Essay Editing

My team of editors & I are here to help!

Dyllen’s College Essay Advice empowers students to discover their sense of self and effectively communicate their personal values, experiences, and potential through well-crafted college essays.

We will add comments and suggestions to improve essay structure,
sentence phrasing, clarity, cohesion, grammar, flow, and storytelling.
At the bottom of the document, we will write a detailed paragraph of
overall feedback: what you did well and how you can improve!

In addition to college essays, we also edit activity & award descriptions!
We will provide comments and suggestions to optimize word choice, cut down character count, and strategically order your activities list.

To learn about each of our editors, click "Meet the Editors" or any of the bubbles above.

Youssef - University of Southern California California

I’ve had two of my essays edited by Dyllen, and I can confidently say that they are some of the best essays I wrote for my college application process. Not only was Dyllen’s essay editing significantly more affordable than some of the other college consulting services I used, but it was also much more detailed and thorough. Through providing lots of thought-provoking questions about the values and themes I wanted to portray in my essays, Dyllen really helped me make my essays as specific to who I am as possible and, in doing so, only helped me stand out more as a unique applicant. I highly recommend her essay editing service!

    How It Works

    1) Review pricing & packages (see below).

    2) Decide which editor you'd like to review your essay.
    (You will select 3 preferences for your editor, but only 1 will edit your essay.)
    OR on the Order Form you can select "Best Match For You" to be paired with the editor who we believe would best serve your needs!
    Note: For RUSH orders, your editor preferences will be considered, but are not guaranteed due to the quick turnaround time.

    3) Fill out the order form! Please submit your essay as a shareable Google Docs link. Make sure to list the prompt & maximum word count above each essay. If submitting multiple essays, please put them on the same document!
    If you send an uneditable link, we will notify you by email and your turnaround time may be delayed.

    4) Submit payment through Venmo, PayPal, or Square.
    • Venmo: @Dyllen-Nellis (preferred)
    • PayPal.me/dyllennellis (Mark this payment as FRIENDS rather than services to avoid fees!)
    • If all else fails, you can pay through Square.
    5) You will receive a confirmation email with the name of your editor. Your essay will be edited before 11:59 pm PST within 5 days (or 1 day for a RUSH order) after payment has been received and all materials are submitted correctly.
    (For example, if you place a RUSH order at 3:00pm on a Monday, you will receive your essay back before 11:59pm PST on Tuesday.) Your essays will only be viewed by your assigned editor and will not be used for any other purpose unless consent is granted.

    Note: We will not be able to answer follow-up questions after your edits have been received. If you would like to make changes and have your essay reviewed again, please submit another form and payment.

    For inquiries, contact [email protected]

    Pricing

    Essays By Word Count

    $10 for <50 Words
    $20 for 51-199 Words
    $35 for 200-299 Words
    $45 for 300-399 Words
    $55 for 400-499 Words
    $65 for 500-699 Words
    $80 for 700-799 Words
    $100 for 800-899 Words
    $120 for 900-1000 Words
    $150 for 1000-1200 Words

    per essay

    Supplemental Essay Packages

    All Stanford Essays – $155 Normal, $195 Rush
    All Stanford 50-Word Questions – $50 Normal, $60 Rush
    4 UC PIQs – $180 Normal, $220 Rush
    2 USC Essays – $70 Normal, $90 Rush
    2 UVA Essays – $70 Normal, $90 Rush
    2 UMich Essays – $110 Normal, $130 Rush

    *Packages are for the supplemental essays all applicants must submit,
    not including additional essays that are program-specific*

    Activities & Awards List: $30

    RUSH ORDERS: +$10 PER Essay

    For Rush Orders, your essay(s) will be edited before 11:59pm PST within 1 day after payment has been received and all materials are submitted correctly.

    For Normal Orders, your essay(s) will be edited before 11:59pm PST within 5 days after payment has been received and all materials are submitted correctly.

    Please Note

    • Pricing is by the current word count of EACH essay, not the total word count of several essays combined.
    This means for example, if you submit 3 supplemental essays of 200-299 words each, your total would be $35*3 = $105.

    • You must submit payment for the current word count of your essay, not the intended word count!
    This means for example, if your essay's word limit is 350 words but your essay is currently at 450,
    your order would be for the 400-499 word count.

    FAQs

    We charge per round of essay revision, so if you'd like us to look over your essay again and provide notes/feedback, please submit another form and payment!

    This essay editing service is entirely offline, meaning you send us your essay and we edit it within a few days. But if you would like to consult with Dyllen Nellis live over Zoom, you can find more info here!

