College Essay Admissions Seminars

College Essay Admission Seminars

Are you interested in receiving expert advice about the college admissions process? Would you like help developing a powerful and individual common application essay? Karen Marks of North Star Admissions Consulting will be conducting a series of weekend seminars to help prospective college applicants shape their candidacy and write their common application essay. Students will leave with a completed common application essay at the end of the weekend. Custom seminars are also available, please inquire.

Dates: Upcoming dates to be announced – sign up in the upper right hand corner for email alerts and news.

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire

Find out what it takes to write an outstanding essay that enhances your application strategy!

Seminar Topics

  • Understanding the common application
  • Addressing short answer questions
  • Choosing the best essay topics
  • Showcasing your strengths
  • Making your weakness a strength
  • Positioning yourself for success

Sample Seminar Itinerary

Thursday evening before the workshop

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Overview of the admissions process

Learn the ins and outs of the college admissions process. This is an overview for students and parents who wish to gain a foundational understanding of the admissions process including key areas that the admissions officers are paying attention to.

Saturday and Sunday

9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Small group workshops

Draft and refine your common application essay with expert guidance. During the small group workshops students have an opportunity to craft and refine their essays with direct feedback and guidance from peers and from Karen. Learning through peer example and personal experience students can witness how different qualities can be refined to become strengths and highlighted to differentiate their application.

To be scheduled after the seminar, each participant will receive a supplemental, one hour consultation with Karen to discuss supplemental essays, interview skills, school selection, financial aid, and more.

About Karen Marks

Karen has more than 10 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown, Duke, UNC, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Wellesley, Emory, the University of Pennsylvania and more.  North Star have received more than 3.6 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 90% have been admitted to one of their top choice programs.

“Karen is an admissions expert with years of experience in a decision-making role at a top-ranked business school. But what distinguishes Karen is her EQ . Karen understood me quickly. She appreciated the things that made me special and guided me through the process of communicating them in the most effective way possible. She immediately saw, what others may have missed without her help. I was lucky to have her guidance. I could not imagine a better coach.”

— JGBS, Columbia University; MBA, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

North Star Admissions Consulting