Category: College Lists

2021-22 Test-Optional Colleges

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
2020-21 test optional schools UPDATED: List of Colleges Extending Test-Optional Policies

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the college entrance exam testing industry, which resulted in a number of colleges shifting to test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. In fact, two-thirds of four-year colleges and universities will not require SAT or ACT scores for the 2021-22 admissions cycle.

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Making Your Own College Rankings

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Customize Your College List by Developing Your Own Rankings Method

A constant concern of universities, and many college-bound families, is the next list of college rankings. Where will an institution land on a list with other “top” colleges, and which schools will be a surprise top 5? But do rankings really matter? The short answer is: no!

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Colleges Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Learn Which Colleges are Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for Students

As many colleges prepare to welcome a larger number of students back to campus this fall, some universities are moving to require COVID-19 vaccines for all members of the community who will be in person. To date, more than 100 universities in the United States have said that vaccines will be mandatory for students who are planning to return to campus in the fall.

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Virtual College Visit Tools

Friday, March 19, 2021
Use These Virtual College Visit Tools for A Campus-Like Experience

In years past, many students went on spring college tours to get a feel for campus life and narrow down their list of best-fit options. Since many campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual visits have emerged as the ideal option for students who are looking to learn more about prospective colleges. 

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How Many Schools Should You Add to Your College List?

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Learn How Many Schools to Add to Your Balanced College List

When students are working on compiling their balanced college lists, one of the first questions that often comes to mind is how many universities should they apply to. While there isn’t one magic number for every student, there are some guidelines to keep in mind.

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Colleges with No Application Fees

Monday, August 24, 2020
Colleges Where You Can Apply Without an Application Fee

Students must weigh many considerations when compiling their list of best-fit colleges, including application fees. Many universities include a fee that applicants must pay when applying unless that student qualifies for fee waivers. However, there are a number of colleges without an accompanying application fee.

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Will Colleges Extend Early Decision Deadlines?

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Successful Freelancer. Happy afro man smiling and working on laptop in home office. Copyspace, panoramaLearn If Schools Are Considering Extending Their Early Decision Deadlines

 

Due to the recent changes and cancellations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, some colleges are considering extending their Early Decision deadlines. While students must typically submit applications by early fall, some institutions are weighing more flexible timelines to give applicants more time to complete testing and additional requirements. 

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5 Colleges With Unique Majors

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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2020 Summer Program Cancellations and Updates

Monday, April 27, 2020

AdobeStock_199020788Learn the Status of 2020 Summer Programs

Many high school students opt to attend summer programs hosted by various colleges to expand their horizons and deepen their knowledge while getting a taste of campus life. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a multitude of universities are either cancelling their courses or shifting them online.

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College Visit Cancelled? Here’s What to Do Instead

Friday, March 13, 2020

AdobeStock_257007661Learn What to Do Next If Your College Tour is Cancelled

Generally speaking, the start of spring is a prime time for college tours, as many students schedule campus visits during their spring break. However, the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting plans dramatically, as a number of colleges are cancelling large gatherings, including campus tours.

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5 Questions for Potential College Athletes

Thursday, February 13, 2020

AdobeStock_226262339Know What to Ask During Your College Athletic Search

For student-athletes who are passionate about their sport, having the opportunity to play in college can sound like a dream come true. From connecting with peers with similar interests, to representing your university, and honing your skills, there are a variety of benefits associated with being a college athlete.

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What are Your Goals for 2020?

Friday, December 27, 2019

AdobeStock_307906725Our Suggestions for Academic Resolutions for 2020

With the New Year right around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on your academic progress and set goals for 2020. Whether you’re prioritizing test preparation or hoping to boost your grades, every student can benefit from setting resolutions that relate to their academic journey.

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What are the Chances of Getting into Your Top-Choice College?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

AdobeStock_213542275Learn More about  Calculating Your Admissions Odds

With the deadline for regular round college applications right around the corner, many high school seniors are curious about the acceptance rates at their top-choice institutions. It’s natural to wonder what your chances of admission are, but how can students properly evaluate their acceptance odds?

