Volume 12, Issue 4
What should you do if you’ve been waitlisted? As high school seniors prepare for admissions decisions, there’s a lot of uncertainty that comes with learning you’ve been placed on the waitlist. Do you accept the spot and wait to learn your fate? If you do, how likely are you to get in and what can you do to improve your chances of being admitted off the waitlist?
With spring comes testing season, and for students taking Advanced Placement courses, AP exams in May are looming large. There’s a lot happening in the spring for college-bound students, making it easy to put off preparation for AP exams. Students often operate with the assumption that they have plenty of time to prepare, and then it’s exam day before they know it. Scoring well on the AP exam demonstrates not only mastery of difficult course material but also interest in a particular field. Of course, scores of three and above can also allow students to earn college credits while still in high school. This is why it’s important to make sure you have the tools to succeed when it comes time to sit for the exam.
By Nat, IvyWise Master College Admissions Counselor
According to US Census data, 2008-09 was the peak year for the number of high schools students graduating and applying to post-secondary institutions. Since that peak, the number of high school graduates applying to colleges has dropped, but, according to the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), a majority of colleges in the US have continued to report application increases year after year. So if there are fewer students applying to college, why are colleges still reporting record-high application numbers?