Category: College Lists

January Feature: What’s the 1 In a 4-1-4 Academic Calendar?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fotolia 68313283 Subscription Monthly M copy resized 600These Month-Long January Term Classes Offer Unique Learning Opportunities for Students

At IvyWise we like to highlight colleges, programs, and facets of college life that many students may not be aware of. Each month, we will highlight a unique aspect of a school, program, or event in an effort to help students learn more about the variety of institutions in the US – and the many different ways they can get a best-fit education.  

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How to Stay Productive Over Winter Break

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Stay Productive Over Winter Break resized 600There’s Plenty You Can Do Over Winter Break to Prepare for College Admissions

The holiday season is here, and students are getting a much-needed break from their normal school schedule. While it’s necessary for students to take some time to recharge, many often become restless after a few days and may need some productive ways to pass the time.  

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Cornell University

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Spotlight on CornellSometimes First Impressions of a College Are Not Dealbreakers

I was the kid that loved the college process. I loved visiting campuses and imagining what it would be like to attend each school. I loved coming up with essay topics and trying to be creative so that I would stand out. I put a great deal of time, thought, and effort into my college applications, but at the beginning, I never would have imagined that would end up at Cornell. 

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March College Planning Checklist

Monday, March 3, 2014
March College Planning ChecklistCollege Admissions and Test Prep Tips for Students this March

You’re half way through the semester! Are you doing everything you can to stay on track for college admissions and a productive academic year?

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Best Colleges for STEM, Campus Culture, and More

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Best College List by InterestDr. Kat’s Lists for Students Interested in STEM, Arts, Campus Culture, and More

When researching colleges, it’s important to find an institution that matches your interests and goals, and with over 4,000 colleges and universities in the US, there’s a great fit school out there for everyone. Whether you’re concerned with location, academic offerings, or just the right campus culture, all facets of a school should be examined when determining if you can see yourself attending that institution or not.

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January College Planning Checklist

Thursday, January 2, 2014
January College Planning ChecklistWhat High School Students Need to Do This January to Prepare for College  

It’s a new year, a new semester, and the perfect time for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to get a head start, or keep up the momentum, on the college admissions process.  

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December College Planning Checklist

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
December College Planning ChecklistWhat Students Need to Do This December to Stay on Track During the College Admissions Season 

The end of the fall semester and the fast-approaching Regular Decision deadlines, coupled with the release of early decisions, makes December an especially busy, and crucial, month. Students need to prepare for finals and standardized tests, while also juggling extracurricular commitments and, for seniors, the added stress of finishing college applications.

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How to Avoid Undermatching When Applying to College

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Undermatching in College AdmissionsCreating a Balanced College List is Important to Avoid Undermatching

Are you applying to the right schools? During college admissions season we talk a lot about creating a balanced college list of schools that are best-fits for your personal and academic goals, but some students may not be choosing schools that are the best academic and budgetary matches. 

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2014 Princeton Review College Rankings

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
2014 RankingsWhere Do Your Favorite Colleges Rank?

This week The Princeton Review released its 2013-14 Best 378 Colleges rankings, ranking some of the country’s best colleges in 62 different lists. While we don’t encourage you to make rankings a defining factor when building your balanced college list, these lists can be a good place to start when researching what you want from your college experience.

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IvyWise Webinar Series

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
IvyWise WebinarsInformative Videos From Our Expert Counselors Are Just A Click Away!

At IvyWise, we’re always thinking of news ways to get families the information they need in order to succeed in the college admissions process. Available now are on-demand college counseling videos featuring our expert counselors speaking on a variety of topics, from community service to how selective schools evaluate applicants.

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5 Ways to Narrow Down Your College List

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Narrowing Down Your College ListNow Is The Time To Start Thinking About Where You Will Apply

It may be the middle of summer, but application season is fast approaching! In just a couple of weeks the Common App will be released, but with the prior announcement of the essay topics, and some schools announcing their supplement questions early, many rising high school seniors have already started on their applications.

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Best College Pranks in History

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Lady Liberty on Lake MendotaCollege students have conducted some of the best pranks in history. Rival schools, politicians, school administrations, and fellow students have all fell victim to elaborate and harmless pranks. A lot of technical planning, crafting, and attention to detail was put in to these projects so they would go off without a hitch.

