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Summer Programs for High School Students

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

Planning a Productive Summer

When it comes to the college admissions process, it is imperative to show how you have developed your interests throughout your time in high school. College admissions committees want to see how you have made an impact in clubs and activities during the school year, but also during the summer. While it may be tempting to sit around all summer working on your tan, boards of admissions specifically look to see that you have remained productive during your time away from school. Summer presents many opportunities for students to further develop their interests and goals —travel to a foreign country, continue training in your favorite sport, make up a class or gain extra credits in summer school, start a business, get an internship, or join a community service organization.

Though summer may seem far away, the applications for many popular programs are due soon. Some of these applications can be as complex as a college application, requiring essays, letters of recommendation, and even test scores, so you will need to get started soon! Dr. Kat and the team of counselors at IvyWise, have come up with the following tips for spending your summer wisely.   

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Admission to US Universities

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Feb 07, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Where IvyWise Students Come From

As we finish up college application work with our seniors in the class of 2012, we thought we’d take a look at where IvyWise students have come from. College admission has become increasingly competitive and complicated, and can be even more so for students navigating the process from abroad. IvyWise counselors have worked extensively with students from around the US and around the world on the admissions process, and almost a third of IvyWise students are international students!

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Affirmative Action in College Admissions

By Sarah Shanahan on Thu, Feb 02, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

Let’s Hear it For the Boys

The US Department of Education reported that for Fall 2010 admission, women, on average, accounted for 56% of applicants to four-year colleges. That same year, the New York Times stated that for every 100 American women enrolled in college, there were only 77 men. Meanwhile, the National Center for Education Statistics projects that by 2020, men will represent only 41.4% of students enrolled in college. With colleges becoming increasingly concerned about gender balance on campus, has this really led to preferential treatment for men in college admissions?

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Colleges for East Asian Studies

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

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 unpredictability. For students seeking an academic and social experience as exhilarating as the dragon’s personality, Dr. Kat and the expert counselors at IvyWise have identified a list of colleges with strong Asian Studies programs.

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Time Management, Goals, and College Planning

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

Where Does the Time Go?

By now you’re likely back in the swing of things following your Winter Break, and are probably starting to feel the stress of spring semester. As your courses get harder and your homework gets longer, you have a lot of studying to do, both for your classes, and for standardized tests. Meanwhile, it can be easy (and fun) to get distracted by extracurricular activities, friends, and Facebook. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up! 

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After the College Visit

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 @ 01:11 PM

What To Do After a College Visit

College websites, brochures, and catalogs offer lots of information, however, nothing beats the insight you can gain from stepping onto a college campus. Last week, we shared our top dos and don'ts to make the most of your college visits. But, what happens once you’ve come home from your visit?

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College Visit Dos and Don'ts

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 @ 12:57 PM

College Visit Dos and Don'ts

Words, websites, and even extensive college research cannot replace your actual firsthand impressions of a school. Dr. Katherine Cohen, Founder and CEO of IvyWise and, recommends using the upcoming holiday weekend for college visits.

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Are You Hoping to Transfer?

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 01:23 PM

Tips for the Transfer Admissions Process

Nearly one in three college students transfer at some point in their college career. If you've thought about your reasons for transferring and are still sold on the idea, here are some tips from the experts at IvyWise.

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Are You Thinking of Transferring Colleges?

By Sarah Shanahan on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

Is the Grass Really Greener on Another Quad?

For many seniors, January 1st brought a welcome end to the college application process. For some college students though, the New Year and the completion of the Fall semester bring thoughts of giving the process another go. Perhaps a "dream school" isn't living up to expectations, or life as an engineering student isn't what you thought it would be.

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Working with Your College Counselor

By Sarah Shanahan on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

9 Ways to Work with Your High School College Counselor

People often ask us what we think about high school counselors. Our reply: We love them! Your high school guidance counselor is one of the most useful resources for college information and you should try to cultivate a relationship with your high school college counselor as early as possible in your high school experience.

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