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Time is running out! Where are you with your US university preparation?

Hundreds of students from Europe apply to the US every year, they are enticed by the stellar level of education and the incredible opportunities top universities can offer due to their relationships with top businesses.

Gaining acceptance to a top US university is notoriously difficult - with some acceptance rates as low as 4.3%. Admissions teams are looking for well-rounded candidates who demonstrate strong academics, extracurriculars and personal qualities.

It takes time and effort to develop a profile like this. You need to demonstrate consistency and a clear upward trajectory, and an ever-evolving personal narrative, so it is essential to be working on your application in Grade 11.

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.

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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 an IB score of 40+ 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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Us Admissions Preparation Timeline Year 12

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: Weronika

"I am truly thankful for Crimson’s help and devotion. I could always count on them to promptly reply and help me in case of any trouble."

Weronika was born in Poland and grew up in France where she attended the International School of Paris. She benefitted from university strategy and essay development whilst at Crimson.

Weronika started working with us in April 2021. Weronika already had a great set of extracurriculars coming in but her Strategist helped her showcase this in the best way on her application. She also worked with her Essay Mentor to write a stellar essay that got her noticed by admissions officers.

With our support, Weronika gained acceptance to New York University (NYU) in the early decision round and is looking forward to studying Economics.


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