Ways to Explore Journalistic Writing

Monday, April 19, 2021
Explore Different Styles of Journalistic Writing 

If you’re interested in pursuing journalistic writing, you don’t need to wait until college to get started. In fact, exploring different types of writing can help give high school students a headstart for the college admissions process because you’ll develop a better idea of what kind of content you most enjoy writing and how that factors into your college admissions goals

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MBA Admissions Rounds

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Learn About MBA Admissions Rounds 1,2, & 3

By Nellie, IvyWise MBA Admissions Counselor

Much like undergraduate admissions, there isn’t just one application timeline for MBA students. In fact, applications are generally broken down into three distinct admissions rounds, with submission deadlines that range from September to mid-April.

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Planning the Summer Before Your First Year of College

Monday, April 12, 2021
Making the Most of the Summer Before Your First Year of College

Many high school students understand the importance of a meaningful summer break while they’re getting ready to apply to college, but what happens after you’re accepted? The summer between high school and your first year of college is an important transition period that should be planned with care. 

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Colleges Accepting Applications for Fall 2022 Admission

Sunday, April 11, 2021
What To Do After Submitting Your College ApplicationsThese Schools Still Have Space For Students in the Class of 2026

For students who maybe got a late start on the college admissions process, or their goals and interests have changed, trying to apply for admission to the fall term may seem impossible. However, there are 243 colleges and universities in the US and abroad that are still accepting applications after May 1 for the class of 2026.

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Harvard Waitlist: How Hard Is It to Get Off of It?

Sunday, April 4, 2021

harvard waitlist

Harvard is one of the most popular first-choice colleges for students, and it’s also one of the most competitive. In fact, in the latest admissions cycle, just 3.19% of applicants were offered a seat in the first-year class of 2026.

Given this competitive admissions rate, some very talented students are going to find themselves on Harvard’s waitlist. While most applicants have a general idea of what a waitlisted outcome means, few understand how waitlists really work and what they can do to boost their odds of admission, which is what we’re going to explore here:

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2021-22 Common App Changes

Friday, March 26, 2021
The 2021-22 Common App Changes You Need to Know About

As the most widely used college application system in the United States, the Common Application is likely already on many students’ radars. However, some future applicants may be less aware of the changes being made to the Common App for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

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The Importance of Early College Preparation

Monday, March 22, 2021
Learn Why Early College Preparation and Executive Functioning Skills Are So Important

The college process can feel overwhelming, especially when students get a late start. From compiling a best-fit list to writing essays, there are many steps in the college application process. Consequently, we always encourage students to start early and build executive functioning skills that will serve them throughout college and beyond.

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Virtual College Visit Tools

Friday, March 19, 2021
Use These Virtual College Visit Tools for A Campus-Like Experience

In years past, many students went on spring college tours to get a feel for campus life and narrow down their list of best-fit options. Since many campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual visits have emerged as the ideal option for students who are looking to learn more about prospective colleges. 

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K-12 Admissions: What Families Need to Know

Monday, March 15, 2021
Portrait Of Female University Student On CampusWhat to Expect When Applying to K-12 Schools

While many families are aware that the college application process is comprehensive and multi-faceted, far fewer anticipate a similar process for K-12 or primary and secondary school admissions. Although there are significant differences, many younger students will still need to complete testing, interview, and submit an application for middle and high school.

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Just Admit It: How Are College Applications Reviewed?

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Learn How College Admissions Committees Really Review Your Applications

While many students may think they know how their college applications are reviewed, very few individuals are actually in the room where decisions are made. If you’re curious to learn all of the details about how application reviews work, admissions officers are the only source for first-hand experience. 

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When Do I Need to Start Planning for College?

Monday, March 8, 2021
Young student man using computer serious face thinking about question, very confused ideaLearn More About When You Should Start Planning for College

“When should I get started with my college prep?” is one of the first questions on many students’ minds when they look ahead towards their college application process. While some may be tempted to put off their preparation until the second half of junior year, we recommend beginning your admissions journey at the start of high school to avoid any last-minute stress. 

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How Do I Get Recruited as a College Athlete?

Monday, March 1, 2021
What Does It Take to Get Recruited as a College Athlete?

If you’re passionate about your sport of choice, you may be interested in what it takes to get recruited as a college athlete. There are a lot of misconceptions about the athletic recruitment process, so it’s important to learn all of the facts to determine your best path forward. 

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How Many Schools Should You Add to Your College List?

