Here’s How It Works

Write and submit a short (400-600 words), personal essay about your experience with college admissions.

Essay Topic Examples

  • The hardest AP® course you’ve ever taken
  • Advice for how to survive test prep
  • Your extracurricular activities
  • Tips for how to select the best school for you
  • How you made it through a grueling application process

If we accept your submission, it will be published on our site with your own, official Princeton Review byline. (Talk about a great resume boost!) If our readers like your work, we will invite you to submit additional essays for publication, for which you will receive a $25 Gift Card* each!

Be Yourself!

When it comes to style, there’s no need to be formal! We’re looking for unique voices and fun, friendly perspectives.

Help Build Our Community

If you’re accepted to the program, you’ll have the opportunity to refer your friends and family—you’ll each receive a $25 gift card once your referrals are invited to be guest columnists for our program. Friends, family, teachers—refer as many people as you want.


First, submit a cover letter and resume along with any social media handles and/or personal pages you have (your blog, YouTube channel, etc.). Include your short (400-600 words) personal essay on the admissions topic of your choice.

Once we receive your application, we will respond within two weeks to let you know whether you will be published and accepted as a guest columnist for The Princeton Review’s Student Voices program!

*Restrictions apply, see AP is a trademark registered and owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with and does not endorse this product.