4 Ideas for a Productive Summer Break

By IvyWise on Monday, February 22, 2021
Learn How to Make This Upcoming Summer Break Your Most Productive One Yet

With many traditional summer activities temporarily on hold due to the ongoing pandemic, some students might be wondering what they should do this year to make the most of their vacation. Although it may be tempting, it’s not a good idea to enter full relaxation mode for the entire two to three months that you’re off from school.

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Just Admit It: What Extracurricular Activities Should I Do?

By IvyWise on Thursday, February 18, 2021
Discover How to Choose the Best Extracurricular Activities For You

Most students know that they need high GPAs to be competitive in the college admissions process, but what about extracurricular activities? Although applicants often understand that they should have passions and hobbies, many are a little less clear about what kind of pursuits to prioritize. 

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2021-22 Common App Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Common App Essay PromptsHere are the Common Application Prompts for 2021-22

The Common Application has announced the personal statement essay prompts for the 2021-22 admissions season, prompting the first change in the essay questions in nearly five years.

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Building a College List in a Virtual World

By IvyWise on Tuesday, February 16, 2021
How to Build Your College List in a Virtual World

Building your balanced college list is one of the most important steps in the application process. Students must do their research and visit campuses to pinpoint their best-fit options, but many might wonder how this all works in a virtual world. 

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The Benefits of Attending an HBCU

By IvyWise on Thursday, February 11, 2021
Learn About the Benefits of Attending an HBCU

There are a host of famous faces who count Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as their alma mater, including our Vice President Kamala Harris. Given their list of noteworthy graduates, many students might be interested in the benefits associated with attending an HBCU.

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2021 AP Exam Overview

By IvyWise on Thursday, February 4, 2021
Here’s How AP Exams Will Be Administered in 2021

AP Exams are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their expertise in advanced classes, get a taste of college-level coursework, and maybe even earn credit towards their undergraduate degree. This year there are significant changes to the AP Exam process due to COVID-19, and students will have the chance to sit for exams either in-person or virtually.

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Juniors: Should You Take the SAT or ACT This Year?

By IvyWise on Tuesday, February 2, 2021
IvyWise Live: The Future of Standardized Testing

Watch our expert counselors answer some of your most pressing testing questions. Check out the recording of the IvyWise Live webinar The Future of Standardized Testing.

Why Juniors Should Still Carefully Consider Their Testing Strategy

In years past, the vast majority of high school juniors planned on taking the SAT/ACT. However, with an increasing number of schools extending their test-optional admissions policies, some students may be wondering whether it is still worthwhile to study for these exams. 

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Black History Month Reading List

By IvyWise on Monday, February 1, 2021
Add These Books To Your Reading List This February

Outside reading is a key part of college prep, and in honor of Black History Month, we’re encouraging students to add to their outside reading list by exploring books written by black authors. From novels to memoirs, diversify your independent reading list by adding new genres to your selection of must-read books. 

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Class of 2025 College Application Numbers

By IvyWise on Friday, January 22, 2021
Colleges Report Record-High Application Numbers for the Class of 2025

Despite several significant changes to the admissions cycle due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many schools are reporting record-breaking application numbers for the class of 2025. 

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College Board Eliminates SAT Subject Tests Permanently

By IvyWise on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
SAT_subject_testsSAT Subject Tests and the Essay Section of the SAT are Gone for Good

The College Board announced that it is discontinuing SAT Subject Tests permanently, as well as revamping the current SAT exam to eliminate the optional essay section.

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Colleges Extending Regular Decision Deadlines

By IvyWise on Monday, January 11, 2021
Calm young woman in headphones listening to music and working on laptop at homeWhich Colleges Are Extending Their Regular Round Application Deadlines?

Earlier this year, we announced that several colleges were opting to extend their early application deadlines. Now, several months later, it looks like many schools are following a similar path for their regular round process.

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4 Signs You Should Consider Transferring Colleges

By IvyWise on Friday, January 8, 2021
AdobeStock_244708614Here’s How to Know When It’s Time to Transfer Colleges

Every student’s college admissions journey is unique and, for some, that may mean enrolling in more than one school before graduation day. According to Inside Higher Ed, more than one third of all college students transfer, so if you are considering other options for your higher education you’re not alone.

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Class of 2025 Early Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Monday, January 4, 2021
class of 2024 early admission ratesHere are the Early Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2025

The first members of the college class of 2025 are in! Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the class of 2025. More decisions will be released this month and into January, along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!

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College Planning for 2021

By IvyWise on Thursday, December 31, 2020
College Planning For Every Year of High School

Whether you’re in your first year of high school or getting ready for graduation, it’s important for students to stay consistent when it comes to college planning. To stay on track, we encourage students to set goals throughout their high school career that will ensure they meet every college preparation milestone. 

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Former Admissions Officers Give their Top College Application Tips

By IvyWise on Tuesday, December 29, 2020
What Every Applicant Should Keep in Mind Before Regular Decision Deadlines

For students who are working on regular decisions applications, the next few days are likely to be the home stretch. With many college application deadlines falling on January 1st, some students may be wondering what they can do to give their submissions that special “it” factor. 

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Class of 2025 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Tuesday, December 15, 2020
class of 2024 early decision notification datesEarly Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2020-21 Application Season

The college admissions season is flying by, and before you know it early admission decisions will be released. Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

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Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

By IvyWise on Friday, December 11, 2020
Memorial Church and Harvard Yard on campus of Harvard University at sunset. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, MA.The Latest on How Colleges and Universities in the US are Responding to COVID-19

The response to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has deeply affected college bound high school students with school closures and the cancelling of large gatherings, including campus visits and admissions tests.

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