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Learn How Many Schools to Add to Your Balanced College List

When students are working on compiling their balanced college lists, one of the first questions that often comes to mind is how many universities should they apply to. While there isn’t one magic number for every student, there are some guidelines to keep in mind.

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4 Ideas for a Productive Summer Break

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?

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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Building a College List in a Virtual World

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

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

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?

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

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

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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Colleges Extending Regular Decision Deadlines

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

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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College Planning for 2021

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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Top College App Tips From Former Admissions

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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Virtual Activity Ideas for High School Students

Monday, December 21, 2020
Use Virtual Activities to Make the Most of Your Winter Break

For many students, this winter break likely feels a bit different than others. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing most students to stay at home, leaving many to wonder how they can spend their free time outside of a Netflix binge.

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Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

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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How International Students are Read in Admissions

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Applying to US unis as international studentsWhat International Students Can Expect in the US Admissions Process

The US is still a popular destination for international students pursuing a university education, and US universities welcome international students with open arms. However, the admissions process for international students to US universities can be especially rigorous, as there are a number of requirements for international applicants and international students are read slightly differently than their US counterparts.

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Just Admit It: Does Demonstrated Interest Really Matter?

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
A Recent Episode of Just Admit It Explains How Demonstrated Interest Influences Your Admissions Odds

While most students understand the importance of admissions factors like grades and test scores, many don’t realize that demonstrated interest can have a big impact on your chances of admission. Although it can’t be captured by a single number in a similar matter, that doesn’t mean that demonstrated interest doesn’t matter.

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5 Ways to Deal With Test Anxiety

Thursday, December 3, 2020
If You’re Dealing with Test Anxiety, Try These Tips

Final exams are approaching, and while pre-exam jitters are almost inevitable, some students may experience more pronounced stress levels due to test anxiety. If you worry and self-doubt are interfering with your test-taking experience, you’re not alone: as many as 30% of first-year college students experience test anxiety.

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Just Admit It: Why do Supplemental Essays Matter?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Focused young african american male student sitting at table with computer, wearing bluetooth earphones, busy with study, listening to educational online lecture or enjoying favorite music tracks.How Important are Supplemental Essays?

We all know the personal statement is a huge part of the college application, but how important are those extra supplemental essays? For many students writing fatigue can set in and they don’t spend as much time working on those – especially as application deadlines loom. So how important is it to spend time on those supplements?

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What You Need to Know About the Latin SAT Subject Test

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Read This If You’re Considering Taking the SAT Subject Test in Latin

By Andy, IvyWise Master Tutor

Once you’ve determined that you’re interested in taking SAT Subject Tests, the next question on many students’ minds is which exams they should take. While every SAT Subject Test is one-hour and designed to assess your knowledge and skills in a certain subject, the exams themselves vary greatly.

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What to Know About AP Subject Tests

Monday, November 23, 2020
An Overview for Students Who Are Interested in AP Subject Tests

AP Subject Tests are likely to be a part of many students’ high school experience as students take advanced courses in order to boost their course rigor. These exams can be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in a subject that you are passionate about and maybe even earn some college credit.

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Just Admit It: What’s Going on With Standardized Testing?

Friday, November 20, 2020
Learn What’s Happening With Standardized Testing Right Now

It’s a question on many students’ minds, particularly during an application cycle marked with uncertainty: what’s happening with standardized testing? With an increasing number of schools transitioning to test optional policies, some applicants may wonder if it is even worth it to take the SAT or ACT.

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Tips for Success in a Flipped Classroom

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Learn How to Make the Most of a Flipped Classroom Experience

By Kaitlyn, IvyWise Master Tutor

The flipped classroom model is gaining popularity as schools continue to adapt to the changes brought on by the ongoing pandemic. In a flipped classroom, the instruction doesn’t take place in class. Instead, class time is spent answering questions and discussing topics, with videos and note taking reserved for homework.

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Why Extracurricular Activities Matter

Monday, November 16, 2020
Understand Why Extracurricular Activities Count and What You Can Do to Stand Out

There’s no denying that extracurricular activities are important: 81% of US universities assign some level of significance to a student’s after-school endeavors when it comes to making admissions decisions. Colleges want to learn about their applicants holistically, including the causes they are passionate about and what they enjoy doing in their free time. 

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Behind on Your College Apps? You’re Not Alone

Friday, November 13, 2020
Get Back on Track If You’ve Fallen Behind on College Applications

If you feel behind on your college applications this semester, you’re not the only one. 47% of all high school seniors have not started applying to college yet, according to a survey by Niche and Tudor Collegiate Strategies.

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