    We will not write your essays for you! College essays are deeply personal and must come from your story, ideas, and writing. We will guide you through the development of your story and offer specific advice on how to improve essay structure,
    sentence phrasing, clarity, cohesion, grammar, flow, and storytelling. We can suggest alternative sentences or words you can use, but we will not completely rewrite sections of your essay. 

    Yes!

    Your concerns are totally valid, I'd ask the same question if I were in your shoes!

    Now let me tell you why we are exceptionally qualified:

    - I (Dyllen Nellis) applied to college in 2018, so I'm very familiar with the current process. Not only did I do extensive research on college application and essay writing strategies back then, but I have continued to do so ever since. I’ve learned an incredible amount through working directly with students and editing hundreds (soon to be thousands) of college essays. I find the process fascinating, even invigorating, and I truly believe in helping other students strengthen their own essays and build confidence.

    - I then sought out other college students who had written stellar college essays and carry the same passion, many of whom I worked with throughout their college app process! It is incredibly important to me that everyone on my editing team shares the same in-depth understanding of college essay writing, so they have each been trained to give you quality feedback.

    - Having done it ourselves AND studied the techniques of others, we understand the components of a successful college essay, all the common overused phrases, and what makes a student "stand out".

    Meet Our 8 Editors

    Each editor has been trained to give you quality feedback!

    Dyllen Nellis

    Dyllen Nellis

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    Stanford University (attending), USC (Iovine & Young Academy Scholarship), UCLA, UC San Diego, New York University (Tisch Scholarship), Fordham University, Marist College, The College of New Jersey.

    Majors & Interests:
    Human-Centered Design and Engineering, Digital & Visual Arts, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, Education, Performing Arts (specifically Musical Theatre!)

    Bio:
    What's up! I'm Dyllen from Los Angeles, California. My mission is to help students effectively convey their personal values, experiences, and potential through well-crafted essays. My college app process led to amazing self-discovery and a clearer understanding of storytelling; I want to help you do the same. After getting accepted into every school I applied to, I have spent every year since researching college essay strategies, creating educational content on YouTube, working directly with students, and offering a comprehensive online college essay course with all my best advice.

    My team of editors and I work off of the same system: we push you to dive deeper with your storytelling and self-reflection through thought-provoking questions. We will help you craft a thematically cohesive essay and suggest ways to draw connections between ideas. You may be familiar with my face, but be sure to also check out the rest of my team, because they are each pretty darn rad. 

    "Dyllen has the eye of a storyteller. For my Common App essay, which ultimately became one of my UC PIQs, Dyllen helped clarify different moving parts of my essay to become one cohesive narrative. By asking a number of probing questions, identifying confusing syntax, and pointing out opportunities for me to tie my complicated story together, her feedback made sure I presented myself in the best way possible Because of Dyllen, I was able to show who I was and who I became in my story, and this is a skill that not many people can do well. But Dyllen can! Compared to other services, Dyllen's is affordable and focuses on capturing who YOU are as an individual. Using her feedback and watching her videos allowed me to create an application that I was proud of!"

    - Clara, UC Berkeley

    "One of the most important decisions I made during my college application process was getting Dyllen to help me brainstorm essay ideas and later on edit two rounds of my Common App essay. Her feedback helped me understand where my writing was strong and where I needed to go back to the drawing board so that I could craft the strongest application possible. I cannot thank her enough and recommend her to any and everyone! She has helped me achieve my goal of attending Stanford, and I know she can do the same for you!"

    - Melany, Stanford University

    Sascha Agenor

    Sascha Agenor

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    Dartmouth College (attending), Duke University (Likely Letter), Rice University (University Investment Grant), USC (SCA for Film), New York University (Tisch Scholarship, Tisch Talent Identification Scholarship, Dean Scholars Program for film at Tisch), Boston University (University Scholar), Emory University, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Irvine (Director's Scholarship), UC San Diego, University of Florida, Florida State University.

    Majors & Interests:
    Sociology, Film, Digital & Visual Arts, Political Science, English, African American Studies, Computer Science, History, Social Justice & Activism.

    Bio:
    Hi! I’m from Miami, Florida. I wrote my Common App essay on social justice in the film industry and how that ties in with my identity as a woman of color. My goal with essay editing is to ensure that your creativity comes alive and that you stand out! I’m perfect for uncommon essay structures as I’ve had experience with writing news articles, short stories, screenplays, poems, and have won several essay writing contests. I also specialize in essays for film school! Overall, I can easily identify redundancy and help you rephrase/enhance your essay structure and language for flow, clarity, and originality purposes. Additionally, I will comment about what I get from you as a person, and how you can better tell your story! I work quickly and my comments are always thorough.

