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Monday, October 12, 2020
Colleges with Programs for Students with Special Needs

Colleges with Programs for Students with Special Needs

When it comes to compiling your list of colleges to apply to, fit is the most important decision factor. There are thousands of colleges in the United States, including many schools with programs tailored to students with special needs. To pinpoint the choices that best align with your student’s unique learning and developmental needs, research is crucial.
Monday, August 31, 2020
5 Things You Need to Consider as a Math Major

5 Things You Need to Consider as a Math Major

Mathematics is one of the most useful skills to gain in high school and college, as it helps open the door for many lucrative and fulfilling careers. As a math student and a professor, I've seen a lot of students go on to do great things with their math degrees. Math majors can get hired as actuaries, statisticians, financial planners, cryptographers, and accountants straight out of college.
Monday, August 3, 2020
How to Find Your Best-Fit College

How to Find Your Best-Fit College

There are so many factors to consider when choosing a college. Students are thinking about everything from, “does this school offer the major I want to pursue?” to “will there be pick-up games of ultimate Frisbee on the quad?
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
IvyWise In The News

IvyWise In The News

About IvyWise IvyWise In The News IvyWise experts frequently share their education and admissions knowledge with a global audience through regular media appearances and articles. What a College Minor Is and Why It Matters September 22, 2022 The 15 Most Expensive Colleges in the U.S.
Friday, July 29, 2022
The Benefits of Athletics at a Division III College

The Benefits of Athletics at a Division III College

By Chris, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor and Former Associate Dean of Admission at Wesleyan University So, you’re a high-level athlete who wants to compete collegiately. You’ve committed time, effort, and energy to being the best athlete you can be, competing for your high school team, your club team, working on speed and agility, lifting weights, and developing your skill set. You’ve made an investment in something you love and want to continue at a high level, and it’s time to leverage that in the college search.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
3 Types of Students Who Should Consider a Liberal Arts Education

3 Types of Students Who Should Consider a Liberal Arts Education

By Tasha, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor and Former Admissions Officer at the University of Southern California Have you dreamt of an intimate and intellectually rigorous college experience, one where you engage in deep classroom discussions around a single table with your professor and classmates? Seminar style classrooms, like the one described above, is the bread and butter of liberal arts colleges. The liberal arts model is all about small class size, critical thinking, inspiring classroom discussion, interdisciplinary learning and intellectual curiosity.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Standing Out in the Liberal Arts College Admissions Process

Standing Out in the Liberal Arts College Admissions Process

I’ve always been fond of the small but mighty group of institutions called liberal arts colleges. Maybe it’s because I began my admissions career at a liberal arts college. It might also be because, as numerous highly selective universities share that their number of applications increase by tens of thousands (and in some cases, eclipse 100,000!
Thursday, April 29, 2021
All-Women’s Colleges: What They Offer and What to Consider

All-Women’s Colleges: What They Offer and What to Consider

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 15 years thinking about the answer to one (admittedly nerdy, very college counselor-y) question: if I could go to college all over again, which school would I choose? A decade and a half ago, I attended a medium-sized research institution in a major city in the southern U.S.
Friday, February 5, 2016
4 Things Students Shouldn’t Stress About When Applying to College

4 Things Students Shouldn’t Stress About When Applying to College

By Scott, IvyWise Master College Counselor The college application process is potentially the most stressful times of a student's high school career. However, chances are they're stressing about things either out of their control, or fixating on one of the many myths surrounding the college admissions process. As a counselor, part of my job is to help alleviate some of this stress and help my students channel their energy into parts of the process that they can control.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Building a Balanced Transfer College List

Building a Balanced Transfer College List

One of the most critical components of the college admissions process is a balanced college list, and it’s even more important when applying as a transfer student. The transfer admissions process can be even more selective than the regular undergraduate admissions process, so students need to prioritize a transfer college list with a healthy mix of target, reach, and likely schools. When building a balanced transfer college list, students need to keep a number of things in mind including why they want to transfer, what they’re looking for at their new school, and more.
Friday, February 12, 2016
How to Research a College Effectively

How to Research a College Effectively

One of the most important aspects of the college admissions process is identifying the schools that are good academic and social fits for you. To ensure that you are applying to a balanced list of reach, target, and likely schools where you will be happy and successful, extensively research each school before adding it to your list. In addition to helping you narrow down your choices now, down the road this research will also enable you to personalize your applications and communicate to an admissions committee why you want to attend that school.
Monday, February 8, 2016
How to Use Social Media in Your College Search

How to Use Social Media in Your College Search

The college search process can sometimes feel overwhelming. There are many different resources that go into developing a balanced college list, but sometimes the tools that are overlooked are the ones many high school students use every day: social media networks. With a generation that's more connected than ever, it's no wonder students spend a lot of their time online.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Is the Ivy League Worth It?

