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Brown Admissions Interview: 14 Brown Interview Questions

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Robinson Hall, library building constructed in 1878Getting a spot at Brown University, one of seven universities that make up the Ivy League, is exceptionally competitive. To earn a seat in the incoming class, students need to do more than get good grades; they stand out in each component of the application process, including the interview.

The Brown University admissions interview gives applicants an opportunity to express their interest in attending the institution, as well as showcase their personalities. Read on to learn more about what you can do to set yourself apart for all the right reasons during the interview process.

What Does Brown University Look For?

It’s essential to prepare for your interview. However, before getting started, you need to know exactly what Brown University is looking for when reviewing applicants’ profiles.

Ultimately, the university is searching for students who are curious, ambitious, and eager to make a positive impact on the world. When admissions officers review applications, they consider application components including class rank, GPA, the rigor of your high school report, standardized test scores, application essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews.

Brown University prioritizes factors like rigor

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Top 10 Most Popular Majors at Stanford

Thursday, August 25, 2022

majors at stanford

Most students know that Stanford is one of the country’s most prestigious colleges. However, far fewer prospective applicants possess an in-depth understanding of the most popular majors at Stanford University and the courses that set the school apart. 

While virtually all Stanford programs are going to be engaging and academically challenging, there are a few that have gained significant popularity. Keep reading to learn more about the best majors at Stanford University and the classes students should put at the top of their wish lists.

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Rising Seniors: Preparing for the Year Ahead

Friday, May 6, 2022
Rising Senior Jumpstart AppsWhat Rising Seniors Can Do to Prepare for the Year Ahead

Many current juniors who will be rising seniors this summer are well aware that their final year of high school is exceptionally important. Students must juggle completing their personal statements, applying to colleges, and preparing for graduation, in addition to keeping up with friends and extracurriculars.

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Grad School Interview Questions: Examples and Answers

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

grad school interview

Interviews can often be a source of stress for students, and the ones for graduate school are no exception. Generally, a graduate school interview is an opportunity to showcase your strengths, demonstrate your knowledge of the institution, and impress an alumnus or member of the faculty who might play a role in deciding your admissions outcome.

While being a little nervous might be inevitable, it is possible to feel confident on interview day if you’ve prepared beforehand. Keep reading to learn more about the grad school interview questions you might encounter, so that you’ll feel ready on the big day.

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More Than a College App: Why Extracurriculars Matter

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Find Out Why Extracurriculars Are Worth the Extra Effort

In today’s competitive admissions process, students need more than good grades to gain a seat at their best-fit college. In addition to strong academic performances, colleges are looking for applicants who have pursued extracurricular activities for years and those who have developed expertise in the fields they’re passionate about.

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Creative Ways Students Can Get Involved With Online Volunteering Opportunities

Thursday, September 16, 2021

You Can Get Involved and Volunteer Without Leaving Your Living Room

Volunteering is a meaningful opportunity for students to give back to their local communities, expand their horizons, and learn new skills. While some activities may be on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the good news is that there are still plenty of ways to get involved.

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How to Stay Informed on Current Events

Monday, August 16, 2021
Stay Updated on Global and Social Issues By Doing Your Research

While every student should strive to stay updated on global issues, it’s particularly important for those interested in related fields like political science or public policy. Whether you’re in a degree program now or getting ready to apply to colleges that specialize in these fields, staying in the know is very important.

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European vs US MBA Programs

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Should You Choose a US or European MBA Program?

By Nellie, IvyWise MBA Admissions Counselor

When it comes to applying to business school, there are several important decisions all applicants need to make. For many students, one important thing to consider when researching MBA programs is whether to pursue their MBA in the US or to consider programs in Europe.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Alexis

Friday, October 23, 2020
IvyWise Pro Bono Student Alexis Shares Her Tips for Students Applying to College

For current seniors, the college application process is in full swing. It can be a high-stress time for many, particularly during an application cycle that has been marked by changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 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, Alexis, to share some advice for future applicants.

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Back to School with IvyWise 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Use Our New Resources to Make the Most of This Unusual Semester

As COVID-19 continues to cause ongoing uncertainty for students across the globe, we’re debuting a new set of resources to help you navigate this unusual semester. Back to School with IvyWise is our latest initiative designed to provide students and families with comprehensive academic and college admissions support. 

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Graduate Admissions Q&A: What Grad School Applicants Need to Know

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

AdobeStock_211365464Get Graduate Admissions Advice from a Former Graduate Admissions Officer with This Informative Q&A

If you’re considering graduate school, it’s important to understand why you’re pursuing an advanced degree and how it will impact your future education and career goals. Not sure about the difference between graduate school and an undergraduate education? Want to know what graduate admissions officers look for in applicants? We have answers here!

