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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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What to do if You've Been Deferred

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 @ 04:44 PM

Getting Deferred in the Early Round is Not the End of the World; Here's What to Do

You did everything you were supposed to do: researched your dream school, visited campus, and sent in your application before the Early Decision/Early Action deadline.  After all your hard work, you’ve gotten back a deferral.  So what happens now?  

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College Admissions Trends

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 @ 04:26 PM

Emphasis on Class Rank is Down, Course Load and Demonstrated Interest Up

This week, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling released the “2012 State of College Admission” report and the results were very similar to the trends we have seen here at IvyWise: The number of applications are up, social media plays a big role in recruitment, and there is an increased emphasis on demonstrated interest.

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Should I Take a Gap Year Before College?

By IvyWise on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 03:54 PM

A Rising Number of Students are Taking a Year Off Between High School and College

It’s the peak of college application season, and for many students all of their work has led up to this moment: hitting that “submit” button on their online applications. For others, however, their plan for next year might not include lecture halls and freshmen dorms, but rather volunteering abroad or teaching in underprivileged schools.  

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Early Application Deadlines Extended

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 01:50 PM

Early Application Deadlines are Extended for Some Schools Due to Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy pounds the East Coast just days before the Nov. 1 deadline for early applications, many colleges and universities are opting to extend their early application deadlines into the week of Nov. 5 for those affected by the storm.

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Demonstrated Interest and College Admissions

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

The Dating Game: Letting Colleges Know You're Really Ready to Commit

In this month’s newsletter, we highlight the importance of the college visit and how to prepare for and what students can expect during their tour. While the college visit is very important in deciding where you want to apply, it’s also a part of helping you get in.  

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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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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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Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

Test-Optional v. Test-Required: Which is the Best-Fit for You?

The October SAT is this weekend, and high school students across the country are squeezing in every last bit of knowledge they can before heading to their testing centers on Saturday.  

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The Value of Community Service in Your College Application

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

Giving Back is Just as Important as Getting In

When discussing the different elements of a college application, we often bring up the significance of the “brag sheet.” At IvyWise, we can’t stress enough how important a complete and comprehensive brag sheet is to the admissions process. Your brag sheet lists all of your extracurriculars, employment, summer experiences, honors, awards, interests, hobbies, and, very notably, community service.

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