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College Application Bootcamp
Common Application -
Personal Statement essay -
"Why this college?" essay -
Resume -
Academic Record -
  Letter of Rec requests -
JUNE 3-6
11:00am - 4:00pm
Location:  Orinda
1-on-1 attention
Cost:  $3,500 / student

Why is this needed?

Each year colleges receive record numbers of applications and are challenged to identify “Who are the right students for our campus?” To answer that question, colleges largely use a “holistic review” approach that goes beyond the transcript and test scores. In the holistic admission review, emphasis is placed on understanding who the student is and how they may contribute in meaningful ways on campus. The essays, activities lists, and letters of recommendation do just that. That’s why a good deal of time must go into these – to make them as compelling as possible. Without a doubt, the greatest amount of time spent completing college applications is on writing (and rewriting) the essays and activities list. Once done, the rest is relatively easy and the student is nearly to the goal line!

Who is eligible to attend?

  • These rising Seniors must have a complete college list before the workshop. During the bootcamp we do not develop college lists.

  • Since we’ll be working on the Common Application, this workshop is only for students who are applying to private and out-of-state universities. We do not cover the UC, CalStateApply, and direct applications.

  • The fast pace of this bootcamp is intended only for students who do not struggle with writing assignments. Given the accelerated nature of this program, we will not have the resources to adequately support students who need significant help on essays. Those students benefit most from working at a slower pace, 1-on-1 with a professional college essay editor.

What’s not included?

The items below are not included, however, we may provide resources to guide you.

  • SAT/ACT test prep

  • College list development

  • Career exploration

  • Major exploration

  • Supplemental applications/essays

  • Scholarship searches

  • Financial aid help

  • College visit planning

  • University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) applications

How do I register?

Click the registration button above. 

What happens after I register?

We'll contact you with payment instructions, and reach out to students with pre-work assignments and instructions. These must be submitted 30 days prior to the bootcamp to help us adequately prepare.

What‘s the cancellation/refund policy?

Cancellations must be made 60 days in advance for a full refund. Cancellations made after that will receive a 50% refund.

Will there be a waitlist?

Yes, once our roster fills up, you can be put on the waitlist by contacting one of us below.

Will students receive additional help after the bootcamp?

Yes. Between the end of the bootcamp and September 1, 2024, we will provide up to 2 hours of additional time per student to help where needed.

Who do I contact with questions?

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