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College Prep 101: Guide to College Application Recommendation Letters

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 08, 2018 @ 12:23 PM

Recommendation Letters are an Extremely Important College Application “Soft Factor”

Most colleges will require recommendation letters as part of the admissions process, but why do they matter? For many students, recommendations can be an afterthought as it’s one part of the application they don’t actually have to write, but neglecting this important application component can hurt your applicant profile.

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4 Tips for Preventing High School Burnout

By IvyWise on Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 02:02 PM

Don't Lose Sight of Your College Prep Goals This Fall

If you find yourself counting down the days until winter break, you are not alone.  Between keeping your grades up, studying for standardized tests, and participating in your choice of extracurricular activities, many high school students have a lot of responsibilities on their plate. Neglecting to manage the stress that can come with a busy academic and social schedule can cause students to burnout at the most critical point of their high school journey.

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4 Common Misconceptions About Financial Aid in Early Application Rounds

By IvyWise on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 05:27 PM

We're Here to Clear Up Some Fin Aid Myths for Students Applying ED or EA This Fall

Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on your applications or looking ahead to the following year, many students and families are curious about what kind of financial aid is available in the early round.

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5 of the Most Haunted College Campuses

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

These Colleges Have Some Pretty Spooky Histories

Halloween season is here and for those who love a good spooky story, look no further than some of the schools on your balanced college list. Instead of saying goodbye to festive activities in high school, many colleges offer students the opportunity to amp up their holiday celebrations, thanks to an array of ghost stories, haunted halls, and one-of-a kind autumnal traditions.

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What It’s Like to Apply to College Early Decision – As Told By GIFs

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Applying ED or EA Is Rarely Easy – But It Can Be Rewarding!

Early application deadlines are right around the corner, and students across the globe are putting the finishing touches on their ED and EA apps. What is it like to apply early to your top-choice colleges? While it can be stressful to get your application done early, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

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What Students Need to Know About the Computer-Based International ACT

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

There are a Few Tools and Quirks That Students Need to Be Aware of Before Taking the CBT International ACT

The ACT recently launched computer-based testing (CBT) for all international students testing outside of the United States. A first sitting of the ACT in the CBT format occurred in September, and while there were a few bumps with the initial proctoring of the exam (test centers cancelling administrations last minute and materials not arriving on time) it seems that the ACT has finally ironed out some of the quirks. Here’s what international students need to know about the computer-based ACT – including some of the quirks with the new tools and practice materials.

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Reviewing Your College Apps: 4 Things to Look for Before Submitting

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Keep an Eye Out for Common Mistakes When Reviewing Your Applications Before Hitting “Submit”

Early application deadlines are around the corner, and for students planning to apply to their top-choice colleges by November, it’s time to put the finishing touches on their applications. Students should take time to review their applications before submitting, but what should they be mindful of when proofreading their college apps?

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Class of 2023 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2018-19 Application Season

The college admissions season is flying by, and before you know it early admission decisions will be released. Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

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4 Strategies for Dealing with College Roommate Conflicts

By IvyWise on Sat, Oct 06, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Communication is Key to Resolving Roommate Conflict

Much like adjusting to the academic and social changes that come with college, many first-year college students have to adapt to living in a shared dorm room space. It may sound simple, but there is a lot that goes into forming a strong relationship with a roommate and occasional disagreements are almost inevitable. Instead of letting a roommate conflict diminish your first-year experience, there are a variety of steps students can take to make the most of dorm living.

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5 Pieces of College Prep Advice from an IvyWise Student

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

IvyWise Pro Bono Student Eunice Gives Insight and Advice Into Her College Admissions Journey

Often the college prep advice that students can best relate to is that given by peers going through the same journey. So what insight do students currently navigating the college admissions landscape have for others? We caught up with IvyWise pro bono student Eunice to get her take on what students need to keep in mind when applying to college this fall, and some advice for students who may be just starting the college prep process!

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