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Is Professional College Essay Help Permissible?

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The Dean offers advice on whether it's okay to hire a college essay advisor. https://insights.collegeconfidential.com/is-it-ok-to-get-college-essay-help
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  • PublisherPublisher 11376 replies152 threads Senior Member
    edited June 22
    The Dean's response is a bit equivocal. Appears to suggest that help is okay if the "student's voice" is retained.

    My opinion is that a college applicant should be allowed to receive a brief critique regarding tone, structure, grammar, punctuation, and responsiveness. Raises the issue of how to define "brief".

    Not sure, but I suspect that essay assistance became tolerated as the number of international applicants from non-English speaking countries became an important source of tuition revenue.
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  • HPuck35HPuck35 2136 replies17 threads Senior Member
    I would say that whether an admissions person can tell if a student got too much help will vary greatly. But enough editing or the like and will it cause the admissions person to start to question the essay can also be a problem. It throws the whole application in question IMHO.

    Some things that are a give away that it has been edited are word choice, phrasing and one I just heard about; two spaces at the end of a sentence. Students today use one space, the older generation, like me, will typically use two. Also, if poor student in English writes a masterpiece of an essay, red flags rise all over the place.

    Having someone read and comment on the essay should be the extent of assistance in my book.
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  • casinoofnycasinoofny 42 replies8 threads Junior Member
    edited June 28
    My kids took on line classes with CTY at early age. But we were not very impressed. with it. Fortunately they went to very top high schools often mentioned here on the site. The high school taught them very good writing skills. Writing is a such an important skill to have during college and in professional life. Coming and learning English as a second language has been hard on me. That is why we are searching for a good program at early ages. I can not emphasize learning writing at very early age and with maximum dedication.
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  • ennayuennayu 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Is it worth talking to other people in the planning phase (figuring out what I should focus on) or better to just go for editing after? I'm an okay writer but am having trouble coming up with a good topic that brings out my personality like most of the Common App and supplement prompts I've seen so I'm trying to get tips on how to balance this from people who've done well.
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