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What Does It Take To Get Accepted To A Top University?

Download our Q&A with former Stanford Admissions Officer, Martin Walsh, to find out who gets ‘in’ and why

All your admission questions answered!

Learn exactly what goes on behind the doors of a top university admissions office and how admissions officers narrow down on who receives that coveted acceptance letter.

Questions answered include:

What exactly do AO’s look for? 

Discover the three ‘hurdles’ applicants need to jump to move into the final admissions pile and ultimately gain acceptance.. 

What extracurriculars resonate? 

Learn how admissions officers assess an applicants ‘activities’ and what is meant by ‘intellectual vitality’.

Is it really that competitive?

Martin examines how the ‘competition’ landscape has changed over the years and why producing a top notch application is more important than ever.

What makes for a perfect personal statement?

Discover what personal essays resonate with admissions officer and find which essays Martin recalls as some of the best he has ever read.

Will COVID-19 affect my chances of admission?

Learn how students are turning this unsettling time into a positive, by making an impact on their communities and producing applications that resonate.

Applying ‘undecided’?

Is applying ‘undecided’ an advantage, or do admissions officers like to know where an applicant is ‘headed’? Martin explains why individual university knowledge is key. 

The SAT and ACT

Just how important are these standardised tests in the admissions process? Martin explains their impact in a COVID-19 environment and beyond.

Is it true who I am is important?

Yes! Martin addresses the importance of using your application to express who you are and what you will bring to the university campus as an individual.

Meet Martin Walsh

Learn more about the experienced former Stanford Admissions Officer and education expert

Why Are Crimson


Why expert advice matters

A former Assistant Dean of Admissions at Stanford, and Director of Admissions at Santa Clara University, Martin has spent 15 years either evaluating applications or counselling students to help them achieve their ultimate admissions goals.

A regular speaker at Crimson events, the Santa Clara University (History), San Francisco State University (Education) and University of California (Law) graduate, understands the complexities of the application process and how competitive it can be.

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Hear from other successful Crimson students

Max didn’t start the US university application process until his final year in high school, but working with Crimson he gained admission to his dream school, the University of Chicago.

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“My mentors were great, especially my essay mentor who made himself available 24/7. I didn’t think admission to UChicago was possible, but thanks to the tireless support of my Crimson team, I was accepted.”

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Go behind the scenes at some of the top universities in the world to gain an insight into campus life and to explore the possibilities for your own future.

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How Crimson Can Help

Every year, Crimson’s expert tutors, mentors and strategists - many of whom are graduates from the Ivy League, Stanford, MIT, UChicago, UC Berkeley and more, work with students to take their applications to the next level. Our students have received:

    270 offers to the Ivy League

    1,400+ offers to the US Top 50 universities

    400+ offers to top UC universities including UCLA and UC Berkeley

    115+ offers to the world’s best STEM universities including MIT, Stanford, Georgia Tech and more 

    99 offers to Oxford or Cambridge

    600+ offers to the UK Top 10 universities

Hear from some of our students

Here are just some of Crimson’s amazing recent US admits

Sam T.
Harvard University Class of 2024 (also admitted to Yale)

“My Crimson team knew the application process back to front, and a lot of them had been through it themselves. So to have people understand what I was going through to help me reach my goals was just incredible.” 

Bluebelle C.
Yale University Class of 2024 (also admitted to Oxford)

“My Crimson team were so great and I know I will always be able to ask their advice - way beyond my first day at Yale. Working with Crimson is truly a personal process. Their level of care was amazing.”

Fresh
Harvard Class of 2024 (also admitted to Stanford and Cambridge)

“Crimson gives you a level of confidence that you can’t get elsewhere because you know that they’re real experts in the whole admissions process and genuinely care about you.”

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

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