Robbie Herbst
he/him
Robbie Herbst

About

Hello! I am a writer, editor, and violinist, and for the past eight years I've coached students writing college essays.

In the 2022-2023 application cycle, my students received admission from Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Northwestern, UVA, Carnegie Mellon, Tufts, Bates, Vanderbilt, Case Western Reserve, and many others.

When I was in college (Dartmouth '16), I became interested in creative writing. During my time there, I won the student awards for best Short Story and Best Creative Work. I also founded the campus literary magazine. In the years since, my essays and fiction have been published in esteemed literary magazines including Gulf Coast, CRAFT Literary, and The Offing. A full list of my publications and awards can be found at my personal website, robbieherbst.com.

After graduating from Dartmouth, I channelled my passion for writing and editing into the world of admissions, and I began working with rising high school seniors in 2016. Since then, I've worked with all sorts of s...

Robbie helped students get into:
Harvard UniversityYale University
Dartmouth CollegeStanford University
Brown UniversityUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNorthwestern University
Harvard University
Yale University
Dartmouth College
Stanford University
Brown University
University of California, Los Angeles
Carnegie Mellon University
Northwestern University
Robbie helps with…
Building a School List
Transfers
College Interviews
Waitlist & Deferral Assistance
UC Schools
Common App
Medicine
Art & Music Portfolios
College Applications & Essays
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
Chicago
8 years of experience
Dartmouth College – BA | Double Majored in History and Music
University of Colorado Boulder – MFA | Master of Music in Violin Performance
University of Colorado Boulder – Cert | Artist Diploma in Violin Performance
Economics
Education
History
International Relations
Communications
Journalism
Film and Photography
Music
Art
Design
Language
Philosophy
Creative Writing
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
📚
Favorite book
Wind, Sand, and Stars

Favorite after-school activities
Speech and Debate

🎵
Favorite artist
The Strokes

📺
Favorite TV show
Better Call Saul

🪄
Hobbies
Rock Climbing, Running, Film Photography

My process

I work with students at all stages of the essay writing process, from selecting a topic to careful line-edits. I specialize in helping students craft original, thought-provoking work that is true to their voice. Are you worried you don't have anything to write about? I will help you discover what from your life will make a stellar essay. Have an idea, but struggling with structure, voice, or genre? I have helped students transform their fragments into powerful pieces of writing that have gotten them into Ivy League schools and won major scholarships. My fundamental belief is that no two students are alike, and each one has something worth saying. I will bring patience, wisdom, and insight to help you reach your essay-writing goals.

Packages

Starter

5 hours

For families looking for help on a couple of key schools or a specific stage of the application process.
$750($150/hr)
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Success

10 hours

For families looking for support across the admissions process.
$1,450($145/hr)
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Comprehensive

20 hours

For families looking for comprehensive support on every part of the admissions process.
$2,900($145/hr)
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Advising hours

College admissions advising

$160.01 / 60 min

Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.


Med School Essay Brainstorm

$150.00 / 60 min

Applying to Medical School is grueling, but I can help alleviate some of the headache. I will help you develop a winning essay that will stand out in Med School admissions. In this session, we will review your resume and background and discuss possible angles for a personal statement. We can also use this time to review writing you've already produced and discuss supplemental essays. I have coached students through all parts of the Med School process, including interviews and residency applications.


Transfer App Brainstorm/Essay Review

$120.00 / 60 min

Thinking about transferring? Have an essay draft but don't know where to go from here? I will talk you through what colleges look for in transfer applications and how to write a compelling personal statement (HINT: they are different from the application essays you wrote the first time around). Other topics we can go over: recommendations, interviews, things you can do to make your application stand out - anything you might need to have success in the process! My students have received transfer admittances from schools like Columbia and Vanderbilt. If you are on the fence about whether to transfer or not, I can also talk you through the decision and whether it is worthwhile.

Essay review

Second Draft Essays

$20.00 + 10 cents per word
Return time
  • Standard delivery: up to 48 hours
  • Guaranteed fast delivery: get your essay back in as little as: 8 hours +$75.00

Description

Only available for essays I've already done edits on! You can send two essays if I've seen both before and they are from the same school.


UC School Four Essay Package

$220.00 + 0 cents per word
Return time
  • Standard delivery: up to 48 hours
  • Guaranteed fast delivery: get your essay back in as little as: 8 hours +$75.00

Description

I will edit all four UC questions for a $220 flat rate (discounted from $280).


Full Review

$25.00 + 13 cents per word
Return time
  • Standard delivery: up to 48 hours
  • Guaranteed fast delivery: get your essay back in as little as: 8 hours +$75.00

Description

A comprehensive review of your essay draft. Recommended if you have a rough or strong draft. Only one essay at a time, please!

Recent reviews

4.9(51 reviews)

“Had some parts of my essay edited directly, making it easy for me! Clear instructions and suggestions. Thank you Robbie!"

sway H.

“Robbie was fantastic to work with through the process. His feedback on essays was always honest, constructive and supportive, and was a huge help to my daughter staying on track throughout the college application season. "

Shelby O.

“Very detailed and provided precise feedback to better the impact of my essays. Thank you!"

Lucas d.
One-on-one advising
Personalized college counseling
Building a school list. Getting into an Ivy League school. Writing amazing college essays. I can help!
One-on-one advising
Personalized college counseling
Building a school list. Getting into an Ivy League school. Writing amazing college essays. I can help!
Chicago
8 years of experience
Dartmouth College – BA | Double Majored in History and Music
University of Colorado Boulder – MFA | Master of Music in Violin Performance
University of Colorado Boulder – Cert | Artist Diploma in Violin Performance
Economics
Education
History
International Relations
Communications
Journalism
Film and Photography
Music
Art
Design
Language
Philosophy
Creative Writing
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
📚
Favorite book
Wind, Sand, and Stars

Favorite after-school activities
Speech and Debate

🎵
Favorite artist
The Strokes

📺
Favorite TV show
Better Call Saul

🪄
Hobbies
Rock Climbing, Running, Film Photography
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.