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Volume 12, Issue 8

2016-17 Common Application Overview

The 2016-17 Common Application opened August 1, marking the official start of the college admissions season. We’ve taken an in-depth look at this year’s Common Application and have the ultimate Common App guide and overview for the class of 2021.

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10 Tips for Families Planning College Visits This Fall

By Meg, IvyWise Premier College Admissions Counselor

As a college counselor, one of the aspects of my job that I especially enjoy is touring college campuses. Whether traveling alone or with my family, I’m always game to explore institutions of higher education. Over the past few years, as my firstborn made his way through high school and navigated his own college search odyssey, I discovered much to my delight that visiting colleges with him brought many rewards I hadn’t anticipated. Beyond learning about and seeing a diverse range of campuses as he reflected on and sorted through his own goals, interests and talents, I now appreciate the value of carving out some quality, one-on-one time with your teen during this critical phase in his or her life.

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Test Prep Tips for International Students

Applying to US universities as an international student can be a daunting process, and the pressure surrounding college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT can cause additional anxiety. As an international applicant the stakes are high, with some of the US’s most elite colleges posting extremely low international admission rates. Test scores, while not enough to gain admission alone, are critical pieces of the college application process, and international applicants need to understand how to make the most of their test prep.

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IvyWise Gives Back: Counselor Rachel’s Big Impact with City Year

By Rachel, IvyWise Principal College Admissions Counselor

Can one person change the world? Picture this: Fish are flopping all over the beach, gasping for air. There are thousands of them and more keep washing ashore. As I reach down to quickly scoop them up and fling them back into the ocean, a passerby says, “You’ll never be able to save them all!” I smile and say, “I made a difference to that one!” It’s a lesson that has been imparted a million times over, but it’s no less true. You can’t save everyone but you can positively impact some. The importance of a small-scale solution to a big problem was a large part of what I learned during service with AmeriCorps in a program called City Year.

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