    Fun fact: I have four pets- a rabbit, a cat, and two dogs!

    "I loved how Sascha was able to make so many suggestions all while keeping my voice and writing style in the essay. She thoroughly explained her reasoning behind any edits she made and also brought up things to consider that I never would have thought about. It was good to have fresh eyes read over it, especially someone who isn't necessarily from my area as I know that's what it will be like when admissions officers read my application. Thanks for your help!"

    - Charisse from California

    "Sascha has an in-depth understanding of storytelling, as reflected by her experience with filmmaking and her fabulous college essays that I was lucky to review! For essays both big and small, she knows how to craft an engaging opening hook that will strike the interest of the college admissions officers. She will clearly point out any disconnects in your story and provide valuable advice to fill in the gaps. And when she comes up with new ideas to enhance your essay, she’ll be sure to share them with you!"

    - Dyllen Nellis, Stanford University

    Joe Dodson

    Joe Dodson

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    Brown University (attending), Cornell University, Rice University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Carolina Scholar - full ride), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (James Scholar), University of Maryland at College Park (President's Scholarship), Purdue University (Honors College), Virginia Tech (Honors College).

    Majors & Interests:
    Computer Science and Applied Math, Finance, Business, Political Science, Machine Learning and AI.

    Bio:
    Hi! My name is Joe and I’m from Alexandria, Virginia. I graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (the #1 public high school in the nation) in 2021 and am currently attending Brown University. During my senior year of high school, I wrote and edited over 40 of my own essays and edited more than 30 of my friends’ essays. Editing 70+ essays taught me not only how to spot and fix grammar issues, but also how to refine an essay’s structure, tone, and message while retaining the author’s unique voice and style. Ultimately, my role is to help you, your story, and your passions stand out. I’m beyond excited to work with you to craft the best essay possible!

    "I would highly recommend this essay editing service to others! The prices are extremely reasonable, especially compared to other services out there, but the quality of feedback is still exceptional. Joseph did a wonderful job providing insight on areas I could improve on in regards to syntax, flow, stylistic choices, and this has really helped me craft the best essay possible! Joseph’s feedback was thorough and constructive, and also took into account how I could authentically tell my story. This service has really given me a fresh perspective on how to further elevate my essay, and I will definitely be returning for the other essays that I will be writing this application season!"

    - Miranda from Texas

    "Joe is an excellent writer who is skilled at sharing his feelings, thoughts, and unique insights in college essays. Admissions officers love to learn about the way you see the world, and Joe will help you do just that. His feedback will encourage you to think beyond the “normal” or “expected” and inspire you to create connections between ideas. These connections will build a stronger story and paint a clearer picture of who you are. He will help your essay flow better, stand out, and be more cohesive. Plus, you can count on Joe to steer you clear of clichés!"

    - Dyllen Nellis, Stanford University

    Allison Hartley

    Allison Hartley

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    UC Berkeley (attending), Northwestern University, Cornell University, Rice University, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, USC (full Trustee Scholarship), Fordham University (full Fordham Recognition Scholarship), Cal Poly SLO.

    National Merit Finalist.

    Majors & Interests:
    Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Journalism, Law.

    Bio:
    Hi! I'm Allison, and I'm from Saratoga, California. I navigated the college admission process largely on my own, relying on the Internet for free ACT prep resources and evaluating strategies from the plethora of existing college essay advice. As editor-in-chief of my high school's award-winning newspaper, I gained hours of experience editing and writing on a deadline. While writing college essays can sometimes feel like marketing yourself to strangers, I can help you identify formative experiences, strengthen your storytelling, and emerge with a better understanding of who you are. I hope to use my combination of experience with editing, journalistic and personal essay writing, and being a Bay Area high school alumna to help your voice shine through in your essays!

    "Allison did an amazing job editing and providing feedback on my essay. She was able to point out mistakes and ideas that I would’ve never caught or thought of. I already had my draft done but I had trouble cutting out information because I knew some parts needed to be deleted but I couldn’t point out where. Allison helped with that and wow! She also asked questions that I could answer and add to my essay to make it more detailed, so it’s more “showing” than “telling”. I would recommend this service to anyone who needs any type of help on their essays."

