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College Admissions Apps: College Search

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

College Admissions? "There's an app for that"

Lets be honest, the college process can be stressful. Many applications have gotten longer, essay questions more complex, and the competition stronger than ever. While independent counselors like the ones at IvyWise aim to alleviate this stress, there are also less conventional resources, such as apps, to help you simplify the daunting task of applying to college. Whether reminding you of deadlines, helping you find your perfect college match, keeping all of your documents in one place, or preparing you for standardized tests, the following apps might be worth checking out.

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Washington University

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

These Are a Few of our Favorite Things...

This week, one of our awesome interns shares what she loves about attending Washington University in St. Louis. Though she (and her parents) were originally considering mostly Ivy League schools, extensive research and campus visits proved that this Missouri university was her best fit school:

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College Admission Tips for Parents

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 @ 12:51 PM

Five Don'ts for Parents in the College Admissions Process

IvyWise students often begin working with their counselors on the college admissions process in the spring of 11th grade. College admissions has changed a lot since parents applied and students and their families are often unsure of what role everyone should play during this exciting (and sometimes confusing) time. The expert counselors at IvyWise have come up with the following tips for parents as you help your junior kick off the college admissions process

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on American University

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:53 AM

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...

At IvyWise, we love helping students discover the schools that will be a great academic and social fit for them, where they will be happy and successful. That said, when given the chance, we never hesitate to give a shout out to our own alma maters and share what made that school a great match for us. Previously, members of our team told tales of Turkey Trotting at Lehigh, classes in the Commons at Emerson, and following in the footsteps of strong women at Barnard. This week, the newest member of the IvyWise team, our Executive Assistant Ashley, tells us about her experiences at American University in Washington, DC:

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How Do I Choose Which Colleges to Apply to?

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 @ 12:29 PM

5 Ways to Narrow Down Your College List

With more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the US, many students find that creating an expansive list of schools they’d like to go to is easier than winnowing down the list. As juniors embark on the college admissions process (and visit schools over Spring Break), now is a great time to make a preliminary college list. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see students make and some tips from Dr. Kat to help you narrow your focus. 

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Want to Get Into an Ivy League School? - Part 4

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:29 AM

Creating a Balanced College List

Previously, we looked at how students can use some of the criteria that they are looking for in their reach schools to choose target and likely schools that they would be equally excited to attend. There is no one right school for anyone! One of the most important parts of the college admissions process is understanding what you want in a college, and then conducting the proper research to identify several schools that will be a good match. For example…

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Want to Get Into an Ivy League School? – Part 3

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 @ 09:28 AM

Creating a Balanced College List

Many students get their hearts set on one school, and if they don't get in, it's the end of the world – that’s exactly the wrong attitude to have! It is important for students to have a balanced college list of schools where they will be happy and successful. Remember, there are 36,000 high schools in the US, each of which has a valedictorian – and they can’t all get into Harvard (which enrolls about 1,600 students each year). In fact there are currently 19.7 million students enrolled in college in the US, and less than 60,000 of those students attend one of the eight Ivy League institutions.

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Want to Get Into an Ivy League School? – Part 2

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 @ 09:58 AM

What Makes a School "Ivy League"?

Though there are nearly 3,000 4-year colleges and universities in the US, the eight Ivy League colleges are some of the most well known institutions in the world, causing students from all over the globe to obsess about getting into an Ivy League college. Despite this frenzy (the Ivy League colleges received 245,732 applications for the Class of 2015), few students know what designates a school as a member of the “Ivy League.”

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Want to Get Into an Ivy League School? – Part 1

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

Why Do You Want to Get Into an Ivy League School?

At IvyWise, we sometimes answer calls from parents who say, “I want my son to get into Harvard,” or “My daughter wants to go to Yale.” Here at IvyWise, the question is not whether Harvard and Yale (and Columbia, Penn, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, and Princeton) provide great academic and extracurricular opportunities, but rather whether they are the right school for a particular student.

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

Dr. Kat’s List: Historically Black Colleges and Universities

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate those who improved the lives of African Americans in the US. There are more than 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the US today. These schools were originally established with the intention of serving the black community, and have evolved into some of the nation’s preeminent educational centers. For students interested in schools with a rich cultural history, Dr. Kat and the expert counselors at IvyWise have identified a list of colleges with strong roots in African American history.

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