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College Essay Expertise at Your Fingertips with our Best-Selling Online Course

What is College Essay Academy?

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How does it work?

Select your desired access level

And take our comprehensive video course at your own pace.

(No travel required!)

Learn time-tested methods

For writing a winning essay from the experts at College Essay Advisors.

(Access insider secrets!)

Use CEA’s custom exercises

To work through your draft from the brainstorm through the final polish.

(You can do it!)

Submit to your dream school

With a polished college admissions essay that leaves a lasting impression.

(And get accepted!)

What is College Essay Academy?

College Essay Academy is:

  • An on-demand virtual bootcamp
  • Led by an industry expert
  • Using a simple to follow, step-by-step process

(The ticket to a stellar essay, ready for submission!)

What you will learn:

  • Insider tips on what admissions wants and how to get there
  • The secret to what makes an essay truly memorable
  • Time-tested methods that have led to admissions success

(The college essay demystified! Get the magic sauce!)

College Essay Academy has the answers! (And more!)

Is this course for you?

Underclassmen

Who are looking for a jump start on the admissions essay writing process. (Let’s get started!)

Juniors

Who don’t know where to start or are feeling stuck. (We’ll get you back on track!)

Seniors

Who have started drafts but are not sure if their essay will “wow” admissions. (You’re almost there!)

Parents

Who want to better understand what the college essay is meant to accomplish. (Nobody knows better than we do!)

Counselors

Who are hoping to reach that next level of expertise in admissions coaching. (We can take you there!)

Your Instructor

Stacey Brook is the Founder and Chief Advisor at College Essay Advisors. She is an accomplished writer and admissions expert who has spent more than fifteen years helping students conceptualize, edit and refine their college essays to achieve admissions success. Stacey has spoken at schools around the world on the subject of the college essay and has personally advised over 1,000 students. She is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has been featured in TIME, Teen Vogue, and NPR for her college essay expertise. She loves ice cream and dinosaurs. Take the course. You’ll see.

"When all else is equal between competing applicants, a compelling essay can make the difference. A powerful, well-written essay can also tip the balance for a marginal applicant."

College Board

Course Curriculum

Lesson 1: Why Does the College Essay Matter?

Why does the college essay matter and what are admissions officers are looking for in your admissions essay? Your college essay journey starts here.

Are you asking yourself:

  • How much does the essay play into an admission’s officer’s decision?
  • Where does the essay fit into the scheme of the college application as a whole?
  • What does admissions want to hear from college applicants?
  • Do admissions officers even read these things?
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Lesson Summary:

In the increasingly competitive college admissions landscape, more students are applying to college than ever before. Millions of students hailing from all over the world apply to schools in the United States every year, with acceptance rates to the country’s most elite academic institutions reaching record lows. For its class of 2022, Harvard only accepted 4.59% of applicants. (That’s not a lot!) Stanford accepted a whopping 4.3%. (Neither is that!) Whether you are applying to the Ivy League, the Big Ten, a small liberal arts school or something in between, it is no longer enough to meet a school’s grade and test score requirements. Students need to find a way to set themselves apart from similarly qualified applicants. (This is where we come in!)

The students who do get into the colleges of their choice use all the tools at their disposal, including the essay – the one element of the college application you can affect in real time. (Like right now!) Mastery of the personal statement, be it for the Common Application, the Coalition Application, the UCs or any other application system, gives you a distinct advantage in the admissions game. But how do you make yourself memorable, showcase your ability to contribute to a community and put your personality on display? Set the stage and make the most of this unique opportunity to talk to admissions in your own voice with Lesson 1: Does the College Essay Even Matter?

This lesson will teach you:

  • The true purpose of the college admissions essay
  • What admissions officers are looking for as related to topic and theme
  • How to find the missing pieces in your application and use the essay to fill them
  • The secret to using the college essay to your greatest advantage

And so much more!

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Lesson 2: Guide to the Common Application Essay Prompts

Immerse yourself in details of the Common App essay prompts and find out what these questions are really asking you.

Are you asking yourself:

  • What is a personal essay, and how is it different from the other writing you’ve done thus far?
  • What are the Common Application personal statement prompts really asking?
  • Which prompt is the best prompt? Which is the right one for me?
  • How do I know if I’ve chosen the right Common App essay topic?

We have the answers.

