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“When I was a 14-year-old Kiwi kid, looking outside at the big, wide world of America and the dream universities I aspired to get accepted into like Harvard, I couldn’t help but wonder: How on earth could I ever get there? How could a boy from New Zealand who had the same dream as millions of high schoolers in the US and beyond, compete with the world’s smartest students?
As a student in Auckland, I didn’t have access to a college advisor who could provide me with guidance as to how I might navigate this process. My advisor was wonderful but also swamped with helping all of my peers navigate their own application processes to local universities.
The day I applied for Harvard, I had literally no idea what would happen. In fact, the reason for applying to 25 top universities was simply a matter of my teenage self attempting to hedge my bets.
I had worked hard my entire high school life, and I’d been passionately engaged in extracurriculars that mattered to me - creating clubs for all of my interests from journalism to human rights. I took six SAT subject tests because I wasn’t sure if two would be good enough, I took ten A levels not confident in taking three.
When I received letters in the mail, confirming that I had been accepted into every one of those 25 universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Cambridge, Wharton (UPenn), Duke and others, I was blown away with excitement. But I was equally as stunned that the opportunities I had been gifted were not available to the wider student community. I wanted my peers to have the same study options that were suddenly available to me.
I founded Crimson Education in 2013 with a vision to equalize the world leading university admissions playing field, initially on a micro-scale and now in 2020 on a level where we leverage millions of data points on college admissions, artificial intelligence and thousands of expert tutors and mentors from Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge and other top ranking institutions with the incredible support of my international team.
Having attended Harvard, Stanford, and now Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, I can say that these institutions truly possess the springboard to transform one’s life and the lives of their families for generations to come. My grandfather John Beaton had to turn down a scholarship to a top British high school because he couldn’t afford the cost of the uniform, and as a result worked for more than fifty years in a highly manual role.
Crimson is the launching pad that equips young students around the world to fight and compete on the world stage. Our technology takes away the barriers of geography and legacy and sees our students - a great number of whom are first generation - reach their greatest potential thanks to the dedication and expertise of their personalised Crimson teams.
We have entered markets like the US and the UK where college admissions consultancies are in abundance, and changed the dynamic by offering more than the ‘obvious’ by matching students psychometrically to mentors and tutors who understand the way that they learn. We have offered internal financial aid and scholarships for under-privileged communities and dedicated ourselves to assisting our students beyond their life-changing admission to help them secure internships, ambassadorships and career opportunities beyond.
The college admissions industry has had its detractors in recent times and while much of it is completely justified, much of it is not. At Crimson we believe that no one owns a seat at a top university, and that such opportunities must come to those who work the hardest, the smartest and the most enthusiastically to realize their full potential.
At Crimson we are incredibly proud of our students and the 3,000 odd staff members who support them and we invite you or your child to join us, and seize your/their own individual position on the international stage.”
Crimson Education was founded in 2013 with the aim to supercharge students' ability to get accepted into the world's most competitive universities. In the past six years, we have helped students around the world to secure:
Offers to the US Top 50 universities
Offers to Ivy League universities
Offers to Oxford or Cambridge universities
Offers to the major UC colleges including UCLA and UC Berkeley
Offers to the UK Top 10 universities
Offers to the world’s best STEM universities including MIT, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Case Western and more
Is Crimson Education an accredited member of IACAC and NACAC?
Crimson Education is a member of both the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and follows their high standard in college admissions and ethical responsibility.
How much does Crimson cost?
Crimson’s pricing is flexible and dependent on your needs as a student. Our highly individualised approach to college admissions support is built around a desire to help each student based on their strengths, weaknesses, age, goals and aspirations. Our Academic Advisors provide free one hour consultations with families to help build these personalised programs which then leads to a determination of cost.
Does Crimson offer any face to face consulting?
Yes, we offer consultations with our academic advisors both face to face in one of our offices or online. The process of booking your consultation is the same, and you will need to contact us to request your free consultation and book yourself a time. (NB: During COVID-19 all of our consultations are held online.)
You don’t have an office in my home town or city. Can you still help?
Of course we can! With our innovative use of online technologies and flexible global teams we are able to help you wherever you are. We have a growing list of locations in 20 different countries, but each one acts as a regional center to serve students in nearby cities and territories. If you are unsure which office to contact, don’t hesitate to fill in a contact form on our website or call the closest office to you and ask for help.
Do you help with universities outside the US or UK?
While our main focus is helping students gain acceptance to top US and UK universities, we also support students in their endeavors to gain admission to universities in other locations such as Australia and New Zealand.
Can you help me with postgraduate applications?
Yes, we can help you with many different kinds of postgraduate applications. One of our specialties is medical school applications, including entrance exam tutoring, interview preparation and application management. We also help many people each year with their MBA applications. Feel free to contact us to find out how our experts can help you specifically in your postgraduate degree applications.