Abby van Geldern pattern

Abby van Geldern, Managing Counselor

Abby joins Collegewise after serving as an admissions counselor at the oft-misspelled Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). After graduating high school in Connecticut and realizing that she craved a tundra-like winter experience, Abby made the eight-hour drive to upstate New York to attend St. Lawrence University (SLU). There, she majored in anthropology, was a four-year starting goalkeeper on the soccer team, and served as a tour guide for the admissions office.

While Abby began her career at RPI coaching women’s soccer, the pull towards admissions remained, and she convinced the folks in the admissions office to let her help out and to show her the ropes. Her persistence later turned a side gig into a two-year full-time job in admissions. As a college counselor at Collegewise, Abby readily bonds with fellow athletes who aren’t afraid of a little cold weather. Her students have been accepted to colleges all across the country, including Tufts, Cornell, NYU, Amherst, Wellesley, and Williams.

Education & Experience

Former Admissions Counselor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Former Women’s Soccer Coach, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Former Admissions Ambassador, St. Lawrence University
Professional Organization Memberships

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

NEACAC: New England Association for College Admissions Counseling

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