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Lesson Summary:

Over the years, the Common Application’s queries have struck fear in the hearts of many applicants, demanding they tackle challenges such as sharing their background stories or discussing how they turned failures into successes. More often than not, the Common App has given students options, allowing them to choose their own adventure or follow their own fork in the road. Still, very few applicants are excited about diving into the deep end of the self-exploration and expression pool. (There could be sharks in there!)

The Common App asks for what most people would call a “personal essay” or a “personal statement.” (A what?) Personal essay writing is a very particular form of expression that turns the focus back in on the writer. Most students have never been encouraged to write essays in the first person, and they certainly haven’t been instructed to drop the formality required for most academic paper writing. A good personal essay will approach its subject with a balance of confidence, sincerity, humility, and even a little humor. Achieving that balance is one of the most difficult aspects of the task at hand – but that’s exactly what we’re going to teach you to do!

This lesson will also do a deep dive into the Common App prompts that have been developed to mine for your memories, aspirations, and goals. The Common Application provides seven such prompts, though students only have to respond to one. Still, it’s worth examining all of your options and trying to decode the prompts individually to really understand what the Common Application is trying to pull from you in response. So steel yourself for some epic prompt dissection — we’re going in!!

This lesson will teach you:

  • The key elements you need to address in a personal essay
  • How to express yourself with personality while also maintaining application-worthy polish
  • The pros and cons of choosing each of the Common App’s seven prompts
  • The one thing no one will tell you about the Common App prompts (Hint: They don’t matter as much as you think they do!)

And so much more!

BONUS Resource: Includes our “Common App Prompt Decoder,” a quick guide to unlocking the secrets of the Common App’s essay prompts!

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Lesson 3: Finding the Magic Topic

Master brainstorming techniques that will lead you to your magic topic, and ensure the story you tell is unique and memorable.

Are you asking yourself:

  • How do I start the college essay brainstorming process?
  • What if I have nothing to write about? (How do I find something?)
  • What if I have too many things to write about? (How do I choose?)
  • How do I know when I’ve found the magic college essay topic?

We have the answers.

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Lesson Summary:

This lesson explores one of applicants’ most common college essay concerns: What on earth should I write about? Whether you are worried that you have nothing to say (“What if I’m BORING?!”), or too much to cover (“Which of my bazillion accomplishments does admissions want to hear about most?!”) one of the hardest parts of writing the college application essay is getting started. Where is the best place to begin? And how do you know if you’re moving in the right direction? What does admissions really want to hear from you?

College Essay Academy helps you take a flying leap into the college essay topic selection process, walking you through our favorite exercises and strategies for isolating your best stories including our signature Backwards Brainstorm and the Full Body Brainstorm. (The second one often involves ice cream.) We detail the most important brainstorming do’s and don’ts. Where you’re stuck, we unstick you. Where you’re overwhelmed, we help simplify and bring you back to the college essay’s core purpose. Our goal is to transform a brainstorming process that can be rife with academic pressure and existential crisis into a playground for self-discovery and expression. (We swear, we make it fun!)

Most importantly, we give you the key to what makes for a truly successful personal statement. How can you submit an essay that is both full of personality and deliberate in its message. Clear enough to be comprehended in a quick, four-minute scan, but also memorable days after an admissions officer has read it? Lesson 3 will teach you everything you need to know about finding your magic topic, one of the most crucial elements in setting yourself up for college essay success.

This lesson will teach you:

  • The difference between a merely sufficient topic and one that will truly make an impact on admissions
  • How to get your topic ideas flowing when you’re stuck
  • How to narrow down your potential topics to isolate your best contenders
  • The test that will tell you for sure whether or not you have a winning topic on your hands

And so much more!

BONUS Resource: Includes our “3 Brainstorming Challenges for the Brainstorming Challenged” worksheet to help you get those creative juice flowing!

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Lesson 4: Writing Your Heart Out

Dive into the freewriting process and learn methods for letting go on the page, differentiating between your good and great ideas and organizing your thoughts.

Are you asking yourself:

  • I know what I want to write about. What now?
  • Do I need to write a first draft all in one go, or is there a better way?
  • How do I get my best writing on the page when I’m intimidated by the writing process?
  • How do I identify my best stories, anecdotes and details and prepare them for use in a future draft?

We have the answers.

