Tell Your Story.
Over 3 million students will apply to colleges alongside you.
The Ivy League Schools alone will review nearly 200,000 applications.
Your essay will get 3 minutes.
This book will show you how to write a much better essay than you can today.
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Who should read this book?
You should read this book if you are:
Why read this book?
How is this book different?
This book will erase your fears that:
-I applied to and was accepted at Princeton, MIT (twice), Stanford (twice), Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon. Yes, I had good grades but so did many, many others who did not get into these colleges. The difference was how I presented my story in my essays.
I wrote this book for you: to help you tell your story.
-Umair Khan (SB and SM, MIT)
Praise for "College Application Hacked: The College Essay"
“Strong essays may not transform modest achievements into winning applications but weak essays can hide what makes your accomplishments distinctive. Umair will not let you write a weak essay.”
- Jeff Brenzel, former Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale
“A wildly engaging, honest, and irreverent book. You will die to share its insights with friends and family. Khan puts the focus on what moves and drives a young person to act in the world. This book offers a concrete action plan for college essay writing, and frankly, for life. We should all read it.”
- Dr. Clare Talwalker, Faculty, U.C. Berkeley
“A warm, easy-to-read, and practical guide to a most important part of college application, the personal essay. As a professor with over 20 years’ experience in the student selection process, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of clear, concise, interesting college essays. Khan’s book is a “must-read” for anyone applying to college.”
- Dr. Charles Browne, Professor of Applied Linguistics Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
“This essential guide to the application essay writing process can change your essay from weakest link to deciding factor in your favour!”
- Thomas Hayton, Former Director, Macmillan Education; former Application Coach, The Princeton Review and Kaplan
“Fun AND instructive! Applicants will find the before and after versions of real college essays especially helpful.”
- Radhika Nagpal, Professor, Harvard University
“Khan’s entertaining and informative look at college admissions provides a plan to win the college application game and also imparts wider wisdom on how to play the game of life.”
- Paul Riley, former Director ELT, Oxford University Press
“As a college professor for 20+ years, I have read many essays (mostly for graduate school). All I can say is, I hope my sons read this book and heed the advice as they write their essays. Mr. Khan, any advice on grant writing?”
- Dr. Irfan Essa, Associate Dean & Professor, College of Computing, GeorgiaTech
“Congratulations to Umair Khan on the publication of College Application Hacked! The advice on writing style is pithy and equally applicable to other forms of high-risk correspondence."
- Joseph Noble, Head of Partnerships and Innovation, Oxford University Press
"A practical, informative, easily accessible, and often amusing guide to the process of writing a successful college essay. Writing that essay still won't be a cinch... but it just got a whole lot easier."
- Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor, U.C. Berkeley
“The college essay may be the most important essay most of us ever write. Before you write a single word, read this book. Umair lays out the keys to rocking this part of your application.”
- Charles Huang, Trustee, U.C. Berkeley Foundation; Co-creator, Guitar Hero
“The criteria identified by Umair are EXACTLY what college admission staff have in mind when reading application essays!”
- Mustafa Menai, Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
“An easy read that helps kids and parents cut through the confusing advice from college counselors and understand what makes an essay stand out. Even though it’s primarily targeted at undergrads, I will recommend it to anyone approaching me for business school advice.”
- Imran Sayeed, Sr. Lecturer, MIT Sloan
“An insightful book for college applicants (and their parents), with lessons on how to write fun-to-read essays that stand out.”
- Khurram Afridi, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
“A great guide to clear and effective writing – even beyond the college essay – that could be of benefit to everyone.”
- Raka Ray, Professor, U. C. Berkeley
“I hate Umair. Why couldn’t he have written this amazingly practical and no BS book when I was applying to colleges? Umair expertly breaks the process down into such easy-to-understand pieces, it’s like he’s plugged into every college admission office. I actually feel sorry for the students that don’t read this book.”
- Joe Miller, GM & Vice President, Cengage Learning
This book will help ensure that your essay does not have passages like these:
“The art of manipulating manual dexterity with complex knowledge of science and technology can literally transform patient quality and outlook of life. It makes the profession unlike any other service and has made me religiously committed to becoming a superior dental surgeon. My desire to actualize my abilities for the betterment of society is a decisive factor in my career choice.”
“Love. Love is what matters to me…. Love is not only something you can give, show or receive, it is something you can want as well. Love brings with itself a potpourri of emotions and feelings. Desire, will, and passion are just some of the package’s constituents. Science tells us that the universe is constantly in flux; it’s what allows our friendships and our love to constantly shape us.”