Robbie Herbst
he/him
Robbie Herbst

About

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

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 by a Senior. I also founded the campus literary magazine. After graduating, 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 students including transfers, veterans, students applying for med/graduate school, students taking gap years, as well as more traditional undergraduate applicants.

In my parallel life, I am a violinist, and I play with a number of groups in and around the Chicago area, notably the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. I graduated from CU Boulder with my Masters of Music in 2019 and my Artist Diploma in 2021.

I still write my own fiction, which has been p...

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
Chicago
7 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)

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.
$725($145/hr)
Save 3%

Success

10 hours

For families looking for support across the admissions process.
$1,400($140/hr)
Save 7%

Comprehensive

20 hours

For families looking for comprehensive support on every part of the admissions process.
$2,700($135/hr)
Save 10%

Advising hours

College admissions advising

$150.00 / 60 min

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


Essay review

Full Review

$25.00 + 8 cents per word
Estimated return time: 16 hours
  • Review your profile and the information provided
  • Review your essay draft
  • Offer detailed guidance for refining your essay topic and structure
  • Leave in-document feedback and changes
  • Correct grammar and punctuation (if applicable)
  • Provide a set of clear actionable next steps

Recent reviews

4.9(8 reviews)

“Robbie was a great help at pointing out my essay's flaws and providing advice to improve said flaws. He also helped reword some of my essay in a sophisticated and eloquent matter."

Carla M.

“Really great advice. So smart."

Jerry S.

“Very helpful! Thank you so much for your time and effort!"

Julia R.
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
7 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)
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.