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Score Choice & Test Optional Classroom ability doesn’t necessarily correlate into standardized testing success. When it comes to standardized tests, the more you practice, the more comfortable you will be with the test, and the higher…
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College Admission Rates, Class of 2016 College admission at the nation’s most selective schools has become increasingly competitive. As another admissions cycle comes to an end, many colleges are reporting another rise in applications and…
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Dr. Kat’s List: Colleges for East Asian Studies Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Dragon! While the Year of the Rabbit was characterized by calm and tranquility, the upcoming year is expected to bring excitement and un…
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What Students and Parents Need to Know About the Coalition College Admission Application While the Common Application is the most widely used college application, it's not the only option for students who are getting ready to apply to their…
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After college graduation, business-minded students often consider two options: beginning their professional career versus enrolling in an MBA program. While there is no one-size-fits-all choice, there are certain programs that often prove t…
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Learn the Status of 2020 Summer Programs Many high school students opt to attend summer programs hosted by various colleges to expand their horizons and deepen their knowledge while getting a taste of campus life. However, in light of the C…
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Revamp Your Summer Reading List with These University-Approved Picks Whether you’re graduating or simply transitioning to the next grade or class year, it’s essential for students to stay academically sharp throughout the summer break.…
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Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All? Town & Country Magazine By Alex Bhattacharji July 10, 2018 The Los Angeles school had recently emerged as one of the nation’s most coveted undergraduate des…
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By Christine, IvyWise Premier College Admissions Counselor Preparing for college (and indeed for life!) requires steady effort throughout high school. However, even the most prepared of students can inadvertently hurt their college chances…
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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 numb…
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About IvyWise The IvyWise Team Richard IvyWise Master Tutor B.A., New York University M.A., University of California – Davis PROFILE Richard specializes in preparation for the SAT and ACT, and academic support in French, history, literat…
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The Hollywood Insider's Guide to L.A. Private Schools The Hollywood Reporter By THR Staff, Edited by Jeanie Pyun August 17, 2017 Status off the studio lot means landing an A-list institution for your kids as THR surveys the 29 top K-12 camp…
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For Parents Willing to Pay Thousands, College Counselors Promise to Make Ivy League Dreams a Reality Town & Country By Yishai Schwartz June 28, 2017 With college acceptance rates lower than ever, kids—and parents—are feeling the pre…
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By Christine, IvyWise Premier College Admissions Counselor “Where art thou, would-be humanists?” Once upon a time, it was cool to study history and literature, but this fall, some of the most in-demand college classes will not be coveri…
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Use Your Summer Break to Explore an Interest, Learn, And Get a Head Start on College Applications   Summer break is here for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning has to stop! It’s important for college-bound students t…
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It's Graduation Day. Seniors are walking down aisles with eager smiles. Amid the excitement, relief, and pride, however, some parents are worried about their pending financial future. Families with students admitted to highly selective priv…
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What are the chances of getting accepted after being waitlisted? As high school seniors prepare for admissions decisions, there’s a lot of uncertainty that comes with learning you’ve been placed on the waitlist. Do you accept the spot a…
Princeton, New Jersey - February, 2019: Princeton University is a Private Ivy League University in New Jersey, USA.
Seniors are finally graduating, and very soon some will attend colleges with alumni networks that are stronger than those of other schools. Throughout my time in college admissions, though, I’ve noticed a few colleges where graduates real…
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There is a definite hierarchy to America’s universities. It’s a pecking order where only a handful of “elite” schools lead the pack in being the most selective, having top faculty, large financial resources and pristine campus facil…
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In 2006, Kenyon College’s Dean of Admissions, Jennifer Delahunty Britz, wrote a New York Times editorial apologizing “To All The Girls I’ve Rejected”—those female Kenyon applicants who were denied admission in favor of what are no…
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One of the most important parts of the college admissions process is finding the schools that are the best academic and social fits for you, where you will be happy and successful. With colleges offering activities in everything from squirr…
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As you're researching schools on your college list, you may come across unfamiliar terms, such as Early Decision, Early Action, and Single–Choice Early Action, among others. These are application options that differ based on the deadline,…
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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 p…
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The Olympics may be over, but sports fervor is still going strong. March Madness has begun, which means that 65 Division I university basketball teams throughout the nation will compete for the national championship. Along with the expert c…
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As early application decisions are released this December, some students may encounter a strange outcome that isn’t as clear-cut as an acceptance or denial – a deferral. This can be a confusing end result after working so hard on your e…
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Should entrepreneurs invest in a college education? Many may doubt the need for creative, driven, self-starters to spend time in a classroom when they could be working on entrepreneurial endeavors. However, as we all know, there’s always…
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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 cl…
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STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is a hot topic in higher education, with many colleges expanding their STEM programs in order to meet student demand. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment in…
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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…
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By Victoria, IvyWise Principal Counselor A lot of students I work with are still trying to discover or uncover their true passion and therefore a career path. This can be easy for some people but more difficult for others. I like to impress…
2017-18 SAT and ACT Test Date Changes
The test-optional movement has been growing for years now, with approximately 1,350 colleges and universities in the US adopting some form of a test-optional or test-flexible policy. Due to the limited testing opportunities for the high sch…
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The Truth About Name Brand Colleges: Why Fit Matters More Than Prestige The Huffington Post By Dr. Kat Cohen May 27, 2015 The college admissions process is all but wrapped up for the high school class of 2015, and from now until the fall, g…
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The January 2016 SAT Is the Last Administration of the Exam in its Current Form The changes coming to the SAT in March 2016 have left many high school juniors confused about their options and the best approach for tests and test prep. For m…
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About IvyWise The IvyWise Difference IvyWise provides students around the world with unparalleled college admissions counseling services with our unrivaled expertise and experience. Why IvyWise? IvyWise provides students around the world wi…
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Students Can Apply With the Coalition’s College Application In 2016 It was announced yesterday that over 80 colleges, including all Ivy Leagues and Stanford, had formed a coalition in an effort to increase college access and revamp the wa…
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From Large Universities to Small Women's Colleges, These Famous First Ladies Have Some Impressive Alma Maters   Every year we take time to honor our US presidents with Presidents’ Day – but what about our first ladies? Many of the…
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These Unusual College Essay Prompts Require Applicants to Dig Deep and Get Creative   It’s that time of year again! Essays, essays, and more essays! As the college Class of 2019 dives into their college applications, one admissions t…
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For waitlisted students, it can be hard to judge just how much of a chance they have of getting in Not getting into your top-choice or “dream” school can be a big disappointment, but it can narrow the pool and allow you to focus on the…
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