By popular demand, Principia will be offering College Essay Bootcamps for rising seniors over the summer. If you’re in the northern Virginia area or traveling to McLean, consider our in-person weekend bootcamps. Otherwise, we can arrange one-day 1:1 bootcamps in-person or over Skype, Google Hangouts, and email for students out of town or located abroad.

For students looking for more sustained, comprehensive support, please get in touch about our comprehensive essay packages.

* All bootcamps are now full; please get in touch directly about 1:1 college essay assistance *

College Essay Bootcamps

McLean, VA

During this two-day intensive bootcamp, students will work in small groups and 1:1 with a counselor to accomplish the following:

  • Develop their acceptance strategy

  • Complete their Common Application

  • Brainstorm, draft, and revise their Common Application main essay

  • Develop supplemental essay strategy

  • Create activities and awards inventory

  • Master interviewing techniques

Dates: June 22nd-23rd; July 27th-28th; August 31st-September 1st

Time: 9 am to 5 pm (students should bring lunch)

Tuition: $1,995

Each bootcamp limited to 6 students

One-Day College Essay Bootcamp

McLean, VA as well as remote locations

Our One-Day College Essay Bootcamps are designed for 1:1 students looking for sustained, focused individual attention on their main essay. It provides eight focused hours of brainstorming, writing, and revising, focusing on telling an authentic, unique story.

Dates: By Appointment

Time: 9 am to 5 pm (or pre-determined window)

Tuition: $1,995

Custom College Essay Bootcamp

McLean, VA

Have a small group of friends that you’d like to work with? We have a limited number of weekends available for groups of up to six students. We’ll cover everything that’s in the College Essay Bootcamp; feel free to get in touch about more specific needs and bootcamp lengths.

Dates: By Appointment

Time: 9 am to 5 pm (or pre-determined window)

Tuition: Based on # of students

Have a question before registering? Get in touch at or call us at (703) 442-4700.