Category: College Application Tips

Top Essay Writing Tips From Former Admissions Officers

Friday, December 1, 2017

top essay writing tips.jpgHere’s What College Bound Students Need to Do to Write a Great College Application Essay

It’s college application crunch time for high school seniors, and there are probably more than a few of you who are behind on writing those application essays. Don’t get stressed! Our team of counselors is here to help with some of their top essay writing tips.

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How College Applications Are Evaluated: The Soft Factors

Thursday, November 9, 2017

soft factors college applicationIn The “Holistic Review” Process Qualitative Elements Like Essays, Recommendations, and More Are Just As Important As Grades and Test Scores

Grades and test scores are important when applying to college, but what about the other college application elements like essays, recommendations, and more? It’s critical for students (and parents!) to understand how the different elements of applications are evaluated when applying to college in order to have the best chance of admission to their top-choice schools.

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How College Applications Are Evaluated: The Hard Factors

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

how college applications are evaluated.jpgQuantitative Elements Like Grades, Test Scores, and More are Weighed When Applying to College

College bound students know that grades and test scores are important when applying to college, but exactly how important? It’s critical for students to understand how the different elements of applications are evaluated and what they can do to improve their chances of admission.

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3 Pieces of College Admissions Advice for the Class of 2018

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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2017-18 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

creative application essay prompts.jpgStudents Need to Get Creative With These Unusual College Essay Prompts

It’s that time of year again! The 2017-18 Common Application is open, and now’s the time for the class of 2022 to start on their college application essays and supplements – which can sometimes include weird and unusual essay prompts and short answer questions.

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2017-18 Common Application Supplements and Essay Prompts

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017-18 essay promptsMany Colleges Have Already Announced Their 2017-18 College Application Essay Prompts

The summer is a great time for college-bound seniors to begin working on their college application essays, as many colleges and universities have already released their essay prompts for the 2017-18 college application season.

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Class of 2022: Getting Started On Your College Apps

Friday, June 16, 2017

college applications and essays in the summer.jpgStudents Can Get a Head Start On College Applications and Essays This Summer

The school year may be coming to a close, but the college admissions process is just starting for rising high school seniors (aka the college class of 2022). In addition to preparing for standardized testing and finalizing college lists, rising seniors also have the opportunity to get a head start on their college application essays during the summer break.

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Yes, Your Social Media Matters When Applying to College

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

social media matters when applying to collegeEven After You’re Admitted Your Social Media Presence Can Impact Your Admission Decisions

This spring, at least 10 members of Harvard’s class of 2021 had their offers of admission rescinded after the university was alerted to a private group message in which some incoming freshmen were posting offensive memes. This is a good opportunity to remind college bound students of the effect social media can have on the college admissions process before – and after – applying.

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Class of 2021 Yield Rates

Thursday, May 18, 2017

class of 2021 yield rates.jpgColleges Report Matriculation for the Class of 2021

This college admissions season saw record-low admission rates, but what colleges are really concerned about now is yield – the percentage of admitted students who enroll. Class of 2021 yield rates are starting to emerge – giving prospective students a better picture of the most recent freshman class.

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Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2021

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

colleges still accepting applicationsThere’s Still Time to Apply to College! Over 500 Colleges and Universities Are Still Accepting Students to the Class of 2021

Whether you got a late start on the college admissions process, or you weren’t accepted to the colleges to which you applied, there’s still a chance to secure a spot in the class of 2021. NACAC’s annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students survey lists over 500 colleges and universities that have space available for the freshman class entering fall 2017.

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2017-18 Common Application Changes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017-18 Common Application ChangesHere’s What to Expect on the 2017-18 Common Application

The admissions cycle for the class of 2021 may be over, but the college preparation journey is just starting for current juniors who are planning to apply to college this fall. Students are getting started on their applications earlier than ever, and it’s important to stay informed on the latest Common Application changes before the summer and fall.

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Class of 2021 Admission Rates

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MIT class of 2021.jpgColleges Continue to Report Record-High Application Numbers, MIT Admits 7.1% of Applicants to the Class of 2021

Here’s a look at some of the first admission rates and application numbers from the class of 2021.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Kaitlyn

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

student colleg prep adviceIvyWise Student Kaitlyn Shares Her Experience, Motivation, and Advice

As high school seniors across the US, and the world, await college 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 we’d like to take the time to feature some of them.

