6 Tips for Students Accepted to Their Top-Choice Colleges

Monday, April 4, 2022

what to do if youHere’s What to Do If You’re Accepted!

More college admissions decisions are coming out this week, and we have some advice for students who were accepted to their top-choice colleges.

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Class of 2026 Regular Decision Notification Dates

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Happy hipster African American female student, freelancer with Afro hair using laptop computer sitting at table in outdoor cafe elearning, remote studying, typing on pc tech, working on internet. Here’s When Students Can Expect to Receive Regular Admission Decisions

Are you ready for regular decision notification dates? Admissions offices across the US are working hard to get through hundreds of thousands of regular decision college applications for the class of 2026 in order to notify students of their decisions by the spring.

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Exploring Your Interests Through Reading and Research This Summer

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
reading The Importance of Summer Reading: 29 Books of Wisdom That Will Make You Wiser

Summer break is a great time for students to relax, but summer shouldn’t be spent just lounging around! Students should use this break in their academic schedule to pursue their interests and one way to do that is through reading and research.

A productive summer keeps students engaged, fights summer brain drain, and gives them the opportunity to pursue activities that relate to their interests in order to better prepare for the college admissions process senior year. We can’t stress enough the importance of outside reading, especially as part of a productive summer. Reading not only allows students to explore topics of interest, but it also helps expand their vocabulary and can help them become better writers.

Research is also a great way to learn more about your interests and finish the summer with a project or paper that is a finished product of all your hard work. Here’s how to use reading and research to advance your knowledge using your summer college prep.

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What Is Yale Known For: The 10 Best Majors at Yale

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
majors at yale

Most students are aware that Yale University is one of the most prestigious schools in the country. As an Ivy League institution, Yale is regarded as both academically rigorous and highly competitive, with acceptance rates dropping below 10 percent in recent years.

While knowing the basics is a good start, students must learn a lot more about any college on their best-fit list, and Yale University is no exception. Keep reading to learn about the most popular majors at Yale University and discover what sets the school apart.

Will You Get Into Yale University?

If Yale is at the top of your college list, you’re going to want to find out exactly what Yale looks for in the applications it receives. It’s also beneficial to take a look at Yale admissions stats from recent years, to understand just how competitive the admissions process is.

While there’s no doubt that Yale is an exceptionally selective institution, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get a seat in an upcoming class. Instead, learning about Yale University will help you understand what test scores and GPA you should aim for and allow you

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2022-23 Common App Essay Prompts

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Common App Essay Prompts2022-23 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common Application has announced the personal statement essay prompts for the 2022-23 admissions season.

At IvyWise, we advise students to get started on their college applications the summer before their senior year. While current juniors can certainly start to brainstorm topics for their college application essays now, the Common App essay should not overshadow juniors’ current college prep, including extracurriculars, test prep (if applicable), studying for AP or other important exams, and other important college prep tasks like building their balanced college list and visiting schools.

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Colleges Open for On-Campus Visits

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Here are the Colleges That are Open for On-Campus Visits

After more than a year without in-person college tours, some universities are reopening for on-campus visits. Visiting colleges can be a valuable opportunity for students to get a comprehensive picture of a potential best-fit school and begin envisioning themselves on campus.

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List of Colleges Extending Test-Optional Policies

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
2020-21 test optional schools UPDATED: List of Colleges Extending Test-Optional Policies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a number of changes within the standardized testing industry, including the introduction of a new, entirely digital testing format and many colleges shifting to a test-optional admissions process for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. In fact, 75% of four-year colleges and universities will not require SAT or ACT scores for the 2021-22 admissions cycle.

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What to Know About the New Digital SAT

Monday, January 31, 2022

SAT

On January 25, the College Board announced that starting in 2023 and 2024, the SAT (including the PSAT) would become an entirely computer-based exam. High school students and families might be wondering how this will impact their test prep and college prep strategies. Read on to learn more!

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What Are the Benefits of Studying Abroad and How to Get the Most Out of It?

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

education in londonFor many students across the country, studying abroad is an exciting part of their college, or even high school, experience. Whether it’s an entire semester stay in London or a two-month immersion program in China during the summer, students are eager to explore another country and culture while continuing their studies.

While studying abroad can be a one-of-a-kind learning experience, it is important for students to prioritize the academic component of their journey and avoid treating the trip like an extended vacation. Keep reading for some of our top tips to help you make the most of your study abroad experience.

How Studying Abroad Can Change Your Life

Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity to expand your horizons, immerse yourself in a foreign culture, and make new friends. While some students may be tempted to treat a study abroad program as a fun trip, it’s important to view the experience as a learning opportunity, instead of just a time to recharge.

Rather than picking a study abroad program based on where your friends are going, strive to research learning experiences that align with your academic and future professional goals. If you’re wondering

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Benson

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
A stone arch hallway at a university with unidentified female in the distance IvyWise 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 background IvyWise 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 background IvyWise 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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Colleges Still Accepting Applications After Jan. 1

Sunday, January 2, 2022
College Application Red FlagsA Number of Schools Are Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2026

Many college application deadlines have already passed, but there are still hundreds of institutions in the US accepting applications for the College Class of 2026.

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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
Mariel IvyWise 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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Test-Taking Strategies: How to Ace the College Test Prep

Monday, December 20, 2021

Test-Taking Strategies

Exams like the SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP tests can all seem overwhelming at first. Being asked to complete an academic assessment is already stressful, and it’s even more challenging to perform well under timed conditions when the stakes are high.

The good news is that it’s possible to put most of your test-taking anxieties at ease and ace your college test prep. The secret to performing your best is taking advantage of tried-and-true test-taking strategies that will set every student up for success.

