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As the world’s leading university admissions consulting company, Crimson Education takes college admissions consulting to a new level. Beyond our results and our determination to provide every one of our students with an exceptional level of service, we place our trustworthiness at the center of all that we do. In fact, it is our trustworthiness that drives our student success, as students (and their guardians) trust in our expertise and work with their Crimson teams to optimize their top university admissions chances. Through this highly personalized admissions support, Crimson increases their students’ chances of admission to the Ivy League, Oxbridge, and other top universities by up to 700%. Let’s take a deeper dive into what makes Crimson stand out above the rest!
At Crimson, we go out of our way to source and recruit staff who are, without exaggeration, the best at what they do. Our strategists, mentors and tutors are graduates from the Ivy League and other top schools; our extracurricular mentors have launched groundbreaking initiatives and have made their own individual impacts on a national, or in some cases, international scale; and our tutors are top scorers in the SAT, ACT, AP, UK admissions tests and more. In other words — our experts have ‘been there and done that’ and know from first-hand experience what it takes to ‘get in’.
While many competitors offer tutoring or essay prep, we surround our students with a team of hand-picked experts who focus on strategy, test prep, essay writing, extracurricular and leadership/project building, interview training and teacher/counselor recommendation letter support. Most importantly, every one of our students is paired with an expert strategist who oversees the entirety of their application, helping them narrow down a well-researched and strategic list of safety, target, and reach (and even extreme reach) schools.
Why do we surround our students with such a robust team of experts? Because we know they need the support of more than one, or even two specialists in order for them to have the best chance of success. If you are told by other companies that one one all-knowing consultant can do it all, the truth is they can’t. Your child has one shot at their university applications, so we want to make sure they get the support that they deserve.
From Crimson Rise (the premier college preparatory program for 11-14 year-olds), to Indigo Research (a unique program whereby talented high school students complete a research project under the guidance of top university faculty and PhDs), to Delta Institute (an exclusive program whereby our students have access to virtual work-experience opportunities with fortune 500 companies), Crimson offers an array of college prep offerings unavailable elsewhere.
Understanding that the number of quality applications to top colleges is growing year upon year, we equip our students with unique, exciting, engaging and enlightening opportunities that lift them above the increasingly rigorous competition.
At Crimson, we measure our success by that of our students — so when we are able to report that our students are 4.5x more likely to gain admission to the Ivy League and other top schools than the general applicant, we are simply proud to have been part of each student’s journey towards their university admissions goals.
In the latest admission round our students received 196 offers to the Ivy League, 315 offers to the Ivies and US Top 10 and 57 offers to Oxford and Cambridge, with their acceptance to schools such as Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania being 5-7x higher than that of general applicants. We cannot wait to see what our next round of seniors can achieve in the year to come.
Aiming at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Oxford or Cambridge? These are just some of the top universities where our former admissions officers have worked. Our experts know what goes on in the admissions offices of the best schools in the world because they have previously been the decision makers who made the call on who would be accepted and who would not.
Our FAO service includes regular meetings with your personally allocated FAO, and/or a full application review, leaving no stone unturned. Their inside knowledge is invaluable in the highly competitive landscape where even the smallest of details can result in a good application ending up on the rejection pile.
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While the expertise of our FAOs, strategists, tutors and mentors sets us aside as a consultancy dedicated to a highly skilled and individually crafted experience for every student, it is our technology that makes that experience flawless in its organization and communication. Crimson has invested heavily in proprietary technology that operates on many levels.
Our Crimson App is a virtual world of connectivity, communication, admissions predictions, progress reports and meeting tracking. Roadmaps are built, test papers are distributed and marked, feedback is given, appointments are made, and unnecessary time-wasting and confusion are removed from the sometimes stressful application process.
We have more than 1000+ proprietary videos and take a moneyball/data-driven view making sure our students receive every piece of information available to increase their chances of admission. Further, once onboarded with Crimson, our students immediately become part of the Crimson Community, a platform on which students form groups, share ideas, watch exclusive tutorials, build extracurricular projects and communicate with Crimson alumni who are now walking the campuses of the very universities our current applicants are aiming for.
At Crimson, we pride ourselves on being leaders in the extracurricular and leadership support space, providing our students with a range of unique out-of-classroom opportunities — from the ability to attend work experience programs at Uber or PwC, to teaming them up with Professors and PhD’s who guide students in building unique research projects and in many cases, publication.
The corner-stone of our extracurricular offering is our Crimson Leadership Academy which sees students work 1:1 with scientists, coders, humanitarians, engineers, business people, artists, and or musicians (and more) who help them build an impressive capstone project in a carefully constructed module based format. No other consultancy offers extracurricular support at such a highly specialized level — which once again is one of the major reasons for our students’ ultimate success.
They say you can judge a person by the company they keep… and perhaps a company by the partnerships they form! In our case, we are honored to name US News and World Report and College Confidential as just two of our major partners. We also partner with companies such as Uber, Amazon, Salesforce, Ferrari, Dawn Aerospace, PwC, The Economics, Dentons Law and more, providing our students with some of the most unique work experiences available to young people today. Further, we have worked with most, if not all, of the world’s leading schools. We are trusted by counselors and teachers alike, with an increasing number of schools recognizing the value of our support.