    - Eva from New Jersey

    "With all of Allison’s writing experience, it’s clear she has a way with words. Having edited many of her college essays, I am fully confident in her ability to help you craft eloquent sentences that allow your personality to shine through. Allison will also encourage you to showcase emotional intelligence (a quality that admissions officers love!) by further engaging in self-reflection, identifing deeper meanings, and avoiding overused phrases. Her feedback will help you strengthen your insights to impress the AOs!"

    - Dyllen Nellis, Stanford University

    Kwame Ocran

    Kwame Ocran

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    Stanford University (attending) & Ohio State University.

    LEDA Scholar, QuestBridge Scholar, The Gates Scholarship, Amazon Future Engineer, Horatio Alger Scholarship.

    Majors & Interests:
    Computer Science, IT, Semiotics/Semiology, Language, Race & Culture, Media. 

    Bio:
    Hey! I'm Kwame! I'm from Columbus, Ohio, though my parents are originally from Ghana/Gold Coast.
    Having edited many of my friends’ essays and gone through the rigorous college app process myself, I have a clear sense of what works and what doesn't. I am really into poetry and languages, so I'm always taking into account the dialect, accent, and writing style that writers use to convey their message! Unconventional writing is my specialty: I wrote one of my essays as an equation, another as a letter, and I even used different dialects and languages in my essays to stay true to myself. I genuinely find it so fun to help people better communicate their thoughts and feelings through language!

    Fun Fact: I read fan-fiction and mangas, so make of that what you will!

    "Kwame has lots of experience using unconventional writing styles and structures to craft college essays. No matter what format your essay is written, he pays keen attention to the overall message the essay intends to convey. This is especially useful because a stellar college essay should always point back to its overarching theme. Kwame will provide thorough notes to make every part of your essay more intentional. He will also help you flesh out the significance of your story to let your personal values shine!"

    - Dyllen Nellis, Stanford University

    Ria Manathkar

    Ria Manathkar

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    Carnegie Mellon University (attending), Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, University of Maryland, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Arizona, Arizona State University.

    Coca-Cola Semifinalist & National Merit Finalist.

    Majors & Interests:
    Computer Science and Design, Activism, Digital & Visual Arts.

    Bio:
    Hey! I’m Ria and I’m from Chandler, Arizona although I’ve lived all over the United States. In high school, I was a debate captain, a Model Un-er, an artist, and an activist. All of which had me constantly creating arguments and narratives to get my point across. Through the college application process, I focused on building narratives that blended my Indian-American culture with my various passions. It was important to me that each individual essay I wrote contributed to a holistic understanding of who I am. Now I am excited to turn the tables and help you develop your story!

    "Ria has mastered the art of “Show, Don’t Tell” – a technique that is vital for college essay anecdotes. Within her own essays, she made sure to choose anecdotes from her life that best encapsulated the main theme of each essay. Ria will help you communicate your lived experiences in a clear and organized manner. She is skilled at identifying redundant phrasing and providing practical suggestions to make your words more succinct!"

    - Dyllen Nellis, Stanford University

    Izumi Vazquez

    Izumi Vazquez

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    Harvard University (attending), Stanford, Brown (Program in Liberal Medical Education), UPenn, Rice (Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars + Trustee Distinguished Scholarship), Cornell (Likely Letter), Duke (Likely Letter), UT (CNS Scholarship + Health Science Scholars Honors), Northeastern (National Recognition Program Scholarship + Honors Program), Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt (Early Admission via MOSAIC Program), Emory (Early Admission), Case Western (University Scholarship), Baylor (Academic Scholarship), UTSA.

    Coca-Cola Scholar.

    Majors & Interests:
    Pre-med, History and Science, Global Health, Health Policy, Ethnicity Race and Migration.

    Bio:
    Hi! My name is Izumi Vazquez and I’m a Pinterest-obsessed dog lover from San Antonio, Texas. The college application process enabled me to strengthen my reflective writing skills by learning from my extensive research on narrative constructing strategies and writing my supplemental essays. As an aspiring physician who applied and was accepted to BS/MD programs, I’m also knowledgeable about medical school interviews and how to curate genuine essays that will showcase your passion for medicine. Through trial-and-error, I learned how effectively relay my motivations, passions, and aspirations behind my extracurriculars and hobbies through my writing. I know first-hand how difficult it can be to brainstorm/write these essays, and I would love to use my experiences to help the next cycle of applicants tell their stories!

