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The summer holidays are here! What can you be doing to prepare?

If you plan to apply to a top US university in the next 1 or 2 years then you’ll want to think about what you can be doing in these long summer holidays to get ready.

Some of the top institutions in the US admit as little as 4.3% of their applicants! This means that only the best profiles will get a look in. How do you make sure you’re one of those? Early preparation!

Whether you’re in year 10, 11 or 12 there are things that you can be doing this summer to boost your chances of admission.

We know that there is a lot to prepare for top US universities and the competition is fierce, which is why many ambitious students seek external help to refine their application. Speak to one of our expert Academic Advisors for a full review of your profile.

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What Admissions Officers are looking for

Top US universities are looking for the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. As a result, they attract - and seek - well-rounded students who are not only eager to learn but likely to inspire others.

Whilst strong academics are a must, students must also demonstrate extracurricular engagement and clear personal qualities.

In short, good grades are not enough!


Alongside A/A* grades top universities would look for 1500+ SAT / 32+ ACT scores. However good scores alone are not enough to gain you admission!


They want to see evidence of consistent extracurricular engagement in something you're passionate about. They also want to see evidence of leadership; students who take on responsibility and inspire those around them.


This is your opportunity for the Admissions Officer to really get to know you, it's a reflective, creative and personal essay. But, they are more interested in the effect the event had on you than the story itself.

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Personal qualities

Admissions Officers want to ensure that their university is the best fit for both you and them. They are looking for students that will compliment both the classroom dormitory atmosphere.

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Crimson is here to help!

Applying to top US universities is a difficult task which is why so many students seek external support.

Each of our programmes are tailored to the student and are delivered by a carefully selected team of mentors who provide focussed support with each and every aspect of the process.

We are proud to say that students who work with us are four times as likely to get into their dream university than those who apply alone.

By speaking to one of our Academic Advisors you will receive;

  • A full review of your academic and extracurricular profile
  • Tailored guidance as to suitable university pathways
  • An outline of what they need to do to achieve their goals
University strategy

Multi-year support with application preparation and submission with the help of a personalised roadmap.

Admission test tutoring

One-to-one sessions covering test content, technique and confidence for the best chance of getting a great score.

Essay development

Support with personal essay ideation, tone, language and structure as well as multi-draft feedback.

Extracurricular mentoring

Extracurricular and leadership project planning, execution and reporting to ensure passion and impact are demonstrated in the application.

Interview preparation

Coaching on how to answer common questions and communicate a story persuasively.

Financial aid and scholarship strategy

Guidance on the options, requirements and help completing necessary paperwork.

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Offers to Ivy League universities


Offers to Oxford and Cambridge


Offers to top 50 US universities


Offers to the UK Top 10 universities

Crimson student: Bluebelle

“Looking back now, seeing all I have done and the unconditional support my team provided me, I just know that Crimson helped me be the very best that I could be. They gifted me the best chance possible to get where I wanted to be.”

Bluebelle grew up in London and went to Camden School for Girls. She benefitted from university strategy, ACT tutoring, essay development and extracurricular & leadership mentoring whilst at Crimson.

Bluebelle started working with us in May 2019 when she was in Year 12. She already had a good ACT score when she came to us but we worked with her to improve her score by 8 points and helped her utilise her summer to write the first drafts of her essays.

With our support, Bluebelle gained acceptance to both Yale University and the University of Oxford. Bluebelle chose Yale because of the flexibility of the liberal arts curriculum and started there in 2021.


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