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Lesson Summary:

Have you identified a topic so perfect that it makes you weep with joy? Or you have something in mind that you’re pretty sure will do the job of showcasing some of your best personal qualities, while telling admissions something they don’t already know about you (which is also a really good place to start)? If so, it’s time to turn that magical idea into a giant pile of related words, phrases, sentences – even paragraphs! (And we’re here to help!)

One of the greatest misconceptions students have about the college essay, and about writing in general, is that ideas are supposed to come out of your brain and onto the page, perfectly formed on the very first try. (OMG, if only.) But, as with so many things in life, it often takes a few broad, messy strokes and some thoughtful refinement to create a true masterpiece. Lesson 4 introduces applicants to the freewriting process, or something we like to call the “brain dump.” We show you how to both “drill around” and “drill down” to unearth your best anecdotes and most compelling details. And then we give you the formula or organizing your thoughts and prepping your beautiful words for the creation of your first solid draft. Sounds easy right? With our tips and tricks, it actually is!

This lesson will teach you:

  • How to get your words flowing on the page, even if you don’t feel inspired.
  • Why your first attempts at college essay writing don’t have to be – and actually shouldn’t – be perfect.
  • How to identify your most valuable ideas and expand upon them
  • A foolproof method for organizing your thoughts and plotting out your first draft.

And so much more!

BONUS Resource: Includes our “Drill Around, Drill Down Visual Organizer,” to help you wrap your head around the stories and details you want to include in your draft – and where you want to include them!

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Lesson 5: Sculpting Your Story

Learn the art of sculpting a story and crafting a compelling narrative that will hold an admissions officer’s attention from start to finish.

Are you asking yourself:

  • How do I get the attention of an admissions officer from the very first sentence?
  • How can I ensure the main point of my essay is communicated strongly and clearly and that I am emphasizing my best qualities and characteristics?
  • Are there interesting ways to approach college essay storytelling that I may not have thought of already?
  • How can I craft an effective conclusion that leaves a lingering impression with admissions?
  • Once I’ve written my first draft, how do I tell if it’s any good?
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Lesson Summary:

So you have a fistful of freewrites and an awesome outline in hand, and you’re wondering how to pull your best ideas into a story with a defined structure, an effortless flow, and a pointed purpose. Which of the words you’ve written thus far do you keep? Which do you cut? And, how do you organize your narrative in a way that will immediately grab the attention of admissions officers and keep them hooked from your first word until your last?

This lesson will teach you the secrets of good storytelling as related to the personal essay. Learn everything from how to think about the order of events as you construct your narrative to identifying and emphasizing a story’s turning point and central message. What should an admissions officer know about you or the situation you’re describing for proper context? What should they remember about you when they finish reading your essay? And how do you set up the key points by building dramatic tension? We also reveal the dos and don’ts of college essay storytelling, strategies for using metaphors and structure to add variation and intrigue to your submission, and end with the final test to ensure your essay is accomplishing everything it is meant to accomplish. You have come this far in your essay writing journey – make sure your draft is headed in the right direction with Lesson 5.

This lesson will teach you:

  • How to turn your freewrites into a solid first draft.
  • Tricks for telling a compelling story from start to finish.
  • The secret to crafting a killer opening line.
  • Tips for writing a conclusion that resonates with your reader.
  • How to best structure your story to emphasize your best qualities and communicate your central message.

And so much more!

Includes this extra awesome resource: Our “Story Structure Organizer” will walk you through three exercises to help you identify your main point, key moments, and story structure.

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Lesson 6: The Final Polish

Refine, edit, proofread, and polish your rough draft to complete your essay’s transformation into a submission-ready masterpiece.

Are you asking yourself:

  • What are some of the most common, easily avoidable errors people make on their college admissions essays?
  • What are some finishing touches I can apply to increase my essay’s overall intrigue?
  • How can I make cuts to achieve clarity and get my essay under the word limit?
  • How can I ensure the accuracy of my facts, spelling, and grammar?
  • How do I know when I am really, truly ready for submission?

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Lesson Summary:

Now that your topic has been unearthed, your hilarious, humble, and heartfelt words have been mined and organized, and your story has been sculpted into a thoughtful narrative that holds a reader’s attention from beginning to end, it’s time to put in some elbow grease and polish your personal statement to a high shine. We are going to show you how to infuse your essay with one last dash of personality, round up your remaining errors, clip out unnecessary words, and smooth out any remaining rough edges so you can present a perfect piece of prose to admissions. Whether you are applying to the Ivy Leagues, the Big Ten, a small liberal arts institution or a community college, attention to detail is key. Show admissions you know how to finish the job right with your newfound editing skills.

