Academic Application Essay

I have significant experience dealing with academic admissions.  From 1998 to 2007, I assisted physicians who were on the University of Minnesota Medical School admissions committee, preparing their official recommendations after interviewing applicants. Between 2004 and 2016, I was responsible for collecting and reviewing applications of all interviewing applicants at a medical residency program. Materials included a personal statement, which is very much like a college, graduate school, or medical school application essay. We interviewed between 75 and 100 applicants annually for six positions each year. I became very familiar with the characteristics necessary for an essay to stand out and be well received.

This work is best conducted electronically (via e-mail or Google Docs).

Application essay/personal statement proofreading- $30-35 per essay (up to 800 words)
A basic proofreading of an already written essay involves editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and other mechanics of style.  This service does not include any developmental editing or improvement recommendations. This is the only service I provide at a flat fee.

Medical school and medical residency personal statements are charged at $35 per essay due to my background, specialized vocabulary, and insight.

If your essay is longer than 800 words, please contact me with the specifics so I can provide an accurate quote.

Application essay/personal statement editing – $35-40 per hour
An edit of an already written essay includes basic proofreading, plus consistency, order of content, tightening of language, and recommendations for improvement.  Personal statement revisions usually take 1-3 hours, depending on the state of the manuscript and the cohesiveness of the ideas to be expressed.

Medical school and medical residency personal statements are charged at $40 per hour due to my background, specialized vocabulary, and insight.

These essays typically require a brief question and answer session before final revision to ensure the content  best serves your application.

Application essay/personal statement writing – $40-45 per hour
This service covers assistance in assembling an essay from the bare ideas and includes full proofreading.

For the initial draft, I will ask questions that allow me to tailor the essay to you and your situation, ensuring that the end result truly represents you while avoiding a cliche or boilerplate feel. You will be asked to review the initial draft to verify accuracy before I ask a second round of questions to enhance and focus your essay.  This process typically takes 2-4 hours.

Medical school and medical residency personal statements are charged at $45 per hour due to my background, specialized vocabulary and insight.