Our College Application Packages Are Different

Writing your best college essay is just one window that gives you a fighting chance. However, using your entire college application to share every compelling window into your life controls your destiny.

Upenn

Her activity summary descriptions made her stand out from her peers with the same activities

Brown

His college essays, using our therapy-informed approach, achieved deeper introspection & meaning

Stanford

Her supplemental essays rose to match the intellect of the institution

Columbia

He shined with uniqueness and substance in the short answer responses where hard-workers sound cliché

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Possession of knowledge without skill creates false confidence. Therefore, we empower students with the skills needed to communicate more powerfully—maximizing the evaluative ratings they’ll receive on admissions officers’ score cards.

How it Works

We offer three result-oriented packages for developing winning college applications. All packages are the exact same at the core; one is not better than the others. They bundle varying amounts of 1-on-1 hours to accommodate the extra, supplemental essays which certain colleges require. If you're not applying to colleges that require as many extra, supplemental essays, then you don't need as many hours.

Freshman and Transfers: 

Note: Any package below can help both freshmen and transfer applicants as the applications are very similar.

I. The Express Package:

For Students Only Applying to Colleges Within the Same, Shared Application System

Two versions:

  • 10 Hours ($3,500) for the UC App Only, or
  • 12 Hours ($4,000) for the Common App Only
You Get: Either 10 or 12 cumulative hours of counseling that can be used for live meetings, phone coaching and email coaching. The 10 hour version of the Express Package is ideal for the typical student applying to the UCs which all share the UC application. Meanwhile, the 12 hour version of this package is ideal for the typical student applying to private and out of state colleges all sharing the Common Application (note: each private or out-of-state college may require one or more extra, school-specific essays).

Expectations for the 10 Hour Version:

The 10 hour version helps most students finish the entire UC Application (7 pages of writing).

For which UC Applicants is the 10 Hour UC Package Too Small?

*UC Applicants with Certain Majors: Traditionally, the UCs don't require additional supplemental essays, but the UC application is 7 pages long, compared to the 4 page Common Application, making the UC app the most extensive college application a student can submit. However, if you are majoring in engineering, film, a creative or performing art, or another major which requires a creative portfolio and/or major-specific supplemental essays, then the Complete Package may be a better fit for you. We can help you assess this before you sign up based on your major and any supplemental materials required.

Expectations for the 12 Hour Version:

The 12 hour version helps most students finish the core Common Application (4 pages of writing), one to three types of extra, supplemental essays that particular Common Application member colleges may require, plus letters of recommendation. Once the hours are exhausted, additional hours may be purchased at the rate of $300/hr.

Note: the same types of supplemental essay prompts are often shared by different colleges, allowing you to get more mileage out of your 12 Hour Express Package. Colleges ranked top 20 to 200 tend to (almost unanimously) have identical supplemental essay prompts that can be distinctly recycled. However, colleges ranked 1 to 15 tend to have more numerous and non-overlapping prompts that require more attention. Before you sign up, we can provide an estimate based on your college list whether the 12 Hour Express or our 17 Hour Deluxe Package is more fitting for your prompt overlap opportunities (or lack thereof). Generally speaking, if you're applying to top 15 universities through the Common App, you'll have an unusually high amount of supplemental essays for which the Deluxe Package is a better fit. You'll also save $400 by starting with the Deluxe Package outright rather than by starting with the 12 Hour Express Package and adding on the equivalent amount of hours.

Adding Additional Hours:

For either version of this package, you can add hours if you ultimately decide to apply to more colleges than you originally expected. In this event, we’d be happy to provide a quote on how many extra hours you’re likely to need based on how many (and which types of) supplemental essays you'll be adding.

