Ethan Sawyer

Ethan Sawyer, "The College Essay Guy," has been helping students tell their stories for more than 10 years and is the author of the forthcoming College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admission Essay. He has reached thousands of students and counselors through his webinars and workshops and has become a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and received an MFA from UC–Irvine.

Ethan was raised as a missionary kid in Spain, Ecuador, and Colombia and studied at 17 different schools. He’s worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, voice actor, grant writer, theater director, motivational speaker, community organizer, and truck driver (true story). He is also a certified Myers-Briggs® specialist.

He is an active member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC) and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC). He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. For more information, visit collegeessayguy.com.

Articles

How to Sound Smart in Your Personal Statement

These three tips will help you sound smart in your college application essays--just as smart as you really are.read more

How to Write the Stanford Roommate Essay: Part II

The College Essay Guy continues with the second installment in his two-part post on writing the Stanford roommate essay. Best of all, his tips are helpful for any and all personal essays you may be working on!read more

How to Write the Stanford Roommate Essay: Part I

Whether you're tackling your roommate essay for Stanford, one of the Common App prompts, or some other personal essay, our friend Ethan Sawyer, "The College Essay Guy," has your back.read more

6 Qualities of a Successful College Parent

Your guide to being the world's best college parent.read more

College Prep Timeline

Between summer reading lists, test prep, and college visits and applications, it can be tough to keep everything straight. Fear not: the College Essay Guy has your back.read more