Frank Ordiway

Frank Ordiway has been advising students through Ivy Deans Educational Advising, LLC since 2010, after having served for twenty years as a Princeton faculty member and administrator — most recently, as Associate Dean of the College.  He has extensive experience advising students on college, graduate school, and fellowships applications for all types of schools and opportunities domestically and abroad.  Frank takes a comprehensive view of students and applications, prioritizing a good intellectual and cultural fit to ensure the best possible educational experience.

As Dean he helped students prepare for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright competitions, among others. He directed the Program in Independent Concentrations (independent majors), several of the University’s exchange programs, and the Program in Continuing Education, where he helped give nontraditional and part time students access to high-quality education. Frank also directed the College’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program and directed and helped design its Freshman Scholars Program and directed and helped design its Freshman Scholars Program, whose aim was to ease the transition to college life for entering freshmen from less privileged educational backgrounds. Earlier, as Dean of Wilson College at Princeton, he also spent several years overseeing the broad educational trajectories of hundreds of students.

As a faculty member and administrator, Frank also developed institutional expertise in a wide range of areas pertaining to students: He served on the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, on residential life committees, and on committees governing the University’s academic regulations, among others. His experiences give him expertise not only in advising students but also in understanding the larger university systems about which students and parents often need to know.

Frank has also, of course, been a student himself. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1981, Frank won a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy, and then earned a degree in classics from Cambridge University (Trinity) before returning to Princeton, where he earned his PhD in Comparative Literature in 1990 with the help of Mellon and Whiting Fellowships in the Humanities. Having lived and studied not only in the US, Great Britain, France, and Italy, but also (as the son of a United States Air Force doctor), in the Philippines, Frank has a particular interest in international education and the issues faced by students undertaking their education in foreign countries.