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:

"The pace in the Essay Guidance Package was great because I felt like I was the one who set it. B. gave detailed feedback. I wouldn't have ended up with as great of essays without ABC!" -T.Y., Essay Guidance student
"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 Package student
"I believe working with M. for great essays is one of the best decisions I have ever made. He is awesome. Thank you so much." -C.P., Essay Guidance Student
"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 Package student, 2013
"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 Package student
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 Package student, 2013
"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 Package student
"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!" -Parent of Essay Guidance Package 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
"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
"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
"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
"I was accepted to Dartmouth today! . . . Thank you for your help --this has been a wild ride!" --U.O., Essay Guidance Program student
"My college results are in and I've been accepted early to Stanford and regular to Princeton, Yale and UT Austin's Engineering Honors Program with a full-ride scholarship! Thanks for all the support!" –C.R., Essay Guidance Program student
"Thank you so much for helping our daughter, with her college application. We are excited that she is going to the school she loves, Columbia, and feel that you have played a critical role in the whole process. Our younger daughter is going to start the same process next summer, and she will be working with your team." -T.V., Essay Package Parent
"B. was such a help, so patient, prompt, and with us right up until the end. We loved him."-S.Y., Essay Guidance Parent
"Thank you so much for all of your help! I am very happy with what I was able to produce!" --U.R., 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 Package student, December 2013
"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 Package 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., Parent Personal Boot Camp student and Essay Guidance Package student

College Application Essay Guidance – 5 hours


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


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

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