Tips for Freshman Year of College

By IvyWise on Monday, July 26, 2021
Learn How to Make the Most of Your Freshman Year of College

Like many new beginnings, your freshman year of college may feel both exciting and confusing. From getting accustomed to living on your own to keeping up with advanced-level courses, there’s no doubt that a student’s first few months on campus are a major transition.

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Just Admit It: How Do College Admissions Officers Evaluate Transcripts?

By IvyWise on Monday, July 19, 2021
Learn How College Admissions Officers Evaluate Transcripts

Your high school transcript is often considered the most important piece of information admissions officers have to evaluate. At the end of the day, college is an academic endeavor, so admissions officers are looking to understand how you perform in the classroom and the subjects that interest you.

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Colleges Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

By IvyWise on Monday, July 19, 2021
Learn Which Colleges are Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for Students

As many colleges prepare to welcome a larger number of students back to campus this fall, some universities are moving to require COVID-19 vaccines for all members of the community who will be in person. To date, more than 100 universities in the United States have said that vaccines will be mandatory for students who are planning to return to campus in the fall.

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Colleges Open for On-Campus Visits

By IvyWise on Monday, July 19, 2021
Here are the Colleges That are Open for On-Campus Visits

After more than a year without in-person college tours, some universities are reopening for on-campus visits. Visiting colleges can be a valuable opportunity for students to get a comprehensive picture of a potential best-fit school and begin envisioning themselves on campus.

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Just Admit It: What Should I Write About in My Personal Statement?

By IvyWise on Monday, July 12, 2021
Learn What To Write About In Your Personal Statement…And What to Avoid

Even the most esteemed names in the literature encounter writer’s block once in a while. However, the personal statement college admissions essay is not the time for students to run out of ideas or settle for a sub-par topic.

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2021-22 Common App Supplements

By IvyWise on Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Here are the Available Common App Supplements for 2021-22

Many schools utilize the Common App as their primary application form, and school-specific supplements allow every institution to customize this universal application in order to build a well-rounded first-year class.

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Just Admit It: What is the Transfer Admissions Process Like?

By IvyWise on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Learn the Ins and Outs of the Transfer Admissions Process

With approximately one in three students choosing to transfer colleges at least once during their undergraduate career, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the admissions process. While there are some parallels to first-year admissions, there are also some key differences that transfer applicants must be aware of.

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MBAs and Career Changes

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 10, 2021
What You Need to Know About MBAs and Career Changes

By Nellie, IvyWise MBA Admissions Counselor

Potential career changes are one of the many reasons why business school applicants may be drawn to MBA programs. As the job market continues to change and evolve due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of young professionals are looking to business schools to help them chart a new path forward.

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Yield Rates for the Class of 2025

By IvyWise on Monday, June 7, 2021
Learn What Yield Rates Look Like for the Class of 2025

After 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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Just Admit it: What are Medical School Admissions Committees Looking For?

By IvyWise on Monday, June 7, 2021
Learn What Medical School Admissions Committees Are Looking For

The medical school admissions process has a reputation for being notoriously rigorous. Between preparing for and taking the MCAT and acing secondary applications, there are many steps on an aspiring applicant’s journey to medical school admission.

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Just Admit It: What are Business School Admissions Committees Looking For?

By IvyWise on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
What Can You Do to Stand Out When Applying to Business School?

Since the MBA admissions process is notoriously competitive, many applicants may wonder what they can do to help set themselves apart for the admissions committees. While there isn’t one secret to success, there are several steps prospective business school students can take to improve their admissions odds.

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Just Admit It: What Do Students and Families Need to Know About the Financial Aid Process?

By IvyWise on Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Get the 411 on the Financial Aid Process with Our College Admissions Counselors

In addition to navigating the college admissions cycle, students and families need to prepare for the costs of college and understand the financial aid process. Much like admissions, there are a few steps that go into applying for financial aid, and it’s important that students understand every component of the process.

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WiseStart™: Exploring Extracurricular Activities in Middle School

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 20, 2021
Get a Jumpstart on Exploring Extracurricular Activities with WiseStart™

When reviewing college applications, admissions officers also evaluate what students are doing outside of the classroom, which is why it’s so important to have strong extracurricular commitments throughout high school. Instead of stressing out about finding the right activities during freshmen and sophomore year, students can take advantage of their time in middle school to pursue fields they are passionate about and build a strong foundation for high school.

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Just Admit It: How did the 2020-21college admissions cycle go?

By IvyWise on Monday, May 17, 2021
Our Top Takeaways from the 2020-21 College Admissions Cycle

It’s safe to say that the 2020-21 college admissions cycle was unlike any other. Between canceled SAT and ACT exams and campus tours going virtual, the COVID-19 pandemic created several significant changes for applicants over the past year.

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European vs US MBA Programs

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 13, 2021
Should You Choose a US or European MBA Program?

By Nellie, IvyWise MBA Admissions Counselor

When it comes to applying to business school, there are several important decisions all applicants need to make. For many students, one important thing to consider when researching MBA programs is whether to pursue their MBA in the US or to consider programs in Europe.

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Rising Seniors: Preparing for the Year Ahead

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 6, 2021
What Rising Seniors Can Do to Prepare for the Year Ahead

Many current juniors who will be rising seniors this summer are well aware that their final year of high school is exceptionally important. Students must juggle completing their personal statements, applying to colleges, and preparing for graduation, in addition to keeping up with friends and extracurriculars.

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General Tips for Incoming High School Freshmen

By IvyWise on Monday, May 3, 2021
What Should Incoming Freshmen Do to Prepare for High School?

As the school year draws to a close, many middle school students are looking forward to their first year of high school and how to prepare. The start of high school is a major milestone that every incoming freshmen student should celebrate. High school is an opportunity to further develop your study skills, challenge yourself with advanced courses, and explore your interests and passions.

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The College Applicant Resume

By IvyWise on Monday, April 26, 2021
What Does a College Applicant Need to Include in Their Resume?

If you think resumes are only for job applications, it’s time to think again. A resume is an ideal medium to clearly and concisely present what you’ve accomplished throughout your high school career. Consequently, many students choose to include a resume when applying to college or when requesting letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors.

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College Openings Update: Colleges Accepting Applications for Fall 2021

By IvyWise on Friday, April 23, 2021
What To Do After Submitting Your College ApplicationsThese Schools Still Have Space For Students in the Class of 2025

For students who maybe got a late start on the college admissions process, or their goals and interests have changed, trying to apply for admission to the fall term may seem impossible. However, there are 195 colleges and universities in the US and abroad that are still accepting applications after May 1 for the class of 2025.

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Balancing Athletic and Academic Commitments

By IvyWise on Friday, April 23, 2021
How Can You Balance Athletic and Academic Work During the Summer?

Many student-athletes are well aware of the importance of balancing classes and practices throughout the school year, but what about during the summer? While some athletes may be tempted to focus solely on their sport, it’s important to stay academically engaged during your break. 

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