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Monday, February 28, 2022
How College Tours Help You to Find Your ‘Fit’

How College Tours Help You to Find Your ‘Fit’

Spring heralds the arrival of the campus visit season when colleges welcome students to take a tour and attend an information session. After limiting in-person visits due to the pandemic, many colleges are once again offering tours regularly. At IvyWise, we encourage students to attend virtual and on-campus tours when possible because the benefits of college tours — whether in-person or via a computer—are plentiful!
Monday, August 1, 2016
10 Tips for Families Planning College Visits This Fall

10 Tips for Families Planning College Visits This Fall

As a college counselor, one of the aspects of my job that I especially enjoy is touring college campuses. Whether traveling alone or with my family, I’m always game to explore institutions of higher education. Over the past few years, as my firstborn made his way through high school and navigated his own college search odyssey, I discovered much to my delight that visiting colleges with him brought many rewards I hadn’t anticipated.
Monday, February 27, 2017
6 Questions to Ask On Your College Visits This Spring

6 Questions to Ask On Your College Visits This Spring

The spring semester is a popular time to visit colleges, especially as juniors start to narrow down their college lists, and seniors squeeze in some last-minute visits before admission decisions are announced at the end of March. The college visit is an important opportunity to not only get a live look at colleges, but also get some insider information that you might not otherwise find in your traditional research. At IvyWise, we advise families to visit the colleges students are interested in applying to whenever possible.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Campus Visit Dos and Don’ts

Campus Visit Dos and Don’ts

School breaks are a great time for college visits. Whether you're a high school junior building your college list or a senior trying to narrow down your choices, there are a few "Dos & Don'ts" that students and their parents need to keep in mind before visiting universities. Holidays, spring and fall breaks, and weekends are perfect times to plan those college road trips.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Why Spending Spring Break in School Is a Good Idea

Why Spending Spring Break in School Is a Good Idea

What would you say if someone handed you a few pictures of an unfamiliar community and asked you to spend a considerable amount of money to live there for four years? You’d call them crazy, right? But this is essentially what you’re agreeing to when you apply to a school you’ve never visited.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
College Visits 101: Tips from a Former Admissions Officer

College Visits 101: Tips from a Former Admissions Officer

Spring is prime college visit time! Many families will be hitting the road to visit students’ top-choice schools this semester, so it’s important to ensure that students (and parents!) are making the most of their time on campus.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
How to Prepare for Your College Visits

How to Prepare for Your College Visits

How to Prepare for Your College Visits There are a number of reasons why you may want to visit a college in person before you send in your application. While it may seem more efficient to visit schools after you have been accepted, visiting before filling out your application can help you, too. Visiting a college also gives you the opportunity to connect with some important people who may be a part of your application process to answer any questions you may have.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Juniors: Getting on Track Before Summer Break

Juniors: Getting on Track Before Summer Break

Junior year is a busy time for students, and arguably one of the most critical college prep years. There’s only a little bit of time left before summer break and juniors are suddenly rising seniors – and ready to start applying to college. There’s a lot that juniors can do between now and then to prepare and get on track with their college prep.
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!
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Juniors: Top 5 College Prep Tips from a Former Admissions Officer

Juniors: Top 5 College Prep Tips from a Former Admissions Officer

Junior year is probably the most important college prep year, and students need to ensure they’re on track in order to be prepared for the college admissions process next fall. The college admission process is about self-discovery and it is important to start by setting clear goals each year of high school – especially junior year! Junior year is critical.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Juniors: What to Do After You Visit a College

Juniors: What to Do After You Visit a College

Compiled by Katherine Cohen, Ph.D., CEO & Founder and the team of counselors at IvyWise You’re nearing the end of junior year, and at this point, you’ve hopefully started to research schools, create a preliminary college list, and visit prospective colleges.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Listen to Your Gut, Not Your Friends: Choosing Your College List

Listen to Your Gut, Not Your Friends: Choosing Your College List

So, you've begun developing your college list. Hopefully, you've established your priorities and started your research. Looking over your preliminary list, you can't pinpoint why several of those schools are even on your list in the first place.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Location, Location, Location! Tips to Help Guide Your College Research

Location, Location, Location! Tips to Help Guide Your College Research

For many students, college is a time of exploring new opportunities, learning more about themselves, and determining the impact they want to make on the world. Interestingly, where your school is located can have an effect on the opportunities available to you. Read on to learn how location plays a role in your college experience and the location factors to consider when creating or narrowing down your college list.
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 10, 2016
QUIZ: Do You Know The Truth About College Admissions?

QUIZ: Do You Know The Truth About College Admissions?

With all of the stress, pressure and confusion surrounding the college admissions process, it's no wonder that people start to develop their own theories on how it all works. You've likely heard a "secret" admissions rumor from a friend of a friend that has made you panic. But what is the truth?
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Rising Seniors, Get Ready for Application Season

Rising Seniors, Get Ready for Application Season

In April, we gave you tips on how to have a successful summer, and this month we have one more. Many IvyWise students have been working with their counselor to finalize their college lists and build resumes. They will begin drafting their personal essays later this summer.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Setting Academic and College Prep Goals

Setting Academic and College Prep Goals

Setting academic and college prep goals now is a great way to get students excited about their college prep and alleviate some of the stress commonly associated with planning for college. While it may not be time to apply to college yet, starting to think about academic and college prep goals now will make it easier for students to identify solid goals by the time application season rolls around. It will also allow them to relax over any upcoming breaks, rather than stressing about what they need to accomplish before school is back in session.
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.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
The Importance of Demonstrating Genuine Interest

The Importance of Demonstrating Genuine Interest

Imagine being asked to the prom, but instead of a thoughtful invitation to accompany a charming peer, you are instead informed that you will be the 10th person asked and if the others decline the offer, then you will be invited. Would that make you feel special or important? Well, this is how many college admissions offices can feel.
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.
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