Category: College Prep

What Is MIT Known For?

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

MITMany high school students are familiar with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT. As the school’s name implies, the institution is renowned for its STEM offerings, including top-tier science and mathematics programs.

However, the university’s technological focus is far from the only reason MIT is special. Keep reading to learn more about this academically rigorous institution and the distinguishing factors that set MIT apart from other elite schools.

What Is So Special About MIT?

Given the array of differentiators that set MIT apart, it’s hard to pinpoint just one quality that makes MIT so special. Some of the key advantages that the school has to offer include its expertise in supporting students as they transform their technological ideas and visions into successful business realities. Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton once described MIT as “the best technology-transfer program in the country,” illustrating the school’s unparalleled academic caliber. Many successful MIT alumni have started their own companies during their time on campus, often by leveraging the research opportunities and resources that the institution has to offer.

How Hard Is It to Get Into MIT?

Since MIT is often viewed as one of

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How to Get Into Columbia University: All You Need to Know

Friday, July 8, 2022

columbia interviewAs the only member of the Ivy League that’s located in the heart of a major city, it’s easy to understand why many students are ranking Columbia University at the top of their list of best-fit colleges. The school has plenty of well-regarded programs and is known for its signature Core Curriculum, which has been part of the Columbia student experience for more than a century.

Since Columbia University has a stellar reputation and receives thousands of applicants each year, students must go the extra mile in order to gain a seat in an upcoming class. Keep reading to learn more about what sets Columbia University apart and the best practices that applicants can take advantage of to increase their chances of admission.

How to get into Columbia University: Table of Contents

When to Apply to Columbia University How Hard Is It To Get Into Columbia: Early Prep  How To Actually Get Into Columbia: The Application Class Profile  What Makes Columbia University Unique? When to apply to Columbia University

When it comes to applying to Columbia University, one of

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How to Get Into Dartmouth College: All You Need to Know

Friday, July 8, 2022

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As a member of the Ivy League that’s known for its rural setting and renowned Greek life, it’s easy to understand why many students are ranking Dartmouth College at the top of their list of best-fit colleges. The school has plenty of well-regarded programs and is the only member of the Ivy League that is an undergraduate-focused college, rather than a university. 

Since Dartmouth College has a stellar reputation and receives thousands of applicants each year, students must go the extra mile in order to gain a seat in an upcoming class. Keep reading to learn more about what sets Dartmouth College apart and the best practices that applicants can take advantage of to increase their chances of admission.

How to Get Into Dartmouth College: Table of Contents

When to Apply to Dartmouth College  How Hard Is It To Get Into Dartmouth: Early Prep  How To Actually Get Into Dartmouth: The Application Class Profile  What Makes Dartmouth College Unique? When to Apply to Dartmouth College

When it comes to applying to Dartmouth College, one of the first steps students must

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3-2 Engineering Programs

Thursday, June 16, 2022
Two Female College Students Building Machine In Science Robotics Or Engineering Class

Students interested in becoming engineers have traditionally enrolled in four-year degree programs at large universities with comprehensive engineering programs. These programs allow students to specialize in a particular type of engineering, such as mechanical, chemical, or civil. However, different paths for studying engineering have begun to diverge from the more traditional trajectory.

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How to Get Into New York University: All You Need to Know

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Washington Square Park Marble triumphal arch, dedicated in 1895. The Landmark arch sits at the entrance to the park

With a location in the heart of New York City and an array of top-ranked academic programs, it’s easy to understand why so many students place New York University at the top of their college best-fit lists. The institution has plenty of research and learning opportunities to offer, as well as all of the advantages associated with going to school in a major metropolitan city.

Consequently, it’s no surprise that getting into New York University is particularly challenging, with acceptance rates plummeting to new lows in recent years. Keep reading to learn more about what it takes to gain admission to New York University and the top tips students should keep in mind throughout the application process. 

How to Get Into New York University: Table of Contents

When to Apply to New York University How Hard Is It to Get Into New York University: Early Prep  How to Actually Get Into New York University: The Application Class Profile  What Makes New York University Unique?

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The NYU Interview: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Washington Square park arch in New York City, USAWith a location in the heart of New York City and a plethora of renowned programs and internship opportunities, it’s easy to understand why New York University is a top choice on many students’ best-fit lists. As a result, New York University is also a highly competitive college, with acceptance rates falling to approximately 12% in recent years.

Given the school’s rigorous admissions process, applicants must do everything they can to stand out for all of the right reasons, including acing the NYU interview. Keep reading to learn more about what these conversations entail and how you can maximize your performance to boost your admissions odds.

