Major Spotlight: Sociology

By IvyWise on Monday, February 18, 2013
IvyWise intern Sarah discusses majoring in sociology

Sociology majorWant to learn about how social structures and institutions create belief systems, resource distribution, and identity formation? What better way to prepare for the professional world than by knowing how it works and recognizing where it needs reforming! Learn how systems of operations work, and become more conscientious of the world around you in the process by majoring in sociology.

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Where Some of Your Favorite TV Characters Went to College

By IvyWise on 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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College Football Traditions

By IvyWise on Thursday, February 7, 2013
College football traditions across the nation create a wave of school spirit and pride in fans

Hawaii's Rainbow Warriors have a powerful pre-gram traditionCollege football is a crucial aspect of student life at many schools across the nation. Football season for some schools is a way of life, and brings a college community together through tailgates, jam-packed stadiums, and time-honored traditions. While each school has unique rituals surrounding a big game, some are louder, larger, and get the football crowd on their feet more than others.

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2013-2014 Common Application Essay Questions

By IvyWise on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Common Application Essay PromptsThe Common Application Announces 2013-2014 Essay Prompts, Longer Word Limit

Today the Common Application released the essay prompts for the 2013-2014 application, along with news that they will enforce a strict 650 word limit, an increase of 150 words from the previous 500 word limit.

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Beach Campuses Across the Country

By IvyWise on Friday, February 1, 2013
Whether seasonal or year-round, colleges by the beach offer a scenic getaway for students

UCSD's BeachLooking to live in a college town with extra opportunities for tanning? Can’t stand the snow? Want to overlook the coastline from your dorm room? Colleges in beach towns offer students a unique living experience by the sea. Whether for weekend beach parties, or a quiet walk to relax from a long day in class, campuses on or near beaches provide excellent getaways for busy college students.

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Colleges Announce Misreporting Data for Rankings

By IvyWise on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Four universities and one graduate program have come forward in the past year admitting to the release of false admissions data

College rankings change due to misreporting by some schoolsWithin the past year, four undergraduate programs and one graduate program have admitted to misreporting their admissions data for U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, causing some to question just how many schools may be inflating statistics. Bucknell University and Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business are the most recent schools to announce misinformation, both coming forward in the past two weeks. They join Claremont McKenna College, Emory University, and George Washington University which have already reported false standardized test scores, class rankings, GPAs, and other statistics for admitted and enrolled students.

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The Most Unusual College Mascots

By IvyWise on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Some colleges think outside the box when it comes to school spirit

Sports are central to campus life at many colleges and universities across the country. Students flood stadiums and arenas drenched in their school colors, chanting fight songs and cheers, and shouting words of encouragement to their schools athletes. Mascots serve as the ultimate cheerleaders and sports figures that are often an important part of a school’s identity. While some schools have more traditional mascots (tiger, bears, etc.), others showcase their creativity and school spirit with more unconventional representations.

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10 Facts About United States Presidents in College

By IvyWise on Friday, January 25, 2013
Presidents were once students too

Lincoln did not go to college, but he made an impact nonethelessColleges across the country boast some impressive alumni, and some have had the distinction of educating future Presidents of the United States. Back in 2008, Columbia University was added to this impressive list with the first inauguration of Barack Obama.

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Dartmouth Announces AP and IB Credit Changes

By IvyWise on 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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3-2 Engineering Programs

By IvyWise on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
3.2EngineeringStudents Interested in Engineering and Liberal Arts Studies Now Get the Best of Both Worlds

Students interested in becoming engineers have traditionally enrolled in four-year degree programs at large universities with comprehensive engineering programs. These programs allow students to specialize in a particular type of engineering, such as mechanical, chemical, or civil. However, different paths for studying engineering have begun to diverge from the more traditional trajectory. 

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Spotlight on Women’s Colleges

By IvyWise on Friday, January 11, 2013
Women's CollegesThere are Many Advantages to Attending A Women’s College That are Sometimes Overlooked

Most colleges and universities throughout the US are coeducational, allowing men and women to study together on the same campuses. Though this may seem commonplace today, a college education was once a rite of passage reserved only for men.

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Financial Aid Breakdown

By IvyWise on Monday, January 7, 2013
What your financial aid package means when paying for college

Financial planning for college is an important step for applicantsNow that the new year is in full swing, college applications are being submitted, and decision letters are being sent, it is important for students to plan ahead for decision-making time. The 2013-2014 federal financial aid application was released on January 1st, and while many deadlines are a few months away, it is important for students and families to plan ahead and discuss how they will finance college. For many college applicants, following an acceptance to a college or university, or maybe even included in that large envelope waiting for you in the mail, is a financial aid package. As it becomes increasingly expensive to fund a higher education, financial aid packages become more important in making a decision about where to attend.

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Time Management Tips for Students

By IvyWise on Friday, January 4, 2013
Creating a time management game plan can help you juggle tasks efficiently and effectively

Use a to-do list to help manage your time and workIt’s a new semester, and whether you’re in high school or college, that means getting back into the swing of balancing schoolwork, clubs, sports, friends, and a good night’s sleep. Energy and sanity can run low when a pile of work is never ending. Managing good grades, performing well at a big game or academic competition, spending quality time with family, and maintaining a social life can be exhausting. That’s why every student should invest in a time management game plan. 

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New Year’s Resolutions for Students

By IvyWise on Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The new year is a great time for new college admissions and academic goals 

New Year's Resolutions start when the clock hits midnightIt is a new year, and in the spirit of starting fresh people all over the world are setting New Year’s Resolutions. As a student, setting goals both personally and academically is important, especially when preparing for college admissions. Whether you are a freshman, senior, or in between, there is always an aspect of the application and college planning process that you could be working on, and planning ahead is always a good idea. So use the inspiration of the New Year to prepare for many successful years ahead and happy 2013! However, a list of goals could be endless, so we have put together some attainable resolutions that will help you in the journey to college admissions.   

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Advances Made in Higher Education Through MOOCs

By IvyWise on Thursday, December 27, 2012
Rise in top universities offering free online courses this year

Online education2012 brought substantial progress in sphere of online higher education, most notably MOOCs, or “massive open online courses”, that have spread throughout the United States and the world over the past year. Open course start-ups have attracted millions of students from around the globe to online courses and lectures offered by top American and international universities.

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Tulane

By IvyWise on Friday, December 7, 2012
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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

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Early Application Rates Rise

By IvyWise on Thursday, December 6, 2012
College See an Increase in Early ApplicationsHarvard and Princeton see an increase in early action applicants, while Dartmouth sees a sharp decrease in applications for their early decision program. 

College applicants are working hard to get ahead of the game this year. Schools across America are receiving a record number of applicants applying early for next year.  

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Wacky College Courses

By IvyWise on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wacky College Courses Star TrekWho Said Learning Can’t Be Fun? Interesting and Odd College Classes

Did you know that at some schools you can take a classes on Harry Potter, how to watch the TV show The Wire, and even one on Lady GaGa’s (actual) fame? Many colleges these days are offering interesting course selections that take pop culture and familiar icons and use them as tie-ins to deeper, more intellectual ideas and lessons. 

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Video Games Can Make You Smarter

By IvyWise on Friday, November 9, 2012
Video Games Make You SmarterPlaying Video Games Can Build Critical Thinking Skills and Sharpen Your Mind

It’s long been a fight between parents and kids about how boys and girls are “rotting their brains” with video games.  Sitting in front of a screen for hours on end seems like mindless activity, but in reality, playing video games can help make you sharper and smarter. 

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