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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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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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IvyWise Experts' College Application Tips

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

Our Best Advice for Students Embarking on the College Admissions Process

IvyWise students often begin working on the college admissions process in the spring of 11th grade, and many of our rising seniors complete the bulk of their college application work before even starting senior year! Once school ends, many students begin intensively researching colleges, creating a college list, and drafting essays. We’ve asked some of our college admissions counselors, advisers, and friends to share their best advice for students embarking on the college admissions process:

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College Applications: How to Address Red Flags

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, May 29, 2012 @ 02:20 PM

College Applications: How to Address Red Flags

As the academic year winds down, students finishing their junior year may be looking to get a head start on the college application process. Almost every student gets nervous about college applications, but for students who have to explain an infraction, grade dip, or extenuating circumstances, there's an even higher level of anxiety. Are you afraid that a "red flag" on your file will drop it straight into the ‘denial’ pile? Make an appointment with your guidance counselor or with an independent college counselor to address any red flags on your application in an articulate, comprehensive, and responsible way.

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The Common Application for Undergraduate College Admissions

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 12:34 PM

Changes to the 2012-2013 Common Application

The Common Application, referred to by many as the "Common App," allows college-bound students to apply easily to nearly 500 participating schools using a standardized form and essay questions (some schools do require supplements – read the fine print!). In 2011, nearly 2.5 million Common Apps were submitted by students from 205 countries, with the average student applying to more than four schools. The Common App recently previewed changes to the 2012-2013 edition, including the addition of 37 new schools. In fact the number of schools utilizing the Common Application has grown more than 20 percent in the past two years!

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