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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 Oxford IvyWise 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
Afua IvyWise 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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Writing College Admissions Thank You Notes

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Student writing college admissions thank you notes

When is it appropriate to send a thank-you note or email when applying to college? Students are likely to meet a variety of admissions officials when visiting colleges and attending college fairs, and while it’s not required, it’s a good practice to send a follow-up thank-you note.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Abigail

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Education, teaching, learning concept. High school students or classmates group tutor in library studying and reading with helps friend doing homework and lesson practice preparing exam to entrance. IvyWise Scholar Abigail Shares Her 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, Abigail, to share some advice for future applicants.

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How to Write Princeton Supplemental Essays

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Young girl writing her princeton supplement essays on notebook

If Princeton is at the top of your list for best-fit colleges, you know that every component of your application counts. With a record-low acceptance rate of less than 4% for the University Class of 2025, it’s clear that applicants are going to have to submit their best work to be competitive, and that includes writing compelling supplemental essays.

While grades may pull the most weight in admissions decisions, supplemental essays give students an opportunity to highlight what makes them unique, demonstrate their knowledge of Princeton, and articulate the impact they will have on campus. Keep reading to learn how to write Princeton supplemental essays that will help you stand out for the right reasons.

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IvyWise Scholars Spotlight: Daniel

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Daniel IvyWise Scholar Daniel Shares His 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, Daniel, to share some advice for future applicants.

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Complete Guide to Harvard Letters of Recommendation

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Complete Guide to Harvard Letters of Recommendation

With an acceptance rate that has dipped below 5% in recent years, there’s no doubt that getting into Harvard is exceptionally competitive. As a result, students who are interested in gaining admission to the top-tier institution need to understand that every component of their application matters, including the recommendation letters they submit.

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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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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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Sample Harvard Interview Questions and Answers

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Sample Harvard Interview Questions and Answers

If you’re nervous about your Harvard interview, you’re not alone. Since Harvard is one of the most competitive schools in the country, it’s important to do your best on every component of the application to stand out.

Interviews can feel particularly stressful for students because they’re an unfamiliar challenge. However, it is possible to build up your confidence by preparing in advance. Keep reading to learn more about the Harvard interview questions that you can expect to encounter, as well as tips for answering them.

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Class of 2026 Early Application Deadlines

Monday, November 1, 2021
Early Application DeadlinesClass of 2026 Early Application Deadlines

We’re closing in on the first college application deadlines for the Class of 2026. Here are some of the early application deadlines students need to be aware of.

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Uncovering Your Story: Embarking on Self-Discovery

Friday, October 1, 2021

Why Prioritizing Self-Discovery is Crucial for College Admissions

The college application process is about so much more than your academic performance. Yes, it’s true that grades carry the most weight when it comes to making admissions decisions, but there are so many other components that will be considered. So, when admissions officers are reviewing a pile of applications filled with students with stellar grades, what’s it going to take stand out from the pack?

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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 Address COVID-19 on College Applications

Monday, September 13, 2021

serious young man sitting in cafe using laptopLearn About the Common App’s COVID-19 Question

COVID-19 has impacted just about every element of students’ college prep and the college application process is no exception. From canceled SAT and ACT testing dates to a lack of opportunities to tour college campuses, the 2021-22 application cycle is likely to continue to be impacted by the ongoing pandemic. 

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College Prep 101: College Admissions Glossary of Terms

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
college admissions glossary of terms.jpgLearn the College Admissions Lingo Before Starting Your College Prep

Applying to college and choosing where to enroll is both a major milestone and an important decision. It’s bound to be a little stressful, but it can feel completely overwhelming if you’re not up to date on all of the latest terminology.

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5 Essentials for College Freshmen Move-In Day

Saturday, August 28, 2021
The fall semester is here, and with it comes the day new students look forward to the most, and the day some parents dread the most: college move-in day! For many incoming freshmen, this is the first time they will be living away from home, and the task of getting everything they need to survive in only a few boxes can be a tricky one.

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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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College Bond Ratings: How It Impacts Admissions

Monday, August 9, 2021
Learn How Bond Ratings Can Impact Admissions

By Nat, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor

Most students understand that academic performance is a major deciding factor in college admissions, but what about the things out of students’ control like bond ratings?

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How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Number of Colleges Students Should Apply To

More Students Are Applying to Dozens of Colleges, But Is That a Smart Strategy?

With colleges receiving more applications than ever before and admissions rates dwindling each year, many college-bound students are deciding to hedge their bets and apply to as many schools as possible in order to secure sufficient offers of admission. There have been reports over the years of students applying to dozens of colleges ­– sometimes 30, 40, even 50. But is this really beneficial? How much is too much when it comes to college applications?

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How to Submit the Common App

Monday, August 2, 2021
Our Step-By-Step Guide for Submitting the Common App

Hitting “submit” for the Common App is a major milestone in every student’s college admissions journey. However, before you can celebrate, it’s important to make sure you understand the submission process inside and out so that you can present yourself in the best light possible.

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What is the Common Application?

Monday, August 2, 2021

What is the Common App?

If You’re Applying to College, Here’s What You Need to Know About the Common App

The Common Application officially opens for the 2021-22 college application season on August 1, allowing students across the globe to begin their college admissions journey. But what is the Common Application, exactly? Who can use it and when? Understanding the Common App and other college application options can make your college prep strategy easier to formulate.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Math Section

Sunday, August 1, 2021
SAT test prep tips.jpgWhat is Tested on the SAT Math Section?

By IvyWise Master Tutor

The SAT Math Test is divided into four main sections: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math.

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