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2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
2017-18 common app essay prompts.jpgCommon App Brings Back the Topic of Choice Essay for 2017


Regular decisions for the class of 2021 are far from being released, but the college admissions process for current high school juniors is already revving up with the announcement of the 2017-18 Common Application essay prompts.

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More College Application Mistakes to Avoid

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
more college application mistakes.jpgWatch Out For These College Application Mistakes Before You Hit “Submit”


College application deadlines are just days away, so now is the time for students to put the finishing touches on their apps, and double check for any mistakes.

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6 Tips for Finishing College Applications Over Winter Break

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
finish college apps over winter break.jpgRegular Decision Deadlines Are Almost Here!


The clock is ticking and college bound students only have a little less than two weeks before regular decision applications are due. Many students will spend their winter break finishing their college applications, and we have some tips to help make that task a little easier.

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College Admission Secrets from College Counselors

Monday, November 7, 2016
college admission secretsGet College Prep Info and Secrets From Those Who Have Made Admission Decisions Before

What does it take to get into your top-choice colleges? There are a number of admission myths out there and various “tips and tricks” that promise to help students gain admission to their dream schools. At IvyWise, we have access to college admission experts who know what colleges are looking for and what students can do to improve their chances of admission, and they’ve revealed some of their top admission tips for college bound students!

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Final Tips for Early Decision Applications

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
final tips for early college applications.jpgTake Some Time to Review and Reflect Before Applying Early


Early application deadlines are right around the corner! If you are one of the many seniors applying to college early decision or early action this fall, there are a few things that you should double-check before hitting “submit!”

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5 Fall College Prep Tips for Seniors

Monday, September 26, 2016
5_Fall_College_Prep_Tips_for_Seniors.jpgSeniors Need to Set Goals and an Application Timeline ASAP


You’ve made it! All that hard work over the past 3 years has finally led to senior year, but what do you do now? Starting off the school year strong and carrying that momentum through the fall will help you make the most of senior year and ensure you’re prepared not only for the college admissions process, but also college itself.

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The Ultimate College Admissions Guide

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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Understanding EA vs. ED vs. EDII and More

Thursday, August 18, 2016
ED_vs._EA.jpgIn Order to Manage Yield Colleges Offer Early Decision Programs


Did you know that you can apply to a college early and get a decision way before most other students? Many colleges offer “early” application options, with students usually submitting their applications in October or November and receiving a decision by December. With the rise in the number of students applying to multiple colleges, and the difficulty of predicting yield, many colleges are offering a number of early application options. So how do you know if applying early is right for you?

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2016-17 Creative College Application Essay Questions

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
creative_college_essay_questions.jpgHere are Some of the Most Creative and Wacky Essay Prompts From This Year’s College Applications


The 2016-17 college admissions season has begun, with the availability of the 2016-17 Common Application and the launch of the new Coalition Application. With the start of the new application season comes some strange and quirky essay prompts.

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2016-17 Common Application Supplemental Essays

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
2016-17 Common App SupplementsHere are College Application Essay Prompts for the Class of 2021


We may be in the middle of summer break, but a number of colleges have released their college application essay prompts already, giving rising high school seniors the opportunity to get a head start on their admissions essays!

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Brainstorming Tips for College Application Essays

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
college essay brainstorming tipsUse Spare Time During Your Summer Break to Brainstorm College Essay Topics


Brainstorming is the first step toward writing an authentic and compelling college admission essay. For some students, however, brainstorming can be a challenge.

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

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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2016-17 Common Application Changes

Thursday, May 12, 2016
2016-17 common application changesHere’s Your Student and Parent Guide to the 2016-17 Common Application


Before getting a head start on your college applications this summer, make sure you’re aware of Common Application changes for the 2016-17 admissions season.

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2016-17 Common Application Essay Prompts

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
2016-17 College Application Essay PromptsThe Common Application and the New Coalition Application Have Already Announced 2016-17 Application Prompts


The college admissions process is just wrapping up for current high school seniors, but for juniors preparing for the admissions process this fall there’s a chance to get a head start on their essays. The Common Application, the pending Coalition Application, and various colleges are already releasing their essay prompts for the 2016-17 application season.

