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Need Help With Your College Essay?

Want a hand with your college essay? Our expert writers can help you make your essay stand out to admissions officers!

Applying for college is competitive! How can your application be the one chosen among the thousands submitted each fall from high achievers? As many college-bound students begin their senior year, they narrow down their colleges of choice according to their school transcripts, SAT scores, and extracurricular activities.    

Research tells us that college essays account for up to 25 percent of acceptance decisions, and admissions boards are looking for the best ways to tell how well a student will do at their school. SAT scores matter less at many schools now, and the college essay is a useful tool for students to showcase their abilities and achievements.

How much the college essay matters can depend on the size of the college and whether it’s a public or private institution. If your grades and activities are similar to another’s, your essay could be what puts your application at the top of the pile. On the other hand, if you fall somewhere in the middle or bottom half of the applicant pool, the essay could give you the edge you need.    

YPL is proud of our students and we want to see everyone shine! Our writing experts (graduates of fine liberal arts institutions who are familiar with the college application process) offer 30-minute sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3:30 and 5:00 PM for one-on-one help with this important college requirement. Please register here for an appointment, or call 914-375-7966 for more information.