Category: College Essays

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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2020-21 Common Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Common App Essay PromptsThe Common App Prompts for 2020-21 Will Remain the Same

The Common Application has announced that the personal statement essay prompts for the 2020-21 admissions season will remain unchanged for the fourth straight year.

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5 Last-Minute College App Tips

By IvyWise on Monday, December 23, 2019

AdobeStock_292780064Tips for Students Right Before College Applications are Due

Between family vacations and holiday festivities, it can be all too easy to put off college application work until the very last minute. While it’s always best to work consistently and strategically, even the most dedicated students find themselves working down to the wire from time to time.

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Why the College Application Essays Matter

By IvyWise on Friday, September 6, 2019

AdobeStock_248652443Understand the Importance of College Essays in Order to Increase Your Chances of Admission

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.

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5 Essay Tips for Students Working on the Common App

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 8, 2019

5 Essay Tips for the Common AppUse These Pointers to Write an Essay You’re Confident About

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.

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2019-20 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Summer_Essay_WritingHere Are Some of the Most Unusual and Fun College Application Essay and Short Answer Prompts for the Class of 2024

The Common Application is officially open, and many college-bound high school students are hard at work on their college applications. In addition to the main Common App essay, many schools might also require supplements that include some thoughtful – and downright quirky – essay prompts and short answer questions.

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2019-20 Common App Supplements and Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Thursday, July 25, 2019

college__application_essaysHere are the Supplements Currently Available for the Class of 2024

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.

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5 Essay Writing Tips for Rising Seniors

By IvyWise on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

AdobeStock_201820613 (1)Take Your Writing to The Next Level With These Pointers

Compelling writing won’t only help you earn top marks in English – it’s also an important part of the college application process. In addition to grades and test scores, college applicants must submit a personal statement, which can be excellent opportunity to convey your personality, differentiating factors, and big-picture goals.

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2018-19 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts and Short Answer Questions

By IvyWise on Friday, August 24, 2018

college application essay resourcesHere are Some of the Most Creative and Fun College Application Prompts

The 2018-19 college application season is in full swing, and with the opening of the Common Application on August 1 came the release of many school-specific supplements with some quirky and creative college application essay prompts and short answer questions.

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5 Essay Tips from Expert College Admissions Counselors

By IvyWise on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

college__application_essaysHere’s What to Remember When Writing Your College Application Essays This Fall

For many students back-to-school season is already here, and with the opening of the Common Application on Aug. 1, the pressure to start on college applications is already on. While it’s smart for students to get a head start on their college applications during the summer, it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what to write about in your essays – or how to write it.

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2018-19 Common App Supplements and Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Monday, July 16, 2018

common app supplementsHere are the Colleges That Have Already Announced Their 2018-19 College Application Essay Prompts

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.

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2018-19 Common Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018-19 Common App Essay PromptsThe Common App Prompts for 2018-19 Will Remain the Same as Last Year

The Common Application has announced the personal essay prompts for the 2018-19 admissions season, leaving the prompts from 2017-18 unchanged.

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Top Essay Writing Tips From Former Admissions Officers

By IvyWise on 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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19 College Application Essay Resources

By IvyWise on Thursday, November 16, 2017

college application essay resources.jpgWrite A Great Personal Statement and Supplemental Essays With These Tips and Resources

As the holiday season approaches, many college bound seniors are taking advantage of some time off in order to catch up on their college applications. Essays can be the most time-consuming and stressful part of the college admissions process, however, with the right tools and resources, students can put together compelling and thoughtful essays well before the looming application deadlines.

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2017-18 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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: Have You Started On Your College Applications and Essays?

By IvyWise on 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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2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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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Boo! Scary Grammar and Spelling Mistakes That Are Easy to Avoid

By IvyWise on Monday, October 31, 2016
scary spelling and grammar mistakes.jpgHere Are Some Common Grammar and Spelling Errors Students Should Check For In Their College Application Essays

 

Few things are scarier to students than submitting their college application only to find mistakes afterward. This can lead to panicked calls to counselors and colleges, asking to resubmit their essays or correct an error. While small grammar and spelling mistakes won’t kill your college admission chances, they can lead to a lot of nightmares for already stressed-out students. Checking essays for avoidable mistakes before submitting can save students a lot of anxiety.

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