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Barbara Connolly, JD, CEP is a private college consultant in Birmingham, Michigan with extensive experience assisting students and families throughout the United States.  

She is the founder and director of College Choice Counseling, with a team of expert counselors and tutors located in Michigan, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois,  Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Montreal, Canada, and Germany.


Barbara is a lawyer, certified educational planner (CEP), a former admissions reader at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Barbara and her husband are the parents of four children, all of whom were admitted to Ivy League and other selective colleges. Barbara's experience as a parent greatly benefits the families with whom she works.

Barbara and the CCC team have a proven record of helping students gain admission to the colleges and graduate programs of their choice!

College Choice Counseling has been helping students apply to college for over 18 years.

Located in Birmingham, Michigan, with team members throughout the United States, Montreal, Canada, and Germany we assist with:

College admissions advice

College applications

College lists


ACT/SAT tutoring


Academic subject tutoring

Athletic college admissions 

Performing arts college advice

Study skills and time management counseling

GMAT/GRE tutoring

LSAT tutoring

Law school applications 

Law school coaching

High school and boarding school admissions advice

Barbara’s TEDx talk from 2021 was just named one of the 50 most viewed TEDx talks given in 2021, coming at #30, with over 200,000 views in 2021.


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