Susan Osborn, Ph.D., a national leader in one-on-one college admissions, test prep, and academic and LD tutoring


Over 90% of Our Students Gain Admission to at Least One of Their Top Three Colleges


Susan Osborn, Ph.D., founded The Writing Center of Princeton with one goal: to help your child excel in school and to make sure that your child earns admission to an Ivy League university or other top-ranked college.

At The Writing Center of Princeton, we work with you right from the start of your child’s academic career to make sure that your child receives all the writing, language arts, test prep, and college admissions support needed to excel in school and when applying to college.

 At WCP, Dr. Osborn creates a targeted, personally tailored, strategic curriculum for each student that is designed to help your child develop an academic edge and succeed when applying to college. Our research-based, classroom-tested strategies go beyond academic content to teach your child critical thinking skills, mental flexibility, and communication skills, all skills needed to get an advantage in school, in college, and in life. 

 As a result of her strategic and personalized approach, Dr. Osborn’s clients have been admitted to the most selective universities in the world including Cambridge University, Oxford University, Harvard University, MIT, The University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago.

College counseling and admissions work includes an evaluation of your child’s background in academic, personal, and extracurricular areas and support in articulating and developing an application strategy designed to optimize admissions chances. Tutoring sessions include an assessment-based, personalized plan to address your child’s specific writing and test prep needs. Each tutoring and test prep session is goal-oriented and employs assignments and activities designed to ensure that your child progresses quickly.

“Susan helped our son take ownership of his college application essays, and helped him learn about himself, both as a writer and as a person. Her advice was invaluable and we are so grateful that he got in to every college on his list with financial offers ranging from $48,000 to $136,000!”

Tina, Princeton, NJ mom of UCLA freshman

about the founder and director

Dr. Osborn has spent over 30 years in education, teaching in the Writing Program and English department at Rutgers University, in the lab at The New Jersey Center for Research on Writing, in admissions at Vassar College, and as a private tutor, college consultant, and public speaker. As such, she brings decades of experience, dynamic professional resources, and personalized client support to each college consulting and tutoring relationship.

Dr. Osborn is also an award-winning writer and scholar and she brings both her education smarts and her writing smarts to every tutoring and college counseling relationship.

Susan started tutoring students in college admissions strategies, test prep, and writing and English language arts over fifteen years ago. Since then, she has guided parents and students through all the challenges of the college admissions process, English language arts and writing instruction, SAT and ACT test prep, and learning disabilities as a tutor, consultant, and public speaker.

If your child needs help building a college admissions strategy and writing successful college admissions essays, developing an extracurricular profile that will boost college admissions chances, preparing for the SAT, ACT, or AP tests, English language arts and writing, or is struggling with learning disabilities, Susan can help.

WCP works with students and college applicants from all over the world via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, phone, and Google docs.


“If we had only three words to describe Susan’s approach, they would be warm, strategic, and intelligent. She’s very approachable and the personal attention she paid to our daughter really helped her develop the writing confidence she needed to get through all those college application essays. We loved working with her!”

                        Akshay and Shefali, Austin, TX parents of NYU-Stern freshman

a note to parents of students

Our core values are integrity, responsibility, innovation, and excellence, and our work with your family is guided by our determination to make a difference in your children’s lives, and to provide your children with whatever academic, test prep, and college admissions support they need. We love kids, we love what we do, and we work every day to bring all of our motivation and knowledge to you and your family. We assure you that we will provide you with a knowledgeable, qualified, personal, and inspiring tutoring experience. Most important, we know you are looking for results and you can count on us to do everything we can to make sure your children achieve academic excellence.


The Writing Center of Princeton is not affiliated with Princeton University or the Princeton University Writing Center.