Category: College Admissions Trends

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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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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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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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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Finding Time For Fun When Applying to College

By IvyWise on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Having fun when applying to collegeLearn How to Balance it All During Application Season

Between test preparation, college tours, and keeping up with school work, it’s all too easy for students to neglect their friendships and recreational activities during the college admissions process. While making time for schoolwork and admissions-related tasks is essential, it’s equally important to pencil in time to socialize and enjoy high school.

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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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Online College Admissions Resources for Seniors

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 16, 2018

3 College Search Resources Every Student Should Use600x315Applying to College This Fall? Check Out These Helpful Resources

The college admissions season is officially underway, and there’s a lot that high school seniors need to do between now and application deadlines on Jan. 1. The college application process can be confusing, but there are a number of online resources that can help students and parents navigate the process this fall.

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3 Pieces of College Admissions Advice for the Class of 2018

By IvyWise on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

class of 2018 college admissions advice.jpg“Don’t Be Afraid to Be Yourself. Colleges Want a Person Not a Paper.”

The college admissions process is officially underway for the high school class of 2018, with the Common Application now open and the new school year just around the corner. Applying to college can be a stressful and intimidating process, but there are simple steps that rising high school seniors can take to make the most of their admissions journey.

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31 College Prep Resources for High School Juniors

By IvyWise on Thursday, February 16, 2017

college prep resources for high school juniors.jpgResources to Help High School Juniors Stay On Track With Their College Planning

 

The college application process is right around the corner for high school juniors, and we have a number of resources to help college bound juniors get and stay on track before they apply to college in the fall.

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US vs. UK Admissions: What Parents and Students Need to Know

By IvyWise on Thursday, February 2, 2017
oxford university uk.jpgHere’s How the UK College Admissions Process Differs From Admissions in the US

 

For many students, both domestic and international, applying to college is an opportunity to leave their comfort zone and gain new experiences. 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.

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How to Ace Your College Admissions Interview

By IvyWise on Monday, October 10, 2016
college admissions interviewAdmissions Interviews Can Help You Stand Out and Demonstrate Interest

 

Now that we are at the height of application season, it’s a good idea to start preparing for the possibility of a college admissions interview. This is a chance for the college to put a face to the name on your application, and it is your opportunity to stand out and provide some additional context for your application.

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The Ultimate College Admissions Guide

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
college admissions guide for seniorsEverything College Bound High School Seniors Need to Apply to College this Fall

 

It’s back to school time and for high school seniors it’s time to start applying to college! Are you ready?

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5 Tips for Choosing High School Classes

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 25, 2016
tips_for_choosing_classes.jpgStudents Should Strike a Balance Between Challenging and Manageable

 

As students prepare to head back to school, many are examining their class schedule, gauging how difficult the next academic year will be and how they will achieve their grade goals. But it’s not just grades that colleges consider when evaluating applicants for admission. Colleges are also looking at the classes applicants are taking, how challenging they are, and how those courses align with students’ interests and academic goals.

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College Prep 101: How to Stay Organized When Applying to College

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 26, 2016
stay organized when applying to college Use Spreadsheets and Checklists to Stay Organized When Applying to College

When I started formulating my balanced college list, I really was unsure what type of university or college I was looking for. I didn’t have a particular major in mind, all I knew was that I wanted to make sure I chose a school that would foster my own academic and professional growth while being a place I would be comfortable and proud to call home.

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What Parents and Students Need to Know About the Turning the Tide” College Admissions Report”

By IvyWise on Thursday, January 21, 2016
Harvard College Admissions ReportNew Harvard Report Offers Suggestions On How Schools Can Improve the College Admissions Process

The higher education industry was abuzz yesterday with the announcement of a new report released by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, called “Turning the Tide,” that highlights how colleges can change the admissions process by focusing more on community service and reducing the stress that comes with students padding their resumes with multiple extracurricular activities, AP courses, and excessive test prep. This report was endorsed by dozens of higher education institutions, including admissions officials from MIT and Yale, among others.

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How to Manage College Admissions Stress

By IvyWise on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Manage College Admissions StressApplying to College Can Be Stressful But It Doesn’t Have to Be

It’s only natural for teens to feel pressure when navigating the college admissions process – it is, after all, one of the biggest decisions many teens will have made up until this point. In the January newsletter we covered how to manage test anxiety, which is common among many teens taking the ACT or SAT in hopes of getting into their dream school. While testing anxiety can be crippling, the college preparation process extends beyond one Saturday morning test. Many students can feel overwhelmed going into the process, and the stress can cause problems with grades, family, friends, health, and more.

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College Admission Secrets Pt. 3: What Parents and Students Need to Know About College Applications and Decisions

By IvyWise on Tuesday, December 29, 2015
College Admission SecretsHere’s What Parents and Students Need to Know about Gimmicks, Diversity, and Admission Decisions

Many families have a lot of misconceptions about how the college admissions process works and what goes on behind the closed doors of admissions offices. At IvyWise we’re here to help clear up the confusion with our three-part College Admissions Secrets series. In this last installment we address what families need to know about applications and how admission decisions are made.

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College Admission Secrets Pt. 1: How Colleges Read Applications

By IvyWise on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
College Admission Secrets Pt. 1Learn the Secrets About The College Admission Process

With high school seniors in the thick of the college application process, speculation abounds about how college admissions committees make decisions, what it takes to get in, and whether or not student A is more qualified than student B. “Chancing” is a big part of this frenzy, with students turning to message boards to post their stats in an effort to gain insight as to whether or not they have a shot at their top-choice college. But really goes on behind closed doors?

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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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