Crimson Education

Crimson Education is one of the world’s leading university admissions support companies specialising in helping students gain entry to some of the world’s most competitive universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the Ivy League.

Their holistic approach provides support across all areas of the US and UK university application process. They assist you to find your best-fit university, create a personalised roadmap, ace your standardised tests, craft the perfect essay, build candidacy through extracurriculars, and more.

 

Dorm Life in the US Universities

Crimson’s YouTube channel allows you to see yourself in the dorms, libraries and classrooms of world-leading US universities through the many ‘Day in the Life’ videos available on our YouTube channel — check it out here!

 

AP TESTING

At many top US universities, academics serve as the first checkpoint for admissions officers to determine whether you are qualified to study at their university.

However, with the SAT Subject Tests officially discontinued and competition for acceptance to top unis reaching record highs, many US applicants are turning their sights to another method of flexing their academic aptitude: AP tests.

Advanced Placement (AP) tests allow students to showcase their strengths in specific subjects — something that admissions officers keep their eyes peeled for. Additionally, AP courses are widely recognized as rigorous, college-level courses; which is a key indicator of college readiness on your high school transcript.

Want to learn more about what APs are, why they matter, and how you can make the most of them to boost your application to top US universities? Check out these resources:

If your high school doesn’t offer the AP curriculum or is limited in classes, don’t fret — Crimson Global Academy enables students all over the world to take online classes in their chosen curriculum.

To learn more about how you can strengthen your academics for US unis and what Crimson Global Academy has to offer for students like you, click on the link below to schedule a free one-on-one consultation with one of our expert Academic Advisors.

 

Creating Application Profiles

Our exclusive eBook. Frequently asked Questions of Ivy League and Oxford Former Admissions Officers (FAOs), features Ben Schwartz (graduate of Dartmouth, Harvard and MIT) and Hannah Rowberry (graduate of Cambridge and FAO from Oxford) who provide answers to the most commonly asked questions from students aiming at top US and UK universities. For example:

  • The importance and weighting of every element of the US and UK applications including test scores, essays, extracurriculars and the interview
  • Common mistakes and misconceptions that can decrease your odds of acceptance

What stands out to admissions officers tasked with reviewing thousands of applications. Here are three expert tips to help you strategically build your Common App Activities List when applying to US unis:

  1. Fill in all 10 available spaces on the Activities List — and be intentional about it! Try to list your activities in order of importance, with the ones you’re most passionate about or those that are most relevant to your intended major coming near the top of the list.
  2. When describing each activity, make every character count! The goal with each description is to summarize your responsibilities and the outcome of your activities using numbers or other clear points of reference to directly measure your impact.
  3. Make sure your list reflects your unique passions! It should not only demonstrate what you’ve accomplished, but what you will bring to campus given both your past experiences and your desire to contribute to your community in an authentic way.

To read more about how to build an extracurricular profile for top US universities, check out this eBook on the topic.

 

Not sure what each application process involves? You can visit our US/Ivy League Admissions page and our UK/Oxbridge Admissions page to find out more.

 

Interviews

Is it ever okay to push someone off a ladder in a sinking ship if they’re in the way? Why does this particular insect have wings? How many violins do you think there are in Austria?

These are just some of the questions Crimson students have been asked in their Oxford or Cambridge interviews!

While your grades, test scores, personal statement and teacher recommendations go a long way in moving you through the process as a potential Oxbridge admit, it is your interview that can often make or break your candidacy!

So how do you prepare for the all important interview? Check out this special podcast with Crimson’s Hannah Rowberry, a Cambridge graduate and former Oxford admissions officer, who covers all you need to know about the Oxbridge interview process and how to ace it!

 

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