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09 MAR 2021
This high rate of success, recorded by Crimson students from all over the world, can largely be attributed to the two key support principles on which Crimson was founded. Firstly, that students are provided with the very best tutors and mentors the world has to offer with whom they work 1:1, and secondly that these experts help their students perfect every single element of their complex US and UK applications.
That said, ‘Is Crimson Legit?’ is a fair question. In some countries, the university application support space can be a crowded one; and in some cases, consultancies may not follow through on what they promise. In other cases, these companies may not adhere to the principles set by, or be members of, institutions such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) or International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) — Crimson is a member of both — and therefore not held to their ethical standards. So there is no wonder families need reassurance before deciding who to trust when it comes to deciding how to negotiate this important part of their child’s education journey.
Through partnerships such as that with U.S. News & World Report, Ten Lifestyle Group, HSBC, and Dulwich, we can provide thousands of students around the world with the resources they need in order to be a competitive applicant amongst a pool of as equally qualified students.
So, why Crimson? Let’s start by taking a look at the current lay of the land’ in university admissions and why expert support can be the key to success.
The Competitiveness of Top University Admissions
It is well known that top schools like those in the Ivy League or the UK’s Oxford or Cambridge are highly sought-after institutions that attract many more applications than available ‘spots’. (Acceptance rates at top US schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton for example hover around the 4-5% mark.) A degree from any of these schools or others like the US’s MIT, Duke, Northwestern or Caltech, or the UK’s UCL, Imperial, LSE, King's College London or Edinburgh, can set a young person on the path for a lifetime of success. In a shifting COVID-19 landscape which saw many top universities going ‘test optional’ (eg: the Ivy League and most other top US schools did not require applicants to submit the SAT or ACT in 2021 and will continue this test-optional policy into 2022), this competition has only increased, with Harvard and other top schools reporting application number increases of up to 47%.
These changes once again highlight the need for expert support in all areas of a student’s application - from maximizing school grades through expert tutoring, building strong extracurriculars and leadership profiles, crafting resonating essays, guiding teachers on how to write stand-out recommendation letters, and engaging in expert interview prep.
A huge factor in our relationship with Crimson was trust, as every person we dealt with at Crimson was top class and we completely trusted that we were in the hands of extraordinary guides. This was really important considering that we knew so little about where we were going and how to get there. Also because to an extent, the results will determine your child’s future, you need to have complete faith in the team who are guiding you. With Crimson, we felt the comforting presence of absolute excellence.
— Janine, mother of Chris, University of Pennsylvania / Wharton admit
The unfortunate truth is that many students lose out on the acceptance letter they strive for simply because they don’t have the support they deserve. They may have all the talent and motivation needed to gain admissions to a top school, but perhaps don’t fully understand what goes into admissions decisions and how to approach the multiple application elements.
That’s why Crimson was founded in the first place. Jamie Beaton, Crimson’s co-founder, CEO, and Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford graduate, admits he was flying blind when it came to negotiating his own US and UK applications 8 years ago. Jamie applied to the world’s top 25 universities and was accepted into all of them, and in the process learned just how hard it was to get sound advice and encouragement from people who really understood the process.
***“[My team] helped me narrow down my ideas and get really specific about the most special parts of my story! I can tell my application is very well-rounded and it touches on the qualities that really capture me just right and really made me stand out.
“They helped me a lot in the revision of the essays, portray all of my ideas clearly, and they really gave me the push to continue and write all the way through the end.”***
— Sophie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 2025
In short, Crimson was founded on the premise that by demystifying the admissions process for our students, we can help democratize elite higher education for those who face obstacles that may otherwise seriously restrict their chances.
How do we accomplish this?
With high-level expert support from current students, graduates, and/or former admissions officers at these top universities on a highly personalized level. At Crimson, every student is provided a support team with each team member helping them on one area of their application - being it their university selection, standardized test or local curriculum tutoring, extracurricular building, essay creating, or interview prep. Our 3,000 mentors and tutors have been there and done that’ successfully themselves — and they bring first-hand knowledge and experiences to the table. Students are paired with their mentors via Crimson’s personality test, created exclusively for Crimson by Galen Buckwalter. This test allows Education Coordinators to pair students based on characteristics such as personality type, learning and teaching styles, interests, etc.
Depending on a student’s program, they will have a variety of team members, including but not limited to, an Education Coordinator, Strategist, Extracurricular & Leadership (ECL) Mentor, and Application Mentor. The combination of a full-time, experienced strategist with neer-peer mentors allows students the structure and guidance they need, while also created an environment where students feel comfortable and confident that they can achieve what their neer-peer mentors did just months or years before.
In 2020, Crimson Education created the Crimson Access Opportunity (CAO) Program to provide ambitious, economically disadvantaged students with free access to Crimson’s admissions experts, who will support you as you craft a stand-out college application. Through our scholarship program, Crimson Access Opportunity (CAO), has helped underserved students gain admission to U Penn, Harvard, Case Western, University of North Carolina, and Loyola Chicago among many others. For more information on CAO, click here.
[My team] set me up for success, and by the end, I had learned so much about writing and myself, and I want to be a resource like this for students. Every time I think of Crimson, I don’t think of it as academic support. Every single person was there for me 100%. When my time does run out with Crimson, I want to become a mentor at Crimson for other students like myself!
— Porsche, a student fully supported by the Crimson Access Opportunity.
Of course, the one thing we do not do is sell our students short. They already possess the intelligence, ambition, and talent that makes a perfect college applicant. Our approach capitalizes on the amazing qualities our students already have, in combination with the expertise of our teams, to ensure that every qualified student has a fair chance at the education they deserve. The success of our approach and the word about Crimson has spread around the globe, with over 30% of our incoming students being direct referrals from our happy families.
Crimson’s Focus on Technology
One of the most important and arguably most difficult aspects of the college application process is ensuring that everything is organized and completed on time. Crimson has taken that challenge and solved it in the form of the Crimson App. This application is specially designed for Gen Z, allowing them to direct message and book sessions with all of their team members, keep track of session reports and tasks, rate their sessions (like Uber!), map out their upcoming months in their roadmap, and much more. Students also gain access to thousands of example essays, student stories, videos from Unfiltered, practice exams, etc. Because of the Crimson App, our students had a seamless experience during the COVID transition to working online, as they had already been working with their team members online.
In addition to all of the student-exclusive resources, we believe that access to information is key in a successful admissions experience, and have committed to sharing these resources with the wider community. You can check out a few of our most-requested eBooks here, as well as Crimson’s Top of the Class podcast and extracurricular marketplace, crimsonecl.com.
If you are ready to learn more, feel free to click on the “learn more” below to organize a free one-hour 1:1 consultation with one of our expert academic advisors who can explain how Crimson can help you/your child in reaching their ultimate world-leading university goals.