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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Making an Impact Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Making an Impact Inside and Outside of the Classroom

When applying to college, the goal of most students is to “stand out.” They want to know what they can do to differentiate themselves from the thousands of other applicants they are competing against to win a spot at their top-choice college. Some students think a stellar essay will separate them from the pack.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Not Just Business as Usual: Exploring an Undergraduate Business Degree

Not Just Business as Usual: Exploring an Undergraduate Business Degree

Despite the current economy, a business education is still a hot commodity—and if you’ve found yourself glued to MarketWatch.com, thinking about how to launch your great business idea, or wowed by the impact of Twitter and Facebook on customer service, you might want to consider a school with an undergraduate business program. There are many undergraduate business programs in the country, offering a wide range of opportunities for students interested in fields such as finance, accounting, international business, real estate, marketing, information technology and entrepreneurship.
Monday, August 19, 2019
How to Prepare Your Child for College in 9th Grade

How to Prepare Your Child for College in 9th Grade

For most ninth graders, the thought of college is so far off they don’t want to engage with the process until it becomes more time-sensitive in 11th grade. Many think “well, I have a lot of time to think about this,” and while this is true they also need to be actively engaging in simple college prep tasks to get and stay on track with their college admissions goals. This might sound overwhelming to some underclassmen — thinking about college prep while also juggling current schoolwork and activities — but when approached in the right manner it can be really fun and exciting for everyone!
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.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Parents’ Guide to the Sibling Dynamic in College Admissions

Parents’ Guide to the Sibling Dynamic in College Admissions

As fans of TLC’s series know far too well, every child is unique – even if you have twins and sextuplets! As the fall provides you with an opportunity to reflect on how much your children have grown and developed into young adults, you may be dealing with the dynamic of sibling rivalry. I hope the following provides a quick guide to help you manage your role as parent when your children apply to college.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Recruited or Not: How Sports Affect College Applications

Recruited or Not: How Sports Affect College Applications

When watching the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, I was in awe of the high school-aged kids like Chloe Kim and Red Gerard on Team USA. How do they balance their intensive training and extensive travel schedules with homework and school commitments? Surely being an Olympic athlete is impressive, but how do sports affect the college admissions process for regular students?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Selecting Teachers to Write Letters of Recommendation

Selecting Teachers to Write Letters of Recommendation

Many colleges require letters of recommendation from teachers as part of the college application. Colleges recognize that your teachers spend significant time with you and, therefore, trust them to provide a candid picture of who you are as a scholar and a person. At IvyWise, we encourage students to ask their teachers for letters before the end of junior year and then follow up at the beginning of senior year.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Setting Fall Semester Academic and College Prep Goals

Setting Fall Semester Academic and College Prep Goals

Whether you’re a freshman still adjusting to your first year of high school, or a college-bound junior ready to hit the ground running, it’s important to set academic and college prep goals for the fall as soon as school starts back up. Goals not only help keep students on track with their college prep, they also help students learn more about who they are, what they’re interested in, and how they can better pursue those interests. Goals can also help students stay motivated during a particularly busy or stressful time.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Starting Second Semester off Right: Tips for a Successful Spring Term

Starting Second Semester off Right: Tips for a Successful Spring Term

While it can be tempting to simply count down the days until summer break, spring semester is a prime time for high school underclassmen to prepare for the college admissions process, and for college-bound seniors to close out the year on a high note. Believe it or not, seniors, you are not off the hook just yet! Here are some tips for high school students to ensure a productive and successful spring semester.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Striking a Balance: Working With Both Independent and School-Based College Counselors

Striking a Balance: Working With Both Independent and School-Based College Counselors

Whether you’re working with your school-based college counselor, an independent college admissions consultant, or both during your college admissions journey, there’s one thing that you can’t afford to do, and that’s miss opportunities to tap the knowledge and resources of the staff and teachers at your school. I work as both an independent college counselor and as a college counselor at an independent high school, so I’m in a unique position to see that students can benefit the most when fully utilizing both professionals from their school and outside counselors or tutors. Time and time again I have worked with students on both sides who seem to think that since they are using an independent counselor, they don't have to meet with their college counselor or guidance counselor at school.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Students: Tips for Cultivating Teacher Relationships

