In this intensive five-day writing program, students will dive into the written aspects of the Common Application and work in small groups to brainstorm, draft, and revise their personal statements. This important writing sample is more than an essay: it is the place where students get to tell their story and stand apart from other applicants. At the end of the program, each student should leave with an advanced draft.

Dates: Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28
Hours: 12:30-3:30 pm
Location: 826 Boston Center, 3035 Washington St., Roxbury

Cost is free; $25 deposit, which will be refunded after the student attends all five days, will be requested at registration. Deadline for registration: May 30.

Questions? Call the office at 617-442-5400 or email Education Director April Bo Wang.

Sign up for the Summer 2017 College Essay Academy.

This year’s College Essay Boot Camp was a huge success, thanks to the incredible outpouring of our volunteer network, which we can say is three companies and one university wider after this year’s events. Not only did we work with 94 students at our seventh annual all-day College Essay Boot Camp at Northeastern University—we took the show on the road, and hosted mini-events at Babson College, Hubspot, Morgan Stanley, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Combined, we helped students write 196 college essays.

The college essay is arguably one of the most important pieces of writing our students will ever produce in their lives, but so many of them are trying to chart a course to college on their own. College Essay Boot Camp can be the critical support students need. If you were there, you were no doubt captivated by the student stories you read and edited.

Some stats about past College Essay Boot Camp participants:

  • 60% of students who attended had parents who were born outside of the United States;
  • 45% of students reported that they would be the first in their families to attend college;
  • 40% of students had not started their essays prior to College Essay Boot Camp…
  • and 75% of students left College Essay Boot Camp with a 1st, 2nd, or final draft in hand.

“Thank you, 826 Boston, for your amazing work with our college-bound students. Your programs truly make a difference.” – Josette Teneus, mother and guidance counselor, Charlestown High School

“To be honest, I came here with no ideas, no topic, nothing. I am so grateful to be a participant in this program. I overcame a lot.” – Former student participant