College Essay Help Center

Expert advice, all gathered in one place

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.

We cover everything — every college essay topic you can imagine — and it's all free.

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