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How to Plan a College Visit

Campus Visit Planning

What Parents and Students Need to Do to Prepare for College Visits

College visits are a great way for students to learn more about a school, its campus, social climate, academic offerings, and most importantly, whether or not they can see themselves there for the next four years.  

Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 14-18

College Admissions News

College Board Releases Sample Questions for New SAT, May 1 Enrollment Deadline Less than Two Weeks Away  

The college admissions process may be drawing to a close for high school seniors, but for underclassmen it’s just heating up. With dropping admit rates and significant changes to college entrance exams coming in the next couple of years, families need to stay informed on what’s going on in college admissions and higher ed.  

Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Barnard - Part 3

Barnard College

IvyWise Intern Paulina Tells Us What She Loves about Barnard College in NYC

The college application season of the 2012-2013 school year put me through a string of acceptances and rejections that ultimately led me to Barnard College, the women’s college of Columbia University. I’ll admit that I was initially unsure about picking Barnard—its Upper West Side location certainly hiked its tuition rates up, and after four years at an all-girls high school, I didn’t know if attending another women’s institution was the right choice for me.

Sample Questions from the Redesigned SAT

New SAT Smaple Questions

College Board Releases Sample SAT Questions for the Revamped 2016 Test

Earlier today The College Board released sample questions for the new SAT, which will be administered in 2016.

Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 7-11

highered news roundup

Tips for Handling a Rejection, More Colleges Report Record-Low Admission Rates for the Class of 2018  

It may seem like the college admissions season is slowly winding down as high school seniors enter the final stretch before the May 1 enrollment deadline. However, now is the time for sophomores and juniors to shine, as they near crucial parts of their college admissions journey. 

April College Planning Checklist

April College Planning Checklist

Start Planning Courses For Next Year, Seniors Send Enrollment Deposits By May 1

The spring semester is flying by, and pretty soon students across the country will be closing out their academic years and enjoying some much-needed time off this summer.  

Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 31 - April 4

College Admissions News Roundup

Student Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools, Stanford Admits 5.07% of Applicants for the Class of 2018  

The surge of college decisions that came last week and over the weekend was the apex of a long year for high school seniors. Many got the admissions answer they were looking for, while others were maybe not so lucky.

How to Use Financial Aid Leveraging When Deciding Where to Enroll

how to get the best financial aid package

How Selective Schools Determine Financial Aid and Why Some Students Should Ask for More Aid if Needed

Guest Post by IvyWise Master Admissions Counselor, Nat Smitobol


How Race Factors Into College Admissions

Race in College Admissions

In the US Admissions Process, Race and Ethnicity are Considered by Selective Colleges

Many families may have some idea of how admissions offices evaluate applicants, but in the US, universities use the “holistic review” process, meaning admissions officers place emphasis on the applicant as a whole person, not just his or her academic achievements.

In holistic review, admissions officers look at “hard factors” (quantitative data) and “soft factors” (qualitative data) in order to gain a full picture of applicants.  Things like:

  • GPA

Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 24-28

College Admissions News

Class of 2018 Admission Rates, How to Handle a Rejection or Waitlist Decision

The big news this week was obviously the release of more admissions decisions for the Class of 2018. While the Ivies and other selective schools released regular decisions March 27, many other schools are still in the process of making decisions.

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