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Is the Collegevine Essay Review reliable and safe?
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I am working on my college essay right now for the next admissions cycle, and I was thinking about trying the Collegevine essay review feature. How does collegevine prevent other people or reviewers from plagiarizing an essay that I wrote.

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• 5 months ago[edited]

Hey @bingsu.28 great question! We understand people have concerns about plagiarism and we take the issue extremely seriously. We want people feeling safe and comfortable when they submit their essays so here's what we have in our system to prevent plagiarism:

(1) we assign a unique fingerprint to all submitted essays. We use this to verify the original author and track down potential bad actors.

(2) we remove all access to the essay once a review is complete. Only the essay author will continue to have access.

(3) we have an automated system in place to permanently ban any bad actors from using the essay review if we catch any suspicious or flagged activities.

Even with these measures in place, we know that cheaters will find ways to cheat. And we know this has big consequences in admissions for both the original author and the student who plagiarized another’s work. If we suspect plagiarism, we have measures in place to work with the students and universities to ensure we can protect our students and their hard work.

Keep in mind that college essays are also meant to be a personal narrative which means the risk of someone stealing your work is less than a typical argumentative or persuasive essay from school. Your essay is going to include unique experiences you've had, lessons you've learned in life, and other unique personality touches that make it more difficult for someone to steal and include in their essay. Oftentimes the authenticity of an essay doesn't feel the same if someone is trying to replicate what they read without actually having experienced it.

If you have any suggestions on changes we can make so you feel like your essays are safe and secure from plagiarism don't hesitate to let us know!

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• 5 months ago

Honestly, I feel like it is a mediocre system overall. While it is good for feedback from people genuinely trying to help, someone could just take a screenshot of your essay before turning in the review. I would not recommend using it unless if you desperately need help and your essay is still in the beginning phases of the process (since it will probably change a lot throughout the course so it would not help anyone trying to copy).

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