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The Ultimate College Admissions Guide

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 01:19 PM

Everything College Bound High School Seniors Need to Apply to College this Fall

 

It’s back to school time and for high school seniors it’s time to start applying to college! Are you ready?

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Questions About College Applications Answered

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 12:20 PM

IvyWise Counselor Nat Addresses Questions About the Common Application and More on Twitter

 

With the start of the 2016-17 college application season comes a lot of questions about college admissions, college essays, and more. IvyWise counselor Nat took to Twitter last week to answer some pressing questions college bound students had about applying to college this fall.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 18-22

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Coalition application and locker updateUpdates on the Coalition Locker and Application, Some 2016-17 College Essay Prompts Announced

 

The May 1 enrollment deadline is right around the corner, and as the admissions process wraps up for current high school seniors, attention is now turning toward the next round of applicants.

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Why Your Interests Matter in the College Admissions Process

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Your Passions and Interests Can Lay The Groundwork For a Successful College Experience

When preparing students for the college admissions process, we place a lot of emphasis on identifying and developing students’ interests in addition to good grades and test scores. As we’ve said before, students’ interests are important because it helps colleges make admissions decisions and build well-rounded classes. However, developing students’ interests isn’t just about getting into college – they’re a key factor in helping students succeed during their four-years and after graduation.

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What Matters When Applying to College?

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Here’s What Top Colleges Are Looking For When Evaluating Applications

There are a lot of misconceptions about what colleges are ‘looking for’ when evaluating college applications. Is it a well-rounded student? A well-rounded class? Students with only high SAT scores? Or students just in the top 10% of their class? Every college’s priorities are different, but here’s some insight into the factors that are important to most colleges based on a survey of college admissions officers themselves.

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Every College Planning Checklist You’ll Ever Need

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 05:02 PM

Here's A Roundup of College Checklists For Every Stage of the College Prep Process

It may be summer vacation, but college prep rarely takes a break. Whether you’re getting ready for your first year of high school or preparing for your last, there’s no better time than the present to start thinking about your college admissions goals and how to achieve them.
 

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How to Manage the College Admissions Process

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

Start Early and Stay Organized to Make the Most of Your College Prep

Whether you’re a senior in the middle of a sea of college essays, or a freshman just starting your high school journey, there’s always some level of preparation you need to be focused on for the college admissions process. There are many different stages to preparing for college, and each can seem a little overwhelming to parents and students if they’re unsure of how to manage the process.  

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How Race Factors Into College Admissions

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 02, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

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:

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Things to Be Thankful for This College Admissions Season

By IvyWise on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 @ 11:33 AM

Take Time to Thank Those Who Have Helped You on Your College Admissions Journey

Thanksgiving is a holiday where we celebrate and recognize all of the things we should be thankful for this year. With all of the stress surrounding the college admissions process, it may seem hard to be thankful for the experience, but there are many positive aspects of the application process that you should recognize.

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2013-14 Quirky College Application Questions

By IvyWise on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 01:46 PM

Schools Come Out With More Fun and Creative Application Questions for the 2013-14 College Admissions Season

The Common App launched last week, and while there were some first day hiccups, student have started to plan and write their college admissions essays to a variety of colleges and universities throughout the US.

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