Our expertise

Abigail Simkus founded The College Connection in 2008 because she believes that every student can benefit from a personalized approach to the college search and application process. Abigail has degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Barbi Weinberg joined The College Connection in 2017. She has a degree from Boston University.

Lynda Szwartz joined The College Connection in 2020. She has degrees from Tufts University and Harvard University.

Since 2008, The College Connection has helped over 400 students prepare for college. These students have a wide variety of interests, strengths, and ambitions. The College Connection treats every student as an individual. We are committed to helping our students identify and pursue their goals.

College Students

Local network – Global reach

Although the bulk of our students come from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, we also work virtually with a large number of students outside the Tri-state area and with international students. We help foreign students and American students abroad identify the best fit in a U.S. college, and then work closely with them on their essays, applications, and supplemental materials to ensure that they fulfill all the requirements necessary for admission to an American university.

Our expertise in college admissions transcends continents.

From our students and parents

From our students and parents

“I felt totally overwhelmed when I started my college essay. Abby helped me come up with the perfect essay topic and then worked with me through each phase of writing and revising. I honestly believe my essay helped me stand out to college admissions officers.”

Melissa G., Short Hills, NJ

“Abby and Barbi made sure our son stayed on track until all of his applications were submitted. Their knowledge, sound judgment, and attention to detail put us at ease instantly and enabled us to enjoy what could have been a very stressful process. We could not have done this without them!”

Barbara L., Newtown, PA

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