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Thursday, March 2, 2023
Setting Academic Goals in High School 

Setting Academic Goals in High School 

Let's pretend you're a couch potato who wants to train for a marathon. You're going to want to set goals to help increase your chances of success, right? For instance, you may decide to increase your mileage or speed slowly each week.
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Importance of Diversity and Fit in College Admissions

The Importance of Diversity and Fit in College Admissions

By an IvyWise Principal College Admissions Counselor In 2013, a Pennsylvania high school student named Suzy Lee Weiss wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal about not being admitted to the Ivy League colleges of her dreams. The article drew national controversy over the unrealistic expectations of college admissions offices and the role of diversity in building an incoming class at the most prestigious universities. "I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker," she wrote, satirically.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
The Ultimate Guide to College Admissions Interviews

The Ultimate Guide to College Admissions Interviews

There are so few places in the college application process for a student’s voice to be truly heard. Sure there’s the essay and email communication with an admissions representative, but what makes a college admissions interview such a valuable opportunity is the chance to talk about yourself in a less structured and less formal way. It’s an opportunity to share your story the way you want it to be heard.
Monday, February 8, 2016
The Value of Research Mentorship

The Value of Research Mentorship

In the highly competitive world of college admissions, high school students seek every possible advantage to distinguish themselves from their peers. One significant, yet often overlooked, strategy is engaging in research mentorship — a unique opportunity to deeply explore an academic area of interest, develop critical skills, and demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a commitment to academic excellence. These attributes can substantially enhance your appeal to college admissions committees.
Monday, February 8, 2016
There’s an App for That! Dr. Kat’s List: 5 Colleges for Computer Science and App Development

There’s an App for That! Dr. Kat’s List: 5 Colleges for Computer Science and App Development

Compiled by the team of counselors at IvyWise These days, with advancements in technology, there’s an app for just about anything and a need for people to build them. STEM-related fields are seeing a high demand for workers, with jobs expected to grow 17% over the next decade, and as a result, many students are realizing the value of a STEM education – often in terms of ROI and job demand. Computer science and app development are booming fields, and many colleges are catering to those needs with exceptional programs for budding techies.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Tips for the College Transition

Tips for the College Transition

Making the jump from high school to college can be exciting, but also overwhelming for some students. With college life comes more independence, but also significantly more responsibilities than students may be used to at home. It’s easy to have a smooth college transition, however, if students keep these simple tips in mind.
Monday, August 29, 2022
How to Prepare for College Apps Early in High School

How to Prepare for College Apps Early in High School

By Rachel, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor and Former Assistant Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College We often associate the spring of junior year as the time to begin college prep work, however, there are plenty of things students can do earlier in high school to help position themselves to be more successful in the college admissions process. It’s never too early to lay a strong foundation for your college application season senior year. In fact, colleges look at all four years of high school grades, courses, activities, and more when evaluating applicants — so the sooner you start your college prep the better.
Monday, August 1, 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.
Monday, August 1, 2022
How to Make an Art Portfolio for College or University

How to Make an Art Portfolio for College or University

By Kelly, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor  When applying to arts programs or majors, many colleges will require an art portfolio for college admission. This is a critical piece of your college application that often requires many hours of planning and creating to ensure that you’re accurately highlighting your creative background, skills, and interests. The portfolio can often be as important as (and in some cases even outshine) the overall college application.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
What Do Admissions Officers Look for in STEM Applicants?

What Do Admissions Officers Look for in STEM Applicants?

In recent years, even as undergraduate enrollment numbers have plateaued, students enrolling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors have continued to grow rapidly. Admission rates into selective institutions are plummeting and the competition for STEM students at our nation’s top institutions is becoming increasingly competitive, so what exactly can make a great student stand out among the thousands of other good applicants to STEM programs? As a former admission officer at MIT I have reviewed thousands of applications, and I want to give you some insider insight into what colleges are looking for in STEM applicants.
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