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Monday, September 27, 2021
Choosing a Philanthropic Extracurricular Activity

Choosing a Philanthropic Extracurricular Activity

What do Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg have in common? Aside from their remarkable commitment to their causes, both started to work to build the society they want to live in before they turned 20. And they have a lot of inspiring company among young changemakers!
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Summer College Prep: Evaluating Test-Optional Policies, Transcripts, and Extracurriculars

Summer College Prep: Evaluating Test-Optional Policies, Transcripts, and Extracurriculars

Summer can be a time for sleeping in, seeing friends and family, and almost forgetting you were a student for a bit. But it’s also an opportunity to work on projects you didn’t have time for during the school year. The real question is how to balance the summer with relaxing and being both personally and academically productive.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Uncovering Your Passions Using the College Admissions Process

Uncovering Your Passions Using the College Admissions Process

Most US colleges and universities use a holistic review method when reviewing applicants for admission, considering various aspects of a student’s academic and personal record. This includes the tangibles, like a student’s four-year transcript, test scores, recommendation letters, and essays. But it also includes the intangibles, like a student’s passions, interests, and motivations.
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.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Extracurricular Activities: Going the Extra Mile

Extracurricular Activities: Going the Extra Mile

One of the best ways for students to explore their interests is through involvement in extracurricular activities. However, simply joining a club or activity isn’t where students should stop with their ambitions. Going the extra mile in clubs and activities can not only help students better identify and focus their interests, but it can also help them stand out when applying to college.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Finding Community Service Opportunities that Match Your Interests

Finding Community Service Opportunities that Match Your Interests

It’s a new year, a new semester, and the perfect time for students to reevaluate their extracurricular activities and whether or not those activities are really helping them better explore their interests. Students often overlook community service as a way to explore their interests because they tend to have a one-dimensional view of what community service entails. If they’re not collecting cans at a food drive or serving dinner at a local homeless shelter, what other community service is there?
Friday, January 27, 2017
How Can Students Craft an Extracurricular Project Plan?

How Can Students Craft an Extracurricular Project Plan?

It is widely acknowledged that demonstrating interests through extracurricular activities is a critical element of a robust college application, but students and parents are often unsure which process to follow. I encourage students to identify an interest and use it to build an extracurricular project plan. Projects should be selected based on fit, have a mix of milestones ranging from easy to difficult, show a clear link to each other, and incrementally increase in independence & difficulty.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
How to Plan a Productive Summer Break

How to Plan a Productive Summer Break

Summer will be here before you know it, and with time off of school, students should pursue activities and programs that align with their interests. A productive summer break can help students stand out in the admissions process – while also helping them to really explore their interests and gain a better understanding of what they want to do with their college education. The key to a productive summer break is to plan ahead!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Juniors: How to Make the Most of Your Summer

Juniors: How to Make the Most of Your Summer

By Rachel, IvyWise Principal College Counselor The end of the school year is just around the corner – seniors have made their final college choice, AP exams are impending, and for you high school juniors, it's time to start thinking about how to get the most out of your summer. First, let me say, congratulations on having almost completed what is arguably the toughest year in high school! Hopefully you've been focusing on academics, as your junior year grades are particularly important in the college admissions process.
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, 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.
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 4, 2016
MBA Admissions Tips for Working Professionals

MBA Admissions Tips for Working Professionals

By IvyWise MBA Admissions Counselors There are a number of resources out there that provide tips for undergraduates who have an eye on graduate school after college, but what about graduates who are years removed from academia? For many people, the MBA path isn’t apparent until after they have been in the workforce a few years, and, actually, the ideal time for most people to think about attending business school is with a few years of professional experience under their belts. Many working professionals don’t prepare ahead of time for the rigorous application process that exists at most top-tier business schools.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
No Summer Plans? Here’s How to Have a Productive Summer Break

No Summer Plans? Here’s How to Have a Productive Summer Break

College admissions want to see you exploring your interests and making an impact outside of the classroom, and that includes what you’re doing during your summer break. Planning a productive summer can help you better understand your college and career goals, and can help you stand out during the admissions process, too. While students should start planning their summer activities at the start of the year, it’s not uncommon for many students to wait until the last minute to decide how to spend their summer break.
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 9th and 10th 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!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Perfecting Social Media Presence for College Admissions

Perfecting Social Media Presence for College Admissions

By Alan Katzman, Founder of Social Assurity Each year, more and more of the world’s most talented students compete for the coveted opportunity to receive an Ivy League education. As a result of this intense competition, serious applicants with hard earned credentials now need to further distinguish themselves against other equally qualified peers. As admissions offices continually search for new ways to responsibly distinguish between the “best of the best,” social media’s role has grown in importance.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Winter College Prep Goals For Freshmen and Sophomores

Winter College Prep Goals For Freshmen and Sophomores

Just because you’re not a junior or a senior doesn’t mean you can’t be preparing for the college admissions process now. The earlier that you start the better, and there’s a lot that freshmen and sophomores can do now to stay on track for the college admissions process senior year – and even get ahead. All four years of high school count in the college admissions process, not just the last two.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Preparing for Graduate School: Tips for Undergraduate Students

Preparing for Graduate School: Tips for Undergraduate Students

By IvyWise Graduate Admissions Counselors You made it to college! You’re attending the school of your dreams and enjoying all that college life has to offer. For most undergraduate students, graduate school is a possibility, but many aren’t sure until closer to application time.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
How Students Can Develop an Interest in History

How Students Can Develop an Interest in History

Is the study of history – history? In recent years, only about 1% of college students graduate with a degree in history. In fact, between 2008 and 2017, the latest year with available data, the number of history majors has plummeted by nearly 30%.
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?
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?
Friday, February 12, 2016
Score Big in the Athletic Recruitment Process

Score Big in the Athletic Recruitment Process

Do you dream about sinking that winning buzzer shot in the Sweet Sixteen tournament? How about celebrating New Year's Day with a touchdown at the Rose Bowl? While nearly 60 percent of U.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Setting Academic and College Prep Goals for 2021

Setting Academic and College Prep Goals for 2021

As 2021 winds down and seniors begin putting the finishing touches on their early applications, the college prep process is still going strong for younger students. Setting academic and college prep goals for the coming year 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 there are still a few more months until the New Year, starting to think about academic and college prep goals now will make it easier for students to identify solid goals by the time the new semester rolls around.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Seniors: You’ve Submitted Your Applications, Now What?

