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On-demand College Essay Video Course

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Become More than Your GPA.

Become More than Your GPA.

There’s no such thing as a charismatic SAT score. Learn how to win over admissions – and stand out from your closest competition – by telling the story only you can tell.

Find Your Inner Storyteller.

Find Your Inner Storyteller.

The key to a personal essay: it’s personal! Learn how to mine your life experience for unique details and anecdotes, and spin compelling threads in your own voice.

Work at Your Own Pace.

Work at Your Own Pace.

We provide immediate streaming access via desktop or mobile – you take it from there. Binge watch all of the episodes for an overview, or work through them one-by-one to keep yourself on track.

Perfect for High School Juniors and Seniors.

Perfect for High School Juniors and Seniors.

Use College Essay Academy as a primer at the start of your college search, as your coach during application season, or both!


Our expert videos walk you through every stage of the writing process to help you craft an essay that stands out from the pack.

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  • 6 videos of step-by step guidance
  • Time-tested essay writing method
  • Insight into what Admissions wants
  • Common App Essay Prompt Guide
  • Companion follow-up exercises
  • 1 year streaming access
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Includes everything from 101 AND:
  • 5 more videos (11 videos total)
  • Real essay examples
  • Top 10 Dos and Don’ts
  • Guides to the Supplemental Essays and Coalition Essays
  • Strategies for beating writer’s block
  • Additional follow-up exercises
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  • One hour of one-on-one advising from a CEA expert
  • Can be used at any point in the essay writing process
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The Uncommon Essay Approach

PURPOSE: Episodes 1-2

Why does the college essay matter? What are admissions officers really looking for? And what are the Common App Essay prompts really asking you? It’s time to find out.

PROCESS: Episodes 3-7

Follow our Uncommon Essay Approach to learn how to brainstorm, freewrite, sculpt and edit your way to college essay success. Also includes a guide to conquering those pesky supplemental essays.

MINDSET: Episodes 8-11

The admissions process is admittedly stressful. How do you combat writer’s block, set realistic deadlines and draw meaningful lessons from real essay examples? Learn the skills you need to maintain your sanity on the way to the perfect final draft.

Episode 1: Why Does The College Essay Matter?

Get an introduction to the overall application process and learn how you can use the admissions essay to set yourself apart from other applicants.

Episode 2: Guide to the Common Application Essay Prompts

Get to know the Common App essay prompts, including helpful tips and clues as to what these questions are really asking you.

Episode 3: Finding the Magic Topic

Discover brainstorming tactics that will help you unearth your most compelling topics and put novel twists on classic subjects.

Episode 4: Writing Your Heart Out

Learn how to get your raw ideas on the page before identifying the patterns and gems in your freewrites. It’s the first step to organizing your thoughts.

Episode 5: Sculpting Your Story

Prepare to craft a gripping narrative and learn how to fill it with meaningful details as you sculpt your freewrites into a story.

Episode 6: The Final Polish

Refine your work to perfection with these essential techniques for editing, proofreading and polishing up your final essay.

Episode 7: Guide to the Supplemental Essays

Learn how to decode and systematically conquer the most common types of school-specific supplements and use these assignments to your greatest advantage.

Episode 8: Managing Stress and Writer’s Block

Develop skills for managing your stress and time during the essay writing process so you can perform at your very best.

Episode 9: Learning from Real Essays

Examine stellar examples of admissions essays written by real students who secured admission at top-tier schools. You will learn how to use the work of past applicants to inform your own process while avoiding the comparison trap.

Episode 10: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts

Digest all you’ve learned with a comprehensive recap that reinforces the most common tips and traps of college essay writing.

Episode 11: Guide to the Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Learn the ins and outs of answering this year’s prompts on the less commonly used, but ever present, Coalition platform.

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“I couldn’t for the life of me figure out a topic until CEA’s brainstorming tricks helped unstick me.”

– College Essay Academy student, Northwestern Class of 2019

“Part of the reason that I loved Academy so much is that the CEA team’s personality really comes through, which can be comforting to prospective college students. The lighthearted nature of the series makes it easy to follow and enjoy.”

– College Essay Academy student, Yale Class of 2019

If you are not fully satisfied with our information-packed, expertise-driven, endlessly entertaining video series for any reason at all, we will refund the full price of your package within 60 days of purchase, subject to the following terms and conditions: This offer is only available for purchases made on or before December 31, 2016. The 60-day money back guarantee shall expire on the 60th day after your date of purchase, as reflected in the company's records. This guarantee is not transferrable and, if not used in a timely manner, shall be deemed forfeited. If exercised, all materials must be returned to the company with confirmation of same prior to the refund being issued; failure to do so as reasonably requested by the company shall void the guarantee and the company shall have no further obligation or liability to you whatsoever.