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Class of 2020 Admission Rates

Thursday, March 31, 2016
stanford.jpgColleges Continue to Report Record-Low Admission Rates, Stanford Admits 4.69% of Applicants for the Class of 2020


It was another competitive admission season for the class of 2020, with admission rates for the incoming freshman class remaining low and even dropping  from the 2014-15 cycle.

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When Should Juniors Start On Their College Applications?

Thursday, February 4, 2016
When Juniors Should Start on College AppsThe Common App and Anticipated Coalition App Are Encouraging Students to Start On Their Applications Earlier Than Ever

Recently, the Common Application announced that the prompts for the 2016-17 application season will remain the same as last year, and that, instead of waiting for the Aug. 1 open date, current high school juniors can create accounts now that will roll over into the fall admission cycle. This is a big move, as the Common App stands to have some competition from the Coalition App, which plans to launch its “locker” feature soon and new application this summer. But what does this mean for current juniors, who are already under enough college prep pressure that these colleges supposedly want to help alleviate? How early is too early to get started on your college application essays?

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Understanding Harvard’s “Turning the Tide” Report

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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Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Colleges Still Accepting ApplicationsHere’s a List of Colleges and Universities With Later Deadlines

January 1 may have passed, but there are still plenty of colleges accepting regular decision applications. For those students who got a late start on the college admissions process, or are second-guessing their current balanced college list, there are a number of colleges and universities with later application deadlines.

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Class of 2020 Early Admission Rates

Monday, December 14, 2015
Class of 2020 Early Admission RatesHere are the Early Admission Statistics for the Class of 2020


Looking for the overall class of 2020 admission rates? Click here!

We’re closing in on the college application finish line for this year’s high school seniors, but the first members of the Class of 2020 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the Class of 2019? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the Class of 2020. More decisions will be released this week along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!

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Class of 2020 Early Application Numbers

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
AdobeStock_180753081Some Colleges Report Increase in Number of Early Decision and Early Action Applications

As regular decision deadlines approach, some information is tricking out about early decision and early action applications for the class of 2020.

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What Matters When Applying to College?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
What Matters When Applying to CollegeHere’s What Top Colleges Are Looking For When Evaluating Applications

There are a lot of misconceptions about what colleges are ‘looking for’ when evaluating college applications. Is it a well-rounded student? A well-rounded class? Students with only high SAT scores? Or students just in the top 10% of their class? Every college’s priorities are different, but here’s some insight into the factors that are important to most colleges based on a survey of college admissions officers themselves.

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Class of 2020 Early Application Deadlines

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Early Application DeadlinesHere’s When Students Applying Early to the Class of 2020 Need to Submit Applications

We’re closing in on the first college application deadlines for the Class of 2020. Here are some of the fall 2015 early application deadlines students need to be aware of.

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What to Know about the New Coalition College App

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
New Coalition College ApplicationStudents Can Apply With the Coalition’s College Application In 2016

It was announced yesterday that over 80 colleges, including all Ivy Leagues and Stanford, had formed a coalition in an effort to increase college access and revamp the way that students apply to college. Known as the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, this initiative plans to launch a new college application next year that would serve as an alternative to The Common Application.

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How to Manage College Admissions Stress This Fall

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
College Application AnxietyDon’t Let College Application Anxiety Keep You From Having a Fun and Successful School Year

The glow of a new school year has worn off, and now college-bound high school seniors are diving head first into college applications – and the stress that comes with it.

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Smart Ways to Enhance Your College Applications

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Enhance College ApplicationsIncrease Your Chances of Admission By Putting Together a Genuine and Thoughtful Application

Parents and students hear it every year: The college admissions process is more competitive than ever, and on many levels it’s very true. With the digital age came easier access to application materials, and students are applying to a longer list of colleges than ever before, making for a very saturated applicant pool at many top schools.

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2015-16 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Quirky Essay PromptsColleges Continue to Get Creative With Collge Application Essay Prompts

The 2015-16 college application season is officially underway after the opening of the Common Application over the weekend. Many essay prompts were made available by colleges over the summer, but the launch of the new Common Application has allowed more insight into what colleges want students to write about this year – no matter how strange. 

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