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College Application Essay Guidance

expert college admissions essay guidance

The essays that make up The Common Application & supplements are not just typical pieces of writing, nor are they just another step in the application process. College essays are an uncommon genre that must catch the attention of admissions officers and illuminate students’ intellect, personality, and potential. Our Senior Counselors have years of experience guiding students in writing essays that make admissions officers take notice.

Essay Guidance Program Includes:

  • 5 or 10 Hours of Essay Guidance:
    Time includes any combination of detailed written responses and phone/video chat time to brainstorm and discuss ideas and read through drafts
  • Call Summaries:
    Email synopsis of every phone consultation 
  • Your Senior Counselor Will:
    • Brainstorm and Discuss Essay Topics
    • Draw out Compelling Angles
    • Guide You Through the Writing Process and Help with Writer’s Block
    • Offer Candid and Specific Feedback to Drafts
    • Provide Motivation and Set Deadlines

Some essays may need only proofreading while others need to be coaxed from a blank page—your Senior Counselor will help with both and everything in between to create compelling essays.

Our counselors are accustomed to tutoring over the phone and reviewing drafts by email. They can work with students from anywhere in the world, at any time.

This program must be used within 6 months from the date of purchase.

This package can also be used for prep school essays which are very similar in content to college essays.


High Praise From Past Clients:

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"L., I just want to say thank you so much for working with me! You provided me with so much constructive advice that I'll definitely use in my future essays. Thanks again for all your help and I'll definitely let you know where I end up going." -I.R., Essay Guidance Program student
“I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciated your approach to essay guidance; you always consulted me about changes and allowed me to decide whether to make edits as per your suggestions. As someone who's generally very independent, I found it easy and rewarding to work with you because you allowed me to write the entire essay and maintain my voice/style while still using your suggestions on what a college essay should look like.” --X.O., Essay Guidance Program student
L, S is planning to join USC for Aerospace Engineering! I am personally very happy for her and want to thank you once again for all your help and support. It was simply invaluable. Wishing you the very best. –N.B., parent of Essay Guidance Program student, USC
"I wanted to let you know that my journey through the college application process has officially come to an end. I was accepted to Duke in the ED round! I can't thank you enough for all your guidance and support in the process. It has truly been a privilege working with you. The feedback you gave me was so generous and helped me to elevate my essays beyond what I thought was possible. Ironically, in the end, all I needed was my personal statement and my 150-word 'why' for Duke, but I'm so glad I was prepared for the regular decision round. Thank you again for everything!" – S.Y., Essay Guidance Program student
"I just wanted to thank you so much (again) for your help on my essays. I was accepted into Princeton and Yale University! Thanks again!" -Y.R., Essay Guidance Program student
"T. has decided on Vanderbilt. We are so thankful for M. - I think his support was key in T. getting her scholarship!" --Y.R., Essay Guidance Program parent
"L., I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me out with my transfer application! I was accepted to Cornell College of Arts and Sciences starting next semester!!" -N.E., Essay Guidance Program student
"Just wanted to pass along that B got into Stanford, Harvard, CalTech and University of Washington (her safety school).  Only school she didn’t get in to (that she applied to) was MIT.  So, yesterday she happily accepted into Stanford. We couldn’t be happier, as both our girls are now attending Stanford.  And, both got there with Top Tier’s help.  We don’t have any more kids to usher through your program but we’ll be sure and recommend you to anyone we come across!" – Essay Guidance Program parent
"Just got a decision from UPenn. ACCEPTED!!!! 🙂 Still can’t believe it. Thank you so much for all the help you’ve given. Really appreciate it." – Essay Guidance Program student, U Penn Class of 2022
"Alex got into Brown! Thank you  so much for your patience and persistence with him!" –A.P.,Essay Guidance Program parent
Brown, Class of 2022
"L., thank you so much for all your help! You REALLY put me in the right direction with my essays! I will keep you posted on my college acceptance!" -J.R., Essay Guidance Program student
E, I recently received my decisions for UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Harvard, and I was accepted to all three schools!! Thank you so much for your help last winter; you not only guided me through my applications but also made things much less stressful! –P.T., Essay Guidance Program student
B. and M. have been the best senior counselors and supporters for our son T. with his last minute applications. I just wanted to pass this on to your staff. I know you know how excellent they are, but they really are that and then some! T.'s essays are still a work in progress with several more edits ---they are our lifesavers in this 11th hour. Thank you SO much for your team! -R.O., Personal Boot Camp student/parent and Essay Guidance Program student
"The information offered was helpful for me to get organized. L. challenged me to think about what I should be conveying in my essays, and it made my essays have a lot more depth. L. was excellent --informative, patient, and prompt. I really had no idea where to go with my essays, and L. made it easy to not only know what to write about, but also HOW to write my essays. Thank you!!!" -W.D., Essay Guidance Program student
"I finished all of my essays except 1. 5 hours was a really good amount. B. responded within 24 hours and gave great advice! ABC helped me improve my essays so much AND kept me motivated! -H.D., Essay Guidance Program student
"I WAS ACCEPTED TO HARVARD!!!!!!!  Thank you so so so much!  ***I know this is so melodramatic*** BUT from the moment I read your first edits I knew my essays were going to be magic.  You are sharp and smart and the best wordsmith I've ever met.  I feel like I learned so much about writing and editing just by sending drafts back and forth with you!  Thank you again so much, you quite literally changed my life." – Essay Guidance Program student, Harvard Class of 2022
"T. was just accepted to Swarthmore (ED) I greatly appreciate everything you did for her essays! Your meticulous and quick responses and your careful edits made her essays much better and I believe that these essays showed Swarthmore that the college is a perfect fit for T. Again, Thank you so much!" -Essay Guidance Program parent
"I had a wonderful experience working with B.! It definitely relieved my stress through the college application process, and I would recommend the package to any future applicants. I enjoyed the freedom to discuss essay topics and to brainstorm creative ideas; also, it was nice to have an expert opinion from someone familiar with what admissions officers are looking for in an essay." -F.R., Essay Guidance Program student
"My Essay Guidance Program was AMAZING! I was able to drastically improve my Stanford application in a matter of 5 hours!" –B.G., Essay Guidance Program student
"Thank you again for forcing me to let go of my initially-prized hospital volunteering main essay to write the more unique biology-oriented essay...I was originally really stuck on that one but writing the new ones were so worth it." - N.C., Essay Guidance student

College Application Essay Guidance – 5 hours

$3,000.00

5 hours of one-on-one essay tutoring with a Senior Counselor via phone/email/video chat

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College Application Essay Guidance – 10 hours

$5,800.00

10 hours of one-on-one essay tutoring with a Senior Counselor via phone/email/video chat

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