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US University Admission Consultation Services

The optimal time to begin preparation for university application is 24 months prior to submitting, which allows for students to work toward Personal Branding, timeline planning in terms of extracurricular, test prep, and school subjects selection based on targeted universities and intended major. For example, early planning enables students to gain greater exposure to different activities that could boost their credentials. Students can also start preparing for standardized tests required by most US universities (SAT or ACT, and SAT Subject Tests) as early as two to three years before the year of admission. Below are the main criteria that US universities look at when assessing student applications.

  1. SAT or ACT results (except test flexible or optional tests universities)
  2. School report cards (grades 9 – 12) and SAT Subject Tests
  3. Extracurricular activities
  4. Personal statement and essays
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Interview

CANA’s value add to your US admissions

Though the above criteria are well known and the statistical profiles of the students accepted are widely publicized, exceptions to the guidelines are not uncommon. Hence, standardized consultation services and cookie-cutter preparation programs are never good enough; tailor-made strategizing and coaching provided by experienced and attentive consultant-coaches are necessary to ensure application success.

CANA’s impeccable track record is attributed to the depth and breadth of personalized services we provide for students and parents. We take pride in our team of consultant-coaches who have their own experience of application success and are passionate about helping students to achieve the same. As the level of individual attention students receive is of paramount importance, CANA continues to maintain the lowest student-to-consultant ratio to ensure that dedicated care and meticulous coaching are delivered to every student.

More than 85% of our students are admitted to their 1st or 2nd choice university

Our students are admitted to: Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Wharton U Penn, Cornell, Williams College, Brown, Northwestern, New York U, Boston College, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Barnard College, Johns Hopkins, Washington at St. Louis, Carnegie Mellon, Michigan at Ann Arbor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory, UCLA, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tufts.

CANA’s US university admission services include:

  • Academic Coaching—a featured service at CANA that encompasses academic planning and grade improvement
  • Personal Branding—objective is to demonstrate creativity, innovation, leadership, organization skills and service for a cause and a group that is larger than self
  • Team of coaches and primary consultant—the Primary helps with application timeline management, milestones monitoring, general guidance, application forms guidance, and essays boosting, while the rest of the team assists with specific tasks that require specialized skills
  • CV Compilation and Boosting
  • Universities / Liberal Arts Colleges and Major(s) Selection
  • Career Exploration and Prospects
  • Personal Statement Guidance
  • Academic Planning and Grade Boosting
  • Extracurricular Activities Coaching
  • Milestones and timeline setup and monitoring
  • Interview coaching
  • Letters of recommendation

US University Standardized Test Preparation

CANA offers one-to-one SAT and ACT lessons, as well as intensive SAT courses for students who are applying to US universities. Our instructors are graduates of the top elite U.S. universities and attained top scores in standardized tests. They have all been carefully selected by virtue of their communication skills and coaching ability.

In contrast to other SAT and ACT courses offered at other education centers, lessons at CANA are tailor made to meet the specific needs of each individual student, reviewing all topics while placing emphasis on strengthening areas of weakness. Click here to find out how you can improve your SAT and ACT score at CANA!

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Our US Admission Consultants


The IB was tough and grueling program, but I credit my peers, teachers and the wonderful tutors at Cana for providing a challenging and fulfilling environment for me to learn. Cana tutors are not only knowledgeable in their fields but also approachable; willing and able to answer any questions I had on hand. Overall, I'm really happy with completing the IB and I can definitely say that the feeling of accomplishment after receiving my score made all the hard work worth it.

Eunice Canadian International School, 45/45 in IBDP

Cana provides valuable advice on college selection which helps my daughter to develop an appropriate college list and find a best fit college. We have a better understanding of the U.S. college admission processes. Cana also provides good guidance in selecting essay topics and approaches which allow Esther to articulate who she is and what matters to her in a genuine and impressive way.

Mrs. Ng Parent of E. Ng from South Island School

CANA's consultant team consists of graduates and students from Oxbridge, I think that the team is very reliable, trustworthy and supportive. The consultants organised the tutorial timetable nicely, helping me to avoid procrastination and make me feel well prepared before the interview. Apart from technical support, CANA consultants also gave me invaluable encouragement during the application process.

Mingyu Liu Successful applicant to Oxford, 44/45 in IBDP

Cana’s services have helped me realize my dream of getting into medical school. The tutors have given me confidence and courage to fulfill my own potential in a time of uncertainty and nervousness. They have given me knowledge that extends beyond my academic career, I have also gained friendships through Cana’s overwhelming hospitality.

A.A. Yew Chung International School, HKU Medicine

CANA gave me direction in my application process. They provided many resources that helped me understand the complex US admissions process and gave me insight into how university admissions officers would see my application.

L.C. Successful applicant to Yale