, who live in San Diego, are the parents of a son, who is a senior at Beloit College in Wisconsin, and a daughter, who graduated from Juniata College in Pennsylvania in 2011. Lynn, a St. Louis native, is a graduate of the nation’s oldest journalism school at the University of Missouri in Columbia.