Category: Choosing a College

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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College Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

By IvyWise on Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Attractive young woman sitting on wooden floor with laptop and drawn question marks above on concrete wall. Confusion concept Fall 2020 College Reopening Plans are Constantly Changing

In the wake of COVID-19, colleges and universities across the globe have implemented various reopeneing options in order to resume and continue instruction for the fall 2020 semester.

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5 Colleges With Unique Majors

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Walkway and the Carrie Tower, on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island.

These Colleges Have Some Cool Courses of Study

If you think your choices for college majors are limited to studies such as English and Mathematics, it’s time to think again. Universities across the world are offering students a host of innovative and inventive fields of study devised to align with the interests and goals of their entire student body.

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What Does ‘Rolling Admissions’ Mean?

By IvyWise on Monday, November 4, 2019

ivywise college admissions counseling and tutoringUnderstand How the Rolling Admissions Process Works

Just like there is no one-size-fits-all top-choice college for every student, the application process itself is far from universal. Some students may choose to apply early, while others could benefit from a gap year, regular round applications, or selecting institutions with rolling admissions processes.

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5 Tips for Choosing the College That Fits Your Financial Needs

By IvyWise on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

How to Choose a College That is a Financial FitEvery Factor You Need to Consider When Reviewing Financial Aid Packages

With the May 1 enrollment deadline approaching, current high school seniors have some big decisions to make. In addition to choosing an institution that aligns with your academic and social interests, it’s important to select a college that is financially feasible for you and your family.

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Dress to Impress: What to Wear (And Avoid) During College Visits

By IvyWise on Friday, March 15, 2019

Dress to ImpressChoose Appropriate Outfits to Look and Feel Your Best on School Tours

College tours can feel a little intimidating, especially if this is your first time visiting a campus. In order to keep your nerves under control and learn as much about each institution as possible, it is important to plan ahead and prepare for every visit in advance. 

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6 College Application Lessons Students Can Learn From The Bachelor

By IvyWise on Monday, March 11, 2019

6 College Application Lessons Students Can Learn From The BachelorWhen it Comes to College Applications, Students Get to Give the Final Rose

What does the ultimate guilty-pleasure reality television show The Bachelor and the college admissions process have in common? It may feel like students are competing for their own “rose” from their top-choice schools, but, while there may not be romantic beachside getaways or dramatic tell-alls, a student’s quest to find their best-fit college is pretty similar to The Bachelor’s mission to find a future partner.

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Ready for College? Here’s Some College Prep Advice from IvyWise Students

By IvyWise on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

college prep advice from ivywise students.jpgLearn About the College Admissions Process From Two IvyWise Students

As high school seniors across the US, and the world, await admission decisions for the class of 2021, it’s important to remember the focus of this process at the end of the day: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with some amazing students, and they have some advice for other students just starting the college admissions process.

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The Best Fit College Size For You: Small vs. Medium vs. Large Colleges

By IvyWise on Thursday, September 22, 2016
college_campus_fall.jpgThe Size of Your College Can Have a Big Impact On Your Experience

 

When searching for best-fit colleges, size is often one of the first things that students consider. Many college bound students already have an idea of what they’re looking for in a school before they start researching specific institutions – maybe it’s a large student body with endless possibilities or a small campus with an intimate atmosphere. Going with your gut is a good place to start, but there are many pros, and cons, to certain college sizes that students might overlook when building their balanced college list.

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Can’t Choose? These Colleges Combine Liberal Arts and STEM Education

By IvyWise on Thursday, January 28, 2016
STEM and Liberal ArtsWho Says Liberal Arts and STEM Can’t Coexist?

As more families consider the ROI of a college education, the value of a liberal arts education in today’s world has been a hot topic. With many STEM degrees and programs topping lists of “highest paying majors” and “best college ROI,” many have waged a war on the liberal arts, pegging them as useless degrees that don’t warrant the cost. However, while a STEM degree can open doors to lucrative careers, many employers are finding that, without a liberal arts background, many STEM graduates lack the necessary communication, management, and collaboration skills that are necessary in the workforce.

