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Expert Application Essay Editing & Proofreading Services

Whether for a master, PhD or other graduate or undergraduate program, nothing is more critical to the success of your application than how you craft your application essay responses. You need a team of experts who can ensure your application essays engage the admissions committee and distinguish what makes you an appealing candidate.

Our expert editors:

  • Possess 50+ years’ combined admissions essay editing experience
  • Interview admission committee members to know what they want—and don't want—to see in an application essay
  • Are full-time employees of DLA (no freelancers) well versed in the admission process

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Application Essay Editing & Feedback

This exceptionally valuable service sets us apart. It includes all Application Essay Proofreading and adds in-depth editing along with detailed, objective feedback on issues that impact the success of your medical school application.

The in-depth editing covers:

  • Consistency, Engagement and Clarity of Your Descriptions
  • Voice, Style and Tone
  • Structure and Organization
  • Pacing and Flow
  • Syntax and Phrasing
  • Repetition and Redundancy
  • Advanced Word Choice (Connotation and Rhythm)

In our feedback, we will tell you what specific improvements to make related to:

  • Missing Information
  • Points of Confusion
  • Underdevelopment
  • Any Other Weaknesses

  • This service also includes a free 2nd edit.

Application Essay Proofreading

With this service, we identify and correct mistakes in basic English usage.

The proofreading covers:

  • Punctuation and Grammar
  • Spelling and Typographical Errors
  • Singular vs Plural
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Verb Tense
  • Basic Word Choice (Denotation)

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"Application essay," or "admissions essay," means different things to different people. Is it simply an essay written for an application? Is it a personal statement?

At DLA, we define "application essay" as an essay written for an application meeting two key criteria. The first is that the essay is limited in scope by a prompt or question. Second is that the essay is limited in scope by a word (or character) count limit generally not exceeding 300 words.

Application essays are also known as "admissions essays." So what we refer to as "application essay editing" is the same as "admissions essay editing." And what we refer to as "application essay proofreading" is the same as "admissions essay proofreading."

Application essays, or admissions essays, must be written in direct response to the prompt or question within the provided word or character count.


Both application essays (and admission essays) and "college admissions essays" are essays written for a college application or for college admission. What distinguishes application essays (or admission essays) from "college admissions essays" is their scope in both their content and length.

Application essays are written in response to a focused prompt or question in unison with a fixed word (or character) count limit generally not exceeding 300 words.

The college admissions essay is a longer (up to 650 words), unguided essay in which you provide a personal narrative of what has shaped your life so far. This can include meaningful experiences and influential people and shows what has defined your path and where you are headed.

The college admissions essay is a type of personal statement. Depending on the program being applied for, personal statements for graduate or other post-college programs are usually longer (around 725 words) and more comprehensive than a college essay, due to the applicant's greater life experiences and self-understanding.

A statement of purpose is another type of personal statement. They are personal statements whose intent is focused on a specific program (e.g., the MBA program at Chicago Booth), whereas personal statements can be more generalized (e.g., for an MBA program generally).

Our application essay services are for application essays as defined above. If you have a college admissions essay, please see our personal statements services for how we can help make that essay an outstanding one.

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Editing & Feedback: This professional editing service provides a comprehensive, detailed edit and proofread of your application essay together with equally comprehensive, detailed feedback. The editing includes streamlining the essay to meet the stated word or character count requirements. The feedback identifies any item needing improvement that goes beyond the scope of editing, covering both writing and content, and ensuring the essay is fully responsive to the essay prompt or question.

The Editing & Feedback service for application essays includes two rounds of review.

Proofreading: Our Proofreading service provides detailed proofreading only (e.g., spelling and grammar errors). It does not include editing or feedback.


The turnaround time of our application essay editing services is two business days with Normal Delivery and one business day with Rush Delivery. Turnaround times are per round of review.


The most competitive application essays are ones that respond fully and directly to the essay prompt and do so within the stated word or character count requirement.

As easy as this may sound, we often find opportunities for our clients to answer the essay prompt more completely, having inadvertently left out key relevant details. And doing so without running over the word count limit can be challenging.

