Acceptances & Testimonials
2018


 

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:

"Working with Ethan and 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."

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 year (2018)

2018 Acceptances

 
 
  • Babson College
  • Binghamton University
  • Boston College (4) 
  • Boston University (4)
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California Institute of Technology (2) 
  • California State - LA
  • California State - Long Beach
  • Case Western (2) 
  • Colorado State
  • Cornell University (2) 
  • Columbia University 
  • Dartmouth College (2) 
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University (2) 
  • Emory University
  • Fordham University (2) 
  • George Mason
  • Harvard (2)
  • Georgetown University (2) 
  • Georgia Insititute of Technology
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Humboldt State
  • Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Lehigh University
  • McGill University
  • Michigan State University (2) 
  • MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (2) 
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New Mexico Tech
  • The New School (NY)
  • NYU (2)
  • New York University - Stern School of Business
  • Northeastern University (4) 
  • Northwestern University (3) 
  • Ohio State University
  • Oxford University
  • Princeton University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2) 
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University - Honors College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Stanford University (3) 
  • Stony Brook University
  • Suffolk University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of  Michigan
  • University of California Berkeley (2) 
  • University of California Davis (2) 
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California Los Angeles (4) 
  • University of California Merced
  • University of California San Diego (5) 
  • University of California Santa Barbara (4) 
  • University of California Santa Cruz (2) 
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado: Boulder
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland - College Park
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • University of Miami (2) 
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania (3) 
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) (2) 
  • Washington State University (2) 
  • College of William and Mary
  • Yale University
 

...AND DOZENS OF OTHER GREAT INSTITUTIONS.


Check out some of our students' acceptances

And what they have to say about College Essay Guy

 

Kirk D.

"Working with Ethan and 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)


Hiromi W.

“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 University 


Hattie B.

“I cannot stress enough how much I recommend working with College Essay Guy. They 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 them enough!”

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

Will Attend: Stanford University


Aarav M.

"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 University


Simone T.

"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, University of Chicago

Will Attend: University of Chicago


Irvin 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


Muhammad D.

"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 Andrew and Ethan 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 , UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz,  UC San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Will Attend: MIT 


Veasna Y.

"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 University, UC Berkeley, Cornell, University of Michigan, Georgia Tech, UMD-College Park, UIUC, Rutgers

Will Attend: Columbia University


Manoj M.

The best part about working with Ethan and Amanda was definitely their 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, New Jersey Institute of Technology Honors College, Drexel University, Fordham University, Bryn Mawr College, McGill University, Lehigh University, Mount Holyoke College, Wellesley College, University of Pennsylvania

Will Attend: University of Pennsylvania


Stefan 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


Yuan M.

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 Los Angeles, University of California Davis, Georgetown

Will Attend: University of Pennsylvania


Samuel S.

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


Anishka S.

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 me 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.

Denny S.

 

Accepted: Oxford University 

Will Attend: Oxford University 

 

"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."

Devanshi F.

"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 (Single-choice early action)

Will Attend: Yale University

*Student names have been changed to protect the privacy of our students.

 

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