How to Address COVID-19 on College Applications

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 21, 2020

serious young man sitting in cafe using laptopLearn About the Common App’s New COVID-19 Question

COVID-19 has impacted just about every element of students’ college prep and the college application process is no exception. From canceled SAT and ACT testing dates to a lack of opportunities to tour college campuses, the forthcoming application cycle is likely to look very different from previous rounds. 

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Will Colleges Be Open for Fall 2020?

By IvyWise on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Attractive young woman sitting on wooden floor with laptop and drawn question marks above on concrete wall. Confusion concept Colleges are Considering Several Different Scenarios for Fall 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, colleges and universities across the globe are weighing various options to determine the best plan of action in order to resume instruction for the fall 2020 semester.

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How is COVID-19 Affecting Higher Education?

By IvyWise on Friday, May 15, 2020

AdobeStock_322174411 Answers to Your Most Pressing Higher Education Questions in Light of COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted academic institutions in ways that go far beyond cancelled graduation ceremonies and virtual classes. Colleges around the country are experiencing a new set of changes as students and families continue to adapt to the unfolding circumstances.

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Parents: How to Keep Your Student Motivated During Remote Learning

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 14, 2020

AdobeStock_235857403Make the Most of Time Spent Social Distancing with Your Kids

For students who are used to juggling coursework, extracurricular activities, and time spent with friends, the transition to remote learning has proven extremely challenging. While every student will react to all this time at home differently, parents can play a powerful and important role in helping students make the most of this experience.

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Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

By IvyWise on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Coronavirus cancellationsThe Latest on How Colleges and Universities in the US are Responding to the Coronavirus  

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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Why SAT and ACT Scores Still Matter as Test-Optional Choices Rise

By IvyWise on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Despite an Increase in Test-Optional Choices, Consider Taking the SAT and ACT

Most high school juniors have many questions running through their minds, as the upcoming college admissions cycle will be unlike any other. Amongst other changes, an increasing number of schools are shifting to test-optional admissions policies in response to the cancellation of spring SAT and ACT examinations

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College Openings Update: Colleges Accepting Applications for Fall 2020

By IvyWise on Friday, May 8, 2020

What To Do After Submitting Your College ApplicationsThese Schools Still Have Space For Students in the Class of 2024

For students who maybe got a late start on the college admissions process, or their goals and interests have changed due to COVID-19 or other circumstances, trying to apply for admission to the fall term may seem impossible. However, there are close to 750 colleges and universities in the US and abroad that are still accepting applications after May 1 for the class of 2024.

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Tips for 2020 Online AP Exams

By IvyWise on Thursday, April 30, 2020

AdobeStock_330645213Feel Confident About Your Exams This Spring

As schools transition to remote learning, the College Board has announced that the AP exams will be offered online for the first time ever in 2020.

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2020 Summer Program Cancellations and Updates

By IvyWise on Monday, April 27, 2020

AdobeStock_199020788Learn the Status of 2020 Summer Programs

Many high school students opt to attend summer programs hosted by various colleges to expand their horizons and deepen their knowledge while getting a taste of campus life. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a multitude of universities are either cancelling their courses or shifting them online.

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Colleges Going Test-Optional for 2020-21 Admissions Cycle

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2020-21 test optional schoolsStay in the Know on Recent Additions to the Test-Optional School List

Between school closures and virtual campus tours, COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on the college admissions process. In light of recent cancellations for many spring ACT and SAT exams, a number of colleges have decided to shift to a test-optional admissions process for the following year.

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Creating a New College Prep Routine While Social Distancing

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

AdobeStock_321671210Start Your College Admissions Journey Off on the Right Foot 

It’s not just how you finish high school that counts. Admissions officers review all four years of your grades, activities, and more when making decisions on applications, so it’s essential for current freshmen and sophomores to build a strong academic and extracurricular foundation, even while schools themselves are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 and Admissions Exams: Test Prep Tips in Uncertain Times

By IvyWise on Monday, April 20, 2020

AdobeStock_325307851Here’s What to Expect and How to Plan for the SAT and ACT This Summer and Fall

By Joey, IvyWise Master Tutor

With new developments and updates about COVID-19 unfolding everyday, high school juniors around the country have one question on their minds: “How will this affect my college applications this fall?” While an important query, this sustained uncertainty can raise stress levels in ways that are both unhealthy and unproductive for testing and academic goals.

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How to Make the Most of Virtual College Tours

By IvyWise on Thursday, April 16, 2020

AdobeStock_329705302Maximize Your Virtual Touring Experience with These Tips

Typically, spring is a popular time for high school juniors and even some younger students to embark on a set of college tours meant to help future applicants better envision their best-fit environment. However, this isn’t an option this year, as campuses across the country have closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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How to Determine Whether a Gap Year is Right for You

By IvyWise on Monday, April 13, 2020

AdobeStock_294575151What to Consider When Contemplating a Gap Year

From Malia Obama to Yara Shahidi, a multitude of celebrities have opted to take some time off before pursuing their college degree. But how can students determine if a gap year is really the right decision for them?

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IvyWise Live Q&A: Coronavirus and College Admissions

By IvyWise on Friday, April 10, 2020

ivywise live counsellorsJoin Our Facebook Live Webinars April 15 & 17 to Learn More About How To Prep for College Admissions Process This Fall

Tune in to IvyWise Live on our Facebook page next week, where College Admissions Experts Christine, Scott, Nat, Zach, and Rachel will discuss how students can prepare for the college admissions process this fall and answer your most pressing college prep questions.

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Deciding Where to Enroll During a Pandemic

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

deciding where to enroll coronavirusLearn How to Make Your College Admissions Choice With Confidence

A recent survey found that almost 26% of college-bound high school seniors are rethinking their colleges choices due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while more than 300 colleges and universities across the US have extended their enrollment deposit deadlines, students will still need to make a decision soon about where they want to attend in the fall. With college visits and admitted student weekend activities canceled or moved online, and uncertainty about the fall, how can students make an informed decision?

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Class of 2024 Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Class of 2023 Early Admission RatesSome of the First Admission Rates for the Class of 2024

While the regular school year is finishing out virtually for many students in response to the coronavirus, it’s still business as usual when it comes to admissions decisions, with colleges releasing their admissions decisions and results through the rest of March.

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Colleges with Extended Enrollment Deposit Deadlines

By IvyWise on Friday, March 20, 2020

june 1 enrollment deposit deadlineDue to Closures Related to Coronavirus Many Colleges are Extending Their Enrollment Deposit Deadlines to June 1 or Later

As colleges release admissions decisions in the midst of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, many schools are hoping to ease anxiety of college bound seniors by extending their enrollment deadlines from May 1 to June 1 or even later.

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How to Stay Calm While Waiting for Admissions Decisions

By IvyWise on Monday, March 16, 2020

AdobeStock_326462468Keep a Level Head While Awaiting College Decisions

With most colleges just days away from announcing their admissions decisions for regular round applicants, countless students are waiting in anticipation to receive their results. Although applicants have already done the “hard” part by compiling their submissions, sometimes waiting can feel like the most challenging component of the process.

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