Students: Tips for Cultivating Teacher Relationships

Letters of recommendation, especially those from your junior year teachers, are a key component of your college applications. Colleges recognize that your teachers spend significant time with you and, therefore, trust them to provide a candid picture of who you are as a scholar and a person. The expert counselors at IvyWise have compiled the following tips to help you develop teacher relationships and leave a positive, lasting impression that will help you get those glowing letters of recommendation: Arrive to class on time, treat your peers respectfully, and be alert and engaged during class.
Friday, February 28, 2020
3 College Prep Tips for 8th and 9th Graders

3 College Prep Tips for 8th and 9th Graders

For students who are in eighth or ninth grade, college seems so far away, but this spring is actually a great time to set the foundation for your future college admissions journey as you make the most of your present college prep. The choices you make now will have the immediate benefit of making your high school years enjoyable and challenging, but they will also help you to build a strong profile that will make you a competitive college applicant. The most important thing to know is that colleges do not have one type of student that they are looking for, instead, they want to see applicants who have different passions and interests.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
College Prep 101: Selecting High School Courses

College Prep 101: Selecting High School Courses

The most important document in a college application, as I tell all my students, is the transcript. Admissions committees are keen on applicants who have challenged themselves and excelled academically high school, not just in junior or senior year when they think it “counts.” Given the transcript’s importance, students should thoughtfully consider what courses they should take each year and plan ahead for subsequent years.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Test Prep 101: Preparing for AP Exams

Test Prep 101: Preparing for AP Exams

With spring comes long-awaited admission decisions, but it also brings along AP exam season — and students should be preparing now for these long and intensive exams. AP exams are a major event for college-bound students, as performance can impact their grades and how colleges evaluate their transcript when considering students for admission during their senior year. Some colleges can also award some class credit based on students’ scores, so it’s possible to get a head start on your college education if you do well.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Test Prep 101: Tips for the TOEFL

Test Prep 101: Tips for the TOEFL

For some international students applying to U.S. universities, the SAT or ACT might not be the only test scores required as part of their application.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Test Prep Checklist for Sophomores and Juniors

Test Prep Checklist for Sophomores and Juniors

If you’re not already preparing for the SAT or ACT, now’s the time to get started! The spring semester is a popular testing time, and high school sophomores and juniors need to have a plan to prepare for these important college admission exams. An excellent SAT or ACT score is not a guarantee of admission, but it can be the difference between the “maybe” and the “no” pile when admissions officers are reviewing applications.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Benefits of Honors Programs

The Benefits of Honors Programs

It is fairly common knowledge that most high schools offer honors and advanced placement courses for students looking to be challenged in their coursework. But did you know that colleges and universities also offer similar programs for undergraduate students through honors colleges? In some cases, high-achieving students are invited to enroll in a university's honors college upon acceptance, while other students seek out the honors track and apply to the honors college as part of their undergraduate admission.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
A Gap Year Can Set the Stage for a More Meaningful College Experience

A Gap Year Can Set the Stage for a More Meaningful College Experience

If you surveyed the participants of an average college freshmen orientation, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the incoming class has a variety of experiences and backgrounds. However, it might be surprising to learn about the growing number of students who chose to take extended time between completing high school and enrolling in a university of their choice. Deferring enrollment—typically coined a gap year—is when a student decides to forgo a traditional timeline in pursuit of a different experience.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
How to Explore Your Interests and Choose a Major

How to Explore Your Interests and Choose a Major

As you imagine your college experience, perhaps you think primarily of the friends you’ll make, what type of campus you’ll be a part of, and how you want to be inspired and intellectually challenged. As you consider the intellectual experience and your eventual career, no doubt your choice of major plays a major (no pun intended) role in how you set the scene. While the choice of major doesn’t feel difficult for some students, it’s a daunting task for others.
Monday, March 6, 2023
How to Build a Strong Student Profile for College Admissions

How to Build a Strong Student Profile for College Admissions

Most savvy college applicants these days are finely tuned into the fact that it takes a lot more than being an accomplished, high-achieving student to gain a coveted acceptance to the nation's top institutions. But how exactly do you develop the best applicant profile? What can you do over your four years of high school to define your niche, find that hook, and, most importantly, become the best version of yourself that colleges will be excited to snatch right up?
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