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How to Crush Your Application

A guide to help students to stand out in college applications

What We Do

The words of brilliant Crimson students who achieved their dreams working with us

US College Admissions

Stand out from the field on your US application

Top UK Admissions

Excite admissions officers with your UK application

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Outclass your peers with our premier tutoring

SAT Tutoring

Level up your score and reach as far as possible

US College Admissions

Stand out from the field on your US application

Top UK Admissions

Excite admissions officers with your UK application

SAT Tutoring

Outclass your peers with our premier tutoring

SAT Tutoring

Level up your score and reach as far as possible

College Admissions - Getting in is Getting More Difficult

More people want access to the world’s best education facilities than ever before. The number of applications to the eight Ivy League universities almost doubled in the past decade. In fact, in 1999–2000, Ivy League schools received 121,948 applications – and they rejected 80% of them. More recently, the Ivy League class of 2023 had 311,948 applicants, and just 21,168 were accepted. That’s an acceptance rate of a measly 6.72%. The best schools have the luxury of choosing their students. In fact, these school’s selection lists can run so deep, they rarely ever have underqualified applicants. Everyone who applies has strong academics.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel! You just need to know how to shine in the cluttered application environment and know what admissions officers are looking for in each application. Apply the in-depth information provided to you in this document for the perfect application.

Why Are Crimson

What you will find in this guide:

Drawing knowledge from our experienced team at Crimson Education (from ex-admissions officers to successful applicants), we built this guide to pass on their wisdom to you – basically helping you create a better application for your dream college, covering the following topics:

+ What kind of candidate the universities are looking for - well-lopsided vs. well-rounded

+ The major changes in college application

+ How to show you’re well-lopsided

+ Choosing the right extracurriculars

+ Leadership - Institutionalized vs Innovative

+ How to communicate your extracurriculars on your application

+ Case studies

Admission support across Australia, New Zealand and beyond

Admission support across Australia, New Zealand and beyond
Admission support across Australia, New Zealand and beyond

The Crimson Effect

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The Crimson team have helped students to broaden their horizons and open up opportunities to schools they never thought were possible. Check out some of our results:

268
Offers to Ivy League Universities
99
Offers to Oxford & Cambridge
1,400+
Offers to the Top 50 US Universities
600+
Offers to the Top 10 UK Universities

Crimson's Success

The words of brilliant Crimson students who achieved their dreams working with us

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World-Class Universities

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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World-Class Universities

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.

  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

2018 Judging Panel

The words of brilliant Crimson students who achieved their dreams working with us

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.

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.

Hear it from Crimson Students

The words of brilliant Crimson students who achieved their dreams working with us

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I already knew how to get good grades and test scores, but it wasn’t until I met with my strategist sophomore year that I realized the importance of extracurriculars. I had just been in school clubs and varsity sports, but was able to start working on a non-profit that we integrated heavily in my application to Harvard.
Brendan F.
Harvard University - Class of 2020
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I already knew how to get good grades and test scores, but it wasn’t until I met with my strategist sophomore year that I realized the importance of extracurriculars. I had just been in school clubs and varsity sports, but was able to start working on a non-profit that we integrated heavily in my application to Harvard.
Brendan F.
Harvard University - Class of 2020
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I already knew how to get good grades and test scores, but it wasn’t until I met with my strategist sophomore year that I realized the importance of extracurriculars. I had just been in school clubs and varsity sports, but was able to start working on a non-profit that we integrated heavily in my application to Harvard.
Brendan F.
Harvard University - Class of 2020
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