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College Admissions FAQ

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Answers to Some of the Most Common College Admissions Questions  

Recently, IvyWise CEO and founder Dr. Kat Cohen stopped by the TODAY Show to talk about what college students should include in their college applications. A lot of great questions came up, and we want to make sure families are armed with the knowledge they need to succeed. Many of these questions and concerns stem a lack of clarity or  understanding of the college admissions process.  At IvyWise, we strive to help families demystify the college application process and guide students on how to put their best foot forward when it comes time to apply.  

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How to Answer Those Unusual College Application Essay Questions

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 05:27 PM

Approach Crazy College Essay Prompts with Creativity and an Open Mind 

More and more colleges are getting creative with their applications, including asking some weird, wacky, and unusual essay questions. These out-of-the-ordinary and very open-ended prompts can send some applicants into a panic, unsure about how to approach these crazy admissions essay questions.  

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2014-15 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

These Unusual College Essay Prompts Require Applicants to Dig Deep and Get Creative  

It’s that time of year again! Essays, essays, and more essays! As the college Class of 2019 dives into their college applications, one admissions trend is holding true – college essay prompts are getting quirkier every year.  

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2014-15 College Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Essays Students Can Get Started on Before Aug. 1 Open of Common Application  

As the summer begins to wind down, and the college application season starts up, many colleges and universities across the US have released their essay prompts for the 2014-15 application season, allowing students the opportunity to get a head start.  

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How to Write the "Why This College?" Essay

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

Tips for Putting Together an Outstanding "Why This College?" Essay

Each school on the Common App has the option to ask supplemental essay questions, and many choose to include a variety of essay questions like quirky prompts and questions that address certain aspects about the school or the applicant’s intended major. Many times this school-specific essay is in the form of the “why this college” essay, where the school prompts you to elaborate on why exactly you want to go to that college or university. 

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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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2013-2014 Common Application Essay Questions

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

The Common Application Announces 2013-2014 Essay Prompts, Longer Word Limit

Today the Common Application released the essay prompts for the 2013-2014 application, along with news that they will enforce a strict 650 word limit, an increase of 150 words from the previous 500 word limit.

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Last Minute Tips for Your College Admissions Essays

By IvyWise on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

Dot Your "I"s and Cross Your "T"s: Put the Finishing Touches on Your Essays

Fall deadlines for 2012-2013 college applications are quickly approaching, and for those students applying for early decision or early action, that deadline is just a couple of days away. 

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2012-2013 College Application Essays

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, Aug 07, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

Quirkiest College Admissions Essay Questions

It's that time again! With the Common Application and Universal Application releasing their 2012-2013 editions on August 1st, along with several schools releasing updated supplements, the college application season has officially kicked off.  College admissions officers may read hundreds of applications and while a student’s “hard factors” including grades, transcripts, and standardized test scores, don’t leave much room for interpretation, a student’s “soft factors,” such as letters of recommendation, interviews, and resume give each applicant an opportunity to let their personality shine through.

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2011-2012 College Admissions Essays, Part 2

By Sarah Shanahan on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 @ 10:57 AM

More Quirky College Admissions Essays

We had a strong response to our post about the unique and quirky college admissions essays that appear on many of this year's college applications and supplements. As the college admissions landscape becomes more confusing, and more competetive, it is more important than ever for applicants to convey the best and most accurate representation of who they are, both academically and personally, to the admissions committees at their targeted schools. The admissions essay is your chance to stand out as a unique personality, to verbalize who you are in a compelling and effective manner, and to highlight your character and your achievements in your own voice. The trick, as always, is to be yourself. To kick off your brainstorming, we've gathered even more of this year's most creative essay prompts:

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