College Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

By IvyWise on Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Attractive young woman sitting on wooden floor with laptop and drawn question marks above on concrete wall. Confusion concept Fall 2020 College Reopening Plans are Constantly Changing

In the wake of COVID-19, colleges and universities across the globe have implemented various reopeneing options in order to resume and continue instruction for the fall 2020 semester.

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2020-21 Common App Supplements

By IvyWise on Monday, June 29, 2020

Young attractive African American business woman working project, planning strategy, taking notes in modern office. University student studying, learning language, using laptop computer and internetGet a Head Start on Applications By Reviewing These Supplements 

Although the Common App doesn’t officially open until August 1st, it’s often in students’ best interest to get a jump start on personal essays and supplements. Many colleges understand that applicants are eager to begin the admissions process and as a result, some schools have already announced their school-specific essay prompts for the 2020-21 application season.

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ACT Superscoring: Colleges that Superscore the ACT

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 25, 2020

What to Do the Morning of the SAT ACTHere are the Colleges that Superscore the ACT

Superscoring is the practice of considering only the highest section scores across all SAT or ACT test scores that are submitted when evaluating applications. Many schools already superscore for the SAT, but superscoring for the ACT has not always been widely practiced.

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What to Know About Waitlist Admissions for the Class of 2024

By IvyWise on Monday, June 22, 2020

attractive asian woman thinking on blue backgroundLearn the Ins and Outs of Waitlist Admissions for 2020-2021

There are always a host of questions surrounding waitlist admissions but this year there is an added level of uncertainty. With many colleges still weighing their options for fall semesters in the wake of COVID-19, a significant proportion of admitted applicants are now reluctant to commit to their first-choice institutions.

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5 Tips for Making the Most of a Remote Internship

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 18, 2020

International Study TipsRemote Internships are a Valuable Opportunity for Students Looking to Get Ahead

Internships are a valuable opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience during the summer months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these positions have shifted to virtual experiences in order to adhere to social distancing and safer at home orders.

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Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL Score

By IvyWise on Monday, June 15, 2020

Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL ScoreHere’s What Students Need to Do to Reach Their Goal TOEFL Score

For many international students, taking the TOEFL exam is one of many steps on their radar for the US college admissions process. Many colleges do require TOEFL scores as part of their international application review process, so it’s important to do your research and see what the policy is at every school on your best-fit list.

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Breaking a Sweat for a Good Cause

By IvyWise on Friday, June 12, 2020

Woman taking break from exercises, watching online lessonHere’s My Favorite Way to Stay Healthy and Give Back

By Dr. Kat Cohen, IvyWise Founder and CEO

Exercise and fitness have always been one of my go-to approaches to keep my energy high and stress levels low. Finding an outlet for my energy was difficult when safer-at-home orders went into effect, but like everyone else, I’ve gotten creative with how I break a sweat and continue to make an impact in the causes I care deeply about.

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5 Colleges With Unique Majors

By IvyWise on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Walkway and the Carrie Tower, on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island.

These Colleges Have Some Cool Courses of Study

If you think your choices for college majors are limited to studies such as English and Mathematics, it’s time to think again. Universities across the world are offering students a host of innovative and inventive fields of study devised to align with the interests and goals of their entire student body.

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Staying Motivated While Social Distancing This Summer

By IvyWise on Monday, June 8, 2020

How to Stay Academically Motivated During Summer BreakKeep Motivation Levels High All Summer Long 

It can always be a challenge to maintain motivation during the summer months, some students may find it particularly difficult to stay engaged and on top of their to-do lists as they continue to socially distance.

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Suggested Reading: Books and Resources on Race, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice

By IvyWise on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
anti racism reading listReading is One Small Way to Self-Educate and Jumpstart Activism

Conversations about anti-racism, social justice, and the experience of black Americans are extremely important, and the push to continue to amplify black voices and educate the masses about racism and systematic oppression has led teens and adults alike to search for resources to help them be better allies and overall more informed citizens.

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How to Create Summer College Prep Goals

By IvyWise on Monday, June 1, 2020

summer_activities_for_high_school_students.jpgMake the Most of The Summer By Creating New Goals

Whether you’re working towards a target score for the ACT or SAT or putting the finishing touches on your list of best-fit schools, every student needs concrete goals to work towards throughout the college admissions process. Nailing down objectives is particularly important during the summer months while students have time away from schools and activities that might make it difficult to get ahead.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Your Graduation Virtually

By IvyWise on Friday, May 29, 2020

happy, smiling and cheerful.Get Creative to Make the Most of Your Graduation Experience

Most high school seniors envision graduation ceremonies complete with keynote speakers, photo opps in their caps and gowns, and parties with all of their friends. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the vast majority of seniors to alter their plans in order to accommodate social distancing and safer at home guidelines. 

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Financial Aid 101

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Teenager student girl studying in a table having doubts and thinkingLearn the Ins and Outs of Financial Aid

In addition to weighing factors like location and campus environment, financial aid is a significant consideration for the majority of college applicants. Students must choose schools that are all-around best-fits for their needs and goals, both academically and financially.

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How to Address COVID-19 on College Applications

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 21, 2020

serious young man sitting in cafe using laptopLearn About the Common App’s New 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 forthcoming application cycle is likely to look very different from previous rounds. 

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How is COVID-19 Affecting Higher Education?

By IvyWise on Friday, May 15, 2020

AdobeStock_322174411 Answers to Your Most Pressing Higher Education Questions in Light of COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted academic institutions in ways that go far beyond cancelled graduation ceremonies and virtual classes. Colleges around the country are experiencing a new set of changes as students and families continue to adapt to the unfolding circumstances.

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Parents: How to Keep Your Student Motivated During Remote Learning

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 14, 2020

AdobeStock_235857403Make the Most of Time Spent Social Distancing with Your Kids

For students who are used to juggling coursework, extracurricular activities, and time spent with friends, the transition to remote learning has proven extremely challenging. While every student will react to all this time at home differently, parents can play a powerful and important role in helping students make the most of this experience.

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Why SAT and ACT Scores Still Matter as Test-Optional Choices Rise

By IvyWise on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Despite an Increase in Test-Optional Choices, Consider Taking the SAT and ACT

Most high school juniors have many questions running through their minds, as the upcoming college admissions cycle will be unlike any other. Amongst other changes, an increasing number of schools are shifting to test-optional admissions policies in response to the cancellation of spring SAT and ACT examinations

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College Openings Update: Colleges Accepting Applications for Fall 2020

By IvyWise on Friday, May 8, 2020

What To Do After Submitting Your College ApplicationsThese Schools Still Have Space For Students in the Class of 2024

For students who maybe got a late start on the college admissions process, or their goals and interests have changed due to COVID-19 or other circumstances, trying to apply for admission to the fall term may seem impossible. However, there are close to 750 colleges and universities in the US and abroad that are still accepting applications after May 1 for the class of 2024.

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Tips for 2020 Online AP Exams

By IvyWise on Thursday, April 30, 2020

AdobeStock_330645213Feel Confident About Your Exams This Spring

As schools transition to remote learning, the College Board has announced that the AP exams will be offered online for the first time ever in 2020.

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2020 Summer Program Cancellations and Updates

By IvyWise on Monday, April 27, 2020

AdobeStock_199020788Learn the Status of 2020 Summer Programs

Many high school students opt to attend summer programs hosted by various colleges to expand their horizons and deepen their knowledge while getting a taste of campus life. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a multitude of universities are either cancelling their courses or shifting them online.

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