Course Info and Dates

College Application Essay Course

The College Application Essay Course is a week-long summer course that helps students craft their best college essays possible.  The focus of the course is on the personal statement for the Common Application.  However, the skills and techniques gained in the course will guide students through the writing of the rest of their college essays.

At the beginning of the course, students receive a comprehensive course pack that contains sample essays, advice from admission counselors, tips for all types of writing prompts, and mini writing lessons.

During the course, students read sample essays from students who have been awarded scholarships and accepted into top schools and then proceed through the writing process of their own essays with guidance from the instructor.

Students specifically receive individual feedback on topic selection, one-on-one conferences during the drafting process, and a writing workshop focused on their personal statement.  Beyond that, students receive written feedback from the instructor on revising and editing the essay.

Most students finish the course with at least one fully processed personal statement.  If a student does not finish completely, the student has the choice to interact with the instructor over email or in person until the essay is polished and ready to submit.  Class size is limited to 20 students so that individual attention can be provided.  Cost is $200.  If financial assistance is needed, please email the address below.

Ursuline Academy students have priority in the registration process until March 1st.  After that, the course is open to all students in the tri-state area.

For summer 2021, all course dates have been filled to capacity. Thanks for your interest in the course.

June 7-11, 9am-12pm FULL
June 14-18, 9am-12pm FULL
June 28-July 2, 9am-12pm FULL
July 12-16, 9am-12pm FULL
July 19-23, 9am-12pm FULL
July 26-30, 9am-12pm FULL

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Shauna Whelan at or 513-673-4362.