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Why Your Interests Matter in the College Admissions Process

By IvyWise on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Interests In College AdmissionsYour Passions and Interests Can Lay The Groundwork For a Successful College Experience

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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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Northeastern

By IvyWise on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Spotlight on NortheasternIvyWise Team Member Lindsay Tells Us What Made Her Fall in Love with Northeastern University

Even though it has a reputation as a college town, I fell in love with Boston as a 3-year-old.  The way my family tells the story over two decades later, Boston was all I talked about for months after the weekend we spent there—the Italian meal we ate in the North End, the dollhouses at the Children’s Museum, even the bell hop at our hotel. I was a child obsessed. At a bookstore on Newbury Street, my parents bought a copy of The Trumpet of the Swan, the children’s classic about a trumpeter swan with no voice, who eventually finds work on the swan boats in the Boston Common. Back in New York, I demanded several chapters read to me on a nightly basis. Our Boston trip took on mythic proportions, and at the time, my family joked that I would find my way back there as a college student.

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Barnard – Part 3

By IvyWise on Thursday, April 17, 2014
Barnard CollegeIvyWise Intern Paulina Tells Us What She Loves about Barnard College in NYC

The college application season of the 2012-2013 school year put me through a string of acceptances and rejections that ultimately led me to Barnard College, the women’s college of Columbia University. I’ll admit that I was initially unsure about picking Barnard—its Upper West Side location certainly hiked its tuition rates up, and after four years at an all-girls high school, I didn’t know if attending another women’s institution was the right choice for me.

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2014 Princeton Review College Rankings

By IvyWise on Wednesday, August 7, 2013
2014 RankingsWhere Do Your Favorite Colleges Rank?

This week The Princeton Review released its 2013-14 Best 378 Colleges rankings, ranking some of the country’s best colleges in 62 different lists. While we don’t encourage you to make rankings a defining factor when building your balanced college list, these lists can be a good place to start when researching what you want from your college experience.

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5 Ways to Narrow Down Your College List

By IvyWise on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Narrowing Down Your College ListNow Is The Time To Start Thinking About Where You Will Apply

It may be the middle of summer, but application season is fast approaching! In just a couple of weeks the Common App will be released, but with the prior announcement of the essay topics, and some schools announcing their supplement questions early, many rising high school seniors have already started on their applications.

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Unusual Graduation Traditions

By IvyWise on Monday, May 13, 2013
Wellesley grads prepare their hoopsUnique Ways Colleges Say Goodbye to Students

As the semester comes to a close, college seniors everywhere are saying goodbye to the schools that have been their home for the past four years. While graduates typically commemorate the event with caps, gowns, commencement speeches, and a march set to “Pomp and Circumstance,” some colleges have been known to incorporate some less conventional traditions.

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Colleges That Celebrate Earth Day

By IvyWise on Monday, April 22, 2013
These Campuses Hold Special Events to Celebrate Going Green

Earth DayEarth Day inspires students and schools to take initiative and help the environment. Some schools use Earth Day as a time to spread awareness and aid the effort to go green by hosting week-long events, fairs, and fundraisers.

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Giving Back in College

By IvyWise on Thursday, April 18, 2013
Schools With Service Learning Programs

Service LearningWhile community service is required during the admissions process, does not need to stop for students when they attend college. In addition to individual service projects and organized days when student bodies volunteer in their communities, some schools incorporate service learning into the core curriculum. Service learning usually encompasses classroom discussions and lectures that are conducted simultaneously with hands-on projects so that students are able to directly apply new knowledge to helping their communities. Students who are passionate about community service should consider finding a school with a pre-established program that weaves service learning in with other core classes.

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Best College Pranks in History

By IvyWise on Monday, April 1, 2013
Happy April Fools’ Day!

Lady Liberty on Lake MendotaCollege students have conducted some of the best pranks in history. Rival schools, politicians, school administrations, and fellow students have all fell victim to elaborate and harmless pranks. A lot of technical planning, crafting, and attention to detail was put in to these projects so they would go off without a hitch.

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