People tell you that the Common Application essay is a personal narrative. But it’s not. It’s really a strategic marketing document masquerading as a personal narrative.

Top SAT/ACT scores and an excellent GPA and are no longer enough to get you into college. In fact, 77% – 90% of all college applications are rejected, and those rejections include many applicants with perfect test scores and 4.0 GPAs or better.

Given the intense competition for college admission, to get into college, you need to stand out from the crowd. And when we say stand out, we mean stand out.

College admissions officers read tens of thousands of applications eight hours a day, week after week, for months. During the review process, admissions officers spend—at most–5-8 minutes evaluating each application. Over time, each application bleeds into the next. If your college application doesn’t stand out, college admissions officers will quickly drop your application and move on to the next one, even if all of your test scores and your GPA are perfect.

To get into college these days, you need to show how you are better qualified for admission than all of your competitors. You need a plan, a strategy that will ensure that your application is outstanding. That’s where we come in.

During the past 15 years, over 90% of our students have gained admission to at least one of their top-tier schools.

Dr. Osborn hasn’t gotten students into the Ivy League and other top-ranked colleges simply by proofreading. Instead, she works with you to maximize your admissions chances by strategizing every single part of your application.

At WCP, Dr. Osborn helps you with every stage of the application process. That includes brainstorming, organizing, drafting, writing, and rewriting your Common Application (or Coalition Application) essay and your supplemental essays, revising your extra-curricular profile to show how you stand out, strategizing requests for letters of recommendation, and prepping you to maximize college interview opportunities. We do it all, and unlike other college counseling agencies, we don’t quit until every part of your application looks outstanding.

At WCP, we maximize your child’s chances of getting into to a top college by showing you how to:

  • Create your college application brand
  • Write your Common Application (or Coalition Application) essay and supplemental essays in a way that reveals how you stand out from your competitors
  • Highlight competitive advantages across all college application materials, including your extra-curricular profile
  • Build a distinctive academic and extra-curricular profile starting in 9th grade

 

What Makes Us Different from Other College Admissions Experts?

1. The Experience of Our Founder and Head Admissions Consultant
Dr. Susan Osborn is not a novice. She’s not a recent college graduate. She’s not an out-of-work humanities major trying to get by. Instead, Susan Osborn (PhD in English literature, MA in English literature with a Specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, additional graduate work at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the University of Pennsylvania) has spent over 30 years in higher education: in admissions at Vassar College, in the Writing Program and English Department at Rutgers University, in the lab at The New Jersey Center for Research on Writing, and as a private tutor. In addition, Dr. Osborn is an award-winning fiction, popular, and academic writer and scholar.

Dr. Osborn is the reason we’re successful. She knows what it takes to get in to college and she works with you every step of the way—from generating outstanding application essay topics to the final revision—to ensure your admissions success.

2. Individualized Service

Dr. Osborn is an educator but she’s also a parent. She knows that every child is unique and has unique strengths that can be used to create a bold and compelling college application that maximizes admissions chances.

3. Our Reputation for Quality and Commitment

Dr. Osborn brings all of her insider’s knowledge as an educator and admissions expert as well as all of her professional strengths as a writer and editor to each student relationship.

In addition, unlike other college counselors, we don’t tie you into time frames or limit the number of times we’ll review your child’s application. Not us. At WCP, we don’t quit until the job is done.

4. Emotional Support

Applying to college (or independent school) can be emotionally difficult and often puts a strain on a family. At WCP, we know that one of our most important responsibilities is to be here for you and we take that responsibility very seriously. Whether you need to vent or just need to talk things over, we want you to rely on us to support you.

“My son had his heart set on NYU-Stern. But he only had a 3.0 GPA and SAT score of 1470. We were worried that he would be disappointed until we met Susan. She showed Rohan how boost his odds by deepening his extra-curricular participation and by helping him write amazing essays (In fact, his English teacher said that our son’s application essay was the best he had ever read!). He got into NYU-Stern ED as well as the other two  top colleges on his list!”

