Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Essay

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SAT Essay GuideHere’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Essay Section

By IvyWise Master Tutor

Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the essay portion. There have been a number of changes to the SAT since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and our guide to the SAT Essay will help students better understand how to master this section should they choose to take it.

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Watch These 6 College Acceptance Reaction Videos

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

college acceptance reaction videos.jpgWatch Some of the Newest Members of the Class of 2021 Learn of Their Acceptances

Admission decisions for the class of 2021 are in, and college bound students across the country are deciding where to spend the next four years. Students have had to wait a long time for their final admission decisions, and for those with good news, the moment was too good not to be captured on camera.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Kaitlyn

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

student colleg prep adviceIvyWise Student Kaitlyn Shares Her Experience, Motivation, and Advice

As high school seniors across the US, and the world, await college admission decisions for the class of 2021, it’s important to remember the focus of this process at the end of the day: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with some amazing students, and we’d like to take the time to feature some of them.

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Class of 2020 Admission Rates

Thursday, March 31, 2016
stanford.jpgColleges Continue to Report Record-Low Admission Rates, Stanford Admits 4.69% of Applicants for the Class of 2020

 

It was another competitive admission season for the class of 2020, with admission rates for the incoming freshman class remaining low and even dropping  from the 2014-15 cycle.

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Colleges That Combine Liberal Arts and STEM Education

Thursday, January 28, 2016
STEM and Liberal ArtsWho Says Liberal Arts and STEM Can’t Coexist?

As more families consider the ROI of a college education, the value of a liberal arts education in today’s world has been a hot topic. With many STEM degrees and programs topping lists of “highest paying majors” and “best college ROI,” many have waged a war on the liberal arts, pegging them as useless degrees that don’t warrant the cost. However, while a STEM degree can open doors to lucrative careers, many employers are finding that, without a liberal arts background, many STEM graduates lack the necessary communication, management, and collaboration skills that are necessary in the workforce.

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How to Manage College Admissions Stress

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Manage College Admissions StressApplying to College Can Be Stressful But It Doesn’t Have to Be

It’s only natural for teens to feel pressure when navigating the college admissions process – it is, after all, one of the biggest decisions many teens will have made up until this point. In the January newsletter we covered how to manage test anxiety, which is common among many teens taking the ACT or SAT in hopes of getting into their dream school. While testing anxiety can be crippling, the college preparation process extends beyond one Saturday morning test. Many students can feel overwhelmed going into the process, and the stress can cause problems with grades, family, friends, health, and more.

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6 Tips For Recording a College Application Video Essay

Thursday, November 19, 2015
College Application VideoHere’s How to Record an Outstanding College Application Essay Video

Many colleges are known for getting creative with their essay prompts, sometimes asking weird and wacky questions to encourage students to dig for thoughtful, creative responses. Another way some colleges are shaking up the college admissions process is with college application essay videos.

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8 College Admission Dos and Don’ts for Parents

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tips for Parents During College Application SeasonAs a parent it’s hard not to want to play a major part of your student’s college search and application process. While it’s important to be involved in the process, there are some boundaries that parents of college bound students need to observe.

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5 Common College Application Essay Myths

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Common College Essay MythsMake Sure You Know The Truth About College Application Essays Before Starting On Your Common Application

The Common Application opens this weekend on August 1, and for many rising seniors this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on their college applications before the start of the school year. However, before students dive into their college application essays, they need to know what’s true, and what’s false, about these common application essay myths.

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College Trivia and Fun Facts

Thursday, April 16, 2015
College Admissions TriviaTest Your College Knowledge with These Fun College Trivia Questions

If you’re a high school junior applying to college next year, chances are you’ve been on a college visit or two and have spent a considerable amount of time researching different colleges and universities. Many students who have only a limited view of what colleges are like are sometimes shocked to find out how vastly different most institutions are from one another in terms of size, campus life, academics, athletics, and more. During your research and visits it’s likely you’ve learned a lot and picked up some interesting college facts along the way! Now it’s time to put your knowledge to the test with these fun questions.