    "Izumi knows exactly what it’s like to write many different college essays for the most competitive schools. Oftentimes, students will share a story without answering the “so what?” Izumi will help you discover the answer to this question by providing detailed feedback to effectively convey your personal journey. She will inspire you to both evaluate and elaborate on the significance of your experiences/story and clarify any unclear details. Also, she has great insight on writing essays for medical programs!"

    - Dyllen Nellis, Stanford University

    "First off, I don't usually give reviews, but I felt like I needed to just because how much quality of work I received from my editor. Izumi is an amazing editor! I have gotten my second service from her and she gives clear, thorough, and positive feedbacks in my essay. She gives me examples and or question to answer topics/sentences that could do better, and this was extremely helpful for me. Thank you, and looking forward to continue getting my essays revised from you as I continue applying for nursing schools this year."

    - Janrick from Washington

    Vivaan Baid

    Vivaan Baid

    • About Me
    • Testimonials

    Accepted to:
    Duke University (Early Decision, attending).

    Majors & Interests:
    Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistical Science, Psychology, Supervised Machine Learning, Basketball.

    Bio:
    I come from Jaipur, a city in western India.
    To me, the college application process is like the coronavirus; just when you think everything is under control, you’re hit by another wave. Whether it be writing about my struggles with smiling in photos for my Common Application essay, proposing to my dream university in the “Why Us” essay, or even scraping whole drafts after making countless edits, I am way too familiar with the ups and downs of this process.
    My most important takeaway from it all was that you don’t have to write like Shakespeare to impress the AO’s - your own story conveyed in a simple yet engaging manner is enough to make thou stand out. With this piece of knowledge and my love for writing, I was able to get into my dream college and edit my friends’ essays to help them get into Princeton, Stanford, CalTech, NYU Stern, and many more. Also, on a completely unrelated note, if by any chance your essay talks about Jordan being better than Lebron, then I might have to drop a comment about why he’s not…

    "Vivaan is adept at capturing personality and splashes of humor within college essays. He will provide insight on how to showcase your personal details through specific anecdotes rather than general descriptions. He has a solid understanding of what the admissions officers are (and aren’t) looking for, and will be sure to advise you in the right direction. With Vivaan’s feedback, you will have a better understanding of how to show the admissions officers the whole YOU!"

    - Dyllen Nellis, Stanford University

    Samantha - Purdue University Illinois

    Dyllen has edited many of my essays, and I can confidently say I would recommend her to any of my friends or classmates. Her edits are very comprehensive and she has ensured that all my essays sound precise, personal, and interesting to read. I definitely recommend scheduling a Zoom call with her to explain your ideas for your essays, she has been very helpful in helping me find ways to elevate my essay topics and make them incredibly specific. Her help has reduced my stress greatly in this process and I truly believe her services are worth the money.

      Emilie - University of Pennsylvania California

      I was hesitant to do essay editing services at first since I didn’t know if it would be helpful, but Dyllen’s editing really helped me enhance my essays by strengthening the themes and adding clarity to details. Also, the short paragraph of overall feedback is really helpful as it gives me an insight on how my essays are to readers besides the people I know. With the useful advice from Dyllen’s YouTube videos, she enabled me to gain admission to my dream schools. Thank you, Dyllen! And I strongly recommend her editing service to anyone who requires suggestions for their college essays.

        Melany - Stanford University Washington

        One of the most important decisions I made during my college application process was getting Dyllen to help me brainstorm essay ideas and later on edit two rounds of my Common App essay. Her feedback helped me understand where my writing was strong and where I needed to go back to the drawing board so that I could craft the strongest application possible. I cannot thank her enough and recommend her to any and everyone! She has helped me achieve my goal of attending Stanford, and I know she can do the same for you!

          Eve - University of Pennsylvania New York

          Dyllen understands the college application process, and I knew I could trust her feedback. She gave me great advice on how to better organize my supplements and "spice up" the writing style. She also explained her suggestions in a simple way so that I could easily understand how to make adjustments. She is also extremely accessible and provided a quick turn-around time. I definitely recommend her services!

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            "As a low-income and international student, I struggled with all the application and essay writing process since day one. I was not used to talking about myself through words and I didn't know if my story was impactful, nor if it was worth sharing. But being a recipient of a scholarship to enroll in this course was extremely helpful. I learned to brainstorm, choose my topics strategically, construct my ideas, analyze the impact on me and others, and create an essay that portraits my voice. Dyllen was amazing by giving free resources and creating this course. I appreciate all the time invested in this huge project and hopefully, it will continue to grow to help other students as it helped me."
            - Marcela (Wellesley College), Peru