Class of 2027 Admission Rates

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Class of 2023 Early Admission RatesStudents navigating the college admissions process continue to experience unique challenges and changes, including the announcement of an entirely digital SAT, continued test-optional policies, increasing application numbers, and more students applying to even more colleges than ever before. All of this has led to an even more competitive year at the most selective colleges in the US, while other schools plan to admit more students than ever before in order to manage enrollment numbers. 

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The Ultimate Guide to College Visits

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The college admissions process is challenging and takes time, but it can be a rewarding experience. Perhaps one of the most fun and interesting parts of the process for students is touring colleges they’re interested in attending. College visits allow students to experience campus and talk to school representatives.

Making the most of your time at each school can help you make an informed decision about which college to attend. Whether you’re planning your first college visit or have done this before, you will benefit from some advance preparation. Let’s discuss how to prepare for college visits and what to do when you’re on campus.

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Application Strategy: Learn How Early Decision Works

Monday, May 29, 2023

Once you’ve put the finishing touches on your list of best-fit colleges, it’s time to consider application strategy. More specifically, rising seniors need to decide when they will apply to the schools on their list.

Early Decision can be a great application option for a student who is passionate about a certain school and able to meet the deadline. Keep reading to learn more about this application strategy and to determine whether applying early is the right move for you.

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Waitlist Admission Rates

Saturday, May 27, 2023
Waitlisted Heres What to do Next

For waitlisted students, it can be hard to judge just how much of a chance they have of getting accepted off the waitlist. Data around waitlist acceptances can be scarce, especially as waitlists at top colleges grow and more and more schools become less transparent about their admissions statistics. The college counselors at IvyWise, however, have dug into the data and have some insight into waitlist admission rates. 

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The Ins and Outs of Need-Blind Admissions: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

transfer student

Figuring out the college admissions and financial aid processes can be stressful and complicated for both students and parents. It can be especially difficult if you’re afraid your financial situation puts a college education out of reach. After all, some schools take financial aid needs into consideration when evaluating applicants.

However, many colleges offer “need-blind” admissions that give students from all economic backgrounds a chance to further their education. In this article, we’ll explore what need-blind admissions means and how it may impact your chances of admission.

What Are Need-Blind Admissions? 

What does it mean when a college has a need-blind admission policy? It means that the student’s ability to pay tuition is not factored into the college’s admission decision. Need-blind schools typically admit more students who need financial aid than colleges that don’t have this policy. However, some schools have limits to this policy and may not offer need-blind admissions to transfer or international students.

What Is the Difference Between Need-Blind and Need-Based? 

As we explained, a need-blind admissions policy means that a student’s financial need won’t put them at a disadvantage in the admissions process. Need-based refers to a type

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How to Get Into UVA: All You Need to Know

Monday, May 22, 2023


The University of Virginia is one of the most competitive and exclusive public universities in the country. It was famously founded by one of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, in 1819 in the beautiful city of Charlottesville, Virginia. UVA boasts a beautiful and sprawling campus that those in the know lovingly call “Grounds.” A campus quad is located within Grounds, known as “the Lawn,” where students attend classes, participate in student activities, and keep UVA traditions alive.

With 12 schools, from the McIntire School of Commerce to the School of Nursing, applicants have many excellent academic options to choose from. Known as a bastion of high quality, public education, UVA has become an increasingly popular college for applicants from across the country, though about 68% of students who enrolled in the fall of 2022 hailed from Virginia.

UVA students are proud Cavaliers who are just as likely to be found cheering on their football team at Scott Stadium as they are to be volunteering in one of the many service projects run through the university’s service center, Madison House. It takes a smart, engaged, critical thinker to excel at a place like UVA. Do

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7 Summer Activities to Boost Your College Admission Chances

Monday, May 22, 2023


Summer break is here for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning has to stop! It’s important for college-bound students to spend their summers wisely, but they don’t have to participate in a fancy college summer program to do it.

Colleges want to know what students are doing in their spare time, and that includes the few months that students have off during the summer. A productive summer can help you better explore your interests and ultimately strengthen your applicant profile when it comes time to apply to college. Spending your summer wisely is an important college prep strategy and can go a long way toward helping you achieve your college admission goals.

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What Is an Internship and How Does It Work?

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

3 Tips to Help You Have a Great First Day at Your Internship

Internships offer valuable experience and can be an excellent way to get your foot in the door in a particular field. But what exactly is an internship, and how does it work? Let’s take a closer look at internships and discuss what they are and how college students can get the most out of them.

What Is an Internship? 

An internship is a valuable work experience that provides students with an opportunity to explore and develop their professional interests while learning essential new skills. It is a short-term form of employment that is the perfect way to gain real-world experience in the job market, make professional connections, and build a solid resume or CV. Opportunities are available throughout the year, whether you want to intern during an academic term, winter break, or the summer, though internships that occur over school breaks often require the same hours that full-time jobs do.

