You've chosen your essay topics, drafted an outline, and begun working on what you hope will become a masterpiece of a college essay. Now all you need to do is make sure that the ideas jumbled in your head translate into clear, cohesive, and brilliant writing once the pen hits the paper (or your fingers tap the keyboard).

These resources will provide you with professional writing and editing tips that will help you polish your pearls of wisdom into exquisite, compelling prose. You'll convince any college adcom member that you've got great ideas AND that you know how to express them!

College Essay Writing


  1. 5 Fatal Flaws, a free guide
  2. 7 Signs an Experience Belongs in Your Application Essay, a video
  3. Focus on Fit, a podcast episode
  4. Stand Out! A Critical Goal for Your Application, a podcast episode
  5. Do's and Don'ts
  6. What is an Accomplishment?
  7. Generic-itis Prevention [Warning: If Untreated, Can Cause Rejection]
  8. How to Get Started on Your Personal Statement with One Easy Technique
  9. Three Tips to Jump Start Your Personal Statement
  10. The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft
  11. First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go
  12. The Art of an Opening Line
  13. How to Wow College Application Readers: Beyond Tests Scores and GPA
  14. 6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
  15. 5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  16. 4 More Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  17. Writing a Lead that Pops
  18. Why Use an Admissions Consultant?
  19. Writing Techniques From a Pro
  20. 10 Tips for Better Essay Writing
  21. Personal Statement Tip: Less is More
  22. Application Essay Tip: The Devil is in the Details
  23. 4 Tips for Writing about Last Minute Extracurricular Activities
  24. How to Give Your Application as Much Weight as Possible
  25. The Importance of Obstacles in Your Application Essays
  26. Resourceful Essay Recycling
  27. Where’s the Poetry? The Secret Ingredient in Your Graduate Application Essays
  28. 4 Application Strategy Tips: Stand Out AND Fit In
  29. 3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays
  30. 5 Ways to Optimize Your Online Presence Before Submitting Applications
  31. “I’m Smart, Really I Am!” How to Prove Character Traits in Essays
  32. Add Detail to Your Social Enterprise/Community Service Goals
  33. 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
  34. What Should I Write About? Making a Difference
  35. Bring Your Personal Statement to Life With Vivid, Active Verbs
  36. Athletic Appeal in Admissions
  37. 5-Step Checklist Before Submitting Your Applications
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