With Either Version of the Express Package, You'll Get:

✓ A step-by-step, no stress program for parents and students to get through the college applications and college essays
✓ Guidance on finding scholarships and college cost planning
✓ Management of important dates and deadlines
✓ The ability to finish your first college application(s) in as little as 6 weeks (or a choose a customized schedule that works for you) with deadline accountability
✓ Start before the applications are released: we have this year's prompts & guidelines
✓ Plus 30+ hours of College Zoom’s interactive online pre-meeting exercises. They'll guide you step-by-step in thoughtfully brainstorming and outlining a part of your application’s 5 to 7 pages of writing before each meeting so that your 1-on-1's can focus on more advanced level editing than our hourly help service
✓ Learn to weave compelling stories throughout your entire written application—not just your essays (maximizing the 5 to 7 pages of writing that each college affords you)
✓ Steer your letters of recommendation with brag sheets so your teachers are less inclined to use the same template talking points that most of your classmates will get
✓ Avoid the poor readability mistakes that arise when students write their college applications according to how they're prompted in the application portal rather than how the application will actually appear in format when it prints out to admissions officers
✓ Authentically stand out in your own right while avoiding the gimmicks, clichés, and common mistakes that many students feel compelled to deviate towards (when feeling the pressure to sound unique or profound)
✓ A complimentary double check for one of each kind of supplemental essay finished with us at least 8 days before its deadline

A Student May Need Additional Time if He or She:

• Has chosen to apply to colleges that require more extra essays than usual.
• Doesn’t complete assigned homework or exert enough effort, requiring remedial counseling that sets back our agreed upon schedule
• Has special needs or learning challenges that require extra help to achieve a satisfactory work product.

The first step to signing up is contacting us for an initial consultation.

II. The Deluxe Package:

Ideal for Most Students: Our Most Popular Package

  • 17 hours ($5,100) for both the UC & Common Apps

This is the 12 Hour Express Package with 5 extra hours because students applying to colleges that require the submission of multiple college applications (e.g. the Common Application, UC Application, Coalition Application, and/or ApplyTexas Application) will need this time to properly adapt their content to the formatting of each application. Most students won't require more than the Deluxe Package's 17 hours to complete the main component of each application, which contains essays that shouldn't be tailored to any one college. However, some colleges may additionally require unique, extra, additional supplemental essays. The 17 hours typically complete three to five types of different, non-overlapping supplemental essays. Commonly, each type of supplemental essay prompt will be shared by multiple colleges, allowing you to gain even more mileage out of the 17 hours.

Variable Hours: If the particular mix of colleges you're targeting require more supplemental essays with non-overlapping prompts than is usual, you can add extra hours to your Deluxe Package at a discounted rate to finish them. This way, you get exactly the help you need without overpaying for help you won't utilize. We're happy to provide a free estimate of how many extra hours, if any, you will likely need based on your specific major, colleges, and personal work habits.

You Get: Up to 17 cumulative hours of counseling that can be used for live meetings, phone coaching and email coaching. This package is ideal for the typical student applying to the UCs and a couple of private or out of state colleges (note: each private or out-of-state college may require one or more extra, school-specific essays).

The 17 hours help most students finish the entire UC Application (7 pages of writing) and the entire Common Application (4 pages of writing). Plus, students often have enough time left over to complete 3 to 5 extra, school specific essays that particular Common Application member colleges may require. If a student is submitting a Coalition Application or ApplyTexas application, the hours that would've gone towards the supplemental essays can be used to develop those applications instead because these applications have each college's supplemental essays built into the main applications (rather than being separated). Once the hours are exhausted, additional hours may be purchased at the rate of $300/hr.

With the Deluxe Package, You'll Get:

✓ A step-by-step, no stress program for parents and students to get through the college applications and college essays
✓ Guidance on finding scholarships and college cost planning
✓ Management of important dates and deadlines
✓ The ability to finish your first college application(s) in as little as 7 weeks (or a choose a customized schedule that works for you) with deadline accountability
✓ Start before the applications are released: we have this year's prompts & guidelines
✓ Plus 30+ hours of College Zoom’s interactive online pre-meeting exercises. They'll guide you step-by-step in thoughtfully brainstorming and outlining a part of your application’s 5 to 7 pages of writing before each meeting so that your 1-on-1's can focus on more advanced level editing than our hourly help service
✓ Learn to weave compelling stories throughout your entire written application—not just your essays (maximizing the 5 to 7 pages of writing that each college affords you)
✓ Steer your letters of recommendation with brag sheets so your teachers are less inclined to use the same template talking points that most of your classmates will get
✓ Avoid the poor readability mistakes that arise when students write their college applications according to how they're prompted in the application portal rather than how the application will actually appear in format when it prints out to admissions officers
✓ Authentically stand out in your own right while avoiding the gimmicks, clichés, and common mistakes that many students feel compelled to deviate towards (when feeling the pressure to sound unique or profound)
✓ A complimentary double check for one of each kind of supplemental essay finished with us at least 8 days before its deadline