Do You Get Paid in the Internship? 

Internships are not always paid, particularly if the work experience counts as credit toward your degree. However, many internships are paid opportunities. According

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How to Get Into Georgetown: All You Need to Know

Monday, May 15, 2023

Georgetown in Washington DC USA

Georgetown is known for its strength in the fields of international relations and political science, so it’s not surprising that many diplomats and politicians have passed through its doors. It’s the perfect location to steep yourself in the necessary knowledge to pursue careers in these fields.

In fact, the Walsh School of Foreign Service offers more specialized undergraduate majors in this field than most universities, including majors in culture and politics; global business; international economics; international history; international political economy; international politics; regional and comparative studies; and science, technology & international affairs. Georgetown also offers many other programs of study in its four other academic colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences, the McDonough School of Business, the School of Health, and the School of Nursing.

If you are a curious, strong student who sees yourself living and studying in the nation’s capital, Georgetown should be on your radar. Read on to find out everything you need to know to apply to Georgetown.

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STEM Education: Everything You Need To Know

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Two Female College Students Building Machine In Science Robotics Or Engineering Class

Are you looking for the perfect way to boost your college admissions? If you are passionate about technology and find your math and science classes interesting, STEM education is a great way to do just that. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, and it is becoming increasingly important in today’s world.

By focusing on these four areas of study, students can gain important skills to help them excel in college and beyond. Keep reading to learn more about pursuing a STEM education.

What Is STEM Education? 

STEM education is a curriculum that focuses on four main subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math. By focusing on these topics and developing skills in each area, students can gain an understanding of how the world works and how they can use their knowledge to solve real-world problems. Students also develop essential critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Students who study STEM disciplines in college generally show an aptitude for these subjects in high school. Therefore, high school students who wish to pursue a STEM education should do what they can to expand their knowledge and

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What Is College Life Like?

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Group of college students talking on campus after class

For many young adults, college offers the first taste of independence, an opportunity to make lifelong friendships, and a chance to learn important life skills. However, college life isn’t the same for everyone. Every student will have a unique college experience, but certain elements of campus life are universal.

What Is College Like?

Academics are obviously the main reason for attending college, but there is more to it than scholarly pursuits. You have the chance to explore various options for your future; participate in clubs, societies, sports, and other extracurricular activities; meet people from all walks of life; gain valuable skills and experience; and expand your worldview. These are aspects of college that most students, regardless of background, can experience and benefit from.

What Is the Best Part of College Life?

The best part of college life for many students is growing more independent. College will expand your independence whether you live at home and commute to campus, live in one of the residence halls, or share campus-area housing with other students. You control your own schedule, learn effective time management skills, and

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Yield Rates for the Class of 2026

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Happy young students walking outdoorsAfter many colleges reported all-time low acceptance rates, some students might be curious about their yield rates, or just how many of these admitted applicants have chosen to enroll. Yield is a priority for every college because it impacts their place on rankings lists and it can also influence their bond ratings.

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How to Write a College Application Essay That Makes an Impression

Wednesday, April 26, 2023


If you’re under the impression that grades and standardized test scores are the only admissions criteria that really matter, think again. While it is true that these types of hard factors carry significant weight throughout the admissions process, well-written essays that reveal your true personality are also extremely important.

When it comes time to start writing your personal statement and supplements, you need to work diligently and develop several drafts so you can create content you are genuinely proud of.

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of application essays and what you can do to stand out!

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How to Get Into Bowdoin College: All You Need to Know

Monday, April 24, 2023


Bowdoin College is a small liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine, just northeast of Portland. It does not offer professional track majors but has robust liberal arts offerings including a renowned environmental studies program. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Bowdoin is only a 30-minute drive from Portland and a few miles from the ocean. Beyond its main campus, Bowdoin also has the Schiller Coastal Studies Center, a center for research and recreation located a few miles away on Orr’s Island.

Read on to learn best practices that applicants should use to increase their chances of admission to Bowdoin College.

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Good Extracurriculars for College: Why They Matter and How to Choose Yours

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
extracurricular activity resources

When preparing students for the college admissions process, we place a lot of emphasis on identifying and developing students’ interests in addition to good grades and test scores. As we’ve said before, students’ interests are important because it helps colleges make admissions decisions and build well-rounded classes.

However, developing students’ interests isn’t just about getting into college—they’re a key factor in helping students succeed during their four years and after graduation. 

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How to Get Into Northwestern: All You Need to Know

Monday, April 17, 2023


Northwestern is a top research university and liberal arts institution just outside of Chicago in the town of Evanston, Illinois. It’s known for its world-class school of journalism, Medill, as well as its top-notch, innovative programs across disciplines.