In this lesson, you will learn to make those last, hard cuts to your beloved prose to meet the word limit and add the extra details that make an essay truly memorable. We’ll show you how to edit to make your personal statement both crystal clear in its message and more engaging with every sentence. We’ll also give you our handiest tips and tricks for identifying small errors and ensuring pesky human error doesn’t get the best of you after you’ve spent hours on the assignment that could very well be the tipping point for your admissions success. Dig into Lesson 6 and make every word of your college admissions essay count!

This lesson will teach you:

  • The secret to applying the finishing touches that will make your essay shine.
  • Small edits that have a big effect on the impact of your story.
  • How to find and fix spelling, grammar, and structural mistakes in your own writing.
  • The test that will tell you for sure whether or not you are ready to press “submit.”

And so much more!

BONUS Resource: OurGrammar and Spelling Mistake Guide” will give you the key to identifying common errors and ensure the essay you submit to admissions is picture perfect!

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Lesson 7: Guide to the Supplemental Essays

Decode and conquer the most common types of supplemental essays with this deep dive into the college application’s school-specific assignments.

Are you asking yourself:

  • What is a supplemental essay and why does it matter?
  • What are the most common supplemental essay topics and how do I answer them?
  • How can I organize and tackle my supplemental essay prompts with maximum efficiency?
  • Where do I find the supplemental essay prompts?
  • What if a school I apply to is not on the Common or Coalition App? (Hello UC system!)

We have the answers.

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Lesson Summary:

So, you’ve polished off your personal statement (what we at College Essay Academy often refer to as “the Loch Ness Monster of college essays”). Just when you think you’re in the clear, you realize there is a barrage of additional assignments and challenges to tackle ahead. It’s attack the supplemental essays!!! These supplemental essay “gremlins” are often intimidating: there are a lot of them, they can be annoyingly specific, and you definitely shouldn’t feed them after midnight (not even a bite). There is also no sign that schools will be assigning less of them in the coming admissions season. In fact, with many schools shifting to test-optional policies and a more holistic assessment of students, supplemental essays hold more weight and power than ever before in the application process. The good news is that we have collected our most effective strategies for conquering these essays in Lesson 7. (Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!)

This lesson will teach you everything from how to approach the five most common types of supplemental essays (Why, Activity, Community, Short Answer and Oddball) and spot overlap between essay questions, to why schools are asking you to write these essays in the first place. While they may be time-consuming and difficult to parse at first, supplemental essays are actually an incredibly valuable tool for expressing additional interests, goals and motivations to admissions. You have so few opportunities to speak to admissions officers in your own voice – don’t you want to take advantage of every opportunity you have to show a school how you can bring value to campus and why you are the perfect fit for them and vice versa? (Of course you do.) Whether you are applying to Harvard or Stanford, Michigan or Maryland, Duke or UVA, Tulane or the UCs, we will help you communicate what is most important about your talents, personality and values via essays about your extracurriculars, work experience, reasons for applying, or even your favorite word! (Thanks UVA.) So get ready to become a supplemental essay expert with our strategies for slaying these little essay monsters.

This lesson will teach you:

  • How to differentiate and approach the different kinds of supplemental essays.
  • What admissions officers are looking for.
  • How to work as efficiently as possible while digging into your supplement pile.
  • The secrets to crafting an effective Why, Activity, Community, Short Answer and Oddball essay.
  • Tips and tricks for effectively using the Common App’s Additional Information essay.

And so much more!

Includes this extra awesome resource: OurWhy Questionnaire and Essay Organizer” will lead you through the brainstorming required to craft a compelling and informational “Why?” essay and help you keep track of and identify valuable overlap in your supplements!

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Lesson 8: Managing Stress and Writer’s Block

Develop applicable skills for time and stress management throughout any writing process.