A Student May Need Additional Time if He or She:

• Has chosen to apply to colleges that require more extra essays than usual.
• Doesn’t complete assigned homework or exert enough effort, requiring remedial counseling that sets back our agreed upon schedule
• Has special needs or learning challenges that require extra help to achieve a satisfactory work product.

To sign up, contact us for an initial consultation.

III. The Elite Package

Ideal for Students Applying Almost Exclusively to the Top 15 Colleges

  • 28 hours ($8,200) for students applying to many top 15 universities

The Elite Package is our Deluxe Package equipped with 11 extra hours to support a student who is applying mostly to top 15 colleges (i.e. the Ivies and ultra elite colleges). Colleges in this highest tier of selectivity tend to require many, non-overlapping extra essay prompts that should be especially fine-tuned for sophistication. In addition, there will also be interview preparation. This package also better fits students applying to combined BS/MD programs (i.e. early and direct admittance to medical school) as they'll require many extra essays.

Tip: If there are only two to four top 15 ranked colleges in your college list, we recommend the Deluxe Package: you may not even need extra hours. That way you get the same service but don't pay for extra hours for extra essays you won't be writing.

You Get: Up to 28 cumulative hours of counseling that can be used for live meetings, phone coaching and email coaching.

With the Elite Package, You'll Get:

✓ More hours than the Complete Package to account for the extra essays required by elite colleges
✓ Ace each college's interview
✓ A step-by-step, no stress program for parents and students to get through the college applications and college essays
✓ Guidance on finding scholarships and college cost planning
✓ Management of important dates and deadlines
✓ The ability to finish your first college application(s) in as little as 7 weeks (or a choose a customized schedule that works for you) with deadline accountability
✓ Start before the applications are released: we have this year's prompts & guidelines
✓ Plus 30+ hours of College Zoom’s interactive online pre-meeting exercises. They'll guide you step-by-step in thoughtfully brainstorming and outlining a part of your application’s 5 to 7 pages of writing before each meeting so that your 1-on-1's can focus on more advanced level editing than our hourly help service
✓ Learn to weave compelling stories throughout your entire written application—not just your essays (maximizing the 5 to 7 pages of writing that each college affords you)
✓ Steer your letters of recommendation with brag sheets so your teachers are less inclined to use the same template talking points that most of your classmates will get
✓ Avoid the poor readability mistakes that arise when students write their college applications according to how they're prompted in the application portal rather than how the application will actually appear in format when it prints out to admissions officers
✓ Authentically stand out in your own right while avoiding the gimmicks, clichés, and common mistakes that many students feel compelled to deviate towards (when feeling the pressure to sound unique or profound)
✓ A complimentary double check for every supplemental essay finished with us at least 8 days before its deadline

A Student May Need Additional Time if He or She:

• Has chosen to apply to colleges that require more extra essays than usual.
• Has chosen to apply to BS/MD programs which require more interviews and essays for the added medical school components of each undergraduate application.
• Doesn’t complete assigned homework or exert enough effort, requiring remedial counseling that sets back our agreed upon schedule
• Has special needs or learning challenges that require extra help to achieve a satisfactory work product.

If the hours are exhausted, additional hours may be purchased at the rate of $300/hr.

The first step to signing up is contacting us for an initial consultation.

Alternative: Hourly Rate

To get spot help for your college application, precisely where you want it, our non-package hourly rate is $350/hour.

We can grade you on a college evaluation sheet and assess the viability of hourly vs package assistance for achieving your admissions goals. Contact us for an initial consultation. However, if you just want a free, written email estimate to see which package aligns with your current or preliminary college list, please send your current list of colleges to admin@collegezoom.com with the colleges you have in mind.

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