Category: College Application Tips
College Application Tips
UT Austin is one of the most prestigious public universities in the country, so it’s no wonder that it’s a top choice for many high school seniors. From Division 1 sports teams to a destination-worthy location in the heart of Austin, there are several qualities that set this institution apart.
Duke University is a renowned university in North Carolina with a rich history, top-tier academics and lots of school spirit. Consequently, it is an extremely popular choice amongst high school seniors with a variety of different interests and specialties.
With a sprawling California campus, top tier academic offerings and Division 1 sports teams, it’s no wonder that UCLA emerges as a top-choice institution for many high school students. Given its popularity, students need to prepare thoroughly in order to emerge as competitive applicants.
For high school students interested in living in the heart of a major city, New York University often emerges as a best-fit option. The renowned institution has a multitude of unique opportunities and specializations, as well as a one-of-a-kind campus location.
By Dr. Kat Cohen, IvyWise CEO & Founder
Applying to US universities as an international applicant can be a daunting process, especially since admission rates for international students at top US universities can be significantly lower than those for US students. According to the most recent Open Doors report, there are over 90,000 students from the Middle East studying in the US. Applicants from all over the world are competing for spots at the top universities in the US, and with limited spots, the process is extremely selective.
The college application season is in full-swing, and part of the admissions process is knowing when your applications are due. College application deadlines can vary from school to school, so it’s important to know which applications are due when.
Although not technically part of the Ivy League, Stanford is virtually as selective as any of the institutions within this esteemed group of colleges. In fact, after Stanford’s acceptance rate plummeted to less than 5% in 2018, the school decided to stop releasing information on its admission rate.
For many high school seniors, the fall semester can feel particularly stressful. Between maintaining top grades, putting the finishing touches on personal statements, and applying to colleges, there are a lot of important items on students’ agendas.
The University of Southern California (USC) has been rising in prominence for years now, and after the recent college admissions scandal, the school has gained even more recognition – even though it’s not necessarily the attention the institution was seeking. Outside of the headlines this year, USC is known as a renowned research institution and it will probably find a place on many student’s best fit list of colleges this fall – leaving many applicants with questions about the admissions process this year.
Everyone should do their part to protect the planet, and for some students “going green” can also be a valuable opportunity to explore a pressing cause that has become a major focus in the US lately. Recent reports have found that the Earth is warming much faster than previously thought – raising concerns among teens around the globe. A recent survey found that a majority of US teens are worried about climate change and 1 in 4 have participated in some form of activism on the topic of the Earth’s climate.
If you’re under the impression that grades and test scores are the only admissions criteria that really matter, it’s time to 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.
Now that the Common App is officially open, many rising seniors are eager to get started on their personal statements. Writing an impactful essay can help students convey their personality to an admissions office and reveal something that may not be found anywhere else on their application.
The Common Application doesn’t officially open until Aug. 1, but many colleges and universities have already announced their essay prompts for the 2019-20 college application season.
As college-bound high school seniors head into their last year of school, there’s a lot to think about. The college application process is in full swing, and in addition to applying to a balanced list of best fit schools, students need to maintain good grades, improve test scores if they’re retaking the SAT or ACT this fall, and keep up with their extracurricular activities. It can be hard to keep an open mind during this process, especially when students have such definite goals, but it’s important to explore all options when applying to college this fall.
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.
For many rising seniors, summer is an opportunity to explore new learning experiences and prepare for an important year ahead. In addition to beating summer brain drain, getting a head start on college applications can help make the process feel more manageable.
As a major milestone and a serious coming of age moment for many students, it’s no wonder college is a popular backdrop choice for many movies. From scenes in the library to football stadiums, there are many different glimpses of campus life that motion pictures strive to capture.
College-bound students looking to get a head start on their college apps this summer will be met with a refreshed Common App website, according to the popular college application platform. The new Common App site will launch in July, giving students a chance to become familiar with the new look before the 2019-20 application officially opens Aug. 1.
When it comes to preparing college applications, there are many factors to consider. In addition to crafting a personal statement and narrowing down your best-fit list, students need to decide if they will apply early, in the regular rounds, and/or to colleges with rolling admission.