We do not believe that a young person’s education starts or stops at any given age; rather, we believe in supporting our students from their early years of high school all the way through to their graduate degrees and eventual careers. There is a reason why our students end up at companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, Weiss Management, NASA and many more. There is a reason why they are gaining entry to the best graduate programs in the US and UK — including Stanford’s and the University of Pennsylvania’s coveted MBA programs.
There is also a reason why our students are attracting major investors for their start-ups: because they are extraordinary, and we have been honored to have supported them every single step of the way. This is what sets us aside; we are truly student-outcome obsessed and once a member of the Crimson family, you and your family, are part of our family for life.
We have all heard about the power of being part of the alumni networks of great universities like Harvard or Princeton, but being part of the Crimson Alumni Network means connecting across universities — linking students from all eight Ivy League schools, MIT and Stanford in the US, and Oxford and Cambridge in the UK.
Our alumni network grows every year with many of our older students honored to ‘give back’ and support those coming after them. Our Crimson Community binds these connections together, reaching across campuses, and even continents, to enrich the lives and opportunities of Crimson students all over the world.
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At Crimson we are lucky to attract highly respected companies and entities such as Tiger Global and the Harvard Crimson as our student competition partners. The Tiger Global Case Competition (the world’s biggest high school case competition) and the Harvard Crimson Essay Competition are just two of our bespoke extracurricular offerings which set our students above and beyond other applicants in the highly competitive extracurricular space.
Crimson is the launching pad that equips young students to compete on the world stage — and we believe that all students, regardless of circumstance or geography, deserve the right to a top-tier education. This is why we have launched a number of internal scholarships and other initiatives aimed at equalizing the top university admissions playing field. Of particular note is our Crimson Access Opportunity program, which identifies and supports dedicated students in their college admissions efforts.
We take pride in the fact that a great number of our students are first-generation and we are dedicated to helping all our students with dedicated assistance on financial aid and scholarship applications.
They say the ‘proof is in the pudding’ and in our case we are honored to showcase some amazing testimonial videos and reviews from current and former Crimson students and their families. You can find our testimonial videos on our YouTube Channel and check out some of our reviews here. We are very proud to report that our service is rated an average of 4.74 out of 5 in over 82,000 reviews.
Further we are the only consultancy that has testimonial videos from students at every Ivy League school — highlighting both the quality of our services and the desire of our students to share their positive experiences with others.
Our founding team has studied at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, UPenn, Oxford and more. Many college counseling companies are run by people that have never actually been at the institutions you desire to study at, so they don’t actually know what it takes to succeed at a competitive institution like Harvard.
But our co-founder and CEO Jamie Beaton, at 28, is a graduate from Harvard, Stanford, Oxford the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School! At 18 Jamie applied to 25 of the world’s best universities and was accepted to all of them — which is why he started Crimson with the desire to help other students do the same. Excitingly, Jamie’s first book ACCEPTED! will be available soon — and you can order a copy here!
We are the only college admissions company to be backed by sophisticated investors like Tiger Global, who have similarly backed other transformative companies like Uber, Facebook, LinkedIn and more than 120 other unicorns (or $1B private companies). Our investors believe in our ability to be a market leader in the college admissions space as a company dedicated to providing families with the service they deserve and delivering the results they expect.
What Makes Crimson Different?
Crimson has attracted Advisors including Larty Summers (former Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank, former director of the National Economic Council for President Obama and ex-President of Harvard University), Tomohiro Hoshi (current head of the Stanford online high school), Sir John Key (former Prime Minister of New Zealand) and other key leaders in their respective fields.
Crimson has been featured in many top publications/broadcasts as a voice of authority in the college admissions space. These include the New York Times, Times Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, TechCrunch and many more. Journalists often seek us out for reliable data on college admissions trends and insights, understanding that our highly detailed, student-focused, ‘leave-no-stone-unturned’ approach makes us experts on all the latest trends and changes in the often complex top school application space.
In February of 2022, Wiley Publishing — a multinational authority in the education publishing space — released our CEO and Co-Founder Jamie Beaton’s first book: ACCEPTED! The Secrets Of Gaining Admissions To The World’s Top Universities. The book includes endorsements from figures such as Amy Chua, Scott Galloway, Julian Robertson, Larry Summers, and 2 former Prime Ministers.
Unlike many consultancies, we hire talented staff who specialize in very specific college admissions areas including the arts, music, architecture, computer science and many other unique degree programs and specialties. We have over 2,500 mentors from top universities working alongside our full time team of more than 100 strategists and student success managers, meaning you can tap into niche expertise about any program or institution that interests you.
Quite simply, the expert strategists and mentors we attract - including Former Admissions Officers from Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins UChicago, UPenn, Duke, Northwestern, the top UC schools, Oxford and Cambridge and more CHOOSE to work with Crimson over our competitors because we are a trustworthy company dedicated to our key value of being “student outcome obsessed”. We are members of the IACAC and NACAC and abide by their high ethical standards. Each year we are honored to work with our amazing students and their families and appreciate the trust they place in us to fulfill their child’s ultimate admissions goals. We are grateful for all their trust, hard work and the opportunity to be part of their incredible education journeys.