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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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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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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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What to Leave Off Your College Application Activity List

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Don’t “Resume Pad” In Order to Look More Appealing to Admissions Officers

Many college-bound students struggle with what or how much to put on their college application activity list. Often, many students will add a number of extra activities in order to make it look like they’ve done a lot more initiatives in high school, but this resume padding can actually hurt more than it helps. 

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5 Things to Keep in Mind This College Admissions Season

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

Don’t Fall For Common Myths or Let Stress Ruin the Process

The college admissions process can produce a lot of unnecessary stress for high school seniors. While it’s normal to feel anxious about the process, it’s important to keep in mind that knowledge is power when applying to college, and knowing what to expect and keep in mind as you complete your admissions journey this fall is the key to having a successful admissions season.

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College Admissions Interview Tips for Introverts

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Here’s How Students – Especially Those Who Tend to Be Introverted – Can Make the Most of Their College Admissions Interviews

College admissions interviews, when available, can be a great way to learn more about the schools to which you’re applying while also adding a personal touch to your application. They also give students the opportunity to further demonstrate their interest in a particular college or university. Interviews can be stressful for anyone, but often introverts find these one-on-one conversations particularly difficult. Quiet students who may be uncomfortable talking about themselves and their achievements may feel like they are at a disadvantage during this part of the application process, however, that doesn’t have to be the case.

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What is the Common Application?

By IvyWise on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

If You’re Applying to College Here’s What You Need to Know About the Common App

The Common Application officially opened for the 2018-19 college application season on August 1, allowing students across the globe to begin their college admissions journey. But what is the Common Application, exactly? Who can use it and when? Understanding the Common App and other college application options can make your college prep strategy easier to formulate.

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2018-19 Coalition Application Guide

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 01:31 PM

Here’s What Parents and Students Need to Know About the 2018-19 Coalition Application

The 2018-19 college admissions season is already underway, and with the availability of the Common Application and the newer Coalition app, students have some options when it comes to college application platforms. While the Common Application is used by far more colleges than the Coalition app, some colleges use the Coalition app exclusively, so students should know what to expect should they have to utilize the Coalition app to apply any of the colleges on their balanced college list.

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College-Bound Student’s Top Advice: Start Your College Prep Early

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 02:40 PM

IvyWise Student Celine Gives Her Insight and Advice to Other Rising High School Seniors Applying to College This Fall

It may be summer break, but the college admissions process for rising high school seniors has already begun! We caught up with one of our students to get her advice for students planning to apply to college this fall – and for those who are just now thinking about their college prep.

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How College Applications Are Evaluated: The Soft Factors

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

In The “Holistic Review” Process Qualitative Elements Like Essays, Recommendations, and More Are Just As Important As Grades and Test Scores

Grades and test scores are important when applying to college, but what about the other college application elements like essays, recommendations, and more? It’s critical for students (and parents!) to understand how the different elements of applications are evaluated when applying to college in order to have the best chance of admission to their top-choice schools.

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