Writing College Essays

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Writing College Essays

The college essay is one of the key elements in a student’s application. It's one of the only places where students really get to show off their personalities and share insights into who they are beyond their grades, classes, scores, and activity lists. At Private Prep, we also believe it can be one of the most empowering and—dare we say it—fun parts of the process!

There is no one-size-fits-all piece of advice for college essays, other than—wait for it—be yourself. We really mean that. But we also know that sometimes, that’s easier said than done. College essays, whether they’re personal statements for the Common App or supplemental essays for individual colleges, are very different from the essays students typically write for school. Our essay specialists and admissions coaches help students adjust to this new style of writing and answer that key question: what does it really mean to “be yourself” in 650 words or less?

We offer support at every step of the college essay process, including:

  • Brainstorming topics
  • Discussing how to structure your story
  • Advice on tone, language, and maintaining your authentic voice
  • Revising and proofreading
  • Strategizing on supplemental essays
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