College essay help throughout your application process

Our step-by-step guide on how to write every college essay, all gathered in one place.

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Step-By-Step Process

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Understand your Audience
Find out what college admissions officers are looking for in your application.  Start Here ->

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Plan your Content
Brainstorm experiences that relate to the 5 traits colleges look for in applicants.  Start Here ->

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3

Write your Personal Statement Essay

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Create your Activities List
Learn the secret to a winning Common App activities list to highlight everything you’ve done. Start Here ->

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Learn more about the UC PIQs
Discover everything you need to know about the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs).  Start Here ->

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Draft your Supplemental Essays

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Check for Common Errors

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Apply with Confidence!
Make sure your entire application represents you and your personal brand.  Start Here ->

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College Essay Help Center

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Brad Schiller
March 10

Welcome! You're now on the optimum path for writing your best college essays in the least amount of time. Bookmark this page: it's your step-by-step college essay guide.

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The Best Essay Process

We've created a step-by-step guide of everything you need to write a successful application. (If you don't have time to read it all, we recommend starting with our "must-read" articles.)

Step 1: Understand Your Audience

Must-read: What College Essay Admissions Officers Are Looking For

Step 2: Plan Your Content

Must-read: The 5 Traits Colleges Looks for in Applicants

Step 3: The Personal Statement

Must-read: The Complete Guide to Writing the Common App Personal Statement

Step 4: The Activities List

Must-read: The Secret to a Winning Common App Activities List

Step 5: The UC PIQs

Must-read: UC PIQs: Everything You Need to Know
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