Punitha and Sriram, parents of NYU-Stern freshman

 

College application services

for Students in 9th and10th Grade

Starting in your child’s first year of high school, we help you:

• Design a course load that will capitalize on your child’s learning strengths and interests, and make an impact on college admissions committees
• Maximize admissions chances by designing an extra-curricular program that will add value to your child’s academic profile and boost college admissions chances
• Prepare your child for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT
• Build a network of connections with community leaders, college professors, and experts who will write stand-out college recommendation letters
• Create an ideal college application timeline for junior and senior year

• Build self-confidence and independence
• Take the worry and stress out of the college application process right from the start

For STUDENTS IN 11th and 12TH GRADE

During the second half of your child’s junior year, we help your applicant:

• Develop a college list that suits your child’s intellectual interests and professional aspirations
• Pick essay topics that will show how your child is outstanding
• Write college application essays that show that your child is ideally qualified for every college on the list
• Strategically revise, edit, and polish college application essays
• Write supplemental essays that maximize admissions chances by adding value to your child’s application
• Write, rewrite, revise, reorganize, and reformat extra-curricular lists to optimize admissions chances
• Prepare for SAT, ACT, and AP exams
• Create compelling talking points for college admissions interviews
• Write requests for letters of recommendation that ensure letters will boost admissions chances
• Use a learning disability (LD) in a positive way that adds value to your child’s application and boosts admissions chances
• Maintain an organized admissions schedule
• Build self-confidence and independence
• Reduce stress

We also help parents write parent statements that will help you child’s guidance counselor write a unique and compelling letter of recommendation.

Some of the Colleges to Which Our Students Have Been Admitted
Alfred University
Amherst College
Barnard College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Cal Tech
Cambridge University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clark University
Colby College
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth University
Drexel University
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech
Harvard University
Haverford College
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette University
Lehigh University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Middlebury College

MIT
Muhlenberg College
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
NYU
Ohio State University
Oxford University
Parsons School of Design
Penn State University
Pratt Institute
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Smith College
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
The College of New Jersey
Trinity College, Dublin
Tufts University
Tulane University
UNC, Chapel Hill
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Texas
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Wellesley College
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

What to Do Next?

Schedule a complimentary 20-minute consultation with our founder and head admissions expert, Dr. Susan Osborn.

I look forward to speaking with you about the many ways we can support you and secure your child’s admission to the top college on the list!

Susan Osborn, Ph.D.

FROM THE PARENTS
“The college application process is absolutely nerve-racking, but Susan gave us peace of mind. She developed a personal action plan with our daughter and kept us all on track. Susan really knows what she’s doing: s­he thinks strategically and teaches in a focused, positive manner. We all enjoyed working with her.”
– Dheena P., parent of 12th grader
“Susan is an unparalleled college admissions tutor and coach. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.”
– Liz and Craig T., parents of rising senior
“My son hates to write. Without Susan’s support and guidance, he never would have made it through all the supplemental essays required by colleges today. She’s focused, strategic, and compassionate.”
– Padma A., parent of rising senior
“Our son is a bright, capable, non-traditional (LD) learner and we needed to find a college essay counselor and tutor who could connect with him in a positive way. We are very thankful we found Susan; she was able to bring out the best in him and ultimately he was admitted to all the schools he applied to.”
– John W., parent of senior
“I really cannot thank Susan enough. She showed me how to strategize the application essays for each college to which I applied. The tutoring and coaching sessions changed the outcome of my entire educational career!”
– Emma P., graduate school applicant
“Susan showed me how to spin off my common app essay work to write responses for the supplemental essays. Working with her was quick, easy, and fun.”
– Jin P., 12th grader
“Susan is a great college admissions tutor, coach, and counselor. Her keen intellect and sensitive perception enabled her to identify problem areas in my daughter’s application materials, and she quickly showed her how to turn her common app essay into a strategic marketing document. She is a pleasure to work with, full of humor and wisdom.”
– Hai Ri., parent of 12th grader
“Cambridge University was the only graduate school I applied to, and I thought I had a pretty good chance. But I was stuck on the essay. Susan helped me see that my family’s background was an important part of my success, and showed me how to write about it in a compelling and strategic way. The moment Cambridge called with my acceptance, I phoned Susan!”
– Endah H., graduate student
“Susan is an exceptional writing tutor. While working with her to complete my grad school apps, I learned more from her about strategic communication than I had from my English profs at Harvard. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.”
– Molly W., graduate school applicant
    
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