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' essay 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 the "Basic Package" section, "we" or "us" refers to MT Learning Center.
Most students use the Basic Package hours to apply to the University of California, but students can use the hours for applications to any college. Essay editing service and five hours of one-on-one counseling (up to 4 or 5 readings per essay by the counselor, 10 or 11 drafts in total including the student’s, depending on the preparedness of the student).
: Less than or equal to $1140 after discount, $1140 due at registration
Early Bird discount : To encourage students to complete their college applications as early as possible, we offer the Early Bird discount.
In the "Extra Service Hours" section, "we" or "us" refers to MT Learning Center.
Basic Package plus Extra Service Hours: (Extra Service Hours is NOT available unless Basic Package is purchased on the same day. Charges are billed based on the actual number of counseling dates.)
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.
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 service hours are charged depending on the month in which they are used. For example, if you use 2 hours in September and 1 hour in October, you will be charged (2 hrs x September rate) + (1 hr x October rate). We will promptly return the unused portion of your deposit once you complete the college application process.
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.
As per our policy, you have to put down the deposit for Basic (UC) package and/or the deposit for Extra Service Hours at registration. If your child completes the essays before the end of October, you will be qualified for the Early Bird Discount. In that case, we will return the discount portion to you after the application process is completed.
MT Learning Center strives 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 UC application too.
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 completeness 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 5 hours of counseling, 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 of 5 hours. You may sign up for the Basic Package and use the 5 hours to apply for other schools, but please be aware that other schools have different essay and application requirements. For example, Stanford has ten short answer/essay questions and it is unlikely that signing up for the Basic Package to apply to Stanford 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), there is no way MT Learning Center can provide the service to your child.
MT Learning Center 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 will be scheduled no later than 7 business days after receiving the request, and that no more than 10 business days will elapse between meetings. Should there be a case that MT Learning Center's counselors cannot meet with your child within the guaranteed time frame, and thus you have to pay higher rates, MT Learning Center will be responsible for the number of days beyond the guaranteed time frame. For example, since MT Learning Center guarantees 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.
In case the 5 meetings are in different rate brackets, we will prorate the charges.
Yes, you may use the allotted meeting time to work on anything related to the college application, including discussion, essay editing, and financial aid/scholarship.
A well-written essay can only enhance a student’s application and chance of admission. The essay is a tremendous 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 (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 meeting, if possible:
If you are very prepared:
Here are the UC essay topics for year 2015 freshmen:
"Describe the world you come from — for example, your family,community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations."
"Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment,contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?"