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How to Get Accepted to a Top University: Hear from Former Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins Admissions Officers!

Free, in-person event in Palo Alto, CA | Learn what it takes to get into the Ivy League and other top colleges!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

9:30AM – 2:30PM

Mitchell Park Community Center | Palo Alto, CA


Amongst thousands of applicants, how do you impress admissions officers at Harvard or Stanford?

Admissions officers sift through a mountain of applications each year, spending only a few minutes reading each one — and it takes a lot more than perfect grades and impressive extracurriculars to stand out. This is especially true at Ivy League universities, where the average acceptance rate is a minuscule 5.2%.

So what can you do to elevate yourself above the competition?

Attend our FREE, in-person event to find out directly from the experts!

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Connect with Former Admissions Officers

Get answers to your specific application questions LIVE from Former Admissions Officers from Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins!

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Find Out What the Most Competitive Colleges Look For

Learn how to strategically approach each part of the application and how to weave a compelling narrative through every section to truly set yourself apart.

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Get an Expert Evaluation of Your Candidacy & Goals

Understand how your candidacy currently measures and what you can do to increase your odds of acceptance to your dream school at any stage of the application journey.


9:30am | Arrival, Registration + Refreshments

Check in, grab refreshments, enter to win one of multiple raffle prizes, then take your seat and get ready to soak in some admissions expertise!

10:00am | Opening Remarks and Admissions Trends

  • Welcome from Jamie Beaton, Crimson Education CEO and graduate of Harvard, Stanford, UPenn, Yale, and Oxford
  • Admissions trends overview with David Freed, Crimson Education COO, Head of Strategy, and Harvard graduate

10:30am | Presentation: How to Get Into a Top University


Pam Ng, Former Harvard and Stanford Admissions Officer

Jeremy Parks, Former Johns Hopkins Admissions Officer

About the session:

Our admissions experts will share exactly what they looked for in the strongest candidates as admissions officers at top-ranked universities.

11:45am | Break: Refreshments and Meet the FAOs

Enjoy sandwiches, snacks and drinks and chat with our Former Admissions Officers and application experts!

12:30pm | Former Admissions Officer Panel

Ask our Former Admissions Officers from Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins all your questions about the admissions process. Hear their diverse perspectives and expert advice on how to navigate the often-grueling application process for top universities!

01:30pm | Closing Remarks + Raffle Winners Announced

Our CEO and COO will send you off full of practical knowledge and tips to implement no matter where you are in the application process.

A few lucky attendees will walk away with raffle prizes including $1000 off a Crimson program!

01:45pm | Book a Meeting with an Academic Adviser

If you’d like help implementing what you learned on your application, our team can assist you in booking a FREE hour-long consultation with one of our Academic Advisers.

01:45pm | (Optional) Breakout Rooms: Athletics, Chinese Families

For aspiring athletic recruits and Chinese-speaking families, we’ll have specialized breakout rooms to provide more focused guidance and answer your individual questions.

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Register to Attend

Fill out the form below to reserve your spot! Please note that students must be accompanied by a guardian, and indicate how many will be included in your party.

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Offers to the Ivy League

Offers to US Top 10 Non-Ivies


Offers to US Top 50 Universities

Offers to UK Top 10 Universities

How Crimson Works

Crimson Education is the world’s most successful US/UK university admissions support consultancy. Our services are based on our belief that every student deserves individualized support in every aspect of their application(s) from a team of highly specialized experts who are graduates from the very universities our students are aiming for.

From university selection strategy and standardized test prep to essay support, extracurricular mentoring and interview practice — we leave no stone unturned, making sure your application stands out above the crowd and increasing your odds of acceptance to the Ivy League and other ultra-competitive universities by over 450%.

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