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Applying to US Colleges as an International Student

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 @ 10:59 AM

Tips for International Students Applying to US Universities

High school students across the US aren’t the only ones trying to navigate the often-confusing college application process; students across the WORLD are, too. And many are thinking about coming to the US for their higher education.  

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College Campus Life Considerations: Dorm Life

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 01:30 PM

Finding the Best-Fit Housing in Your Best-Fit School

For high school sophomores and juniors, fall marks the first steps in the college search process. Many schools have a mid-October fall break, and students and families often use this time to go on college visits. At IvyWise, our team of expert counselors always stress the importance of the college visit. Not only does it give you the opportunity to show demonstrated interest, a factor that admissions officers take into consideration when reading applications, but it also gives you the chance to get a feel for campus life first-hand.  

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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 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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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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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on NYU

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jul 03, 2012 @ 11:54 AM

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...

This week, our Executive Assistant, Amanda, shares what she loved about attending New York University in New York City, New York:

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5 Ways to Narrow Down Your List of Colleges

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

5 Ways to Narrow Down Your List of Colleges

So many colleges, so hard to find the best fit. As rising seniors create their college lists this summer, many students find that creating an expansive list of schools they’d like to go to is easier than winnowing down the list. Here are some tips from Dr. Kat to help narrow your focus.

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Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Skidmore College

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 @ 04:41 PM

Finding Your Best Fit School: Spotlight on Skidmore College

This week one of our new interns, Sara, shares why she chose Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Sara will be a freshman at Skidmore this fall:

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College Acceptance Rates, Then and Now

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

College Acceptance Rates, Then and Now

This summer, as many rising seniors create their college list, we remind our students that there are no guarantees when it comes to college admissions. Admission at the nation's most selective schools has become much more competitive over the past decade. To add some perspective, keep in mind that parents of today's high school students likely applied to college 20 or more years ago.

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