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Five hours of classes at school, 2 hours at the coaching center to gobble up some entrance test prep (JEE, NEET or some such combination of alphabets), and a few more hours of drudgery on homework – that’s an average day for a 16-year-old in India.

Things haven’t changed much in the last two decades – admittedly, this approach has served thousands of students to enter the most revered Indian Institutions but if you think the same formula will make you walk through the hallowed halls of the world’s best universities – the Ivy Leagues, the Oxbridge of the worlds – we’d say hit the road, Jack and don’t you come back!

Experts such as Former Admission Officers from Top US/UK Universities guide students through their invaluable knowledge of the admissions process.
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Experts such as Former Admission Officers from Top US/UK Universities guide students through their invaluable knowledge of the admissions process.

The best universities in the world look beyond academic accomplishments and test scores - undoubtedly, these are important, but good grades and test scores are a necessary condition, not a sufficient one. One may ask, what else do these universities look at – and the simple answer to that question is “You". There are few people who take 18 years old, their life story and what they truly care for more seriously than admission officers at these Universities. 

If you have an idea (and belief) that can truly solve a real-world problem, from access to education to sanitization, public health to gender neutrality, from climate change to body positivity or bullying - go for it. But don’t just stop at talking about it – do something, make an impact – build a start-up, code an app, start a campaign, create a fundraiser, join a not-for-profit or start one. Most importantly do what you truly and deeply care for and it will count in the application – often more than you can imagine..

Crimson students have broken new records in their groundbreaking acceptances to the best universities in the US.
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Crimson students have broken new records in their groundbreaking acceptances to the best universities in the US.

We truly believe that Indian students don’t lack the imagination, the empathy or the technical ability to get involved and make an impact. In fact, if there’s something this county has in abundance, it is opportunity, resources and ingenuity – however what many international applicants and their parents lack is often the right mindset and an understanding on what aids the development of an intelligent 16 year old to become a leader and an impactful professional – and this approach is lacking in higher educational institutions, national curriculum as well as in dinner table conversations at home (and often substituted by an exaggerated emphasis on competitive and board exams). The other thing most Indian students lack is information and a sense of time – most of them don’t know that most US universities offer an athletic and sports recruitment route, where exceptional sportspersons (from over 24 different sports) can apply and be selected to study at the best universities including Harvard, Stanford, Yale purely on their sporting abilities and achievements. 

Similarly, while typically, students in the US start working towards their university plans from as early as grade 8 or 9, finding initiatives at school or building independent projects or just doing research on what universities require and look for, most Indian students only start thinking or acting on their university application plan in late Grade 11 or 12 – by which time the battle is already half lost.

The world’s best universities want to fill their classes with students with diverse academic goals, varied interests, differing perspectives and personalities, unique achievements but bound together with a common trait and a shared goal to contribute and enrich the society.
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The world’s best universities want to fill their classes with students with diverse academic goals, varied interests, differing perspectives and personalities, unique achievements but bound together with a common trait and a shared goal to contribute and enrich the society.

The world’s best universities want to fill their classes with students with diverse academic goals, varied interests, differing perspectives and personalities, unique achievements but bound together with a common trait and a shared goal to contribute and enrich the society. We are sure enough students in India fulfill that criteria, all they need is direction and the right guidance.

If you have aspirations to study at the world’s best universities, start thinking beyond grades and SATs – get involved in your school, your community, and start actively contributing to the world around you – and start NOW! Participate in a wide variety of initiatives - from community projects, volunteering opportunities, to professional experience such as internships, to nurturing and advancing your own personal interests –music, art, sports or even an uncommon hobby. 

Work on a problem/issue/cause that you deeply care but remember you’re not doing this just for the sake of your college application but with the intent of making a real difference – however small that difference may be!

The Crimson Difference

At Crimson, we start with a candidacy assessment of the student - an analysis of their goals, preferences and aspirations, to identify where they might need support to further develop and excel their profile. 

2,400 expert tutors, mentors, and strategists located around the world

Experts such as Former Admission Officers from Top US/UK Universities guide our students through their invaluable knowledge of the admissions process. 

Crimson students have broken new records in their groundbreaking acceptances to the best universities in the US.
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Crimson students have broken new records in their groundbreaking acceptances to the best universities in the US.

As a result of our process, when many schools reported a decrease in early round acceptance rates, Crimson students have broken new records in their groundbreaking acceptances to the best universities in the US. 

The Crimson Advantage

Our CEO and Co-Founder - Jamie Beaton (holds qualifications from Harvard and Stanford and most recently has completed his PhD in Public Policy at Oxford) believes that creating value and giving access to vital information for both students and parents is the only thing that truly matters. To realize Jamie’s efforts, for a more global outreach and democratizing the access to information, Crimson also runs the largest YouTube channel for any educational company, depicting college life and answers to major student queries.

For more information on Crimson Education, please visit https://bit.ly/crimsoneducationindia

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