Are you asking yourself:

  • Why can’t I write anything? Do I have writer’s block?
  • Will I ever be able to write again? How do I get rid of this cursed affliction?
  • What are some preventative measures I can take to combat writer’s block?
  • What do I do if I’m a chronic procrastinator?
  • How can I maintain a positive mindset throughout the essay writing process?
  • What if I want my essay to be PERFECT???
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Lesson Summary:

If you have wrapped your brain around the mechanics of personal essay writing, but you’re still feeling intimidated by the college essay writing process, you’re not alone. The admissions and college essay jitters have varied causes and can manifest themselves in a number of different ways – and we are here to help you squash those stresses and crash through those ugly impediments.

In this lesson, we will show you how to manage your mindset during the essay writing and college application process so you can perform at your very best. Whether it’s via expert confidence-boosting strategies, scientifically supported methods for stress relief, or college essay expert advice on how to use small victories to motivate larger leaps forward, we’ve got you covered.

Do you even have time to work through this lesson!? You have so much left to accomplish! Trust us – this is worth it. The teachings of Lesson 8 will impart tips and tricks for managing your time and mindset as related to the college essay writing process; and these strategies will also be helpful to you in your life as a college student, budding professional, and beyond. Most students, writers and lifelong learners go through bouts where they feel devoid of creative juju, but your time being uninspired is over – we’ve got the cure!

This lesson will teach you: 

  • How to get those creative juices flowing when you feel uninspired.
  • Foolproof strategies for getting unstuck.
  • How to manage your time to meet all of your deadlines.
  • Strategies for proactively combatting writer’s block.
  • Quick tips for dealing with stress in healthy ways.

And so much more!

Includes this extra awesome resource: Our “I Can’t Do This And I’m Freaking Out!!!!” guide will both serve as a reminder that you are not alone in your admissions and essay writing panic, while helping you get back on track when you’re feeling stuck.

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Lesson 9: Learning from Real Essays

What does it look like when things go right? Get exclusive access to successful college essays from recent years.

Are you asking yourself:

  • What should I look for in college essay examples?
  • Can I read real college essay examples without clouding my creative, original thoughts?
  • What makes some college essays more successful than others?
  • How do I get back on track after (gulp) reading too many college essay samples?
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Lesson Summary:

We here at College Essay Academy understand the impulse to fill up on college essay examples like you’ve just gained entrance to a free buffet. (Let’s try it all!) We also believe reading through too many “successful” college essay examples can be detrimental, clouding your brain with other people’s (maybe wonderful, maybe terrible) ideas. As a result, we approach the college essay example game with balance, sharing essays written by real students while highlighting some of the most important lessons new applicants can take from these pieces of writing (show don’t tell, be specific, make yourself memorable, and more!).

In Lesson 9, we will walk you through some of the most effective writing from our students over the years and explain why these applicants were successful, and what made their essays personal, powerful and memorable. These essays will showcase effective strategies and tools that can be implemented in your own college essays, and are complemented by college essay expert tips and tricks for incorporating these approaches into your own work without letting them inhibit your own creative process. So use these examples as a guide and launch point, not a limitation, (We know you can do it!) and see how other students used the college admissions essay to gain entrance into the schools of their dreams.

This lesson will teach you:

  • What you should really be looking for in a college essay example.
  • How to apply valuable tactics found in essay examples to your own application essay.
  • Why too many college essay examples can work against you and how to avoid sample overload.

And so much more!

Includes this extra awesome resource: Our “Expert Essay Markup” guide will walk you through successful essay examples, highlighting all of the places these college applicants got it right!

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Lesson 10: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts

Wrap your head around the most important dos and don’ts of the college essay writing process.

Are you asking yourself:

  • What should I know about the college essay BEFORE getting started?
  • How can I avoid the major college admissions essay pitfalls?
  • What must I do to write a successful personal statement?
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Lesson Summary:

The College Essay Academy course contains a wellspring of specific information about the college essay writing process: how to find the magic topic, how to kickstart the freewriting process, what steps need to be taken to pull together a successful first draft, and so much more. But can some of those lessons be distilled into the basics of what-you-need-to-do and what-you-should-absolutely-not-do-under-any-circumstances? Are there rules for a college applicant to follow while pulling together a personal statement, supplement or other application essay? You bet there are! In this lesson, we will walk you through the top 10 dos and don’ts of the college admissions essay writing process, a series of tips that will help you stay the course on your path to essay success.

We’ll answer your burning questions about what you should be doing and perhaps, more importantly, what you definitely should NOT be doing.

