THE COLLEGE ESSAY EXPERT
Get the Winning Edge in the Acceptance Race
The Common App essay and personal statements can make or break admissions decisions for college and graduate schools. Our highly specialized editorial guidance ensures every application's essay and personal statement will grab the attention it deserves.
Emily Listfield is an award-winning journalist, Editor-in-Chief and author of seven books, including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Deeply informed about the application process, including what admissions officers are really looking for, her expertise and hands-on approach has resulted in clients matriculating at top schools throughout the country.
We have tailored options that fit your needs
Whether you are just starting out and need help coming up with the right topic (often the hardest part) or have an essay written that needs professional editing, there is a plan just for you. Keep in mind, too, that the Common App essay is just one of many you may need. We also work with students on their personal statements and the auxiliary essays required by specific colleges, medical and law schools.
THE COMMON APP:
FROM BLANK PAGE TO WINNING ESSAY
Five-hour package includes:
One hour in-person (or Skype) session to brainstorm the best topic utilizing individual life experiences and interests to enhance the overall application's narrative. At the end of the session, the student will have a topic and detailed outline to follow.
Four hours follow-up via email, Skype, phone, and/or in person. We will work through three subsequent drafts of the essay, with students submitting each draft via email and then receiving a detailed annotated version and follow-up phone calls to go over the notes.
Total cost: $1,400
Brainstorming and editing additional essays and personal statements:
Billed at $250 per hour
DETAILED ESSAY CRITIQUE
If you already have a written essay or personal statement and would like a detailed critique of the topic, tone, structure and grammar this is the package for you.
Total cost: $300 per essay
GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS
We help with all graduate, medical and law school applications.
"Emily was incredibly helpful with my college essays. She took one look at my Common App personal statement and knew exactly how to tie it all together! With her help, I was accepted early decision to my first choice school. I'd recommend her to students seeking help with all parts of the essay writing process!"
Sasha D. Dartmouth '15
"Emily Listfield helped me so much with rewriting and editing my college essay. She showed me how to focus my ideas, strengthen my voice, and find the right structure. She was willing to listen to what I wanted and then we came up with themes that worked. I am now going to my favorite college in the fall!"
Lena J. Vassar'16
"Emily was always supportive! She was there to answer all of my questions throughout the college essay process. Her input was always useful and unique!"
Sami F. Sarah Lawrence '16
Emily was so helpful and supportive throughout the entire application process. She provided me with critical insights that allowed me to relate all of my essays and tell the admissions office who I really was. I would recommend Emily to any college bound senior that wants to nail the essays and work with someone that can calmly reduce a very stressful process.
Elizabeth C, Bucknell '16