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Course Details

The College Application Essay Course

The College Application Essay Course is a week-long summer course at Ursuline Academy that helps students craft their best college essays possible.  The focus of the course is on the personal statement for the Common Application.  However, the skills and techniques gained in the course will guide students through the writing of the rest of their college essays.


At the beginning of the course, students receive a comprehensive course pack that contains sample essays, advice from admission counselors, tips for all types of writing prompts, and mini writing lessons.


During the course, students read sample essays from students who have been awarded scholarships and accepted into top schools and then proceed through the writing process of their own essays with guidance from the instructor.


Students specifically receive individual feedback on topic selection, one-on-one conferences during the drafting process, and a writing workshop focused on their personal statement.  Beyond that, students receive written feedback from the instructor on revising and editing the essay.

Most students finish the course with at least one fully processed personal statement.  If a student does not finish completely, the student has the choice to interact with the instructor over email or in person until the essay is polished and ready to submit.  Class size is limited to 16 students so that individual attention can be provided.  Cost is $200.  If financial assistance is needed, please email the address below.


For summer 2024, courses will take place on the following dates:

July 8th-12th, 9am-12pm--FULL

July 22nd-26th, 9am-12pm--FULL

July 29th-August 2nd, 9am-12pm--FULL

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