College Campus Life: Wacky Student Clubs and Organizations

By IvyWise on Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Wacky Student Clubs and OrganizationsCampus Life Considerations: Student Clubs and Organizations

Making new friends and getting involved on campus starts with exploring your interests. Student clubs and organizations are a great way to meet new people and build on the skills and interests that you already have.

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Early Application Deadlines Extended

By IvyWise on Monday, October 29, 2012
Application Deadlines ExtendedEarly Application Deadlines are Extended for Some Schools Due to Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy pounds the East Coast just days before the Nov. 1 deadline for early applications, many colleges and universities are opting to extend their early application deadlines into the week of Nov. 5 for those affected by the storm.

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Demonstrated Interest and College Admissions

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Demonstrated Interest in College AdmissionsThe Dating Game: Letting Colleges Know You’re Really Ready to Commit

In this month’s newsletter, we highlight the importance of the college visit and how to prepare for and what students can expect during their tour. While the college visit is very important in deciding where you want to apply, it’s also a part of helping you get in.  

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Applying to US Colleges as an International Student

By IvyWise on Thursday, October 18, 2012

International Students Applying to US Schools

Tips for International Students Applying to US Universities

High school students across the US aren’t the only ones trying to navigate the often-confusing college application process; students across the WORLD are, too. And many are thinking about coming to the US for their higher education.

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College Campus Life Considerations: Dorm Life

By IvyWise on Monday, October 15, 2012
College Campus Life Considerations: Dorm LifeFinding the Best-Fit Housing in Your Best-Fit School

For high school sophomores and juniors, fall marks the first steps in the college search process. Many schools have a mid-October fall break, and students and families often use this time to go on college visits. At IvyWise, our team of expert counselors always stress the importance of the college visit. Not only does it give you the opportunity to show demonstrated interest, a factor that admissions officers take into consideration when reading applications, but it also gives you the chance to get a feel for campus life first-hand.

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Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

By IvyWise on Thursday, October 4, 2012
Test-Optional v. Test-Required: Which is the Best-Fit for You?

test optionalThe October SAT is this weekend, and high school students across the country are squeezing in every last bit of knowledge they can before heading to their testing centers on Saturday.  

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The Value of Community Service in Your College Application

By IvyWise on Monday, October 1, 2012
community serviceGiving Back is Just as Important as Getting In

When discussing the different elements of a college application, we often bring up the significance of the “brag sheet.” At IvyWise, we can’t stress enough how important a complete and comprehensive brag sheet is to the admissions process. Your brag sheet lists all of your extracurriculars, employment, summer experiences, honors, awards, interests, hobbies, and, very notably, community service.

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College Recommendation Letter Tips from Freshman to Senior Year

By IvyWise on Thursday, September 13, 2012
Recommendation Letter Roundup

letter2One of the most critical elements of a stellar college application is a collection of glowing recommendation letters from counselors, teachers and other administrators you have interacted with during your four years of high school. Recommendation letters play a critical role in painting a picture of how you relate to and interact within your academic and extracurricular activities.

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5 Essentials for College Freshmen Move-In Day

By IvyWise on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
5 Freshmen EssentialsCheck Your List and Check It Twice!

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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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on University of South Carolina

By IvyWise on Friday, August 24, 2012
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things…

University of South Carolina HorseshoeIt may sound very arbitrary, but I knew when I was applying to colleges that I wanted to go to a “big football” school. Of course a university with an exceptional journalism and communications program (my major) was the most important factor, but I have lived and breathed college football since before I could remember and I wanted to go to a school with a deep-rooted sports culture. One of my favorite things about the University of South Carolina was the football games.

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2012-2013 College Application Essays

By IvyWise on Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Quirkiest College Admissions Essay Questions

Kenyon CollegeIt’s that time again! With the Common Application and Universal Application releasing their 2012-2013 editions on August 1st, along with several schools releasing updated supplements, the college application season has officially kicked off.  College admissions officers may read hundreds of applications and while a student’s “hard factors” including grades, transcripts, and standardized test scores, don’t leave much room for interpretation, a student’s “soft factors,” such as letters of recommendation, interviews, and resume give each applicant an opportunity to let their personality shine through.

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College Admissions Terminology

By IvyWise on Friday, August 3, 2012
College Admissions Terminology

DictionaryWith the release of the Common Application earlier this week, many rising high school seniors have officially embarked on the college application process. The application process, while exciting, can also be confusing and overwhelming. To help start your application process out on the right foot, the expert counselors at IvyWise have compiled the following guide to common college admissions terminology:

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Choosing a College Location

By IvyWise on Friday, July 13, 2012
Location, Location, Location!

College CampusRecently, Dr. Kat spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the benefits and shortcomings of virtual campus tours.  Virtual tours are a great (and free!) way to gain an overview of a campus’ main attractions, but even with technological advancements, nothing beats the impression you gain from stepping onto a college campus. At IvyWise, we advise that whenever possible, students should visit a college in-person to get a sense of the three Cs – campus, classroom, and community.

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Finding Your Best-Fit School: Spotlight on Wesleyan

By IvyWise on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things…

Foss Hill, WesleyanWith more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the US, students need to conduct extensive research on several schools to find the colleges that will be the best academic and social fits for them. The newest member of our Research Team, RJ, loves helping students identify the schools where they will be happy and successful. This week, we offered him a turn to share what made Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut his best-fit school:

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College Acceptance Rates, Then and Now

By IvyWise on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
College Acceptance Rates, Then and Now

undergraduate admissionsThis summer, as many rising seniors create their college list, we remind our students that there are no guarantees when it comes to college admissions. Admission at the nation’s most selective schools has become much more competitive over the past decade. To add some perspective, keep in mind that parents of today’s high school students likely applied to college 20 or more years ago.

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IvyWise Experts’ College Application Tips

By IvyWise on Friday, June 8, 2012
Our Best Advice for Students Embarking on the College Admissions Process

College Admission TipsIvyWise students often begin working on the college admissions process in the spring of 11th grade, and many of our rising seniors complete the bulk of their college application work before even starting senior year! Once school ends, many students begin intensively researching colleges, creating a college list, and drafting essays. We’ve asked some of our college admissions counselors, advisers, and friends to share their best advice for students embarking on the college admissions process:

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