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Columbia Writing Academy: Summer

July 17th–28th, 2023
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

As many colleges place less emphasis on standardized test scores, the admissions essay has taken a larger role in the application process. The Columbia Writing Academy is a two-week online course created and designed by Dr. Nancy Sommers to help students develop their own personal voice and style, and use those skills to craft a unique and impressive college admissions essay. 

Students will explore each stage in the essay-writing process—brainstorming, drafting, revising—and will receive in-depth feedback from the teaching team throughout the process. Due to the importance of small-group workshops and 1:1 tutorials, this course is intended for students highly motivated to perfect their personal statement.

This course gave me the space, constructive feedback, and tools I needed to start, and learn how to write a powerful admissions essay."

– Chanel M.

Course Dates

July 17th–28th, 2023

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
7:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m. ET

Format and Expected Workload

The Columbia Writing Academy will be a lively, stimulating two-week online course that requires six to eight hours of work each week, including reading, writing, 1:1 tutorials, and participating in three weekly Zoom workshops. Tutorials and workshops will be led by Seminar Leaders following Dr. Sommers' course design and syllabus. Sessions will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m. ET.

Student Experience and College Preparation

By the end of the two-week course, students will have written an essay that personalizes their college application, captivates readers, and shows colleges why they should accept them. Students are also encouraged to join the following online co-curricular activities, workshops, and events to further prepare themselves for the college application process: 

  • Finding the Right College for You
  • Putting Your Best Foot Forward on a College Application
  • Insider Tips for the Common App

Registration Details

Because the Columbia Writing Academy is offered as a course within the Online Summer program, be sure to select this session when applying. Again, due to the importance of focused time with individual students, admission is selective—the admissions committee looks for exceptional students eager to contribute original ideas and a spirit of intellectual curiosity to a community of enthusiastic learners.

Program Costs

Please visit the Online Summer program page for cost breakdown and further details.

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If you would like to be part of the Columbia Writing Academy, be sure to select the course when applying for the Online Summer Program.

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