About Us

"While our current circumstances are restricted,

Our aspirations should not be."

-Gabrielle Fox, Head of The College App Coach

At the College App Coach we recognize the challenges the pandemic has presented college-ready students. But more importantly we are prepared to overcome them. Through our one-on-one tutoring techniques, we foster personal and impactful connections in a screen-locked world. Through our guiding values we empower your students to use their unique perspective to stand-out from the crowd. Finally, we cultivate the belief that while our current circumstances are restricted, our aspirations should not be.

Colleges and Universities

Previously Worked With:

Brown University Oregon State University Vanderbilt

Carnegie Mellon Rice University Virginia Tech

Claremont Graduate University Washington University

Clemson Stanford University

Duke Tufts University

Georgia Tech UCLA

Harvey Mudd University of Michigan Ann-Arbor

MIT University of Washington

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Connection - We believe human connection is the center of all communication. During a time where face-to-face interaction is scarce, we seek to embrace our circumstances by developing alternate yet effective means of connection. Whether it be from student to tutor, tutor to parent, or student to college admissions counselor, cultivating connection is central to our work.

Honesty - To be honest and genuine is the most effective way to connect with another human being. It is also something that cannot be duplicated. You or your student has a voice and perspective that is entirely specific to you. That makes it rare. That makes it important. And that makes it precisely what should be showcased in your writing.

Creativity - While college essay prompts can feel repetitive, that does not mean your writing should. Thinking outside the box, and telling stories you actually want to tell will make the essay writing process SO MUCH EASIER. That is the mindset we go into every meeting with. Not only "how can we make this stand-out?" but, "how can we make this engaging, fun, and one-of-a-kind?"

Tutoring Philosophy

At the College App Coach we know how overwhelming the college application process can be (especially during a pandemic). But we also know that you will overcome it.

Through our writing and editing expertise, our one-on-one tutoring style and our true-story philosophy we help you not only write your college essays, but gain confidence in your voice as a communicator.

We pride ourselves on sparking "ah-ha!" moments, when writing goes from being a chore to being a means of self-expression. But these moments can only happen in an environment when one can feel both safe and creative. Which is exactly what we cultivate here.

Truthfully what sets the College App Coach apart is that we are not a massive corporation. We are simply a group of local experts who believe in the power of connection, empowerment, and a good story.

Founder, Gabrielle Fox

BA, University of Washington

MA Candidate, Claremont Graduate University

Writing Certificate Candidate, University of Washington

Hi everyone! My name is Gabrielle Fox, and I am the head of the College App Coach.

I grew up in the greater Seattle area, went to Tesla STEM high school, and graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with a double major and a minor.

My entire life I have had a passion for writing, more specifically I have a passion for helping others discover the power of their voice through the written word. I have spent over a decade working with students as a mentor, tutor, and advocate.

But I was only able to discover this passion and empowerment through my education. Thus, I believe it is my place during this arduous time to help others overcome the academic, social, and emotional adversities the pandemic has placed in front of them. I was lucky enough to go to school in a pre-pandemic time. Thus, I believe it is imperative that students today have every opportunity to pursue their dreams and perhaps more importantly, their truest selves.

I have been fortunate enough to work for the UW Writing and Communication Center as a writing consultant. I have have worked with a bipartisan initiative to close the political gender gap called Leading Women of Tomorrow, as a content writer.

I have personally pursued a wide-array of academic, art, and political publications (as listed below). Finally, I have decided to go back to school to pursue a Master degree in order to continue my writing, research, and the promotion of equality as well as the excavation of silenced stories and voices.

Works Published By

  • Leading Women of Tomorrow

  • University of Washington Press

  • University of Washington Research Journal, the CROW

  • Vocal Media

  • Clamor Literary Arts Journal