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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
4 Skills Middle Schoolers Need to Develop Now for College Prep

4 Skills Middle Schoolers Need to Develop Now for College Prep

We say this all the time: the earlier you start on college prep the better. But how early is early? The reality is that colleges look at everything from 9th grade on – meaning students need to show up to day one of high school ready to go.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Without Test Scores, How do Colleges Make Decisions?

Without Test Scores, How do Colleges Make Decisions?

The process of preparing for, taking, and responding to standardized test scores is a stressful and overwhelming one for students and families, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this process has only become more stressful in recent years. One of the ways that colleges have responded to the pandemic's obstacles is to implement test-optional admissions policies to avoid disadvantaging students who have been unable to sit for an ACT or SAT. This was a sudden and drastic shift that left many students and families with questions about how it will impact their own applications.
Monday, August 3, 2020
The Myth of the Well-Rounded Student: Colleges Want Specialists

The Myth of the Well-Rounded Student: Colleges Want Specialists

“To get into a good college, do I need to play an instrument, join a team sport, participate in community service, run for student government, win robotics and writing competitions, sing in the school musical, write for the newspaper, and design the yearbook cover?” One of the most common questions I receive as a college counselor is some version of the above. As the college admissions process becomes increasingly competitive and opaque, students feel pressured to do it all.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
2024-25 Common Application Guide

2024-25 Common Application Guide

The Common Application for the 2024-25 college application season opens on August 1, 2024! The Common App essay prompts will remain the same for the upcoming admissions cycle. The Common Application is the most widely used application for college admissions in the U.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Ten Ways to Demonstrate Interest in Colleges Over the School Year

Ten Ways to Demonstrate Interest in Colleges Over the School Year

By Krista, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor  Demonstrated interest is an important part of the college application process, and there are a lot of ways for students to show their interest in colleges throughout the school year. Demonstrated interest is the amount of interaction and interest a student has shown in a particular college or university. This includes how they’ve interacted online, in person, and how they show they’ve done their research when applying (known as informed interest).
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, March 25, 2021
Applying to Art School: Understanding the Application Process

Applying to Art School: Understanding the Application Process

Interested in applying to visual or performing arts programs in college? The application process, while not completely different than regular undergraduate admissions, can be more nuanced and requires a lot more prep and consideration. From finding the best-fit program to putting together a portfolio, here’s what you need to know about applying to college as a fine arts student.
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Preparing for College Admissions When You Change Schools

Preparing for College Admissions When You Change Schools

  You have it down to a science — you know the best way to get up to speed on class schedules and which clubs to join. Or perhaps this is your first time moving and you’re a little nervous about attending a new school. From a personal perspective, you have so much to consider.
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, July 28, 2023
The Parent Trap: How to Motivate and Inspire Your Child Without Getting in the Way

The Parent Trap: How to Motivate and Inspire Your Child Without Getting in the Way

The college admissions process is one of the most exciting and stressful journeys that families go through. That’s right — families go through the college admissions process, not just students! As a college counselor with IvyWise, I work with the entire family to ensure I’m communicating clearly, transparently, and consistently to meet the family’s goals and expectations.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Importance of Course Rigor When Applying to College

Importance of Course Rigor When Applying to College

As students begin a new school semester, they will soon be meeting with their college counselors to begin planning for the summer and the next school year. One important part of the counseling process is ensuring that students are taking the proper courses that match their academic ability, interests, and ultimately their college admissions goals. For many students and parents, course selection can be an afterthought.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Should You Care About College Rankings?

Should You Care About College Rankings?

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?
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Developing Your Interests: Kickstarting Your Own Blog

Developing Your Interests: Kickstarting Your Own Blog

We all know that grades and test scores are key factors in college admissions, but activities outside of the classroom are also very important. Schools are looking to build a class of specialists, so it's important to hone in on a few interests you're really passionate about and develop them. One activity that allows you to learn, document your experience and demonstrate knowledge of a particular field or interest is blogging.
Friday, June 30, 2023
The Importance of Cultivating Mentors

The Importance of Cultivating Mentors

By Indhika, IvyWise Graduate Admissions Counselor Having committed mentors in college goes beyond gaining advice on courses and securing strong letters of recommendation. Cultivating mentors who support your goals, identify opportunities, and advocate for your success will help you make the most of your college experience and solidify the foundation for your future pursuits. Moreover, a strong mentor will support and inspire you, facilitating reflection and personal growth and helping you navigate challenges.
Thursday, December 22, 2022
What High School Students Need to Know About Applying to Direct Dental Programs

What High School Students Need to Know About Applying to Direct Dental Programs

By Rod, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor Direct dental programs allow high school students to apply to and, if successful, be admitted into an undergraduate institution and a partner dental school simultaneously. These programs are referred to by several different names such as accelerated dental or BS (BA)/DDS (DMD) programs. Regardless of the nomenclature, the program typically allows students to complete an undergrad and dentistry degree at the same institution, although in some cases these two degrees must be completed at two separate but partner institutions.
Monday, November 30, 2020
The College Admissions Game Show: What Does It Take to Get In?

The College Admissions Game Show: What Does It Take to Get In?

The Price Is Right is iconic, having graced TV screens since 1972. Plinko, the Showcase Showdown, and of course the excitement as they call your name to come on down to contestant’s row is familiar to a lot of people, so I was thrilled when I appeared as a contestant in 2017. Becoming one of the nine players that are plucked out from an audience of 300 (that's a 3% “acceptance rate") is not as simple as just showing up and hoping for some good luck.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
How to Know If You Have Too Many “Reach” Schools

How to Know If You Have Too Many “Reach” Schools

It's important to dream big when planning for your future, but college bound students also need to dream smart when it comes to their college lists. A list too heavy on “reach” schools leads to an unbalanced college list and a greater chance of students being left with few offers of admission come decision day. Ideally, students will apply to a list of “target,” “likely,” and “reach” colleges.
Friday, January 29, 2016
IvyWise’s College Admissions Tips For High School Juniors

IvyWise’s College Admissions Tips For High School Juniors

Compiled by Katherine Cohen, Ph.D., CEO & Founder and the team of counselors at IvyWise You made it through the first half of junior year, which means you're on your way to being a senior and ruling the school!
Monday, February 8, 2016
How to Build a Balanced College List

How to Build a Balanced College List

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!
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.
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