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Top-Choice Gifts for Every Type of Studentgifts presents green

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the time to take a momentary step away from regular round college applications and put the finishing touches on seasonal gift lists! Instead of losing sight of your academic goals entirely, students can take their study game to the next level with gadgets that will set them up for success in college and beyond.

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How to Set Test Prep Goals for 2020

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Get a Head Start on Planning for the New Year

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With the new year right around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about your test prep goals for 2020. Whether you’re a freshman who is just beginning to think about college, a sophomore gearing up to start test prep, or a junior who is already in the thick of it, there are concrete steps that you can take in 2020 to get closer to achieving your test prep goals.

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History of Acceptance at Boston University

Monday, December 2, 2019

Learn More About Gaining Admittance at BU

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With its highly desirable and centralized location and a multitude of specialty programs, it’s no wonder that Boston University is a top choice for many students. In recent years, its acceptance rate has plummeted significantly, leaving many applicants to wonder what it takes to gain a seat in the class.

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6 Colleges with Fun Thanksgiving Traditions

Monday, November 25, 2019

AdobeStock_297084080Celebrate Thanksgiving on Campus

For many students, a college campus is more than a setting for higher education and learning; it becomes a second home. In order to instill this sense of community from the start, many top colleges celebrate holidays, including Thanksgiving, in a huge way.

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Applying to UT Austin? Here’s What You Need to Know

Friday, November 22, 2019

AdobeStock_63002451Learn What it Takes to Be a Longhorn

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.

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What You Need to Know Before You Apply to Duke

Monday, November 18, 2019

Duke university early decision notification dateLearn More About this Top College Before Applying

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.

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5 Colleges with the Best Dining Halls

Monday, November 11, 2019

ivywiseThe Best Schools for Foodies and Culinary Experts

While meal choices shouldn’t be the biggest factor when it comes to enrollment decisions, top tier dining options are always an asset. Many universities have revamped their menu offerings to provide students with diverse and high-quality food choices.

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What Does ‘Rolling Admissions’ Mean?

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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4 Colleges That Played an Important Role in US History

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

upenn score choiceGet Festive By Learning About the Colleges That Shaped US History

With the 4th of July holiday this week, now is the perfect time to look back at some of the defining landmarks and milestones within US history. In addition to more commonly recognized destinations, such as national parks and monuments, many college campuses have made their own unique impact on our nation’s history.

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5 Celebrities You May Spot on Your College Campus

Friday, May 10, 2019

5 Celebrities You Might See on CampusDo You Know Which Celebrities Are Currently in College?

College is an exciting opportunity to connect with a large network of peers from across the globe, many of whom may have very different interests, backgrounds, and goals. In addition to meeting friends from other countries and on different academic tracks, some students may have the opportunity to brush shoulders with some celebrities.

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7 Colleges with Unique Holiday Traditions

Friday, December 21, 2018

7 Schools with Unique Holiday TraditionsThese Colleges and Universities Have Some Cool and Quirky Holiday Traditions and Festivities

If you are worried about missing out on holiday festivities once college starts, have no fear! Campuses across the country have their own unique ways of celebrating the end of the year and the traditions are as varied and diverse as the universities themselves.

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7 Cool College Courses

Friday, November 16, 2018

7 Cool College CoursesHere are Some of the Most Fun, Unusual, and Quirky College Courses

College course options aren’t just limited to statistics and Biology 101! In addition to one-of-a-kind traditions and unique spooky stories, many universities have an array of specialized course offerings that are tailored to student’s interests, current events, and trends.

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5 of the Most Haunted College Campuses

Monday, October 29, 2018

Pennsylvania Hall at Gettysburg College HauntedThese Colleges Have Some Pretty Spooky Histories

Halloween season is here and for those who love a good spooky story, look no further than some of the schools on your balanced college list. Instead of saying goodbye to festive activities in high school, many colleges offer students the opportunity to amp up their holiday celebrations, thanks to an array of ghost stories, haunted halls, and one-of-a kind autumnal traditions.

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US vs. UK College Costs

Friday, August 17, 2018

us vs. uk college costsHow Do College Costs Stack Up Across the Pond?

