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We're Going To Help You Craft An Absolutely Phenomenal Admissions Essay!​


We help you take your ideas, your experiences, your background, and your goals and aspirations and create a truly amazing essay. 

 We provide strategy, insights, editing, guidance, advice, and inspiration. 

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unrivaled expertise

We symbolize nothing less than unqualified success in the application process. We possess keen insights into college admissions, know what admissions officers look for, 

and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to help each of our students create beautifully crafted narratives that effectively showcase their backgrounds. In short, we assist our amazing students shine and stand out from the rest of the application pool. Over the past decade, we’ve garnered international acclaim for our work helping thousands of students compose spectacular and impactful essays that have helped them gain acceptance to top-tier universities. 

College Essay Guy

Dennis Vidach, Founder & Chief Advisor

We look forward to helping you create an unforgettable essay!

insider knowledge, exceptional results

We’ve helped students gain admission to some of the most selective and preeminent colleges and universities in the country. This past admissions cycle was a banner period, with a full 100% of our students accepted to one of their top six choices, and 94% accepted to one of their top three schools. While we can’t take full credit as we work with some pretty impressive students, all have told us that they felt the quality of the essays made a substantial impact in their admissions success. The institutions where our students received acceptance letters include the following:

college essay for Harvard University
College Essay for MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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college essay for the University of  Pennsylvania
college essay for Cornell University
Personal Statement for CMU - Carnegie Mellon University
Personal Statement for Columbia University
personal statement for Johns Hopkins University
personal statement for the University of Chicago
Personal Statement for NYU - New York University
Personal Statement for UC Berkeley

Providing exceptional service is always our #1 priority. We're honored and humbled by the wonderful and heart-warming testimonials we've received from our clients.

“I don't just like this, I love this!!! This is spectacular. I absolutely can see your vision now. I don't quite know how you managed this. It is written so well, and the content is on point. Thank you so much for your help!”

 Toronto, Canada


 “This essay is a piece of writing art. I really appreciate your help with this!”

 Houston, Texas


 “After her meeting with you, my daughter came straight downstairs to tell me all about it and was so positive and excited about the ideas you shared and the plan going forward. It was really great to see her enthusiastic and excited about creating a college essay about herself that she felt would be true to who she is and that she had something to share. There is still a lot of work to do, but I wanted to thank you for getting her off to such a positive start.”

 Denver, Colorado


“I have to say ... wow.  Very well written. I spent many, many hours on this, and it looks like I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

 Austin, Texas


 “The essay is better than I would have ever envisioned. I couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you! You’re a life saver!!!”

 New York City 

“I am blown away. The essays are remarkable! You absolutely maintained my intended voice and meaning all throughout. Really, I can’t tell you how happy I am. Thank you for your phenomenal help!”

Los Angeles, California


"You made my journey come to life through words, and you made my dreams come true with the extraordinary essay help."

Stamford, Connecticut

"You helped my son go from ground zero to having a full-fledged action plan on the first session. You weeded through my son's wide array of comments and used your insight and knowledge to narrow down the focus to something tangible. That was tough. Other tutors didn't listen first, and instead suggested formulaic advice, which doesn’t work well for my son."

Seattle, Washington


"You made a long college essay feel easy. You gave constructive feedback in an efficient manner, and didn’t waste one minute in our sessions. Also, you were super nice!"

New York City


"Your skills are impeccable. I have worked with other tutors in the past, but no one has matched your level."

Atlanta, Georgia


"I am so grateful to have found you. You motivated and inspired me during each of our sessions, and was able to tap into my deeper thoughts and help me write impressive essays. You were very supportive during the most anxious time of my life applying to colleges. I can't thank you enough!"

​ Seoul, South Korea


“I am so glad that I contacted you. You have been a godsend for us.”

San Diego, California


“It was your immense assistance and guidance that allowed me to achieve what I thought was the impossible. No words can describe how grateful I am. I sincerely appreciate every bit of advice and help you've given me.”

San Francisco, California


"The final draft of the essay is amazing and I appreciate everything you’ve done to help me. I couldn’t have done it without you."

Beijing, China

"I couldn’t wait to tell you how excited I got when I saw my son’s new personal statement. Are you a magician or what? I can’t believe I felt “wow” before I even finished reading it!!!"

San Francisco, California

"You came to my rescue and helped me write a beautiful personal statement. You were very patient and kind throughout the brainstorming and editing process and I couldn't have asked for anyone better."

Boston, Massachusetts


"I’m so very, very happy that I found you. Your expertise and experience was invaluable. You were extremely professional, thoughtful, conscientious, and wonderful to work with. You know what goes on inside the admissions office, and was able to help me create a great set of essays."

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


"This was an awesome collaboration. I became less panicked after receiving your support. Thank God that I found you."

