About this webinar

The college essay can oftentimes be the determining factor for admissions officers in deciding whether an applicant is admitted or rejected. But how can your child write a compelling, differentiated essay that is authentic and supportive of an overarching admissions strategy? In this webinar you will learn:

  • How college essays are evaluated by admissions officers – and what they are looking for
  • The best way to select a topic that will enable applicants to stand out from the pool
  • Examples of truly exceptional application essays as well as common mistakes to avoid
  • How to approach the COVID-19 essay question
About the speakers

Jamie received a BA from University of Mary Washington and an MA in higher education administration from George Mason University. Jamie has a decade of admissions experience at several institutions, including University of California – Berkeley and Loyola University Maryland. He also served as associate director of college counseling at a private high school in Washington, DC. Jamie provides oversight for all undergraduate counseling at AcceptU. He is an IECA Professional Member.


Kyle received a BS from Vanderbilt University and a certificate in college advising from Columbia University. Kyle has more than five years of admissions experience, including at the State University of New York as well as Rice University, where she was an Assistant Director of Admissions and oversaw the BS/MD program with Baylor College of Medicine. Kyle manages a caseload of clients as well as a team of AcceptU counselors. She is an IECA Associate Member.


Sarah received a BA from Davidson College and M.Div. from Vanderbilt University. Sarah has more than seven years of admissions and advising experience at several institutions, including Emory University, College of Charleston and Vanderbilt. Sarah also spent five years working in nonprofit program management and leads AcceptU’s partnerships with college access organizations. Sarah manages a caseload of clients as well as a team of AcceptU counselors. Sarah is an IECA Associate Member.