College Essay Writing

College Essay Intensive offers a tailored approach to writing your best essay, one that conveys the unique passions, stories, and future plans that makes you, you!

This week-long college essay writing course includes focused brainstorming, group workshops, and one-on-one sessions designed to help students craft their Common App essay and school-specific writing, complete their Activity List, and prepare for college admission interviews. With years of experience guiding students through the college essay writing process, the Marks Education team will help you get the most out of every stage of writing, from getting inspired to polishing the finished piece.

To stand out in today’s college admissions process, a strong college essay often needs to juggle several tasks at once: grabbing the reader’s attention, highlighting your love for learning, showing the range of your interests, and suggesting what kind of community member you strive to be. Designed with these many goals in mind, the College Essay Intensive offers a tailored approach to writing your best essay, one that conveys the unique passions, stories, and future plans that makes you stand out in the college admissions process.

College Essay Intensive Program Details

  • Our counselors devote the entire week to working with enrolled students, including: small group and one-on-one instruction, homework assignments, honing multiple essay drafts, and interview prep
  • On Tuesday and/or Thursday of the same week, enrolled students can take free, proctored, practice SAT, ACT, or Subject Tests in the same office suite
  • We limit classes to six rising seniors
  • We have a creative approach, employing team dynamics
  • We are warm, seasoned, and strategic, drawing on decades of experience and insights from our global practice
  • Topics include: how to maximize your Common App; how admission officers read your materials; how to brainstorm, plan, and compose your essay; how best to prepare for interviews
  • Students receive access to e-resources developed by Marks Education’s counseling team, including coursework, homework assignments, and links to our tutorial videos
  • Students who invest fully in the process will complete a Common App essay, a polished Activities List and résumé, a supplemental activities essay, and interview prep


Where thinking outside the box can make the difference between an essay that gets overlooked and an essay that your readers won’t forget

For many writers, nothing helps ideas flourish like energetic group discussion; there is just no match for the fresh perspective and inspiration a team dynamic can create. Hashing out your ideas with others can be especially meaningful when it comes to brainstorming your college essay, where thinking outside of the box can make all the difference. If you find that your creative ideas evolve and grow the more you share them, the College Essay Intensive is the right program for you.


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Essay Intensive Schedule

June 18–22, July 9–13, August 13–17, 2018
M/W/F 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch provided)

Class meets in Marks Education’s Bethesda Office