Rome, Italy


​"Your professionalism was great, and I want to thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart for helping me with my graduate school admission process. Would love to keep in touch with you, and I couldn't be more glad to have met someone with your level of expertise and impressive background."

Washington D.C. 

"You were amazingly insightful with helping me come up with great ideas for the essays and guiding me through the entire writing process. The final results were really amazing."

Miami, Florida


“Your help was invaluable to my admissions process, and I grew a lot as a person through working with you."

Chicago, Illinois


essay essentials

The admissions process is incredibly competitive, and having a stellar and memorable essay that sets you apart is absolutely essential.

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You really have to “wow” the admissions committee. Give them compelling reasons why they should admit you.

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Sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary must be impeccable. 

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The message conveyed in the essay must be clear, forceful, and riveting.

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Don’t just present yourself as a strong candidate, present yourself as an extraordinary one!

our philosophy: you are the star

While we have many years of expertise and a deep understanding of the nuances of college admissions, you will always be the star of the show. We provide guidance, insights, and we do everything we can to help you create the best possible college essay for your unique background, but your views and opinions are the most important part of the process. We will value collaboration above all else when working with you, and a collaborative spirit will inform our time together. In the end, you will be the one submitting the application, and we want you to be fully and completely satisfied that the narrative is expressed in your own words and conveys exactly what you want to say about yourself. We will always respect the direction that you choose to pursue – you know yourself better than anyone else in the entire world – so we will never approach things with an iron first and say it must be done our way. You're the star!

our strategy:

know your audience

Up until this point in your academic career, the audience for your essays has been your teacher (or professor), and the goal of each essay has been to earn a grade of A. When approaching the college essay, your mindset must be entirely different. The audience is no longer an instructor, but an anonymous person in an admissions office somewhere far away who has never met you and doesn’t really know you. And the objective of the essay is no longer to earn a top grade (although the quality of the writing needs to be A+), but to captivate and impress the reader. Once they are done reading the essay, you want them to come away with an all-encompassing feeling that you are the most amazing person in the world!


Our extensive insights and our understanding of the mind of admission officers – how they think, how they approach college essays, what they look for in candidates – allows us to provide you with the absolute best world-class coaching and guidance. Let us help you become the candidate that the admissions office will fawn over.

let's create the perfect college essay together

Colleges strive to curate a world-class community, and they read thousands of applications every year. Applicants often blend together, however. Most have excellent grades, solid test scores, and are well-rounded – this is now the norm – and so the essay has become especially important.
Having an impressive essay is critical in order to stand out from the crowd. It must be unique, and it must be memorable. Simply being very strong is not enough.
We firmly believe that everyone has a great story deep inside. Our job, and one of our core strengths, is helping you reveal that story and showcase your accomplishments and achievements to the admissions committee. We want to show them how wonderful, impressive, and talented you really are. We bring passion, dedication, and commitment to helping you find success in the admissions process. Working together, we’re supremely confident that we will greatly increase your chances of being admitted to the college of your choice.

the (original) college essay guy

When we first began working with students many years ago, they would fondly refer to us as The College Essay Guy. As the years have gone by, it turns out that moniker has slowly become associated with another organization. Despite the nostalgia of our earlier students, we eventually formalized our name as The College Admissions Essay Expert. Not as catchy, but it serves its purpose. As such, our focus evolved over time, and most of our students nowadays have their sights set on top-tier universities. Of course, we happily welcome and work with all students regardless of which colleges they are targeting. But given the amount of thought, effort, and writing required for the more elite colleges – primarily due to the number of supplemental essays – we have developed a deep familiarity and expertise with these application packages. Two schools in particular stand out for the number of total essays required: Stanford and MIT. While some supplemental essays are shorter than others, each one should be given your full attention and full effort, as admissions officers look to each and every essay, regardless of length, for insights into your personality and who you are as a person. 


Another point of differentiation with The College Essay Guy relates to the overall approach taken when working with students. We strongly believe that there are as many different ways to create a great essay as there are students. If formulas or a strict set of rules could consistently result in great essays, then everyone would have a remarkable essay. There is certainly a place for everyone in the world, but we strongly feel that dedicated, individual guidance is needed in order to create the absolute strongest essay possible. Time must be taken to thoroughly and deeply understand each student. It’s only this way that a powerful narrative can be created that best exemplifies the student's unique background and special qualities.


We acknowledge and respect the assistance that The College Essay Guy – and many other essay coaching services – provides to students. The more options to choose from the better. But when you’re targeting schools with acceptance rates in the range of 10% or lower (even below 5%!), we feel that our distinct approach and exclusive level of service is unsurpassed.


Through our memberships in industry associations, we are able to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments in the world of college admissions. 

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