This lesson will teach you:

  • What not to write under any circumstance (or most circumstances).
  • What you must include in your essay for it to have a powerful impact.
  • Mistakes student applicants make without even realizing.
  • Surefire ways to get closer to college essay success.

And so much more!

Includes this extra awesome resource: Our “Top Ten Tips from Lessons 1-10” cheat sheet consolidates all of the best approaches our top tips from previous lessons (plus some extra helpful strategies) into one short guide!

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Lesson 11: Guide to the Coalition App Essay Prompts

Familiarize yourself with the Coalition App essay, learning to choose a prompt, respond accordingly, or tweak an existing essay to fit the bill.

Are you asking yourself:

  • What IS the Coalition Application?
  • What are the Coalition’s essay prompts and what do they really mean?
  • How are these prompts similar to the Common App essay questions and how can you use this overlap to your advantage?
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Lesson Summary:

The purpose of the Coalition Application’s personal statement is no different than that of the Common App’s; and your goals for writing this essay are still the same. You still want your personal statement to reflect something about your passions, goals, interests and personality that is not addressed anywhere else on your application. You want to wow an admissions officer with your voice and make yourself memorable. And you want to make it easy for admissions officers to imagine how you would contribute to their school’s community.

But what if you have only been working on your essay with the Common App prompts in mind? Fear not! There is a wide swathe of magical overlap that connects the Common App and the Coalition App prompts and allows for easy adaptation and transference of essays from one application to the other – and we will show you how to unlock these connections!

In this lesson, we will to take you through each of the Coalition’s essay prompts and show you why these options are broader and more flexible than you think. We will also show you how to back your essay from the Common Application into the Coalition App’s prompts in a few simple steps. Easy peasy! (You’ve got this.)

This lesson will teach you: 

  • How to interpret Coalition Application prompts and understand what they’re really asking.
  • Strategies for adapting your Common App essay to fit the Coalition prompts and vice versa.
  • Why the Coalition Application exists and why it’s actually a pretty nifty addition to the college application landscape.

And so much more!

Includes this extra awesome resource: Our “Coalition App Prompt Decoder”, which will set you up to deep dive into the five prompts and reach the surface with a clear idea of what admissions is looking for in your essay response!

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Via magic! (Okay, email.) Soon after you complete your purchase, you will receive an email confirming your purchase and giving you access to the course via a login link from our video hosting partner, VHX. Once you set up your VHX account, you will have access to stream the lesson of your choice or all the lessons in your course (depending on your selected access level) and download all the corresponding exercises as well as a set of example Common App Essays written by us, just for you (if applicable).

Can I download the lessons? Or use them for any purpose?

Afraid not. Our lessons are only available for viewing, but streaming lessons are awesome – especially since you can access them on iOS, Roku, and the web through the VHX app! Also, our lessons and materials are protected through the various copyright and intellectual property laws of the USA, so no unauthorized use is permitted, and all of our rights are reserved to protect our lessons and materials. In addition, upon purchasing the course, you will have to agree to VHX’s standard terms, conditions, and policies, one of which is VHX’s right to terminate your access to the videos before your term is up in VHX’s discretion, which is likely only to happen if VHX or College Essay Academy determines that you are misusing the access/videos or doing something you shouldn’t be doing, such as sharing the videos—so please don’t do anything like that! If for any reason your access is terminated by VHX or College Essay Academy before your three months is up, you will NOT be reimbursed for your purchase price (or any portion thereof), and neither VHX nor College Essay Academy will be liable for any damages and specifically disclaims any such liability. That being said, if your access is terminated and you did not do anything wrong, contact us at academy@collegeessayadvisors.com, and we’ll try to get to the bottom of it!

How can I view College Essay Academy on my many different devices?

Our video hosting partners at VHX are the experts on explaining this and will be able to guide you through taking these lessons on (almost) any device under the sun if you check out their FAQ page or email a friendly video technician at support@vhx.tv.

My lesson won’t download. Who do I call?

You shouldn’t call anyone because the videos are not available for download, silly! On second thought, maybe call your grandma, just to say hi. She misses you.

Who do I talk to if I have a question about any other aspect of College Essay Academy?

For any questions that do not involve technical difficulties, feel free to email us at academy@collegeessayadvisors.com. We will do the best we can to give you the answers you need.

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