Acceptances & Testimonials


Here are two things you should know about our team: 

1. More than 80% of the students we work with gain acceptance into one of their top choice schools, and 98% of those who have applied to the Top 50 schools have been accepted. 

2. But we don't base our success solely on our students' college acceptances.

Why? Because there are so many other things that our students have done well (GPA, SAT/ACT, Extracurriculars, Life) before meeting us that have prepared them to write a great personal statement. Instead:

We measure our success in other ways...

  • Each time a student tells us that working with us has made him a better writer
  • Each time a student tells us we've helped her gain confidence
  • Or when we receive a testimonial like this:

Ethan you are truly a unique soul, and the things you have taught me about life, the future, writing, communicating, and people are some of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my whole life. I couldn't have picked a better leader to guide me through my college application journey and my first semester of Senior year. If I could go back and change any aspect of my experience with you I would not change a single thing, and I mean that literally. I grew so much from this process with you, and I truly feel as though we have become friends. Today in class, our assignment was to write down our top 5 heroes, and you were on my list. Why? Because you have spent a majority of your life helping others discover what makes them special and different. You not only guide students through the application process, but help motivate us to become the leaders of tomorrow. You never judged me and are always optimistic. I admire your values Ethan, and I will always look up to you as a role model. Thank you for all of your help.

That's how we know we've made a real impact. And that's why we love our work.

But we also don’t mind bragging a little. And, because parents are sometimes curious, we’ve compiled a list of acceptances from the past three years (2016 - 2018)

  • Amherst College
  • Arizona State University
  • Babson College
  • Baylor University
  • Beloit University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bradley University
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Cal State Long Beach
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Caltech
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado State
  • Columbia
  • Cornell University
  • D'Amore McKim School of Business
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • Drake University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Humboldt State
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lehigh University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Marquette University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Miami University (Oxford)
  • Michigan State University
  • MIT
  • Mt. Holyoke College
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New Mexico Tech
  • New York University - Stern
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern
  • NYU
  • Ohio State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhodes College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sonoma State
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stanford
  • Stanford University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Suffolk University
  • TCNJ
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Christian University
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • The University of Maryland
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • UMass Amherst School of Computer Science
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California Merced
  • University of California Riverside
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • University of Colorado: Boulder
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington State
  • Wesleyan University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • San Diego State University


Michelle G.

“I really valued working with you all because it taught me how to write about myself in a creative and artistic way. I never felt like anyone else was putting words into my mouth or writing my essays for me, but rather that I was being taught how to think about certain situations and how to write about them. I remember when I was stuck on the end of my Common App, and Andy just kept asking “so what?” and “what then?”. This helped me complete my essay, because I continued to ask myself the questions that he asked me during our sessions outside of them. So grateful for the help on essays and improvement in self-expression and writing!”

Accepted: UNC Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Stanford

Will Attend: Stanford

Natalie H.

“I cannot stress enough how much I recommend working with Ethan. He took my experiences and helped me transform them into an application I was proud of which told a compelling story. With his help, I got into my dream school, and can't thank him enough!”

Accepted: UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado: Boulder, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford

Will Attend: Stanford

Jack D.

"(I loved Ethan's) positive attitude and willingness to listen. I felt like he really cared about what I wanted and where I wanted to be. He helped me find my voice and tell a consistent story. He also helped me coordinate my essays and common app information so I was able to highlight different aspects of my experience and personality, which I was having trouble doing myself.
I had a great experience with Ethan and the College Essay Guy team! They really listened to me and helped me to compile a complete and convincing application. I got into my dream school, thank you so much!"

Accepted: Cornell University

Will Attend: Cornell

Aidan S.

"Working with Ethan and Andrew was an amazing experience from all angles. They helped me focus my topics and lay out my total application, sharpened all my drafts, and provided great advice even after I submitted my application. Thanks for everything!!"

Accepted: Michigan, UCLA, Georgetown, UChicago

Will Attend: University of Chicago

Patrick K.

"It was amazing to have someone who had experience with both college essays and general storytelling. It would have been hard for you to do a better job. Working with Ethan and his team was a great experience! From my first experience with him reading his book to his last round of feedback just days before the application deadline, I always felt much more confident having his support and expertise."

Accepted: MIT, Caltech, Michigan, UC Berkeley , UCLA, UCSB, UC Santa Cruz,  UC San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (sent an email with full breakdown)

Will Attend: Boston College

Peyton S.

"Working with the College Essay Guy team, I discovered who I am as a person, what I value, and how I specifically developed and express my values. Knowing who I am as a person was essential in genuinely presenting myself to college admissions representatives. My essay coach, Mr. Simpson, met with me over Skype and was free to meet as much as I could keep up. He coached me on how to write my essays, but did it in a way where my voice was maintained. The best part about the College Essay Guy team is that I was constantly pushed to strive for even better essays. They do not want to just get you an essay, they help you present yourself in the best possible way you can...I learned a lot about what I value as a person. I learned about my different qualities and characteristics that I have used in the past, and will continue to use in the future. I really enjoyed reflecting on specific experiences that led me to develop these values... I enjoyed working with the College Essay Guy team."

