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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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"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
"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 got into Stern at NYU and Wharton at Penn! I am beyond excited and grateful. Thank you so much for all you've done to help me throughout this whole process. I'm really happy it worked out the way it did!” – S.F., Essay Guidance Program/Common App 911 Program student
"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
"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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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
Alex got into Brown! Thank you  so much for your patience and persistence with him! –A.P., parent of Essay Guidance Program student
Brown, Class of 2022
"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
"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
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! – Parent of 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 so much for all of your help! I am very happy with what I was able to produce!" --U.R., 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
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 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
"I sincerely want to thank you for all the help and guidance you have given E. during the application process. I really appreciate your input and help!" -- R.S., Essay Guidance Program parent

College Application Essay Guidance – 5 hours

$2,500.00

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

$4,800.00

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

SKU: Essay Tutoring_10 Category:
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