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Volume 14, Issue 4

Wait and See? Tips for Getting Off the Waitlist

As another admissions cycle comes to an end, many colleges are reporting record numbers of applications, as well as record-low admission rates, for the class of 2022. Brown University saw an 8% increase in applicants for the class of 2022, and Yale University reported a record-number of applications, with 35,305 students applying to the Ivy League school. These increases in application numbers can cause some complications for admissions offices, because students are applying to more colleges on average, making it more likely that they are gaining multiple acceptances to schools where they won’t end up enrolling. This makes yield, the percentage of admitted students who matriculate, more and more difficult to predict each year – often leaving schools with empty seats once final enrollment deposits are in.

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5 Things to Avoid When Building A Balanced College List

By Rachel, IvyWise Master College Admissions Counselor

The balanced college list is arguably one of the most important college prep tasks that students will complete within the college admissions process. The college list not only guides where students will apply, but it also factors into students’ application strategy – which can help maximize their admission chances to their top-choice schools. Building a balanced college list, however, is not as simple as creating a laundry list of familiar schools to which a student will apply. It requires a great amount of research, and there are many common mistakes that students make when creating their college lists – fortunately, these are easily avoidable!

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AP Exams: Test Prep Plan and Timeline From an Expert Tutor

By Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor

The secret recipe for AP exam success is simple: one part content knowledge and one part standardized test savvy. While many students take AP exams at the culmination of their AP course, others might self-study for an exam. Whether you’re prepping for the AP exam as part of your course curriculum, or you’re taking the exam on your own, it’s important to make sure that you not only know the content and how to review it, but know how to take the tests.

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College Rankings Unmasked: Should You Care About the Number on a List?

College rankings are often the first exposure that many students have to the concept of a “college list.” It’s easy to become familiar with a few “name brand” schools after seeing them at the top of a list, but what does that number actually mean? And should college rankings play a part in your college list research?

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