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college application essays

Maybe you're operating under the misconception that you don’t have anything interesting or unusual to say.  Maybe you have a lot of thoughts but aren’t clear on what to do with them — which are the best ones to select and how to organize them.  Or maybe there are elements of your personal or academic record that require some explanation and a favorable framing.

We will unearth the golden nuggets — the stories and ideas that make you remarkable — and then help you shape them and cut them to the appropriate size.  In the end, each essay will illustrate different aspects of your personality and interests.  The voice will be yours, only it will be the truest, most resonant voice you have heard from yourself — the powerful voice of someone ready for an exciting new chapter.  And you will emerge with essays that not only are a source of deep pride but give you the best shot at acceptance to your college of choice.

  • Ivy League and equivalent national universities
  • Little Ivies and equivalent liberal-arts colleges
  • Oxford, Cambridge, and equivalent European universities
  • Your dream school

To learn more, contact us. We're looking forward to helping you.


Applying to grad school?  Want guidance on your personal statements and your descriptions of academic intent?

We have helped students gain admission to many of the most competitive graduate programs in the Ivy League, at Oxford, and elsewhere.  We would love to help you too, so e-mail us.


We have successfully coached students to the world-renowned Rhodes Scholarship and to other ultra-prestigious, ultra-competitive scholarships such as the Keasbey and the Posse.  To learn how we can help you with these or other scholarships, e-mail us!

  • Rhodes
  • Marshall
  • Keasbey
  • Fulbright
  • Posse


The college-application process begins long before the fall of senior year. Sophomore and junior years, students build out their extracurricular activities and prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, taking prep courses, hiring tutors. And yet, early steps generally omit the process’s most important element: the application essays.

The Yes Pile now offers pre-coaching for high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. This service — a casual conversation about once a month — allows you to initiate a working relationship with one of our coaches. It allows us to begin gaining an understanding of who you are. And it helps us guide you in starting to consider questions that can simmer in the background and give you a head start to the essay-crafting process.

To learn more, contact us.