The following students, whose sample essays appear here, were admitted to schools including: Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, and Laguna Center for the Arts. WARNING: Please do not copy our students' essays for any purposes - it would be a violation of copyright and college administrations can easily find plagiarized application essays.
Many parents and students ask our opinion of the recently popular "college application service packages" or "four year high school study plans" that sound attractive, yet are very expensive. These services claim to offer guidance throughout high school, including the college application process. Here is some advice we can offer you free of charge.
We are proud to be a low cost college application service provider for the community. We provide affordable yet high quality services to college bound students. Even though the actual costs depends on each individual student, the statistics shows that in the past ten years, students who applied to five colleges averaged a cost of $980, equivalent to $196 per college, while students applied to ten colleges paid an average cost of $1480, or $148 per college, with our college application services. Our cost is a mere fraction of what some major competitors charge for the same service.
We offer two types of college application services to fit your needs. We help you polish your essays, to make them engaging, impactful and professional. In addition to essay editing, the counselor answers all questions you might have, and provides you with all the tips and strategies to strengthen your application and chances of gaining admittance into your ideal universities. In this webpage, "we" or "us" refers to MT Learning Center.
The Basic Package includes TWO small group workshops, two hours each, and THREE hours of one-on-one counseling, excepting late students, as specified in Service Details clauses (the Basic Package can yield 4 or 5 readings per essay by the counselor, 10 to 11 drafts in total including the student’s, depending on if the student is well-prepared).
Less than or equal to $1290 before discount, $1290 due at enrollment
Early Bird discount: Early Bird discount: To encourage students to complete their college applications early, we offer the Early Bird discount for one-on-one service.
If the student uses the one-on-one service over multiple charging periods, the discount is prorated over the periods the service is used. For example, in the case Student uses two hours in September and one hour of one-on-one service on October 5th, the discount will be $400 times 2/3 and $300 times 1/3. Note the charges depend on the time students USE the service, not the time students REGISTER for the service.
Basic Package plus extra one-on-one counseling: (Extra Service Hours is not available unless the client enrolls in Basic Package on the same day. Charges are billed based on the actual number of counseling dates.) A security deposit of $1500 due at enrollment.
The Basic Package is not refundable once the service starts. The client can terminate the Extra Service Hours Package at any time. To terminate the service, a written notice should be given and confirmed one week before the termination takes effect, unless otherwise allowed in any part of this agreement. All charge for services rendered before the termination takes effect is indisputable. Corresponding to the client’s right, we possess the right to change the counselor with one week notice at any time.
If you would like to see examples of essay editing and the universities to which our students were accepted, please feel free to visit our office.
Common Application - Register for an online account on the Common Application website and conveniently apply to several universities with this application.
List of Colleges That Use the Common Application https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Members.aspx
Ivy League - Ivy League's homepage. Click the top bar to see each individual Ivy League school.
CollegeBoard - Register for the SAT tests here or find out more information about colleges.
ACT - Register for the ACT test here.
AP Central - Find information regarding the AP tests at AP Central.
We are proud to be a low cost college service application service provider for the community. We provide affordable yet high quality services to college bound students. Even though the actual costs depends on each individual student, the statistics show that, in the past ten years, students who applied to five colleges averaged a cost of $980 or $196 per college, while students applied to ten colleges paid an average cost $1480 or $148 per college with our college application services. Our cost is a mere fraction of what some major competitors charge for the same service.
You may sign up for the college application service at any time, but we ask you to put down the full deposit for the service. The Early Bird discount will be given depending on the charge brackets in which they are used. For example, if you use 2 hours in September and 1 hour in early October, the discount you will be given = (2 hours x September rate) + (1 hour x early October rate). We will promptly return the unused portion of your Extra Service Hours deposit once you complete the college application process after confirming with the counselors.
You have two choices. If your child signs up for the Basic Package only, you just put down the Basic Package fee; otherwise, if your child signs up for both Basic Package and Extra Service Hours, both package fees will be due at registration. If your child completes the essays before the end of October, you might be qualified for the Early Bird Discount. In that case, we will refund the discounted portion to you once the application process is completed. If you put down the deposit for Extra Service Hours and decide not to use it, we will fully refund it to you when you complete all the applications.
We strive to provide quality, affordable service to our students. In order to reduce the operation costs, we have to standardize the process. Therefore, regarding Extra Service Hours, no matter whether a student is applying to only a few other colleges, or many more colleges, we request the same amount of deposit and return the unused portion of the deposit to you once the application process is completed.
If you use more hours than the deposit covers, you will have to contact our office and put down another deposit.
Everybody is unique. If your child needs more hours, you can purchase Extra Service Hours for them. The Extra Service Hours can be used for any college application related service.
In that case, you will need to purchase another Basic package before you can purchase the Extra Service Hours for your student.
Sometimes students feel confident about the essays they write, but in reality, because of their lack of experience, students usually are unable to correctly gauge the state of completion of their essays. Most essays, even if the students feel confident about them, still require a tremendous amount of editing. However, if your child truly does not need use up the allotted time for essays editing, they can still use the rest of the time to work on financial aid or scholarship programs.
To provide college application services to our students, there are certain costs involved. That is the reason we require the participants to sign up for the Basic package. You may sign up for the Basic Package and use the time to apply for other schools, but please be aware that other schools have different essay and application requirements. For example, Stanford University has ten short answer/essay questions, and it is unlikely that signing up for the Basic Package to apply to Stanford University will be a sufficient number of hours. If your child does not want to purchase the Basic Package (whether to apply to UCs or other schools), we will not be able to provide service to your child.
Unless your child is a late bird registrant who joins the service after September 30 (regular decision only) or August 31 (with early action or early decision), we require all students to join the workshops before they move to one-on-one sessions. In our experience, the workshops are very helpful in providing students with learning, planning, and organization tools; assisting in brainstorming essay approaches and topics, and laying out the fundamental essay structure.
We will try the best to schedule your child as soon as we can, but due to the large number of students in some months, there are occasions that we are not able to schedule the meetings within your time frame. However, we guarantee that the first meeting should be scheduled no later than 7 business days after receiving the request, and no more than 10 business days elapse between the meetings. Should there be a case that our counselors cannot meet with your child within the guaranteed time frame, and thus you have to pay higher rates, we will be responsible for the number of days beyond the guaranteed time frame. For example, since we guarantee 7 business days for the first meeting, if our counselors schedule the first meeting for a day 10 business days after receiving the request, when calculating the rates, we will roll back 3 business days.
Yes, you may use the allotted one-on-one meeting time to work on anything related to college applications, including discussion, essay editing, and financial aid/ scholarships.
A well-written essay can only enhance a student’s application and chance of admission. The essay is an invaluable opportunity to paint a fuller picture of the applicant and highlight strong features and characteristics. Conversely, a poor application essay can damage a student’s chances of admission by casting doubt on otherwise impressive accomplishments, conveying that the student does not actually have the commitment or ability to write a polished essay.
On average, the prepared student requires the following number of hours to complete the following applications besides the workshops (hours listed only for popular schools, please inquire for an estimate for other schools):
For special pre-professional 7-year programs (such as Washington University in St. Louis, Brown University’s PLME, University of Rochester, etc.), and honors programs, please be aware that these additional essays may require more hours than regular undergraduate essays.
Please bring to the first ONE-ON-ONE meeting, if possible:
If you want to be very prepared, please also bring:
Here are the UC essay prompts for year 2020 freshmen. Applicants are required to choose four (4) out of the eight (8) topics below, limited to 350 words each prompt.
Finally, please find the Common App essay prompts below for year 2020 freshman application.