Photo by amelia martinez

Photo by amelia martinez

Pat Berry

College application essay coach

Hello, and welcome to my website. I’m guessing you are here because you or someone in your household is feeling the pressure of the college application process—particularly the essay. You’ve come to the right place! I am confident my proprietary, multistep, and time-tested coaching process will guide each client from a blank screen or sheet of paper to an advanced draft of an essay that reflects their unique voice, interests, and personal outlook on the world. I offer essay coaching locally—in the New York City and Northern New Jersey areas—and remotely, to college and grad school applicants around the U.S. and overseas. I also help students prepare for college interviews with tips, résumé-writing support, and question-and-answer practice interviews.

Please be in touch to discuss how I can help you address two of the major stresses of applying to college!

Note: Unfortunately, I won’t be holding my Montclair (NJ)-area essay camp in Summer 2019. I do, however, have four- and 10-hour packages and offer intensive one-on-one programs whereby students complete a draft of the essay in as few as five days. Please contact me for details.


Pat helped me in ways that my school counselors just couldn’t. Working with her made me [see] the experience of writing college essays [as] a time for personal reflection and growth as a writer. With her coaching and advice, I transformed dry, uninspiring paragraphs into sincere personal essays that got me admitted to three Top-20 schools. In the process, I’m happy to say I made a great friend.
— Alex, Rice University, Class of 2018
We live in Florida, [and] Pat worked with my daughter on all of her college essays... via phone and Google Docs. Working long distance made no difference. The experience was amazing.
— Mom of a University of Central Florida '20

Column, Blog & Publications

I contribute a monthly column to Montclair Local and blog—sometimes for parents, sometimes for applicants. Take a look:

Press, “College Bound” column, podcasts & other publications

Parent-to-Parent (and, sometimes Coach-to-Applicant) Blog