Seniors: You’ve Submitted Your Applications, Now What?

The college admissions process is a huge undertaking, and submitting your applications is a great achievement. Regardless of your admissions decisions, you should feel proud and celebrate this accomplishment. You can finally study for your next test, go to the movies with your friends, or read for pleasure without that little voice in your head (or perhaps a parent or IvyWise counselor) reminding you that you should be working on your college applications.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Social Media Trends in College Admissions: What to Know for 2017

Social Media Trends in College Admissions: What to Know for 2017

It’s no secret that teens are connected online, with more than 71% of teens using more than one social networking site. As social media becomes more of a staple in everyday life for college bound students, many wonder how social media will affect the college admission process. While social media was once seen as a way to catch “bad behavior” and ruin college chances, it’s now turning into a tool to actually help students improve their chances of admission to their top-choice colleges.
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 schools students to ensure a productive and successful spring semester.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Summer Activity Planning: How to Make the Most of Your Break

Summer Activity Planning: How to Make the Most of Your Break

You may be thinking that summertime is perfect for relaxing in the sun, hanging out with friends, and taking a break from school, but when it comes to college admissions, summer vacation is a crucial time for planning and working on application materials. Furthermore, summertime is an excellent opportunity to explore personal interests that can be emphasized on college applications. Here are some of IvyWise's suggestions for spending your summer vacation in a wise, productive, and fun way with some tips on how to get started!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Summer Bucket List For Rising Seniors

Summer Bucket List For Rising Seniors

For many rising seniors, the end of their junior year marks the beginning of the long, and often stressful, college application process. While the full Common Application and school specific supplements aren't released until August, some essay topics have already been revealed, and many students are taking the initiative to begin working on their application essays even before summer kicks off. While it's a great idea to get started as early as possible, there's much more than just essay brainstorming to complete the summer before senior year.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Summer College Prep Checklist for All Grades

Summer College Prep Checklist for All Grades

The school year may be coming to a close, but the college admissions process is just revving up for next semester’s high school seniors. While the summer is a good time to recharge, it’s also a great time to get on track for the college admissions process, no matter what grade you’re in. When it comes to college preparation, the earlier families start, the better.
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.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
COVID-19 and College Admissions: How College Admissions Will Be Affected

COVID-19 and College Admissions: How College Admissions Will Be Affected

IvyWise counselors Christine, Nat, and Eric discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting higher ed and how the Class of 2021 can navigate the altered application cycle this semester on the college admissions podcast, giving listeners expert insight from former admissions officers. Listen Now! It has been well over a year since the pandemic's onset and information and responses are still continuing to evolve.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Admissions Rubric 2.0: How College Applications Are Evaluated

The Admissions Rubric 2.0: How College Applications Are Evaluated

IvyWise counselors Victoria and Christine breakdown the college admissions rubric and discuss examples of different hard and soft factors that admissions officers evaluate on the college admissions podcast, giving listeners expert insight from former admissions officers. Listen Now! When making admissions decisions, colleges and universities in the US don’t just look at grades and test scores.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Four-Year Plan for High School Freshmen

The Four-Year Plan for High School Freshmen

Middle school was the time to perfect your study habits and learn to organize and multi-task. Middle school was also a time for trial and error. You grew into your own skin, experimented with hobbies, and readied yourself for a more focused academic career.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Truth About Gap Years

The Truth About Gap Years

Across the country high school seniors are making plans for life after graduation. For many college is the obvious choice, but not for all. Gap years, where students take time off between high school and college, are becoming increasingly popular in the US.
Monday, February 8, 2016
The Value of the Independent Research Paper and The Concord Review

The Value of the Independent Research Paper and The Concord Review

Compiled by Will Fitzhugh from The Concord Review The formal research paper in high schools has been steadily disappearing over the past two decades, and it shows no signs of revival. The accessibility of the Internet, larger high school class sizes, over-worked teachers, and a growing emphasis on alternative forms of research presentation has dwindled the traditional 15-20 page research paper to just a few pages and Power Point presentations. As the founder and editor of The Concord Review, I have spent the last 26 years championing the significance of the research paper.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Tips for Chinese Students Applying to US Universities

Tips for Chinese Students Applying to US Universities

In recent years, there has been a steady growth of Chinese students enrolling in US universities and colleges, with nearly 300,000 coming to the US for the 2013-14 academic year. Although this is a fairly small number compared to the nine million university students studying in China, the country has also seen a steady decrease in students who sit for its national college entrance exam, the Gaokao. This indicates that international education is unquestionably on the rise.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Top 5 Mistakes International Applicants Make When Applying to US Universities

Top 5 Mistakes International Applicants Make When Applying to US Universities

Attending university in the US is an appealing prospect for an increasing number of international students. Choosing to study abroad can improve a student’s resume, demonstrating to future employers an appreciation and understanding of the broader world. Studying in the US also offers students pathways into top US employers, and therefore possibilities for career opportunities that might be different than those available in their home country.
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