Writing College Application Essays

Learn how to write successful essays with tips, strategies, and advice from an Ivy League Dean of Admissions

Your essays can help you get accepted to a top college.
Have you ever wondered why a student ranked lower in the class got accepted over the valedictorian? It was likely their essays. Top, selective colleges often rely on the essays to make their admissions decisions. Therefore, the right essay topics and narratives can help you stand out and get accepted!

College admissions officers read thousands of essays each year. How will your essays stand out?
In less than an hour, you will learn insider tips, secrets, and strategies from a former Ivy League Dean of Admissions. By the end of the class, you will know how to write successful college application essays that stand out from other applicants. Why take a chance with your essays? The right essay topic and content can help you get accepted to your top colleges!

In this online class, you will learn how to:

  • Select unique college essay topics
  • Write a successful Common App main essay
  • Answer college-specific essay questions
  • Include information top colleges look for
  • Stand out from other applicants
  • Compose creative narratives
  • Assess the strength of your college essays

Start today and finish at your own pace!

New Material for 2017 - 2018 will be uploaded in April.

Your Instructor

Drusilla Blackman
Drusilla Blackman

Drusilla Blackman is the former Harvard and Columbia Dean of Admissions. Through her college admissions consulting firm, she has helped hundreds of students get accepted to the world's most selective colleges and universities, including the Ivy League.

With over 40 years of college admissions experience, she has reviewed hundreds of thousands of applications and college essays. Her expertise, insights, and guidance can help you get accepted to any college or university on your list!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I access the class from anywhere?
Yes. You may access the class from any compatible phone, tablet, or computer.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course.
When does the course start and finish?
It is an online, self-paced class. You may start and end at your convenience.
How long does it take to complete the class?
Approximately one hour.

Why take this class?

Each year, students who follow our advice and insights have been accepted into top, highly selective colleges and universities. We have helped hundreds of students get accepted to top colleges, such as:

Harvard • MITStanford • Yale • Duke • Williams • Vanderbilt • Princeton • UCLA

CalTech • Amherst • Brown • Columbia • UPenn • Cornell • UChicago • USC

Swarthmore • Dartmouth • Bowdoin • Johns Hopkins • Emory • Wellesley


"Thank you so much for all your help with college admissions last year. I have truly found my second home at Stanford. It is more than everything I could have ever imagined; Stanford was my true match!"

- Stanford, Class of 2018

"Mrs. Blackman was truly an asset to my college application. She helped me improve my essays, figure out which colleges were right for me, and she kept me on track throughout the entire admissions process. With her help, I was able to submit a winning application to several top universities. As a result, I was admitted to (and will attend) an excellent engineering school."

- Cornell, Class of 2015