Is the Ivy League Worth It?

It's Graduation Day. Seniors are walking down aisles with eager smiles. Amid the excitement, relief, and pride, however, some parents are worried about their pending financial future.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
IvyWise Results: Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

IvyWise Results: Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

It was a successful college application season for IvyWise’s senior class of 2017, with early numbers showing 91% of IvyWise students gaining acceptance to one or more of their top three choice colleges. With the help of our team of expert counselors, our seniors were able to secure acceptances to some of the most selective colleges in the US. The schools to which IvyWise students gained admission included all eight Ivy League universities, Stanford University, MIT, the University of Chicago, Duke University, and UCLA, just to name a few.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Legacy Admissions: How Important Are Legacy College Admissions?

Legacy Admissions: How Important Are Legacy College Admissions?

Legacy Admissions: Does Legacy Status Improve Your Chances in College Admissions? There are many nuances to the college admissions process, and one of the aspects that can be hard for students to navigate is whether or not applying to their parents’ alma mater will impact their chances of admission. Legacy status in college admissions can be a confusing avenue to travel, but there can be some benefits – and drawbacks – to applying to college as a legacy.
Monday, February 8, 2016
How Parents Can Be Supportive During College Apps

How Parents Can Be Supportive During College Apps

Most early decision and early action deadlines have passed, and as we enter the homestretch of the college application process, anxiety will build. Stressed out students can lead to stressed out parents – and that can make for a tense household. It’s only natural for students to experience some stress and anxiety when applying to college.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The 3 Es of Assessing Fit When Researching MBA Programs

The 3 Es of Assessing Fit When Researching MBA Programs

MBA applications are on the rise, and while most business school applicants are well aware of how much time they will need to spend preparing their applications or studying for the GMAT/GRE, many don’t necessarily consider the amount of time they should be spending on program research. Pursuing an MBA is a huge investment of your time and money, so it’s really important to do your due diligence in choosing a program that will best fit your goals. There is more to consider than just the prestige, rankings or “name brand” of an institution.
Monday, May 9, 2016
The Truth About Affording The Rising Cost of College

The Truth About Affording The Rising Cost of College

Before you can even begin to consider the "will my child get in to her top choice college?" question, it's impossible not to reflect on the cost of attending college. In fact, you have probably been thinking about this since she was in diapers and - hopefully--saving some money for that very occasion!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Tips from the Experts: What to Do If You Get Put On The Waitlist

Tips from the Experts: What to Do If You Get Put On The Waitlist

Students and parents usually have a good idea of how to proceed if they receive an acceptance or rejection from a top-choice college. But what should families do if an applicant is put on the waitlist? As high school seniors across the globe weigh their admissions decisions, it can be difficult to navigate the process when the decision isn’t as clear-cut.
Monday, September 26, 2022
What Makes a Great College List?

What Makes a Great College List?

By Tasha, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor and former Admissions Officer at University of Southern California Applying to college is no small feat, but deciding where to apply can be an even bigger undertaking. There are just under 4,000 degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the US – that’s a lot of different schools to choose from spread out throughout the entire country. Looking at a list of schools could quickly evoke decision paralysis, so it’s easy to understand why prospective college students might feel overwhelmed when it comes time to narrow down where they want to apply.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Tips for Applying to the University of California System

Tips for Applying to the University of California System

By Kelly, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor As a University of California alum and California native, I cannot imagine another institutional system that truly offers something for everyone: from STEM to humanities, research to innovative arts, extremely focused students to those still figuring out their next steps, highly selective campuses to those with a great foundation for exploring yourself. The UC system packs it all in one and offers limitless options to explore, develop, and shine! On top of that, the diverse community encourages students to get out of their comfort zones, study alongside peers from all walks of life, and be part of something bigger.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Evaluating School Fit to Build Your Balanced College List

Evaluating School Fit to Build Your Balanced College List

By Kayon, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor As more and more people start to ask you about your college plans (while subtly suggesting you apply to their alma mater) you may start to feel a little anxious about tackling your school list. This is completely normal! And some guidance on how to determine what’s a good-fit for you (Aunt Sally’s alma mater or not) can help ease some of that pressure and set you up for success.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Your Balanced College List: How Many Colleges You Should Apply To?

Your Balanced College List: How Many Colleges You Should Apply To?

IvyWise counselors Rachel and Zach share their top tips on how to create a manageable and balanced college list on the Just Admit It! college admissions podcast, giving listeners expert insight from former admissions officers. Listen Now!

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