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Unique College Majors

Friday, March 8, 2013

These schools offer students some of the country’s most interesting concentrations

Puppetry at UConnWhile many students opt for college majors like business, history, and biology, others decide to take a more unconventional path in school. Interdisciplinary studies allow students to combine a variety of interests into one major, but some schools decide to create distinct majors on their own. Colleges across the country offer a slew of unique majors for students with highly individualized interests, and the list grows every year.

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Colleges Announce Misreporting Data for Rankings

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Four universities and one graduate program have come forward in the past year admitting to the release of false admissions data

College rankings change due to misreporting by some schoolsWithin the past year, four undergraduate programs and one graduate program have admitted to misreporting their admissions data for U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, causing some to question just how many schools may be inflating statistics. Bucknell University and Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business are the most recent schools to announce misinformation, both coming forward in the past two weeks. They join Claremont McKenna College, Emory University, and George Washington University which have already reported false standardized test scores, class rankings, GPAs, and other statistics for admitted and enrolled students.

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Wacky College Courses

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wacky College Courses Star TrekWho Said Learning Can’t Be Fun? Interesting and Odd College Classes

Did you know that at some schools you can take a classes on Harry Potter, how to watch the TV show The Wire, and even one on Lady GaGa’s (actual) fame? Many colleges these days are offering interesting course selections that take pop culture and familiar icons and use them as tie-ins to deeper, more intellectual ideas and lessons. 

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College Campus Life: Wacky Student Clubs and Organizations

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Wacky Student Clubs and OrganizationsCampus Life Considerations: Student Clubs and Organizations

Making new friends and getting involved on campus starts with exploring your interests. Student clubs and organizations are a great way to meet new people and build on the skills and interests that you already have.

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Demonstrated Interest and College Admissions

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Demonstrated Interest in College AdmissionsThe Dating Game: Letting Colleges Know You’re Really Ready to Commit

In this month’s newsletter, we highlight the importance of the college visit and how to prepare for and what students can expect during their tour. While the college visit is very important in deciding where you want to apply, it’s also a part of helping you get in.  

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College Campus Life Considerations: Dorm Life

Monday, October 15, 2012
College Campus Life Considerations: Dorm LifeFinding the Best-Fit Housing in Your Best-Fit School

For high school sophomores and juniors, fall marks the first steps in the college search process. Many schools have a mid-October fall break, and students and families often use this time to go on college visits. At IvyWise, our team of expert counselors always stress the importance of the college visit. Not only does it give you the opportunity to show demonstrated interest, a factor that admissions officers take into consideration when reading applications, but it also gives you the chance to get a feel for campus life first-hand.

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Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Test-Optional v. Test-Required: Which is the Best-Fit for You?

test optionalThe October SAT is this weekend, and high school students across the country are squeezing in every last bit of knowledge they can before heading to their testing centers on Saturday.  

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Choosing a College Location

Friday, July 13, 2012

Location, Location, Location!

College CampusRecently, Dr. Kat spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the benefits and shortcomings of virtual campus tours.  Virtual tours are a great (and free!) way to gain an overview of a campus’ main attractions, but even with technological advancements, nothing beats the impression you gain from stepping onto a college campus. At IvyWise, we advise that whenever possible, students should visit a college in-person to get a sense of the three Cs – campus, classroom, and community.

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College Acceptance Rates, Then and Now

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

College Acceptance Rates, Then and Now

undergraduate admissionsThis summer, as many rising seniors create their college list, we remind our students that there are no guarantees when it comes to college admissions. Admission at the nation’s most selective schools has become much more competitive over the past decade. To add some perspective, keep in mind that parents of today’s high school students likely applied to college 20 or more years ago.

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IvyWise Experts’ College Application Tips

Friday, June 8, 2012

Our Best Advice for Students Embarking on the College Admissions Process

College Admission TipsIvyWise students often begin working on the college admissions process in the spring of 11th grade, and many of our rising seniors complete the bulk of their college application work before even starting senior year! Once school ends, many students begin intensively researching colleges, creating a college list, and drafting essays. We’ve asked some of our college admissions counselors, advisers, and friends to share their best advice for students embarking on the college admissions process:

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How Do I Choose Which Colleges to Apply to?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 Ways to Narrow Down Your College List

College ListWith more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the US, many students find that creating an expansive list of schools they’d like to go to is easier than winnowing down the list. As juniors embark on the college admissions process (and visit schools over Spring Break), now is a great time to make a preliminary college list. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see students make and some tips from Dr. Kat to help you narrow your focus. 

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