Meg Singer has taught high school English for more than 10 years at private schools across New York and New Jersey, most recently at The Pingry School. She also has worked as a private English/SAT/ACT tutor for the last 12 years, during which time she has worked with hundreds of students on their college applications. Her area of expertise is the college admissions essay.

After graduating from Loyola University in Maryland’s Honors Program with a BA in Journalism, Meg earned her MFA in writing at the National University of Ireland in Galway. It was here that she honed her skills as a professional writer and editor and realized she wanted to share her passion for writing by becoming a teacher.

Meg loves collaborating with students on their college admissions essays to help them find their individual voices and tell their stories in the most authentic, creative ways possible. She believes the most important quality that a writer can possess is honesty. She knows the importance of proper grammar and that initial hook. Meg sees the college admissions essay not only as an opportunity to stand out from a pack of thousands of other applicants, but also as a process of boundless exploration and self-discovery.

Meg’s other great passion in life is theater. She has directed and acted in many plays and musicals and believes she has passed this flair for the dramatic down to her two-year-old twin daughters, who seem to share her love for dancing and singing along to Broadway show tunes.

Meg is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC).



  • The National University of Ireland, Galway, MFA in Writing
  • Loyola University of Maryland, Honors Program, BA in Communication
  • The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Study Abroad Program


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“Meg Singer assisted our son, Nick, in writing his common app essay, and also supplemental essays for two additional colleges to which he applied. Meg was just terrific. She initially met with Nick to outline the essays, and then followed up with reviews and edits of several drafts of each of the essays. Meg was tirelessly patient and encouraging at every step. When the essays were completed, Meg had them reviewed internally at Marks by other readers who had previously been employed in college admissions departments. After Meg and her colleagues had completed their reviews and the essays were at last final, we were confident that the essays were high quality. The proof was that Nick was admitted to all the colleges to which he applied! We cannot say enough about the assistance that Meg gave us and would recommend her and Marks Education unhesitatingly. Thank you, Meg!”

— Michael Leahy

“Convincing a college admissions board in only a few hundred words that one is interesting and intelligent enough to attend their university is a daunting task for any high school student to face alone. Thanks to Meg’s prompts, guidance, corrections, and encouragement, I never felt like I had to. Her breadth of writing experience, creativity, and knowledge of the college application process was invaluable to my essay-writing experience. The final product was coherent, concise, and original, and I doubt I would have gotten into my current college scholarship program without it. I can proudly call my college essay my own, but it would not have been the same essay without Meg’s advice and guidance.”

— Joy Scanlon

“When it comes time to write your college essay, there is no one better to turn to for help than Meg Singer. She taught me how to get my audience hooked on my essay from the opening sentence to the final line. She also provided me with many useful writing tips that continue to help me in college. As an English major, I have been commended on my writing skills, which Meg helped me to develop. Throughout the writing process, Meg works with each individual in a method that suits him/her in order to help write an essay that is personal and unique. Meg is a great teacher to work with, and I always felt comfortable seeking her advice on my writing. She has really helped me grow as a writer, and I am thankful for all the time and work she spent with me to perfect my college essay.”

— Rebecca Kender