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About Christopher Hunt

I have been blessed with a blue-chip education. A native of New York City, I attended Trinity School, which Forbes ranked as the top private school in the U.S. I earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where I completed a double major in History and English, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I received a Masters degree from London School of Economics and attended Stanford Law School for one year before turning to full-time writing.


As a journalist, I worked as a staff correspondent in the London office of The Economist and the Hong Kong bureau of The Wall Street Journal.

College Essay Mentor | Ivy League Admissions Essay Consultant | One on One Essays Review | Schools in the Ivy League
College Essay Mentor | Ivy League Admissions Essay Consultant | One on One Essays Review | Schools in the Ivy League


I am the author of two books, both of which are first-person narratives, the literary genre closest to college essays. One book, Sparring With Charlie: Motorbiking Down The Ho Chi Minh Trail, was published by Doubleday. The other book, Waiting For Fidel, was published by Houghton Mifflin.

College Essay Mentor | Ivy League Admissions Essay Consultant | One on One Essays Review | Schools in the Ivy League
College Essay Mentor | Ivy League Admissions Essay Consultant | One on One Essays Review | Schools in the Ivy League

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the application process like?
    Logistics My work with students is done in Zoom meetings. I email a link to download their free software. I also send a link to a shared Google document, which we use to make notes, write outlines, and edit drafts of essays. Message The substance of our work begins with an exploration of the message you wish to convey to admissions officers. To identify a personal theme that captures your core, we discuss what defines you, what you value, and what you would contribute to a college community. Story A message gains meaning when it is told in the context of a story. To help admissions officers see you as something more than grades and scores, we identify moments that encapsulate your essence, creating the raw material for your essays. Outline Outlines are essential to the essay process. After showing you the basics of the narrative structure, I help you develop a paragraph-by-paragraph plan for each essay. This takes time. But the effort invested in outlines means that your words will be free to flow. Writing Writing your first draft will not be difficult. There is no word limit. Spelling does not count. Once words are on the page, we channel Ernest Hemingway: "The only kind of writing is rewriting." Multiple drafts provide the opportunity to mesh your message, your story and your voice.
  • Do you write essays for students?
    Writing essays for students is unethical, unnecessary, and ineffective. The unethical part speaks for itself: students applying to college should not cheat and I will not support cheating. Nor will I permit parents or friends to write or edit essays. My students' essays encapsulate their ideas, in their voice. Proof that outside writing and editing is unnecessary can be found on my admissions results page. Every student listed succeeded with the combination of their abilities and my guidance. It is also important to understand that adult writing is easily detected by admissions officers. Applicants suspected of cheating may be denied admission immediately.
  • Do you guarantee admissions results?
    The admissions results of my students are exceptional. Still, college admissions are intensely competitive; decisions often defy explanation. So I cannot guarantee that a student will be admitted to a particular school. What I can say is that the essays written by my students significantly increase their odds of admission by differentiating them from other applicants to elite universities.
  • Do you assign students to work with assistants?
    I do not have assistants. Students who agree to work with me can expect to work only with me. I also recommend against working with any consulting service that assigns students to staff members, no matter how impressive their resumes. Students and parents have the right to connect an essay consultant to admissions results.
  • How many students do you work with?
    College Essay Mentor does not fix the number of students for each year. Instead, I use my experience and judgment to determine the number of students whom I can provide an exceptional experience in the admissions process. As a result, the number of students varies from year-to-year. However, every year I stop accepting new students in order to honor my commitment to maximize the success of current students.
  • How often do you meet with a student?
    The schedule of meetings is determined by the completion of work and the availability of a student. Early in the process, a student and I might meet two or three times in one week. When other student commitments -- school work, internships, jobs, etc. -- intervene, the time between meetings is longer. My bias is always to move toward completion. I do not guarantee a minimum number of meetings or limit a maximum. Students and I continue to meet and work until we agree that every essay is excellent.
  • Can students make weekly appointments?
    In order to maintain flexibility, I do not set a regular appointment time. Instead, students tell me when their writing is complete and we meet as soon as possible, which is typically within one or two days.
  • Do you work on just the Common Application personal statement?
    Working on an essay package is the best way for me to ensure the high standard of all material in an application. An application with great Common Application essay with weak supplement essays will be less effective than an application where the ideas and writing are consistent. I only work on the personal statement as part of an essay package.
  • Do you work on just supplement essays?
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