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Tips for College Visit Information Sessions

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tips for information sessionsIvyWise Expert Counselor Nat Shares Tips and Advice for What to Do Before, During, and After Information Sessions

When preparing for college visits, it’s important for families to plan ahead and register for official information sessions and campus tours. In some cases, families can overlook the information session by assuming it’s a general presentation with little impact as to whether a student will choose to apply there or not. This is a huge misconception, as the information session is a critical part of the college visit and gives families the best opportunity to get face time with the admissions office and have their questions answered by an actual admissions officer.

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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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30 Things to Expect Your Senior Year of High School

Thursday, June 19, 2014
graduation cap and senior yearbookThere’s More to Expect Than Just a Case of Senioritis

There are hundreds of books, movies, and TV shows that portray senior year as a time of independence and growth. It’s true that once you hit senior year, you’re no longer a small fish in a big pond. As a senior, you’re a campus leader—it’s your responsibility to show underclassmen the ropes. Three years of high school have made you an expert on all things secondary education, but you may not know what to expect on that first day of senior year. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list for you.

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Tips for Supplemental Essays

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
College Essay TipsHow to Write Stand-Out Supplements

Supplemental essays on the Common Application are a big part of your applicant profile. They help the admissions office learn more about you, demonstrate your interest, and they give you the opportunity to really stand out in the admissions process.

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Where Some of Your Favorite TV Characters Went to College

Friday, February 8, 2013

The characters are fictional, but their alma maters are all real

Ted and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother went to WesleyanEver heard of the University of New York in the TV show Felicity? How about Pennbrook University in Boy Meets World, or The University of Los Angeles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? While all of these schools served as major settings in some of America’s most popular shows on television, and are modeled off of some of the nation’s most selective schools (New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California – Los Angeles, respectively), none of these colleges actually exist. 

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Dartmouth Announces AP and IB Credit Changes

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

School reevaluates awarding college credit for high school courses

Some schools do not award credit for AP examsStudents take Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout high school, in a variety of subjects, for many different reasons. AP courses can positively weight a student’s GPA, are challenging and are viewed favorably by college admissions counselors on transcripts, and they offer a student with a particular academic curiosity more knowledge and work in that interest. Additionally, most colleges award students who have earned a particular score on the AP exam, usually a 4 or 5,  college credit or exemption from core requirements. Gaining credit before enrolling in college courses can lighten students’ workloads, give them the option of graduating early, and may save them money on tuition.

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Tulane

Friday, December 7, 2012
Tulane University Tilton Hall These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things…

This week, our IvyWise intern, Becca, shares what she loved about attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

I have always believed that attending college in New Orleans is like studying abroad for four years. The food, music, and Mardi Gras make living in the “Big Easy” an experience unlike any other. “Lessez les bon temps roulez” (let the good times roll) is a city mantra ever apparent throughout NOLA, including on the campus of Tulane University.              

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How to Apply to a US College as an International Student

Thursday, October 18, 2012

International Students Applying to US Schools

6 Tips on How to Apply to a US College as an International Student

High school students across the US aren’t the only ones trying to navigate the often-confusing college application process; students across the WORLD are, too. And many are thinking about coming to the US for their higher education.

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Washington University

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

These Are a Few of our Favorite Things…

Washington University in St LouisThis week, one of our awesome interns shares what she loves about attending Washington University in St. Louis. Though she (and her parents) were originally considering mostly Ivy League schools, extensive research and campus visits proved that this Missouri university was her best fit school:

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on American University

Friday, March 9, 2012

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things…

American UniversityAt IvyWise, we love helping students discover the schools that will be a great academic and social fit for them, where they will be happy and successful. That said, when given the chance, we never hesitate to give a shout out to our own alma maters and share what made that school a great match for us. Previously, members of our team told tales of Turkey Trotting at Lehigh, classes in the Commons at Emerson, and following in the footsteps of strong women at Barnard. This week, the newest member of the IvyWise team, our Executive Assistant Ashley, tells us about her experiences at American University in Washington, DC:

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