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Choosing a College

Thursday, October 20, 2022
IvyWise On-Demand: Making the Most of College Visits

IvyWise On-Demand: Making the Most of College Visits

Events Making the Most of College Visits DATE AND TIME On Demand Free Watch Now ABOUT THIS EVENT Spring is traditionally a popular time for students to visit colleges. Whether you are a rising senior finalizing the schools on your college list or are just beginning the research process, it is important to consider your interests, goals, and preferences when evaluating schools. Join IvyWise college admissions counselors to learn how to make the most of virtual and/or in-person college visits to get an informed view of a college, stand out to admissions officers, and build a balanced college list of target, reach, and likely schools.
Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Exploring the Advantages of College Consortiums

Exploring the Advantages of College Consortiums

When you're looking at colleges, you might come across the term "consortium," which refers to a group of colleges that collaborate to expand the resources and opportunities available to their students. For high school students considering their future college options, it’s important to understand what consortium colleges can offer. Let’s dive into what these consortiums are and highlight some examples to help you see the unique opportunities they provide.
Friday, April 19, 2024
Exploring College Options: The Value of Fly-In Programs

Exploring College Options: The Value of Fly-In Programs

Embarking on the college journey feels like stepping into a world full of unknowns. With tests, essays, and recommendation letters swirling around, one important factor often gets pushed to the side — visiting colleges in person. That's where fly-in programs come in.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Navigating the Future: The Timeless Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Navigating the Future: The Timeless Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Choosing a college can feel like trying to select the perfect ice cream flavor from an endless array of options. Research universities and liberal arts colleges are just two of those flavors, each with its own unique ingredients and experiences. In this article, we'll delve into the world of liberal arts colleges and explore why they might be the perfect choice for some high school students.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Criteria for a Strong College List

Criteria for a Strong College List

By Carolyn, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor Welcome to the first real, concrete step you will take toward deciding which college you will call home for the next few years of your life! The process of building your college application list should begin in the fall or spring of your junior year, though you may have begun visiting schools, attending events, and reflecting on your preferences before then. Your goal is to have a strong list of schools you plan to apply to by early fall of your senior year, ideally before the school year begins.
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Liberal Arts Colleges Are Still a Great Choice for Many Students

Liberal Arts Colleges Are Still a Great Choice for Many Students

By Chris, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor The cost of attending a four-year college continues to grow and is already one of the largest investments a family can make, with many private colleges and universities charging upwards of $70,000 a year in tuition, room, and board. Given the scale of that investment and the potential stakes of a poor choice, many students and parents focus on post-college prospects for employment and want their investment to pay off in the form of solid, and hopefully lucrative, career options. For some students, this means trying to decide what careers they are interested in while still in high school and engaging in a college search they believe will propel them to success in that field.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Colleges with Programs for Students with Disabilities

Colleges with Programs for Students with Disabilities

When it comes to helping your student craft their college list, fit is the most important decision factor. This is especially true when your child has a disability and needs extra support and accommodations to be successful in college. Hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.
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?
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 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, 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 several 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? 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 time 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, July 28, 2023
Advice for C Students From a Former Admissions Officer

Advice for C Students From a Former Admissions Officer

“I got a B in AP Calculus,” a student recently said to me. “I guess I won’t have a shot at my dream schools, since I know colleges automatically reject students who don’t have straight A’s.” This is a conversation I often have with students this time of year.
Friday, June 30, 2023
How to Research College Options

How to Research College Options

By Kimberly, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor The decision as to where and how a student continues their post-secondary education is not one to be made lightly and requires a lot of self-reflection and consideration. At IvyWise, we recommend that students spend significant time learning as much as they can about their college options. While the best source of information is to visit campus to see the institution in action, this is not always possible due to time, cost, transportation, or other factors.
Monday, June 5, 2023
What To Look For in a Law School

What To Look For in a Law School

By an IvyWise Law School Admissions Counselor There are nearly 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools in the United States. With so many options, it can be difficult to determine which law schools you should apply to. When you research potential law schools, look at their admitted student profile, such as the average GPA and LSAT score, to better understand what schools will be likelies, targets, and reaches on your list.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
What Do Retention Rates Mean to College Applicants?

What Do Retention Rates Mean to College Applicants?

When it comes to researching colleges, there is certainly not a lack of information available — so much so that it can be overwhelming to figure out which data points are most useful. Numerous ranked lists are published annually, there are websites that provide students’ reviews of colleges, and then there’s my personal favorite, the thick, desktop Bound-For-College Guidebook. If anything, with so much information available, one might even experience analysis paralysis while sifting through all the data points and statistics.
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, 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, 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

Early decision and early action deadlines are quickly approaching, and as we enter the homestretch of the college application process, anxiety will continue to 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.
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