Cost a very important factor to consider for most students applying to college, especially for those interested in schools in both the US and the UK. In order to adequately budget for a college degree, applicants need to not only account for tuition costs, but also related expenses such as application fees, tuition, the cost of living in certain cities, and more. US colleges can be pricey, however, it’s not a guarantee that attending university in UK will be less expensive in the long run.

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What Is Test-Optional Admissions?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

uchicago_admission_rateHere’s What Test-Optional Means For College-Bound Students

Last week, the University of Chicago announced that it will no longer require SAT or ACT scores for undergraduate applicants from the US. UChicago is one the of the first major research universities to announce a test-optional policy, but test-optional and test-flexible admissions have been around for a long time. What exactly does it mean and how does it affect applicants?

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How to Create a College Prep Plan

Thursday, January 11, 2018

parent and student creating a college prep planStart the Year By Creating a Comprehensive College Prep Plan

Crafting a thoughtful and thorough college prep plan is critical to reaching your college admissions goals, but often students aren’t sure where to start. It’s important for students to take some time to evaluate where they are in the process, their goals, and how they plan to achieve them.

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3 Tips to Help You Build Your Balanced College List

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

balanced college listResearch Is Key To Creating a Balanced List of Colleges To Apply To

The college admission season is here, but where are you applying? Students should start researching colleges and building a balanced college list junior year, and continue to refine their list throughout the school year.

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How to Research Colleges This Summer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

how to research collegesUse Your Free Time This Summer to Catch Up on College Research

August is just around the corner – which means a new Common App and the start of a new college admissions season. For rising seniors and juniors, the last few weeks before the start of the school year is a great time to research potential colleges in order to develop and refine their balanced college lists.

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20 College Prep Resources for High School Sophomores

Thursday, January 19, 2017
college prep resources for high school sophomores.jpgResources to Help Sophomores Get Started With College Planning

 

Junior year is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time for high school sophomores to start thinking about their college plans and what they need to do now in order to prepare for the admissions process.

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

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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Summer College Prep Checklist for Rising High School Seniors

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
summer college prep checklist for seniorsSeniors Applying to College This Fall Can Get the Bulk of Their Applications Done Over the Summer

 

Summer break provides college bound seniors with the perfect opportunity to get a head start on their college applications and continue their college prep so they’re prepared for the admissions season come fall. With activities, vacations, and other summer plans, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything that students need to accomplish while school is out. At IvyWise we aim to make getting ahead easier by providing students with comprehensive college planning checklists.

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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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Juniors: How to Get Organized Before Applying to College

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
College Prep OrganizationTools to Help Students Get Organized Before Applying to College

 

By Amy Jeffrey, founder of Make Me a Freshman

Teacher recommendations. Transcripts. FAFSA. These are just three of the many different types of forms that you must track when applying to college. How can you manage them all?

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Every College Planning Checklist You’ll Ever Need

Thursday, June 25, 2015
College Planning ChecklistsHere’s A Roundup of College Checklists For Every Stage of the College Prep Process

It may be summer vacation, but college prep rarely takes a break. Whether you’re getting ready for your first year of high school or preparing for your last, there’s no better time than the present to start thinking about your college admissions goals and how to achieve them. 

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Summer Planning Checklist For Rising College Freshmen

Monday, June 1, 2015
Checklist for College FreshmenHere’s What Rising College Freshmen Need to Do This Summer to Prepare For The First Semester of College

The summer before freshman year of college is exciting! You’re so close to realizing your college dreams, however, there’s still lots to be done to prepare for your first year on campus. From packing and choosing classes to spending time with friends, the months leading up to freshman move-in day can be extremely busy – and can go by in a flash. 

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Presidents Day: Where Famous First Ladies Went to College

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
First Lady Alma MatersFrom Large Universities to Small Women’s Colleges, These Famous First Ladies Have Some Impressive Alma Maters

 

Every year we take time to honor our US presidents with Presidents’ Day – but what about our first ladies? Many of the presidents and first ladies that have come through the White House have been educated at some of the country’s finest colleges and universities, for both their undergraduate and graduate educations. This month we’ve focused a lot on leadership and how higher education can foster great leaders, like our nation’s presidents. The same applies to first ladies!

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