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How to Get Into Yale University: All You Need to Know

Sunday, May 15, 2022

This article is reviewed by the IvyWise team which includes former Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University, Christine.

As a member of the Ivy League that’s known for its top-notch music and arts programs, it’s easy to understand why many rank Yale at the top of their college list. The university, one of the oldest in the country, offers many strong areas of study and is within traveling distance of New York City.

Since Yale University has a stellar reputation and receives thousands of applicants each year, students must go the extra mile to get a spot. Read on to learn more about what sets Yale University apart and learn best practices to increase your chances of admission.

How to Get Into Yale University: Table of Contents

When to Apply to Yale University How Hard Is It to Get Into Yale: Early Prep  How to Actually Get Into Yale: The Application Class Profile  What Makes Yale University Unique? When to Apply to Yale University

The first step to any application process should be reviewing

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Benson

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
A stone arch hallway at a university with unidentified female in the distanceIvyWise Scholar Benson Shares His Top Tips for Students Applying to College

As part of our IvyWise Gives Back initiative, IvyWise Scholars is our pro bono college admissions counseling program for high-achieving, low-income students. We caught up with IvyWise Scholar Benson, a gifted student from Louisiana, to learn more about his college admissions journey, what it’s like to work with IvyWise during this process, and get some of his college prep advice for other students.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Nicole

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Microphone and notebooks on table against color backgroundIvyWise Scholar Nicole Shares Her Top Tips for Students Applying to College

As part of our IvyWise Gives Back initiative, IvyWise Scholars is our pro bono college admissions counseling program for high-achieving, low-income students.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Nevaeh

Thursday, January 6, 2022
College Just Ahead sign with sky backgroundIvyWise Scholar Nevaeh Shares Her Top Tips for Students Applying to College

It’s so important to have perspective when going through the college admissions process, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Nevaeh, to share some advice for future applicants.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Mary

Thursday, December 30, 2021
Phelps Gate at Yale University looking in towards the campus with people visible in the distance.IvyWise Scholar Mary Shares Her Top Tips for Students Applying to College

It’s so important to have perspective when going through the college admissions process, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Mary, to share some advice for future applicants.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Mariel

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
MarielIvyWise Scholar Mariel Shares Her Top Tips for Students Applying to College

It’s so important to have perspective when going through the college admissions process, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Mariel, to share some advice for future applicants.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Erica

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Erica ZhangIvyWise Scholar Erica Shares Her Top Tips for Students Applying to College

It’s so important to have perspective when going through the college admissions journey, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Erica, to share some advice for future applicants.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Alyssa

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The Queen's College at the University of OxfordIvyWise Scholar Alyssa Shares Her Top Tips for Students Applying to College

For current seniors, the college application process is in full swing. It’s so important to have perspective when going through the admissions journey, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Alyssa, to share some advice for future applicants.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Afua

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
AfuaIvyWise Scholar Afua Shares Her Top Tips for Students Applying to College

For current seniors, the college application process is in full swing. It’s so important to have perspective when going through the admissions journey, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Afua, to share some advice for future applicants.

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What Does a College Counselor Do?

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

What Does a College Counselor Do

When students start learning about the college admissions process, typically during their freshman year of high school if not before, there’s a lot of uncertainty around what their admissions journey might look like.

While every student will have the support of their friends, family, and teachers, it can also be beneficial to receive personalized guidance from a trusted source who knows the admissions process inside and out⁠—which is exactly what your counselor can help you with.

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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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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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What to Do The Morning of the SAT and ACT

Monday, March 4, 2019
What to Do the Morning of the SAT ACTThese Morning Tips Will Help You Feel Confident on Test Day

No matter how much test preparation and studying you have done, it’s normal to feel a little nervous on the morning of an important exam like the SAT or ACT. While a full-proof morning routine might not eliminate this anxiety, it will certainly help boost your confidence on test day.

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U.S. vs. U.K. 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 U.S. and the U.K. 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. U.S. colleges can be pricey, however, it’s not a guarantee that attending university in U.K. will be less expensive in the long run.

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Extracurricular Activities for Freshmen and Sophomores

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

extracurricular activity resourcesColleges want to see what students are doing outside of the classroom, so high school students should seek out extracurricular opportunities that they’re passionate about and match their interests. For high school freshmen and sophomores, it can be hard to figure out exactly what their interests are and the activities that best suit those passions. Luckily, there are a number of resources for high school freshmen and sophomores to help them identify their core interests and find opportunities that support them.

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