Command Education In the News
Many students assume that when they press “submit” on their ED and EA applications, they absolve themselves from worrying about grades. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
The efforts have paid off. US college consultants report double-digit increases in interest from British students over the past five years. New York-based consultancy Command Education has seen a five-fold increase in inquiries in that timeframe.
Preparing to apply to Ivy League and other top schools is a daunting process for students and parents alike. The admissions process is becoming increasingly selective — Harvard and Columbia universities admitted record-low percentages of applicants (both less than 4%) into the class of 2026.
Let’s say your classmate has similar extracurriculars, similar grades and letters of recommendation, but one has a test score and the other doesn’t,” says Christopher Rim, CEO and founder of Command Education, an admissions consulting company. “Who is going to get in? The student who has the stronger test score. It’s less of a risk for the colleges.”
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“In order to get into an Ivy League school, it’s about having a singular hook,” Christopher Rim, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of education and admission consultancy Command Education, tells Entrepreneur.
Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of Command Education, an independent college consulting company with offices in New York and Miami, says that a family with children at the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan recently shifted their focus away from schools like Stanford, Duke, and Georgetown to Washington University in St. Louis, Emory, and SMU. “They say they want a school where ‘You see a sense of community and where you’re really able to have debates and have conversations with opposing viewpoints and not be canceled,’ ” says Rim
“I always tell students foreign language is the way to go,” says Christopher Rim, CEO and founder of Command Education, an education and admissions consulting company. “When students are applying to colleges, top-tier schools …
Admission to top colleges has been growing increasingly competitive. Every year, colleges receive more applications than the last, but are only able to accept roughly the same number of students.
Starting freshman year, there are plenty of opportunities that students can and should take advantage of to help set themselves up for college admissions success.
While students might have certain schools they’re interested in due to prestige, family ties or geographic location, they should keep an open mind when considering colleges, Rim says.
“If you are able to hire a tutor, get the prep books and the materials, you’re obviously going to be able to score a little bit higher,” says Christopher Rim, the founder and CEO of Command Education, an education and admissions consulting company.
“If they stay on the waitlist with no intention of attending that school, then they are essentially taking a seat from a student who would have loved to attend that school,” Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of the admissions firm Command Education.
What does one need to get into a top Ivy League school such as Columbia, Princeton, Cornell or any of the other eight institutions? You probably need to start with a stellar GPA of 4.0 or higher.
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“It’s so strange these students over the past few weeks have not been answering us at all,” said Christopher Rim, the founder of the education and college-consulting firm Command Education
In New York City, where competition for top high schools is tight and many private schools serve grades K-12, families often look to middle school as a path to the high school they want their children to attend.
Some are questioning why UC Berkeley didn’t make the announcement of a possible enrollment reduction sooner, given the far-reaching impact it has on students who have applied. Christopher Rim, CEO of the admissions firm Command Education, suggests that Berkeley downplayed the enrollment freeze order because it didn’t want to receive fewer applications.
“You can’t really compare the level of education received from a top private New York City school to any other school in the country,” says Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of Command Education. “You just can’t.”
“There is a clear link between household income and test performance. If you practice enough and have the right resources, you will see your score rise. Test prep and tutoring is a multibillion-dollar industry; those who can afford such resources will generally outperform those who do not.”