DLA's application essay editors are particularly skilled at streamlining your essay to ensure it fully responds to the prompt without going over any length requirements.

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Yes! We guarantee that we will provide you with high-quality, affordable editing and proofreading services, and that we will finish our work by the due date and time we've promised.

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How Our Service Works

Step 1: Get Started

Whether you’re just looking for a free instant quote or are ready to purchase our services, start with Get Started, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  1. Under Select Your Category, choose Application Essays.

  2. Next, select your project type (Application Essay) and service (e.g., Application Essay Editing & Feedback).

  3. Now upload your file to be edited, or skip uploading a file if you would like only a quote. The fee is a flat fee and the turnaround time displayed is for one round of the service.

    To purchase a service, upload your file to be edited, if you have not already done so. We accept MS Word files for the Application Essay(s) to be edited.

    If you have multiple application essays to be edited, you can put each one in its own MS Word file, or you can put all of them in the same file.

    For each application essay, enter in the form, where asked, the prompt or question to which the application essay is responding, as well as the word count or character limit.

  4. To finalize your quote, select Normal Delivery or Rush Delivery for your delivery option.

  5. Confirm your quote. To order the service, ensure you have uploaded a file to be edited and entered the prompt/question and word count/character limit for each application essay, add any comments, enter a project nickname and click Add to Cart.

    If you would like to purchase additional services (e.g., for your CV/resume), repeat the above for each service you wish to add to the cart.

Step 2: Check out

Once you have added all the services you wish to purchase to the cart in Step 1, proceed with clicking Checkout.

In the checkout process, you will:

  1. Log in to your account or create an account if you do not already have one.

  2. Enter your goals for the service(s) you are purchasing.

  3. Verify the delivery dates for the service(s) in your order. If you are purchasing multiple services, you can customize the order in which we complete them.

  4. Complete your payment for the deposit, which is the total order amount. We must receive the total fee up front before we begin our work. We accept credit/debit cards and PayPal.

Step 3: Track Your Order in My Account

As soon as we receive your deposit, we will start working on your order. While we are working on your order, the status will display as In Progress in My Account.

Step 4: Receive Your Edited Application Essay(s)

As soon as we have completed our editing, you will receive an email notification, and the status of your service will be updated in My Account. If there is a remainder due, your next step will be to pay it to receive your edited Application Essay(s).

Edited documents are released once the total fee for the service(s) in your order has been paid. Edited documents are both sent by email and made available for download directly from My Account.

The email containing your Application Essay(s) will provide the name and contact information of the editor who completed the service for you. It will provide a link to instructions on how to review our edits, including how to accept and reject track changes and to remove sidebar comments.

The email will also provide a link for submitting your edited Application Essay(s) for a free or discounted second edit, depending on the service you have selected.

Editor name and contact information along with the second edit link will also be posted in My Account.

Step 5: Follow up With Any Questions

If after reviewing the edits made to your Application Essay(s) you have questions about our recommendations, please contact your editor directly by email. You may expect to receive a response to your email within 1 business day.

If after following up with your editor, you still have questions your editor is unable to answer, feel free to email our editor in chief, David Lombardino.

Step 6: Leave Us a Review

We are passionate about helping you achieve your goals, and hope through our editing and answering any follow-up questions we will have helped you get one more step closer to doing so. We are proud of the work we do and would love it if you shared your honest experiences, positive or negative, for future clients to see.

We partner with TrustPilot, a third-party review service that sends email invitations to leave a review to all verified customers a few days following completion of the service. We hope that if you have any concern remaining when you receive this invitation, you reach out to us first so we can address your concern, prior to leaving a review.

Our goal is a five-star experience for every customer, and we look forward to achieving this for you.

Tips for Writing an Outstanding Application Essay

Want to know what it takes for your application essay to stand out? These tips give you the basics.

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From the conciseness and clarity of your answer to ensuring its full responsiveness to the question, we know what it means to get every detail right—and what it takes to make your essay excel in your application.

Still have questions? See a list of our frequently asked questions or give us a call at 877-454-4957.

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