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The Harvard Crimson College Essay Advising is a college essay consulting and editing service run exclusively by writers at The Harvard Crimson, the nation's oldest continuously published daily college newspaper. Many of The Crimson’s alumni have gone on to lead successful careers writing at esteemed organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal. Through The Crimson's College Essay Advising program, high school seniors are able to connect with some of the best collegiate writers in the nation, receiving direct feedback on their work in 1-on-1 advising and essay editing sessions. Not only are our advisors fantastic writers, they are also intimately familiar with the college admissions process, having just applied to colleges themselves! Armed with this first-hand experience, our advisors can help students perfect their applications and maximize their chances in the college admissions process.



The Harvard Crimson's College Essay Advising program can be beneficial for students at any stage of their college essay writing journey. From students who haven't yet written a single word to students who are already on their fifth draft, all are welcome! For those who are in the earlier stages of the process, our coaches can guide students through the brainstorming process and help them develop a strong basis for their essay. For those who are further along in the process, our team specializes in drawing on their journalism expertise to offer targeted essay editing sessions for students to refine their work. 


Upon signing up for your first session, you will receive access to our exclusive Personal Narrative Essay Module. Our module serves as a comprehensive introductory guide on how to expertly craft a standout college essay, from how to find the right topic to tips and tricks for writing your personal narrative.


Registered students are paired with a mentor based on their academic interests, extracurriculars, and colleges they are applying to. We offer flexible scheduling, using a system through which students are able to coordinate session times directly with their mentors. 

We highly recommend starting with reviewing our module to familiarize yourself with the concepts, followed by 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions and, subsequently, by several 1-on-1 editing sessions until the essay is fully college-ready.

About Us
What We Offer


Engage in guided idea generation to generate a unique and memorable essay topic


Get detailed suggestions to improve your writing from our trained Crimson Journalists


Receive invaluable advice from Harvard students who have first-hand experience with the college admissions process 



We care. Our advisors begin by getting to know you and your background in order to help you best highlight the stories and traits that will most impress admissions officers, followed by close guidance throughout the writing and editing processes. As our advisors become more familiar with you as an individual, we will help you to creatively and artistically bring out your character and personality in your essay. We aim to be a constant aid and resource all the way from the brainstorming stage to final submission.

First-hand experience with the college admissions process. As Harvard students, our team has first-hand experience with the successful navigation of the college admissions process. We've been there ourselves and understand how daunting it can seem; That's why we're here to help by sharing what worked for us, and figuring out what will work for you.

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Acclaimed journalism expertise. Our advisors are not only accomplished students at Harvard, but are also experts in crafting polished, written content for the Crimson. Drawing from this expertise, our team is well-equipped to help you work towards mastering the art of writing a personal narrative and producing a college essay worth remembering. 



Jon Doe

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Jane Doe

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I’m a paragraph. Double click me or click Edit Text, it's easy.

James Doe

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I’m a paragraph. Double click me or click Edit Text, it's easy.

Meet the Team

Schedule your first session with HCCEA today!

Browse our various advising packages below, all of which come with exclusive access to our core concepts module.

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*per session

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*1, 2, 5, and 10 session packages available

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The Ivy Package

$250 Value: 1 Brainstorming session & 2 Editing sessions

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The Harvard Package

$340 Value: 1 Brainstorming session & 3 Editing sessions

You may cancel your order for a full refund within 24 hours of placing your original order, provided that no sessions have already been used. No cancellations or refund requests will be accepted after 24 hours.

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