The College Essay Guy Podcast

After hours spent interviewing some of the most brilliant minds in the college admissions world, I’m excited to bring you the College Essay Guy podcast. 

What is it? Practical, up-to-date interviews with experts in college admissions, financial aid, personal statements, test prep and more. I interview deans of admission, financial aid experts, and veterans of the admissions field to extract, then distill their advice into practical steps for students and those guiding them through the process. From creating an awesome college list to appealing a financial aid letter, I skip the general advice and get right to the action items, all in an effort to bring more ease, joy and purpose into the college admissions process.

What our friends have said about the podcast: 

"I am applying to top schools as a veteran. I never thought these schools would be an option, let alone college admissions officers starting to seek me out for being a qualified veteran candidate for their undergrad admissions to fulfill their veteran quotas. The whole process is very strange transition, the interviews are different from anything I've been able to prepare for, and despite my GPA, test scores, and advanced military experience I can't shake this feeling of impostor syndrome...Your resources have been a huge help. I've been addicted to your podcast, and I wish I found out about you earlier. I just wanted to let you know that your work probably helps more populations than you initially sought out for."

-Jeff, Student

I was thrilled when I learned that Ethan would be doing a podcast. I love how Ethan is always finding new ways to strengthen the counseling community and share his knowledge and expertise not only with students, but to anyone interested in learning more about admissions. Thank you Ethan!!
— Kathryn, April 2017
Ethan has done it again! His advice and guides are vital for students, counselors, and consultants alike to navigate writing a great essay and being more informed about the college admissions process. I cannot recommend him highly enough and am excited to see what else he has in store on his podcast. Highly recommended!
— Sandy, June 2017

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102: How to Advocate for Undocumented Students
- Dr. Aliza Gilbert, Counselors that Change Lives recipient

103: How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award Letter - Jodi Okun, Founder of College Financial Aid Advisors

104: How to Plan a Fulfilling and Productive Summer - Jill Tipograph, Summer planning expert and Founder of Everything Summer

105: How to Lead a Life-Changing Essay Workshop - Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy

106: Colleges That Change Lives: Great Schools You May Not (Yet!) Know About  - Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives

107: What I've Learned from Reading Over 10,000 College Essays - Parke Muth, 28 years in the office of Admissions at the University of Virginia

109: How to Figure Out Which School is Right for You -  Steven Antonoff, College List Expert

112: How to Listen (and Why) - Benjamin Mathes, founder of Urban Confessional

113: Debunking the Myth of the Starving Artist - Laura Young, director of enrollment management at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture

114: Free College Application Tools That Students (and Counselors!) Should Know About - Shaun McElroy, College Counselor at Shanghai American School and publisher of two blogs

115: Quick & Dirty College List Builder & The Myth of Fit - Mark Moody, high school college counselor


116: Who is Tutor Ted? (and Resources for Brainstorming a Personal Statement) - Ted Dorsey (AKA Tutor Ted), founder of ACT, SAT, PSAT test prep company

117: How to Improve Your ACT Score By 2 Points in 20 Minutes - Ted Dorsey (AKA Tutor Ted), founder of ACT, SAT, PSAT test prep company

118: Who is the College Essay Guy? - Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy

120: College List Hacking: Better Fit, Less Time, More Fun - Anne Wager, creator of the Corsava Cards

124: College Interview Tips and Strategies - Monica James, founder of Competitive Edge

201: Test Optional Admissions 101: What, Why, Where, Who? - Bob Schaeffer, the Public Education Director of FairTest: the national Center for Fair & Open Testing

202: 25 Ways to Reduce Testing Anxiety - Jed Applerouth,  PhD in Educational Psychology and founder of Applerouth Tutoring

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