The university was founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, then a new part of the United States. Though it started with just 10 students, it has grown significantly—it now has over 8,000 undergraduate students in its 12 schools and colleges. Though it is well known for the Medill School of Journalism, it boasts many excellent majors within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Northwestern is a member of the Big Ten athletic conference, and the Northwestern Wildcats play sports at the highest level, NCAA Division I. Beyond sports, students have access to a huge array of extracurricular activities, adding to a vibrant student and campus life.

Read on to find out what you should do to prepare for admission to Northwestern University.

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The Essential Guide to Acing the College Application Process

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Happy student celebrating that he got into collegeWhile the application process may seem intimidating at first, every student’s college admissions journey is an opportunity to discover more about themselves and their academic goals. With the right strategy, all students will be able to identify their own best-fit schools and showcase why they deserve a spot on campus.  

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How to Get Into Boston University: All You Need to Know

Monday, April 10, 2023
BU Campus

Boston University, or BU as it’s known, is a top private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university has 10 undergraduate schools and colleges to choose from, as well as dual degree and double major options.

Boston University has become increasingly competitive throughout the last few years, receiving record-breaking numbers of applications from across the country and around the world. Read on to learn the best practices applicants should use to increase their chances of admission to Boston University.

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A Complete Guide to Choosing a College Major

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

You have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to choosing which colleges to apply to, and one factor that might influence your balanced college list is choosing a college major.

Some students already know what they want to major in, and this may influence which colleges they apply to. For other students, the choice of undergraduate major may be a bit less certain. If you’re undecided about a major, it won’t hurt your chances of admission. However, you still need to decide on a major once you’re enrolled.

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Harvard Waitlist: How Hard Is It to Get Off of It?

Friday, March 31, 2023

Closed gates symbolize the chances of getting off the Harvard waitlist.

Harvard is one of the most popular first-choice colleges for students, and it’s also one of the most competitive. In fact, in the latest admissions cycle, just 3.41% of applicants were offered a seat in the first-year Class of 2027.

Given this competitive admissions rate, some very talented students are going to find themselves on Harvard’s waitlist. While most applicants have a general idea of what a waitlisted outcome means, few understand how waitlists really work and what they can do to boost their odds of admission, which is what we’re going to explore here:

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ChatGPT in College Admissions

Thursday, March 30, 2023
ChatGPT in college admissions writing an essay

If you’ve been paying attention to education or technology news lately, you’ve likely heard a lot about ChatGPT, the new tool from OpenAI that generates astonishingly human-like text based on prompts and questions submitted by the user. We have been getting a lot of questions about this tool and how it should or should not be used in the college application process. Because this is a new advancement and I am far from a technological expert, I thought it would be best to pose these questions to the tool itself.

The italic text below represents the responses I received when I submitted the following questions to the ChatGPT tool. Some responses have been shortened for space and relevancy, but otherwise no changes have been made.

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Class of 2027 Regular Decision Notification Dates

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Happy hipster African American female student, freelancer with Afro hair using laptop computer sitting at table in outdoor cafe elearning, remote studying, typing on pc tech, working on internet.

Are you ready for regular decision notification dates? Admissions offices across the US are working hard to get through hundreds of thousands of regular decision college applications for the class of 2027 in order to notify students of their decisions this spring.

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College Waitlist Admissions: How to Get Admitted

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

High school student considers his chances of waitlist admissions to his top choice schoolYou’ve worked hard throughout high school, hoping to be admitted into one of your top-choice colleges. You put time and effort into your application and supplements, only to find out you’ve been placed on the waitlist. Confused? You’re not alone. Fortunately, there are steps you can take in this situation.

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College Planning: All You Need to Know in Advance

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Students discuss their college planning ahead of a lectureWhile it might be OK to go into your weekend without an itinerary in place, the same can’t be said for college admissions. If you’re looking to minimize your stress levels while boosting your odds of getting accepted into your first-choice school, creating a college planning process is essential.

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Which AP and IB Courses Count for College Credit and How?

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

A group of high school students on their way to AP and IB courses to earn college credit.Taking AP or IB courses doesn’t just look good from a college admissions perspective—these classes can also translate into college credit once a student enrolls. While policies vary by college, many universities will grant college credits that go towards specific course requirements, in turn allowing students to free up some room in their schedules. Even if AP and IB courses are only applied towards a student’s overall credit count, completing advanced classes is a great way to get a jump start on college.

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When Should You Write a Letter of Continued Interest?

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Waitlisted senior writes a letter of continued interest to his top-choice school.A letter of continued interest (often referred to as a LOCI) is a written statement that a student sends to the admissions office of a school they are still interested in attending, despite being deferred or waitlisted. Generally, these letters reiterate the student’s interest in and fit for the college in question and update the admissions office on any achievements that the student has earned since submitting their initial application. 

