College Essay Coach


“The college essay is the single place a student can come alive, do or say

what they think is most important, and add depth to the application.”

– Gavin Bradley, former Columbia University admissions officer

Anyone with a child in high school knows that it has never been more competitive to get into selective colleges. Colleges received a record number of applications for the class of 2018. 

Here are just a few of their admission rates and the number of applicants for this year:

    Columbia: 7 percent (32,967)

    Duke University: 9 percent (32,506)

    Davidson College: 21 percent (5,558)

    Georgia Tech: 32 percent ( 26,000)

    Harvard: 6 percent (34,295)

    Northwestern: 13 percent (33,673)

    Princeton: 7 percent (26,641)

    Rice University: 14 percent ( 17,720)

    University of Virginia: 29 percent (31,042)

    University of Georgia:  55 percent  (21,000)

    Vanderbilt University: 12 percent (29,490)

    Yale: 6 percent (30,932)

    Washington & Lee: 18 percent (6,487)


Writing a good college essay won’t admit an unqualified student to a top school. But it can make the difference between a “maybe” and a “yes.” According to James Onwuachi, a college counselor at Westminster Schools in Atlanta and former Associate Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt University, the more selective the college, the more critical the college essay becomes in the decision-making process of admission committees.

As a college essay coach, I work with students to first educate them on what admissions officers are looking for and then assisting them in writing their best possible essay. Or if they have already written a draft of an essay, I will review it, proofread it and make suggestions for changes if needed. Submitting an excellent college essay has never been more critical to differentiate one top student from another. Unfortunately, the importance of the essay is often overlooked and misunderstood.

I’ve been a writer and editor for more than 20 years and I want to help your student succeed in getting into the college of his or her choice. Please review my website and if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, email me at or call me at 404-312-9382.

Jan Schroder