What is the New Normal for Colleges and Universities?

By IvyWise on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Learn What the New Normal Looks Like at Colleges and Universities

With the back to school season well under way, students are preparing for fall semesters that will likely feel very different from years past. From remote learning models to mandatory quarantine periods, every college and university has its own approach to creating a new normal.

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5 Questions to Ask When Finalizing Your College List

By IvyWise on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
If You’re Finalizing Your College List, You Should Answer These Questions

Finalizing your college list is one of the most important decisions high school students will have to make. Before solidifying your choices, it’s important to research each school thoroughly and reflect on what you are looking for in a college.

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Back to School with IvyWise 2020

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Use Our New Resources to Make the Most of This Unusual Semester

As COVID-19 continues to cause ongoing uncertainty for students across the globe, we’re debuting a new set of resources to help you navigate this unusual semester. Back to School with IvyWise is our latest initiative designed to provide students and families with comprehensive academic and college admissions support. 

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Students Who Receive Tutoring are More Prepared for College

By IvyWise on Friday, September 4, 2020
Happy ethnic guy smiling and waving hand while sitting at table and having online lesson at homeLearn Why Students Who Participate in Tutoring Have an Edge

Whether you’re struggling in a specific class or looking to get ahead, tutoring can be an excellent opportunity for students to overcome academic challenges and gain confidence. By working one-on-one with an experienced tutor, students can build the foundation for effective work habits that will serve them throughout their educational journey and beyond. 

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Navigating Fall Testing in 2020

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Female students taking tests at the universityWhat You Need to Know if Testing is on Your Radar This Fall

This fall, students may feel like they’re approaching a crossroads. While many originally planned on taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT during their fall semester, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a layer of uncertainty to their college preparation plans. As some testing sites begin to reopen, new questions have emerged. Some students may be wondering whether they should register for a fall exam, what taking the SAT or ACT during the COVID-19 pandemic will look like, and what their options are if they decide against sitting for an exam. 

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Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

By IvyWise on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Coronavirus cancellationsThe Latest on How Colleges and Universities in the US are Responding to COVID-19

The response to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has deeply affected college bound high school students with school closures and the cancelling of large gatherings, including campus visits, admitted student weekends, and admissions tests.

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5 Tips for Staying Engaged During Online Lessons

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 27, 2020
Discover How to Stay Engaged During Your Online Classes

With a growing number of schools opting for remote lessons or hybridized models this fall, online courses will be a part of many students’ reality. While completing coursework from the comfort of your bedroom might sound appealing, it’s important to stay just as engaged as you would in a classroom or lecture hall.

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Colleges with No Application Fees

By IvyWise on Monday, August 24, 2020
Colleges Where You Can Apply Without an Application Fee

Students must weigh many considerations when compiling their list of best-fit colleges, including application fees. Many universities include a fee that applicants must pay when applying unless that student qualifies for fee waivers. However, there are a number of colleges without an accompanying application fee.

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Staying Productive During A Pandemic

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 20, 2020
Learn How to Remain Productive Amidst All Distractions

As summer break comes to a close, many students may find it challenging to stay productive. Add in the sense of uncertainty and disruption associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and it’s no wonder many students may feel as if they are struggling to stay on top of their studies.

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5 Items to Check Off Your List Before the First Day of School

By IvyWise on Monday, August 17, 2020
Have the Best First Day of School Possible By Checking These Items Off of Your To-Do List

Whether it’s in-person or online, the first day of school sets the tone for the rest of your academic year. Consequently, it’s important for students to come prepared and get started on the best note possible. 

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How to Make the Most of the Back-to-School Season

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Start the Back-to-School Season on the Best Note Possible

It’s safe to say that for many students, this year’s back to school season will be unlike any other. With many colleges and high schools offering remote or hybrid learning options, students may not be reuniting with their classmates face-to-face as they have in previous years. 

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IB vs AP: Which Is Best for College Admissions?

By IvyWise on Monday, August 10, 2020
University student wearing spectacles studying in library. Young african man taking notes from book while sitting in the library. Focused casual guy writing notes during homework.Learn the Key Differences Between IB and AP Curricula


For high school students looking to make the most of their courses, choosing between an International Baccalaureate (IB) and AP curriculum is often a top priority. While both choices are academically rigorous and can lead to college credit, there are also profound differences between the two programs. 

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List of SAT/ACT Optional Colleges for 2020-21

By IvyWise on Friday, August 7, 2020
2020-21 test optional schools List of 2020-21 Test-Optional Colleges

In light of cancellations for many spring and summer ACT and SAT exams because of COVID-19, a number of colleges have decided to shift to a test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle.

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Will Colleges Extend Early Decision Deadlines?

By IvyWise on Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Successful Freelancer. Happy afro man smiling and working on laptop in home office. Copyspace, panoramaLearn If Schools Are Considering Extending Their Early Decision Deadlines


Due to the recent changes and cancellations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, some colleges are considering extending their Early Decision deadlines. While students must typically submit applications by early fall, some institutions are weighing more flexible timelines to give applicants more time to complete testing and additional requirements. 

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3 Tips for Standing Out During the College Application Process

By IvyWise on Monday, August 3, 2020
Our Top Advice for Students Applying to College this Fall


The Common Application opened August 1, and millions of students across the globe will apply to college via the Common App this year. With so many students applying to college every year, most applicants have the same question on their minds: what can I do to increase my chances of standing out?

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How to Start Your Gap Year Off on the Best Note

By IvyWise on Monday, July 27, 2020
Asian young  man using computer outdoorLearn How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

A gap year is often an attractive option for some students looking to expand their horizons and learn outside of the classroom. With many campuses implementing fully virtual or hybrid education models this fall due to COVID-19, more students are considering taking a gap year

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2020-21 Coalition App Guide

By IvyWise on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Learn About the Coalition App for the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

While the Common App is certainly the most popular college application process, some students may also wish to keep the Coalition application on their radar. More than 150 colleges and universities use this Common App alternative, which launched five years ago with the mission to help make college a reality for all high school students. 

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New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart

By IvyWise on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
SAT Score Conversion ChartSAT Score Conversion Chart for New SAT, Old SAT, and ACT Scores

Want to see how your scores on the  SAT compare to ACT? The College Board has updated the concordance tables so students can see how their SAT total scores compare to composite ACT scores.

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Applying to College During COVID-19: What Seniors Need to Keep in Mind

By IvyWise on Monday, July 20, 2020

Teenager student girl studying in a table having doubts and thinkingWhat Seniors Should Remember Throughout the College Admissions Process

Applying to college can always feel a bit overwhelming for rising seniors, but this year students may be particularly susceptible to stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With so much uncertainty around campus life for the fall, prospective applicants have a unique set of questions and concerns on their radar. 

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SSAT Testing Changes for 2020-2021

By IvyWise on Thursday, July 16, 2020

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SSAT Testing Updates to Keep on Your Radar

The SSAT is one of the most widely recognized standardized tests utilized by admissions officers to assess independent school applicants. The exam measures basic verbal, math, and reading skills and is offered in three levels: Elementary (for students in 3rd and 4th grade), Middle (for students in 5th-7th grade), and Upper (for students in 8th-11th grade). 

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