In addition to working as an editor and college advisor, I have taught at the high school and college levels, including twenty years of experience in Advanced Placement English Literature, which was where I first began helping students with admissions to elite universities.  After working with applications officials at multiple universities, I launched CollegeAppJungle in 2001 and established this site in 2010.  I have helped hundreds of students with the application process and in developing a winning package of supplemental materials.  I see myself as an advocate for my clients, helping them to find the best information to inform their choices, offering the best advice to help them navigate the often opaque process of finding and applying to the right colleges, and I am a superb editor, helping my clients create winning essays that clearly convey their voices.

Through WordGuild Writing services, I can help you with anything from editing single essays to creating complete application portfolios.  My services facilitated  successful applications to a range of selective universities last year , including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, Berkeley, U.C.L.A., U.C.S.D, the University of Chicago, Northwestern and other elite schools. See the bottom of this column for some testimonials from recent years. My applicants were admitted to top programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, from the ORFE program at Princeton and the World Bachelor’s in Business at U.S.C. to Boalt Law School at Berkeley and Stanford Law for my graduate/professional applicants.

I also assisted international applications to universities from Europe to Asia, from The University of Leeds, in England, to  National University, Singapore.   I  work locally in the Bay Area and Northern California and remotely across North America and internationally.

In 2010 I initiated the blog The CollegeAppJungle to offer a wide range of advice to college applicants.  I now offer two tiers of information, with a mixture of free and sample material on CollegeAppJungle and a second, subscription/client private blog, which offers full access to all material I write for college applications, including full access to all material on CollegeAppJungle, with detailed discussions of topics of the most popular elite universities for the 2015-2016 application year.

Subscriptions for full access the my blog material during the  2015-2016 application period are only $15.

You may send me a draft of your essay for a free editing sample and quote at:


Please allow a minimum of ten days prior to deadlines during “high season,” which runs from mid August until January 1.

Recent Testimonials 

Dear Sean,

After a long and tedious journey of college applications, I want to thank you for your patient support.

With your help I was admitted to the following Universities:
University of Pennsylvania
Duke University
Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Notre Dame
Vanderbilt University
New York University
University of Southern California
UC Berkeley
UC San Diego
UC Los Angeles
Santa Clara University
Pepperdine University

I was also accepted to, and will be attending, Columbia University in the fall!

Thank you for sharing in the process.


Hi Sean,

It went well luckily. I got into Stanford! I was also wait-listed at Harvard and UPenn. Thanks again, for all the solid editing.

Hi Sean,

I actually got in early decision to the Wharton school at Penn so I didn’t have the challenge of choosing a college 🙂
Naturally I am pretty pleased with the overall result and am thankful for all your help along the way.

Hi Sean!

Thanks for checking in! I was going to inform you about this earlier but I was bogged down by my senior workload (I took 6 AP classes, not the smartest choice haha). I ended up making a few more small changes to the essay after the final edit and can send that if you want, but anyways, I used that for my college application. I did early decision to Duke and ended up getting accepted and I’m actually registering for classes right now! Thank you so much for your help on my essay, it changed so much from start to finish and I was finally able to be satisfied with it.

Hello Sean,

Applications went quite well! After much consideration, and going on a couple college visits, I applied ED to Washington University in St. Louis and got accepted, so that’s where I’m going in the fall. When I applied I felt really good about it, mostly because you helped me make my essay much better! I’m definitely looking forward to going to college in the fall. Hope you have a wonderful summer!


We felt overwhelmed by the process until we started working with you.  Thanks so much for everything you did.  Joseph  did receive early acceptance to  Columbia and will be going there, but it was worth it to go through the application process for all of the schools on the list and the three tiers you used with us was very helpful in focusing the effort.



Hey Sean–

Without a doubt, the questions you asked and your editing totally changed Hema’s essays and she did get accepted to all of the schools on the final list.  We are glad it’s over but really thank you for what you did.




Thanks for checking back in with us.  Your expert guidance with essay ideas and editing played a big role in my daughter’s acceptance to many top colleges including  UCLA, MIT, Cornell, Princeton, etc. I especially appreciate your fast response, reliable service, reasonable pricing, your easy and secure payment method, not to mention your the free editing sample!  

 It was a lot of work to write college essays, but in the end, I think the effort was worth it  My daughter has not only improved her writing skills, but had to reflect deep into all aspects of her life –her  dreams and aspirations, strength, interests, beliefs….   Thanks a lot for providing many suggestions and probing questions to help her convey clear message and addressing the prompt.  I’ll definitely recommend your service to my friends.



–Hello Sean

Just wanted to thank you again for working with Jim.  He did get in to Princeton and all the UCs he applied for, and Harvey Mudd.  Your help on the essays was invaluable.  I just wish we had found you before he applied to M.I.T., which was the only place he was not accepted.

Thanks again for all your work.



The results were great.  We were surprised when Claire chose Stanford over Harvard,  but as you said, the kid has to take the wheel at some point, and we think that  for the kind of work she wants to do  she is right to be near Silicon Valley.  Your help on the essays was transformative, and that article you talked over with Claire for her essay really seemed to help her decide which school to choose as well as with the essay. I will be recommending your services to our friends whose kids are applying this year.


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