About Us


Since 2008, The College Connection has helped over 350 students prepare for college. Most students come to us unsure of what they want to study or what type of college environment is best suited for them. Our insight and experience with a vast number of U.S. colleges and universities ensures that each student’s college list will match his or her ability and aspirations.

Abby Simkus

About Abigail Simkus, Founder and Director

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  • Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University
  • Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Certificate in College Counseling, with distinction, from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA Extension)
  • Former Editor of The University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • Former Member of the Alumni Schools Committee for Princeton University
  • Conducted admissions interviews for Princeton University
  • Professional Member of IECA, Independent Educational Consultants Association
  • Member of NACAC, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Pennsylvania and New Jersey regional associations (PACAC & NJACAC)
  • Experience with Ivy League admissions, small liberal arts colleges, large universities, and religious affiliated schools
  • In-depth knowledge of athletic recruiting process
  • Experience placing international students in U.S. colleges and universities

About Barbi Weinberg, Associate

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  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Boston University
  • Former Sales Associate for media and textile companies
  • Member of American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC)
  • Attended NJACAC Professional Development on Common Application at Princeton University
  • Experience with resume writing and editing
  • Experience placing students with special needs in college and university programs
  • Professional Member of Learning Disabilities Association of America