College Essay Coaching

With our guidance, you will craft essays that make an admissions impact.

  • Work one-on-one with an expert essay coach to brainstorm your topic and plan for your first draft.
  • Students are offered reviews from writing professionals to finesse and improve their essays.
  • Our essay coaches listen to and support students throughout the entire process.
  • Talk to one of our experts to create an essay plan that meets your child’s needs.

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Writing A Great College Essay Is Challenging 

We’ll help you get noticed.

HelloCollege’s full college application essay review goes beyond basic proofing. Our team of expert essay coaches, with a combined 80-plus years of professional writing experience, begin by assessing an essay’s topic, treatment (how it’s written), content, structure, mechanics and accuracy. Subsequent reviews continue to guide students in shaping and polishing the essay, elevating it to its full potential.

Essay Review Service Also Includes:

  • One brainstorming conference: video/phone
  • Continued email support from first to final draft
  • Up to three essay reviews from your essay coach (in-depth structural critique, proofing, polishing and fact-checking)

We Can Review Any Type Of Essay

HelloCollege helps you avoid essay uncertainty and stress by following a strategic process based on each essay.

  • Common Application essays
  • Supplemental essays
  • Honors program essays
  • Coalition Application essays
  • Scholarship essays
  • Summer program essays

How The Review Process Works

Complete your online brainstorming exercise

Meet one-on-one with your essay coach to fully vet your essay topic and develop a compelling story

Write and submit the first draft of your essay and submit it online

Within 48 hours, receive a review containing expert editorial college essay proofreading and guidance

Continue revising your essay, working hand in hand with your essay coach; submit up to three drafts

Essay Service Options

We offer a variety of services designed to usher you through essay season.

Common App Essay

Work hand in hand with your essay coach to brainstorm, review and polish your essay.  At each step, you will receive in-depth feedback with up to three edits and reviews to complete your essay.

Essay Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp, offered the summer/fall before senior year, will enable you to complete your Common Application essay well before “crunch time” arrives in the fall.

Multiple Essay Reviews

Are you seeking highly selective schools?  These custom packages allow you to choose the number of college application essay editing services that matches your application goals. We offer packages of 10, 20 and 40 edits.

What Families Are Saying About Our Essay Review Services

The essay assistance was truly invaluable. So far, he has been accepted into (and received significant financial aid offers from) the Engineering program at four schools, and we’re waiting to hear from two more. My younger son will definitely be signing up!

Joan Koenig, mother of Peter

Oak Park River Forest, 2020 graduate

The essay workshops and my essay coach were extremely helpful in shaping my ideas into compelling essays. Through HelloCollege, I also made invaluable connections that helped me to create a unique “stand out” submission that I feel made a hugely positive impact on my application portfolio.

Elaine C.
Hinsdale Central graduate, attending Notre Dame

HelloCollege was a huge help for my son to prepare a winning essay for the Common Application. Each step along the way, he strengthened the focus, content and quality of his essay.

CJ Bauer, father of Charlie

Glenbrook South, 2020 graduate

Why Choose Us

Peace of Mind

You can count on us to keep your student on track during the college application essay writing process.


Feel confident we will help you sort through the complexities of discovering a theme with our college essay review services.

Industry Knowledge

Our experts have decades of professional writing experience and understand how to help you create compelling college essays.


Our proven admission essay editing services will keep you focused on finishing a well-crafted college essay on time.

Hello Team

We’re passionate about your college success

We don’t treat you like a number. We know each student has their own important needs. We used that passion to create a personal approach that helps all students with their unique college admissions journey.
Founder and Managing Director

Kevin Krebs

President & COO - College Counselor

Dan Farnesi

Student Success Director, College Counselor

Terri C. Houston

Allison Dahleen
College Counselor

Allison Dahleen

Founder and Managing Director

Kevin Krebs

Kevin Krebs is a first-generation college student and lifelong entrepreneur; he has founded four companies and helped launch a student-athlete mentoring program at his alma mater Northwestern University. A two-sport athlete at Northwestern in football and baseball, Kevin supports higher education by empowering schools and parents with expert college admissions and guidance on paying for college while inspiring students to achieve their potential through goal-oriented mentoring programs.

President & COO - College Counselor

Dan Farnesi

Dan enjoys helping students make the most out of their lives, and he is able to follow this passion daily at HelloCollege. Dan began working as a consultant for HelloCollege’s parent company, Partners For Achievement, in 2013 and soon took on the role of Executive Vice President. He has helped lead the company in developing structure, efficiency, useful tools, and an ever-refined approach to college planning that has deeply impacted its families. In June 2019, Dan was named President and COO of PFA/HelloCollege.

After graduating from college and earning his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation, Dan spent the early part of his career working for a large corporation. He realized that sometimes the best way to improve your work environment is to start your own company. He built his own companies in the mortgage, home building, and restaurant/live music industries and then began a consulting practice that led him to PFA. Dan draws on life lessons from many important people who motivate him to never stop learning, never stop improving, and to continually stretch for new and more effective ways to help others. He is very excited about HelloCollege and the opportunity to serve more and more families throughout the country.

Dan’s favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and family. He also loves music, golf, the outdoors, and being involved in his community.

Working with students and parents has proven to be the most rewarding job of his career. Dan is grateful to be on this journey with teammates who share his passion for helping students and their families.

Student Success Director, College Counselor

Terri C. Houston

Terri Houston is a trainer, partner and mentor of students, college administrators, and business professionals around the country. “Ms. H”, as affectionately known by students she has guided and mentored, most recently served as an independent consultant designing customized inclusive leadership training for colleges and universities.

Terri shares HelloCollege’s goals of helping students and parents navigate the complicated college planning process. Terri’s unique and extensive experience working with college students and universities provides HelloCollege families with unparalleled insight into higher education. For more than 13 years, Terri served as senior director for recruitment and multicultural affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she partnered with admissions, financial aid and orientation departments overseeing pre-enrollment and retention programs for high school juniors, seniors, college freshmen and their parents.

Additionally, she managed diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for Portland Oregon’s largest behavioral healthcare organization and directed recruitment, student leadership and career development programs at Iowa State University, Ferris State University and Chicago’s Robert Morris University where she began her higher education career. And although a proud Chicago native, she traveled around the world through the internationally renowned Semester at Sea Program.

Terri holds a Bachelors from Loras College and a Masters from Central Michigan University. She is a certified Life Coach, Safe-zone® trainer and professionally accredited through the Central Association of College and University Business Officers. Terri’s commitment around making college accessible and achievable for students and parents is her number one goal.

Allison Dahleen

College Counselor

Allison Dahleen

Allison is a self-proclaimed “people-person” and has a variety of experiences working with students within the higher education field. She has worked as a student advocate for graduate students while also founding new digital learning programs for renowned institutions such as the University of Kentucky. Allison has her BSBA in Comprehensive Marketing from the University of West Florida where she also completed her MSA in Administration Leadership. Allison brings a wealth of knowledge about college programming, expectations required of a student, and the ins and outs of university procedures and policies.

Allison was born and raised in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and attended Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL. In her free time you can find Allison traveling or coaching basketball for the Southside Shooters basketball club.

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