“Alison worked with my son to edit his main Common App essay, as well as supplemental essays specific to a school. She was very thorough in her evaluation and suggestions for how he could improve and adjust what he had written. I highly recommend Alison for any writing assistance your student may have.”
2016 Yelp Review from parent of Common App applicant
What is the Common App?
The Common Application is used by over 700 private colleges. It offers five essay prompt questions. Students select one and write a single 650-word essay on that topic. This essay is submitted with the application to every private college on the student’s list.
Many schools require their own supplemental essays in addition to the Common App essay. Lengths for these range from 150 to 350 to 650 word responses on a variety of topics relating to the student’s interests and reasons for applying.
The Common App is available August 1st and deadlines for college can range from December through February.
Need help crafting a personal story for the UC Personal Insight Questions or a private college Common Application essay? It’s as easy as one, two, three!
If you haven’t started yet, go to step one. If you already have a draft, go to step two. If you don’t know where to begin, let’s talk.
Step One: Planning Meeting
For students who need ideas and inspiration. Find out what admissions officers are looking for, discover which UC question or Common App prompt best fits your background, and learn how to turn your personal experience into great stories!
Step Two: Initial Draft Review
For students who completed a draft at school or on their own (rate reduced for students who worked with me to complete step one above). Email me your draft and get detailed feedback in just a few days.
Step Three: Follow-Up Draft Review
For students who worked with me to complete step two above. Email me your revised draft for feedback on your progress. The process is the same as above and may be repeated as many times as needed.