How to Write a “Why This College” Essay + Examples that Worked for the Ivy League

Supplemental essays are the most overlooked part of college applications — but they're actually very important! Here's how to write a “why this college” essay that will convince admissions officers you'd be a great fit for their school.

14 Best College Essay Services for 2023 (40 Services Reviewed)

Working on college application essays? A list of the 14 best online college essay coaching and editing services, reviewed and ranked. Compare prices & essay consultant qualifications.

The 6 Princeton Supplemental Essays: How to Respond

What are the 6 Princeton supplemental essay prompts? And how should you respond to each? We answer both questions in this detailed post.

The Diamond Strategy: How We Help Students Write College Essays That Get Them into Princeton (and other Ivy League schools)

Our College Essay Workshop and one-on-one mentoring have helped students get into Harvard, Yale, and other Ivies. Find out how we do it here!

11 College Essays That Worked

In this regularly updated post, we share the college essays that helped students get into their dream schools -- including Ivy Leagues.

What is the College Essay? Your Complete Guide for 2023

What is the college essay? What role does it play in college admissions? How do you write an amazing one? We answer all of these questions and more in this detailed guide.

7 Qualities of a Successful College Essay

What makes a college application essay successful? We've analyzed many essays of applicants admitted to Ivy League institutions and here are the results!

How Colleges Read Your Application: A 4 Step Process

Do you know what happens after you hit that "Submit" button? Learn about how selective colleges read your application.

College Admissions & the Impact of COVID

How has the pandemic impacted the way that colleges review applications? Here are our thoughts on COVID and college admissions.

How to Answer the Harvard Supplemental Essay Prompts

What are the Harvard supplemental essay prompts for 2020-2021? And how should you respond to them successfully? We've got the answers.

How to Answer the Boston College Supplemental Essay

What does the Boston College supplemental essay prompt look like for 2020-2021? And how should you respond? Read this post to find out.

Your Guide to Using the Common App Additional Information Section

What is the Common App Additional Information section all about? Should you respond? We guide students through both of these questions.