Are you a “superman” student looking to apply for Oxbridge and the Ivy League? Or are you hoping to hedge your chances by applying to multiple regions?
Speak to us! We have experienced different scenarios and have helped many students navigate the multi-region process successfully! We ensure the whole process is well thought through in order to maximize your application success.
Offers from Cambridge & Columbia
We have two types of students applying for dual region; and Debbie is the “Superman” type. She has been pursuing up to 30 extra curricula activities whilst balancing her academics at a local school. Whilst aspiring to apply for Oxbridge and Ivy League, the issue with her “seemingly strong” application is that she has no idea what subject to pursue in the UK and what’s her “story” for US. Quality over quantity; and the challenge here is to draw out her genuine passion and to ensure she can handle the timeline applying to top universities. We first helped her switch school and curriculum to better align to her academic strength and provide her with more school support. We then drew out her exam preparation timeline which she needed to stick to religiously in order to get top scores. On the UK side, our team of expert tutors guided her to explore HSPS, PPE and Law; whilst on the US side, our team of consultants helped tease out her innate interest in environmental and social sciences (contrary to her initial thought of sciences). Both teams helped her extensively with statement drafting, university list, course choice, extra curricula enhancement, strategic application decisions, exam and interview preparation etc. Another “superman” born this year – well done for Cambridge and Columbia offers!
University of Pennsylvania
Juliana came to ARCH expressing an aspiration to apply for the most competitive subject, Medicine, in the UK and Hong Kong; and to the Ivy League in the US. Juliana was at a boarding school in the UK at the time and we first conducted a series of mocks to determine her academic standard for top universities, and to identify any gap that we needed to start bridging. Given Juliana was aiming for all the top universities globally, managing the timeline was the key challenge – balancing the need to apply for medical schools (that require aptitude tests, academic enhancements, work placements, interview preparation, statements etc.), we also had to extend and build up Juliana’s extra curricula profiles within the confines of UK boarding school logistical constraints. Planning ahead for holidays became a critical task. On top of all these, Juliana wanted to apply for Oxford University with organ scholarship and pursue the IB curriculum (despite our suggestion of A-Levels). It was therefore an extremely busy and challenging 2+ years working with Juliana. Under our guidance and many impromptu surprises that arisen throughout the process, Juliana received an offer for organ scholarship, successfully achieved multiple medical school offers (including UCL, Manchester and HKU); as well as multiple top offers from the US including the Ivy League UPenn, where she ultimately chose to attend. We are proud of Juliana’s perseverance throughout the entire process and we are happy that the UK-US-HK consultation teams pulled together to provide seamless guidance, mitigating unnecessary stress along the way, to achieving excellent results all around.
University of Cambridge
Sarah was attending US boarding school when she approached ARCH to help prepare her for UK law schools, including Oxbridge. Personal statement was key as the style of writing statements for UK and US universities differs hugely. As US system is not subject focused, we provided Sarah with guided reading to expose her to Law. We also supported Sarah in her preparation of Cambridge supplementary essays, Law aptitude tests, monitoring of mock performance and interview preparation. We are happy Sarah landed an offer at Cambridge, especially considering the tougher transition from US system.
|M.Y.||University of Cambridge (Natural Science) & HKU (Medicine) + Columbia University with Science Research Fellow Award|
|D.W.||University of Oxford (Law) + University of Pennsylvania|
|T.S.||University of Cambridge (Law) + University of Chicago|
|I.W.||London School of Economics (Law) + Cornell University & Duke University|
|W.C.||University of Oxford (Bio-Chemistry) + Yale University|
|C.W.||University of Cambridge (Natural Sciences) + Cornell University|
|M.N.||London School of Economics (Law) + Brown University|
|F.Y.||University of Cambridge (Law) + University of Pennsylvania|
- Academic Planning
- Extracurricular Activities Guidance
- Test Preparation
- University Selection
- Personal Statement Guidance
- Recommendation Guidance
- Interview Preparation
- Supplementary Essays & Statements
The ARCH consultants helped me to enhance my Personal Statement and profile greatly. As a candidate, I am certain that I was presented in the best light possible with the help of my tutors. My application before and after their counseling, l would not even have been comparable. I am particular grateful for their help with my Personal Statement - through providing me with background reading and assigning me excellent tutors. I was exposed to the topic of International Relations like I had never been before.
ARCH’s admissions counseling services are not just like any other services. It is tailor made to each and every individual, assessing the needs and augmenting the strengths. The services I received were unique - it combined expert guidance for both UK/US admissions. Beyond personal statements, the UK counseling strength lies in preparation for interview. Given the interview myth that surrounds Oxbridge interviews, ARCH gives one an idea of interviews, and more importantly guidelines for preparation. On the other hand, the US counseling services is of a completely different nature. Firstly, the speed and versatility provided by the US team is of extreme efficiency. Next, I have to applaud how the US counselors tailor each application to the applicant's nature. Another rewarding aspect is perhaps information that cannot be easily obtained by surfing the web - the strengths and atmosphere of each US college/university, the status quo and how an applicant would fit in.
I engaged ARCH for its US consulting services in Year 11 (Grade 10) for my daughter who is studying at a local international school. The global team with counselors based in the US gave insightful college-specific advice, always keeping an international perspective. There was ongoing consultation with the ARCH team throughout, including regular routine updates and ad hoc enquiries. Response time is fast and never beyond a day.
At the end of Year 12 (Grade 11), I engaged ARCH to provide UK college consultancy. The holistic and interactive nature of ARCH’s cross-border advice ensured the best possible college outcome for my daughter; it also proved to be time and effort-efficient. My daughter received the highest quality advice from both consultants (US and UK) in their respective countries of specialisation.
ARCH’s consulting advice was specially invaluable in Year 13 (Grade 12): choice of teachers for recommendation and the drafting of self-profile to supplement teachers’ understanding, discussions regarding the merits of having other recommendations. The important task of brainstorming and editing the numerous personal statements and supplements was conducted with skill and sensitivity, a timeline was set well in advance and deadlines were met with prompting and reminders.
The college application process is grueling for the student and the parents. I have entrusted the advisory role to a team that is far more patient and knowledgeable than I can ever hope to be. My daughter got into her first choice program at her dream college and that is due, in large measure, to ARCH’s mentorship and skilful guidance. As a bonus, she has the opportunity of observing first-hand the culture of commitment and professionalism that the ARCH team has demonstrated throughout the 2.5 years. I am one grateful parent!