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Tips for Supplemental Essays

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:17 AM

How to Write Stand-Out Supplements

Supplemental essays on the Common Application are a big part of your applicant profile. They help the admissions office learn more about you, demonstrate your interest, and they give you the opportunity to really stand out in the admissions process.

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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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5 Ways to Narrow Down Your College List

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

Now Is The Time To Start Thinking About Where You Will Apply

It may be the middle of summer, but application season is fast approaching! In just a couple of weeks the Common App will be released, but with the prior announcement of the essay topics, and some schools announcing their supplement questions early, many rising high school seniors have already started on their applications.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 10-14

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 @ 09:23 AM

No Ruling Yet In Fisher v. UT-Austin, Schools Releasing Application Essay Questions Ahead of Aug. 1

The admissions landscape is always changing, and here at IvyWise we like to keep families informed on the latest news in college admissions and higher education.

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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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