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5 Essentials for College Freshmen Move-In Day

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

Check Your List and Check It Twice!

The fall semester is here, and with it comes the day new students look forward to the most, and the day some parents dread the most: college move-in day! For many incoming freshmen, this is the first time they will be living away from home, and the task of getting everything they need to survive in only a few boxes can be a tricky one.

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on University of South Carolina

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 @ 04:04 PM

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...

It may sound very arbitrary, but I knew when I was applying to colleges that I wanted to go to a “big football” school. Of course a university with an exceptional journalism and communications program (my major) was the most important factor, but I have lived and breathed college football since before I could remember and I wanted to go to a school with a deep-rooted sports culture. One of my favorite things about the University of South Carolina was the football games.

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How to Use College Rankings?

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

Rise From the Ranks

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Advice for College Freshmen

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 01:28 PM

IvyWise's Advice for College Freshmen

It's just about time for last year's high school seniors to become college freshmen. Armed with school supplies, extra-long twin sheets, and pictures of family and friends, the college class of 2016 is about to embark on an exciting four-year journey. Recently, our counselors, many of whom are former admissions officers, shared their best advice for students embarking on the college application process. This week, our staff members, including recent graduates from Barnard College, Wesleyan University, and New York University, share the advice we wish we had received before leaving home.

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2012-2013 College Application Essays

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 07, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

Quirkiest College Admissions Essay Questions

It's that time again! With the Common Application and Universal Application releasing their 2012-2013 editions on August 1st, along with several schools releasing updated supplements, the college application season has officially kicked off.  College admissions officers may read hundreds of applications and while a student’s “hard factors” including grades, transcripts, and standardized test scores, don’t leave much room for interpretation, a student’s “soft factors,” such as letters of recommendation, interviews, and resume give each applicant an opportunity to let their personality shine through.

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College Admissions Terminology

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Aug 03, 2012 @ 11:53 AM

College Admissions Terminology

With the release of the Common Application earlier this week, many rising high school seniors have officially embarked on the college application process. The application process, while exciting, can also be confusing and overwhelming. To help start your application process out on the right foot, the expert counselors at IvyWise have compiled the following guide to common college admissions terminology:

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How to Choose Which Colleges to Apply To

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

Choosing Which Colleges to Apply To

Some colleges, such as University of North Carolina and Georgetown University have already released essay prompts, supplements, or the entire application for the 2012-2013 admissions cycle. When the Common Application and many more school specific supplements are released on August 1st, rising seniors throughout the US and all over the world will officially begin the college application process.

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IvyWise Class of 2012

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 @ 12:43 PM

Congratulations, IvyWise Class of 2012!

Before we enter the commotion of another busy and exciting college application season, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the IvyWise class of 2012 – Congratulations! 92% of you were accepted to one or more of your three top-choice schools! All of our students were accepted to at least one of their best-fit schools.

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Choosing a College Location

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 @ 01:36 PM

Location, Location, Location!

Recently, Dr. Kat spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the benefits and shortcomings of virtual campus tours.  Virtual tours are a great (and free!) way to gain an overview of a campus’ main attractions, but even with technological advancements, nothing beats the impression you gain from stepping onto a college campus. At IvyWise, we advise that whenever possible, students should visit a college in-person to get a sense of the three Cs – campus, classroom, and community.

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Finding Your Best-Fit School: Spotlight on Wesleyan

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 @ 04:36 PM

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...

With more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the US, students need to conduct extensive research on several schools to find the colleges that will be the best academic and social fits for them. The newest member of our Research Team, RJ, loves helping students identify the schools where they will be happy and successful. This week, we offered him a turn to share what made Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut his best-fit school:

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