Current high school seniors may be done with the college admissions process, but it’s already starting for juniors who will be applying in the fall. For those planning to apply to college this fall, it’s important to understand the different application options available and how they can impact your application strategy. While the Common App is by far the most popular, there are still over 140 schools that use the Common App’s alternative, the Coalition application.
As the school year winds down, many students are thinking about how to use the summer to stay academically sharp and get ahead with their college prep. For rising seniors applying to college this fall, that can mean working on the Common Application.
College tours are an exciting opportunity for students to get a feel for life on campus, narrow down their list of best-fit schools, and explore a variety of academic options. Asking questions can help students gain more specific information about each institution and walk away with a nuanced understanding of the school.
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.
Whether it’s bussing tables at a local restaurant or babysitting your neighbor’s kids, after school jobs are an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-life experience while getting a head start on savings.
Many college-bound students who applied in the regular round are holding their breath for their admissions decisions from their list of best-fit schools. After months of test preparation, studying, essay writing, and visiting schools, sometimes waiting for the results of this hard work can feel like the most difficult part of the entire process.
For high school seniors across the country, the past few months have likely been a whirlwind of writing, editing, and putting the final touches on early and regular round college applications. While finishing up the last of your applications can feel like a satisfying achievement, many students are at a loss for what to do next.
The holidays can bring together friends and family members that may not be able to see each other frequently, and that can result in a lot of catching up over dinner conversation – especially when a student is applying to college. It’s not unusual for family members to default to the college conversation as soon as they see a high school senior, but sometimes this can unintentionally lead to additional stress or students just having the same discussion over and over again. Here’s how parents, students, and family members can approach the college conversation this Thanksgiving.
Most colleges will require recommendation letters as part of the admissions process, but why do they matter? For many students, recommendations can be an afterthought as it’s one part of the application they don’t actually have to write, but neglecting this important application component can hurt your applicant profile.
Early application deadlines are around the corner, and for students planning to apply to their top-choice colleges by November, it’s time to put the finishing touches on their applications. Students should take time to review their applications before submitting, but what should they be mindful of when proofreading their college apps?
It’s important to stand out when applying to college, but all too often applicants can draw attention to themselves for the wrong reasons. Common application mistakes may not completely derail your chances of admission, but they can give admissions officers pause when making decisions.
Many college-bound students struggle with what or how much to put on their college application activity list. Often, many students will add a number of extra activities in order to make it look like they’ve done a lot more initiatives in high school, but this resume padding can actually hurt more than it helps.
The college admissions process can produce a lot of unnecessary stress for high school seniors. While it’s normal to feel anxious about the process, it’s important to keep in mind that knowledge is power when applying to college, and knowing what to expect and keep in mind as you complete your admissions journey this fall is the key to having a successful admissions season.
College admissions interviews, when available, can be a great way to learn more about the schools to which you’re applying while also adding a personal touch to your application. They also give students the opportunity to further demonstrate their interest in a particular college or university. Interviews can be stressful for anyone, but often introverts find these one-on-one conversations particularly difficult. Quiet students who may be uncomfortable talking about themselves and their achievements may feel like they are at a disadvantage during this part of the application process, however, that doesn’t have to be the case.
For students just starting the college admissions process, it can be intimidating and overwhelming, so some advice from peers going through the same process can be helpful and welcome. We caught up with one of our pro bono students, Oladunni, to get her advice on what students should know when applying to college this fall.
The Common Application may be a couple of weeks from opening for the 2018-19 college application season, but a number of colleges and universities have already announced their supplemental essay prompts for the next admissions cycle.
It may seem early, but the college admissions process for rising high school seniors has already begun! We caught up with one of our students to get her advice for students planning to apply to college this fall – and for those who are just now thinking about their college prep.
Got a late start on the college admissions process? Didn’t like your college options? Reconsidering your planned gap year? There are over 400 colleges and universities in the US (and abroad!) that are still accepting applications for the class of 2022 entering fall 2018.
Many colleges and universities are releasing stats on their college application numbers for the class of 2022, and several are reporting record-setting applicant pools.