Category: College Lists

7 Colleges with Unique Holiday Traditions

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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?

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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

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

By IvyWise on 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

By IvyWise on 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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