Q: What’s the difference between The Crunch and the College Readiness Packages?

A: The Crunch is designed to be a condensed version of the services offered in our College Readiness Packages–a “taster,” if you will. We have taken our tried-and-true College Readiness process (an individually tailored timeline that will typically take place over the course of several weeks) and condensed it into three separate weeklong camps.

The primary difference between The Crunch and a CR Package is time and the final products the student will receive upon completing either process:

  • With a CR Package, a student has the time and assistance required to complete ApplyTexas Essay A, the Common App essay, a designed activities résumé, and any additional, supplemental essays or materials for the college applications the student has chosen to fill out. The number of college support provided is based upon the student’s package.
  • With The Crunch, the student will finish the camp with one (1) draft of ApplyTexas Essay A OR the Common App essay, a completed activities résumé, and all required supplemental materials for their chosen school. Depending on the student’s diligence, they could potentially leave with materials for additional schools!

With the CR Package, a student has the time and freedom to develop all of their essays and résumé with multiple reviews of their work by the College Readiness office team, and the opportunity to further revise their essays under the direction of their College Readiness consultant. This process helps to ensure that the final draft of an essay any student submits with their college applications is the strongest version possible.

With The Crunch, a student will be able to receive the same type of hands-on direction but only for the duration of the camp. The student will go back and forth with the editing team until their material is deemed “final” by the editors.

Another feature that is included in the CR Packages is a designed résumé. Once a Premier or Classic student’s résumé has been finalized, the College Readiness office team creates a unique PDF file and inserts personalized digital graphics to make a student’s résumé pop off the page! The Crunch participants will have the opportunity to purchase a designed résumé at the end of the camp, but it is otherwise not included.

A feature not included in either of our sessions of The Crunch is our Mock Admissions Committee Review. As a part of the Premier CR Package, the final draft of a student’s essay is read and evaluated by a Mock Admissions Committee. This as an extra step toward ensuring that a student’s essay follows any and all guidelines and that the student answers topic questions thoroughly and effectively. (The Mock Admissions Committee option is not included in Classic or Now CR Packages, but Classic or Now clients have the option to purchase committee reviews for individual essays.)

Q: Wait – essays, plural?

A: The amount of writing that goes into a college application can sometimes take a student (and parents) by surprise. The ApplyTexas Application has three regular essay topics–Essay A, which is used for general university admission, and Essays B and C, which are used for scholarship and honors consideration. Additionally, there is a Special Circumstances essay option and a fourth essay that is frequently required by art, engineering, or nursing programs. Different universities and colleges using the ApplyTexas Application will require different essays within the application.

The Common App only requires one essay, and students have seven different topics from which to choose. However, most of the universities and colleges that use the Common App will also require an additional essay or smaller “supplemental” essays (typically anywhere between two-hundred and five-hundred words) on a topic of the university or college’s choosing. These “extra” essays, though not as long, can be as demanding or difficult as the full six-hundred and fifty word essay.

Q: Will I need to bring anything with me?

A: Yes! The number one thing you absolutely will need for this camp is YOUR LAPTOP (and charger!), and YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN LUNCH. Other items that will help you to get the most out of your experience include:

  • Test scores and your unofficial high school transcript.
  • A completed résumé worksheet (if you have one).
  • A list of any and all activities you have participated in since the start of your freshman year.

If you do not have access to a personal laptop, please let us know at least two weeks prior to camp so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

Q: Is it okay if I already have an idea for an essay ahead of time?

A: Definitely! We highly encourage you to have already looked at the ApplyTexas and Common App essay topics before the first day of camp. In fact, it is better to have at least two or three different ideas in response to different essay topic questions, so don’t be afraid to show up with a whole list of potential essays or any first drafts you’ve already written!