Free workshops in Irvine, Calif., on 8/20 and 8/27

On 8/20 and 8/27 in our Irvine, CA offices, we've decided to film videos of Arun and me doing our most popular Collegewise seminars.  Collegewise families and their special guests have already had the opportunity to register, but we've got a few seats left at two of the seminars (and we can’t possibly unleash our full Hollywood speaking potential to anything less than a packed house).  So we're opening them up to the public now until the seats are full.  

Here are the available seminars and the information for how to register.

Saturday, August 20

How to Write Great College Essays
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A lot of good kids write bad college essays about how soccer taught them the importance of teamwork, or how they struggled to adapt to strange cultures during a trip to Paris.  Come to this seminar to learn what admissions officers want (and don't want) to read, and how to identify stories that will make your application stand out.  I'll be doing this seminar. 

Saturday, August 27

College Admissions 201: Admission to The Most Selective Colleges
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This seminar will teach you how schools like the Ivy Leagues, Stanford, Duke, and the rest of the nation’s most selective colleges make decisions from pools full of the most qualified applicants.  And it will feature Arun–a partner at Collegewise, a former Assistant Director of Admissions at Caltech and the University of Chicago, and a former admissions reader for UCLA.


The Collegewise offices: 
2081 Business Center Dr., #280, Irvine, CA 92612


Just drop an email to and tell us which seminars you’d like to attend and how many will be attending.  We'll set up an auto reply so you'll get a confirmation of your RSVP.  If the seminars fill up, I'll mention it here, and I'll change the auto-reply so new registrants will know that we were too full to accept their reservation.

Two important things before your register:

1.  All attendees will be required to sign a release form giving us permission to use your image in our video should the camera happen to pass over you during the presentation (don't worry–we won't be asking you to do anything other than enjoy yourselves).

2.  Once filming starts, we can't allow any late arrivals into the room.  We'll be closing the doors at the exact start time of the seminar, so please get here 10 minutes early.

We hope to see you here!