AdmitSee and WriteLab Bring AI and Historical Data to the College Application Essay Process
Colleges are looking for students to do more than simply demonstrate how smart they are. Admissions officers want to see applicants effectively communicate their intellectual passions, evolving perspectives, and irreducible curiosities in their application essays.
So AdmitSee and WriteLab teamed up to address a critical need all college-bound students have: getting additional feedback on their college application essays they can use alongside the insights gathered from friends and family, teachers, and mentors.
Introducing the Automated Essay Coach
Today AdmitSee announced its new partnership with WriteLab to help students improve their essays and capture the attention of college admissions representatives. The new AI-driven tool, leveraging AdmitSee's repository of essays and historical data, is called Automated Essay Coach.
To help students improve their essays, WriteLab leverages natural language processing technology that analyzes their work and delivers AI-based feedback. This formative feedback engine helps them refine their word choices, think critically about their theme(s), and improve their essay structure. Students also receive a score tied to their essay topic and institution. The scoring engine has been trained by thousands of essays from students that were both accepted and rejected from specific institutions. Thus this data enables WriteLab to signify the likelihood a given student’s work has of getting accepted.
“We’re delighted to partner with AdmitSee to bring our formative writing feedback to students seeking admission to a diverse range of schools,” said WriteLab’s CEO and co-founder Matthew Ramirez. “Applying to college entails many hurdles, and essays present a chance for students to share their unique voices, histories, and perspectives. By getting more feedback on their essays—and a score representing the payoff of their hard work—students can better demonstrate who they are as individuals while satisfying the criteria an institution is assessing.”
Challenges of the College Application Essay
According to AdmitSee, College applicants consistently cite essay writing as the most stressful part of applying to college. A recent 2016 report of college admission insights by Barnes & Noble found that 47% of students considered “writing college essay” to be the most difficult aspect of college applications, even more so than “learning about financing their education.” AdmitSee’s value proposition has always been to make the admissions process more transparent and to break down the application into manageable areas of improvement. By analyzing AdmitSee’s extensive database of historical essay data, the essay writing process can now be optimized according to proven successes.
“The collaboration between AdmitSee and WriteLab is exciting on several levels," said AdmitSee founder and CEO Stephanie Shyu. "Never before has this type of AI-driven approach been applied to the college essay, one of the most enigmatic pieces of writing students are asked to produce. While we believe the college essay can never (and should never) be reduced to a formula, there are proven ways to improve or enhance an essay to highlight your candidacy, whether it’s word choice or narrative arc development. We’re thrilled to lead the charge on this front and to help drive student success in a way that’s meaningful and empowers students to put forth the best versions of themselves.”
Access to information is the first step to bridging the opportunity gap. AdmitSee created the largest, searchable database of real application materials—including essays, grades, test scores, extracurriculars, and advice. They empower students with these data points to make better, more informed decisions about college.
WriteLab is an education technology company focused on changing the way writers receive feedback on their writing. Instead of waiting days for a person to read through and provide feedback manually, our users receive immediate and actionable comments that encompass far more than just grammar and spelling.