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How to Get Into USC: All You Need to Know

Friday, February 24, 2023

Tommy Trojan statue on the campus of the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California, or USC, as its best known, is a top research university and one of the most selective schools in the country. Located in sunny Los Angeles, California, it’s been a pioneer in academic and research initiatives since its beginnings in the late 19th century. Today, it’s one of the most prestigious and desirable academic experiences in the country and the world.

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Class of 2027 Early Admission Rates

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Class of 2023 Early Admission RatesThe first members of the college Class of 2027 are in! Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the Class of 2027. More decisions and statistics will be released in the coming weeks, so we will be updating this post as more information becomes available!

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How to Find Accurate College Acceptance Rates

Friday, February 17, 2023

student with laptopEvery year we hear about “record-low college acceptance rates” for a number of already highly-selective colleges and universities. With more students applying to more colleges, it’s no surprise that many schools across the US are seeing their admission rates drop; however, that’s not always the case for every institution. When building your balanced college list, it’s important to understand how your profile stacks up against the most recently admitted class and the overall college acceptance rates for each school to which you plan to apply. There are a number of places to find this information, but it’s not always easy to find, so we’ll break it down for you:

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When to Use a Comma to Separate Phrases — and Other Comma Questions

Friday, February 10, 2023

Student writing an essay considers her comma usage

By Carolyn, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor

In eighth grade, my English teacher Mrs. Houlihan told me that I was the only student in my class who knew how and when to use a comma. That feedback stuck with me, not just because it made me feel like the greatest student of all time (which, let’s be honest, I totally was), but because it made me realize the awesome power of the comma. For such a tiny piece of punctuation, the comma packs a mighty punch, in that using it correctly or incorrectly is one of the most glaring signs that a writer either does or does not know what they’re doing.

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Books on Race, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Conversations about anti-racism, social justice, and the experience of Black Americans are extremely important, and the push to continue to amplify Black voices and educate the masses about racism and systematic oppression has led teens and adults alike to search for resources to help them be better allies and overall more informed citizens.

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Test Prep Tips for the ACT and SAT

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

When preparing for the ACT or SAT it’s important to develop an effective test prep strategy. From selecting the right test to setting score goals and creating a testing timeline, a good test prep plan can make all the difference in students’ performance on the ACT or SAT. Here are some test prep tips to help students prepare for the SAT or ACT.

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How to Get Into Vanderbilt: All You Need to Know

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Vanderbilt University in Nashville

As a highly selective institution that’s known for its engineering, education, music, and humanities programs, it’s easy to understand why many rank Vanderbilt at the top of their college lists. This university offers many strong areas of study and is located in the heart of Nashville, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.

With a stellar reputation and thousands of applicants each year, students must go the extra mile to earn a spot at Vanderbilt. Read on to learn more about what sets Vanderbilt University apart and learn best practices to increase your chances of admission.

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Study Tips for High School Students

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Study Tips for High School StudentsThe key to good grades is studying the material so that students understand the concepts and can apply them in the classroom. However, many students don’t practice effective study methods in high school, causing them to either memorize and forget information, or not fully grasp the concepts. These bad study habits can roll over into college – making the transition into a college course load even more difficult. You can avoid this by following some simple but effective study tips.

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IvyWise Students Share Their Top College Prep Tips

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

For current high school seniors, the college application season is in full swing. We caught up with our Class of 2023 IvyWise Scholars to learn more about their college admissions journeys, what it’s like to work with IvyWise during this process, and get some of their college prep tips for other college-bound students.

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Community Service During the Holidays

Sunday, December 18, 2022
Students volunteering at a food drive during the holiday season Regardless of denomination, the holiday season is a time for joy, laughter, family, friends, and food. But for those in need, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year. While it is important to prioritize philanthropy year round, there’s a lot that you can do during your short break from school to give back to those in need in your community.

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5 Ways to Narrow Down Your College List

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Student writing college admissions thank you notesFinalizing your list of best-fit schools is one of the most important steps of the college application process. Between writing supplemental essays, finalizing personal statements, and requesting letters of recommendation, there’s a lot that students need to prioritize – and often, they put off the difficult task of narrowing down their long list of best-fit schools. Keep reading to learn more about what you should keep top of mind so that you can narrow down your college list and stay ahead of the game on all of your applications.

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US vs. UK Admissions: What You Need to Know

Friday, November 11, 2022

oxford university uk.jpg

While more and more international students are studying in the US every year, a number of students are also looking to the UK for university options. The US and UK university systems are dramatically different, however, and many international students struggle with determining which would be the best fit for their learning styles, goals, and interests. With these two admissions systems and processes differing so significantly, it’s important to understand the nuances of US vs. UK admissions and how to apply to each.

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