5 of the World’s Best Universities

Crimson Education shares the World’s Best Universities and how to support your child to get there

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The World’s Best Universities These Universities Have the Highest Graduate Salaries

The decision as to which universities your child will apply to is likely to be one of the most pivotal and important ones they’ve made in their lives so far.

Do you want to know which universities will fast track your child to CEO and the salary that goes with it?

Kensington Mums and Crimson Education have researched and compiled a list to showcase which universities your child should be aiming for, and how you can help them get there.

#1 Stanford 

Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: USD $79,000

Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: USD $145,200

Situated in sunny California, Stanford is one of the great heavyweights on the US college scene. It has a phenomenal reputation for computer science and engineering as well as entrepreneurship, due to its proximity to silicon valley. Stanford alumni include the founders of Google and Yahoo as well as many other tech giants, so it’s easy to see why it remains one of the most popular-and competitive-study destinations in the world!

Beyond the classroom, students enjoy the rich sporting culture and many extracurricular opportunities on offer.

It is the most selective school in the US, enrolling approximately 6,996 undergraduates at an admission rate of around 4.6%.

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#2 Harvard

Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: USD $74,800

Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: USD $146,800

Founded in 1636, Harvard enjoys the fiercest reputation of all US colleges, and with good reason!  It is known the world over for the quality of its education and research, high graduate salaries and illustrious alumni network and each year it attracts increasing numbers of students who dream of joining its ranks. But as the volume of applicants grows, so too does the level of competition, making it harder than ever to win a coveted place.

A member of the prestigious group of universities known as the Ivy League, Harvard is the second most selective university in the US, enrolling about 6,755 undergraduates at an admission rate of around 4.92%. The most popular ‘concentrations’ of study include economics, biology and mathematics.

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#3 London Business School

London Business School: £69,000

London Business School is a world-class global business school that combines academic excellence, London spirit and a global mindset. Located in the beautiful Regent’s Park, London Business School offers courses in the business, management and finance ilk.

#4 University of Oxford

University of Oxford: £54,000

The University of Oxford needs no introduction. It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching, and research. Oxford has a distinctive collegiate structure, meaning students and academics benefit from belonging both to the University, a large, internationally-renowned institution, and to a college or hall, a small, interdisciplinary academic community.

The university of Oxford, and most UK universities alike, encourage undergraduates to focus on one subject in depth. Prospective undergraduates are expected to declare their chosen subject within their application, and each subject will likely have its own unique admissions process.

The US universities and their liberal arts curriculum, however, offer breadth of study and do not require applicants to commit to a degree choice until their third year of study. Instead, students can choose classes from the university’s array of subjects and diversify their knowledge base. The US curriculum may therefore be an exciting alternative for those students who enjoy interdisciplinary studies and who are reluctant to pigeonhole themselves at this early stage.

#5 UChicago

Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: USD $64,000

Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: USD $114,200

UChicago is not only known for its strong programs in STEM, psychology, history and the social sciences, but also its curriculum which requires students to complete courses in three areas: humanities, civilization studies and the arts; natural sciences; and social sciences. UChicago enrols approximately 6,300 undergraduates and offers one of the most esteemed Economics programmes in the world.

How Can I Support My Child To Get There?

Applications to top-ranked US and UK universities are notoriously technical and hard to prepare for. Students are assessed through interviews, tests, extracurricular profiles, personal statements, grade scores, and much more.

It can seem like competitive candidates must juggle a lifetime of commitments.

Kensington Mums partner, Crimson Education, offers personalised support with every aspect of the application process — from university selection strategy, test preparation and personal statement/essay support, to extracurricular mentoring and interview practice.

Their support is delivered online by curated teams of experienced mentors which include former admissions officers and graduates from universities such as Stanford, MIT and Oxford. Mentors receive rigorous and ongoing training and are paired with students based on credentials and, crucially, personality fit. This facilitates productive and lasting relationships and Crimson’s stellar rate of success.

To date, Crimson has helped 269 students receive offers from Ivy League institutions and 99 gain entry to Oxbridge. Crimson students are four times more likely to gain admission to these universities than the average applicant.

Your Child’s Future

It has never been so important to invest in your child’s education and ensure they have the tools they need to succeed.

In order to make informed decisions about the future and provide your child with the best chance of competing on the global admissions stage, we recommend that you follow this link and arrange a consultation with the expert advisors at Crimson, free for Kensington Mums:

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Best of luck in all of your families’ academic pursuits!