Accepted: University of Pennsylvania

Will Attend: University of Pennsylvania (ED)

Joheen C.

"Ethan was there pretty much whenever I needed help with something, and I felt that he was invested in my application, which was encouraging. I also appreciated his emotional intelligence, it made the process a lot more comforting. The College Essay Guy team knew a lot about the application process--more than I could ever find on my own--and was there to guide me through the whole thing. I especially found Ethan's critiques helpful, because he seemed to have a great sense of what will or won't stand out to an admissions officer, and working with him helped me highlight the right parts of my profile. I never felt that I was lost or on my own, which is a great feeling to have in something as daunting as applying to college."

Accepted: Columbia, UC Berkeley, Cornell, U Michigan, Georgia Tech, UMD-College Park, UIUC, Rutgers

Will Attend: Colombia

Aaisha K.

The best part about working with Ethan was definitely his unique perspective on college essays and ability to decipher between details that told my story and those that were unnecessary. I think I needed someone to LISTEN to my ideas and help me craft my essays based on that and Ethan did just that! His questions, although difficult at first, taught me a lot about myself and they definitely took me out of my comfort zone... Choosing to work with the College Essay Guy team was no doubt the best decision I’ve made during the college admissions process!.. THANK YOU!!! It was a great pleasure to get to work with the College Essay Guy team and I'm really grateful for that opportunity. I've learned a great deal about myself and the world around me, and I can't wait to head off to college thanks to you guys :)

Accepted: Stevens Institute of Technology: Ann P. Neupauer Scholarship (Four-Year Full Scholarship), New Jersey Institute of Technology Honors College: Full Scholarship, Drexel University: Dean's Scholarship, Fordham University: Loyola Scholarship and Metro Grant, Bryn Mawr College: Presidential Scholarship, McGill University, Lehigh University, Mount Holyoke College: 21st Century Scholarship, Vassar College: $30,000 Grant, Wellesley College, University of Pennsylvania

Will Attend: University of Pennsylvania

Emery S.

Working with Ethan and Andrew really helped me not only get to the bottom of who I really am as a person, but also showcase those aspects of myself in well-written and unique essays for my applications.

Accepted: Brown University (early decision), Ohio State University

Will Attend: Brown University

Adam Z.

"I learned a lot about myself and about the ways I could instill my ideas into an effective college essay. Thank you!"

Accepted: University of Pennsylvania, University of California Low Angeles, University of California Davis, Georgetown

Will Attend: University of Pennsylvania

Noor R.

"Working with (the College Essay Guy Team) was great! You made the college essay writing process a process that helped me become a better writer and learn more about myself, and put myself into words in a way that I wouldn't have been able to do without your help. Your instructions were clear, and you had great advice to offer on every subject I had questions about, and you responded immediately to every situation. Thank you for all your help!"

Accepted: Boston University, Emory University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology, NYU, Lehigh, Fordham

Will Attend: Rutgers University Honors College

Saket B.

"My time with the College Essay Guy Team has been nothing short of amazing and personal. They are dedicated to working with a student at a 1 on 1 level and ensuring that they position themselves in the best light during the college process. I really found out alot about myself and my interests, along with my strengths and weaknesses.

Accepted: University of California San Diego, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, University of Miami, Northeastern University, University of Pittsburgh, Babson College

Will Attend: Virginia Tech

Naina K.

Accepted: Caltech, Harvey Mudd College, all University of California Schools, Case Western Reserve, Santa Clara University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Washington

Will Attend: Harvey Mudd College




"College Essay Guy's entire process really helped brainstorm, and develop ideas into essays I was really proud of. The process and planning also came in really handy, and I really feel like the essays I eventually turned in were my best work. (Ethan) really helped me develop my ideas into what could become essays. The biggest thing was the topic of my common app essay: that I've spent a lot of time prioritizing my desire to have stability over some of the other things I want. Through this process, I've learned to start letting this go.

Danielle T.


Accepted: Oxford

Will Attend: Oxford


"Working with the CEG team was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone stressed about the college application process! They made the process way easier for me and made sure my essays were the best they could be! I realized that I am able to be more creative in my writing than I thought I would."

Joseph C.

"[Working with College Essay Guy} I learned how much high school made me as a person. Really tapped into my passions, my interests, and my ambitions, which was a surprisingly fun process.
The odyssey to completing my college applications was a really enlightening, entertaining journey, which paid off in the end #Yale2022! "

Accepted: Yale University

Will Attend: Yale University