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3 College Essays Tips from Former Admissions Officers

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Answer_Crazy_Essay_QuestionsHere’s What to Keep in Mind When Writing College Essays

College application essays are often the most stressed about component of the admissions process, but they don’t have to be! By taking some time to learn what admissions officers are looking for students can feel confident when crafting their college application essays.

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The Virtual Tutoring Experience: Why It’s Beneficial to Students

Friday, April 19, 2019

Virtual TutoringVirtual Tutoring Connects Students and Educators No Matter Where They are in the World

We live in a digital age, and with a variety of tools available these days people are able to connect with each other all over the world at any time. This has led to more flexibility when it comes to learning and working. At IvyWise, we’ve been pioneers of virtual counseling and tutoring for years, however, many families still have reservations about the virtual tutoring experience.

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Fall Into Good Study Habits This Semester With These 10 Tips

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

fall study habitsThese Study Habits Can Help Students Reach Their Academic Goals This Fall

Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and the return of pumpkin spice everything may be some of students’ favorite fall things – but studying usually isn’t one of them. The fall semester is in full swing and establishing a routine and good study habits should be paramount this semester as students work to prepare for the college admissions process. If you’re having trouble finding your groove this autumn, IvyWise can help!

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How TOEFL Scores are Evaluated in US Admissions

Thursday, July 5, 2018

AP Exams Test Prep Plan and Timeline From an Expert TutorFor International Students Applying to US Universities, TOEFL Scores Can Be a Critical Part of College Applications

By Joey, IvyWise Tutor

For some international students applying to US universities, TOEFL scores can be a big factor in the admissions process. It’s important for international students to understand if they need to take the TOEFL, when to take it, and how the scores are evaluated by admissions officers.

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Does Community Service Matter In The College Admissions Process?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

community service college admissionsHow Community Service Can Impact College Admission Chances

A recent survey of college admissions officers found that community service can be a tipping factor when making college admissions decisions. In fact, 53% of those surveyed said that community service can almost be a “tie-breaker” between applicants who are equally qualified. So how is community service viewed in the context of a student’s application, and what can students now to pursue meaningful community service opportunities?

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Help IvyWise and School the World Build a School

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

School The World.jpgIvyWise Will Travel to Guatemala With School the World in March to Build an Elementary School

IvyWise, along with Flywire and Envisage International, has partnered with School the World and will be traveling to Guatemala this March to build a school and playground with the aim of expanding educational access in one of the country’s neediest communities.

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Are You Having a Productive Summer Break?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

productive summer break.jpgCollege Bound Students Can Use The Summer To Explore Interests and Catch Up On College Apps

We can’t stress enough the importance of a productive summer break when preparing to apply to college. While students can use the summer break to relax and recharge, they should also use some of that downtime to explore their interests, catch up on test prep and outside reading, and more.

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How Colleges Are Celebrating Black History Month in 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
colleges celebreate black history month 2017.jpgColleges Across the US Celebrate Black History Month With a Number of Campus Events


February is Black History month in the US, and colleges and universities across the country are marking this national observance month with events and educational opportunities throughout February to celebrate the history of black Americans.

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Next Steps After Being Accepted to College ED or EA

Thursday, December 15, 2016
what to do if accepted early decision.jpgYou Were Accepted to College Early! Here’s What to Do Next


Congratulations! You were accepted to your early decision or early action college. But what do you need to do next? There are a number of things to consider moving forward, so it’s important for students to weigh all their options before accepting an early offer of admission.

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Colleges and Universities with Hidden Treasures

Monday, June 9, 2014
© Mopic - Fotolia.comFrom Secret Rooms to Spooky Urban Legends, These Colleges Have Some Interesting Campus Attractions

There’s more to many schools than what meets the eye. US colleges and universities all have complex histories that aren’t necessarily apparent to the common campus visitor. The bronze statues, portraits of long-gone college presidents, and Grecian columns that adorn these historic campuses only tell half of the story.

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Waitlist Admission Rates

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Waitlist Admit RatesFor waitlisted students, it can be hard to judge just how much of a chance they have of getting in

Not getting into your top-choice or “dream” school can be a big disappointment, but it can narrow the pool and allow you to focus on the other great schools where you were admitted. For those students who are waitlisted, however, a sense of uncertainty can come into play, especially with May 1 enrollment deadlines right around the corner. 

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