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Writing a great college essay is challenging

We’ll help you get noticed.

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

We can review any type of essay

HelloCollege helps you avoid essay uncertainty and stress by following a strategic college essay assistance 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 your first draft of your essay and submit it online


Within 48 hours, receive expert editorial guidance, review and edits.


Continue revising your essay working hand in hand with your essay coach, submitting up to 3 reviews

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 Bootcamp

This multi-day bootcamp, 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 Review

Are you seeking highly selective schools?  These custom packages allow you to choose the number of edits 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 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 Grad - Attending Notre Dame
The essay assistance was truly invaluable. So far, he has been accepted into (and received significant financial aid offers from) the Engineering program at 4 schools, and we're waiting to hear from 2 more. My younger son will definitely be signing up!
Joan Koenig, Mother of Peter
Oak Park River Forest - 2020 Graduate
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 for your essay.

Industry Knowledge

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


Our proven process for college essay help will keep you focused and let you finish a well-crafted essay on time.

Our Essay Team

Will Wagner

Essay Director

Will Wagner is a a writer and editor for everything from national magazines to websites. He even wrote a book of his own, Wrigley Blues: The Year the Cubs Played Hardball with the Curse (but Lost Anyway), published in 2004 by Taylor Trade.

Kevin Krebs

Founder and Coach

HelloCollege Founder Kevin Krebs has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has helped students improve their essays for over 20 years.

Chris Bench

Essay Coach

Chris Bench has over a decade of essay coaching in classrooms at the University of Chicago or Roosevelt University. Chris received his A.B. in English Language and Literature from Kenyon College and his M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.

Will Wagner

A Note from Our Essay Director

"I love being part of the experienced and enthusiastic team of essay coaches and editors at HelloCollege. We all work together toward the same goal: guiding our students through the process of writing compelling, meaningful essays that will give them the best possible chance to get into their top choice colleges. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than when students have that “aha” moment; faces light up as they realize we’ve uncovered a winning topic they hadn’t even known was in them. At that point, I know an essay is afoot that will make all the difference on their application."