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The Oscars: Colleges for Future Filmmakers

By IvyWise on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

Academy Awards presenters this year came from some impressive programs 

Sunday night, stars flocked to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet and see who would win the most highly-acclaimed awards in Hollywood: the Oscars. Stars like Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Lawrence were amongst those who received the coveted award, and this year, the Academy chose to celebrate the future of filmmaking by choosing six students to present the awards. The contest winners were narrowed down from over 1,100 essays and film submissions answering the question “How will you contribute to the future of movies?” With this opportunity, these young artists are already on the path to stardom and an Academy Award of their own. 

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How to Spend Your Spring Break!

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

Spring break is a great time for relaxation as well as college planning

Spring break is quickly approaching, and while lying by the beach, going on a cruise, or taking a week off to catch up on some sleep sounds tempting, this break can also be utilized for some major college preparation. Spring is an important time for high school students and students can take advantage of their vacation to plan ahead.  

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Happy Mardi Gras!

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Some college cities celebrate Fat Tuesday in a big way

It’s Mardi Gras time! February 12th marks Fat Tuesday, and cities across the nation celebrate with festivals, floats, and food. Students who attend college in towns with Mardi Gras traditions enjoy a special treat each year, and while the carnival may be the same, each party town celebrates in a unique way.

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Where Some of Your Favorite TV Characters Went to College

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

The characters are fictional, but their alma maters are all real

Ever heard of the University of New York in the TV show Felicity? How about Pennbrook University in Boy Meets World, or The University of Los Angeles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? While all of these schools served as major settings in some of America’s most popular shows on television, and are modeled off of some of the nation’s most selective schools (New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California – Los Angeles, respectively), none of these colleges actually exist. 

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College Football Traditions

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 07, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

College football traditions across the nation create a wave of school spirit and pride in fans

College football is a crucial aspect of student life at many schools across the nation. Football season for some schools is a way of life, and brings a college community together through tailgates, jam-packed stadiums, and time-honored traditions. While each school has unique rituals surrounding a big game, some are louder, larger, and get the football crowd on their feet more than others.

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Beach Campuses Across the Country

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Whether seasonal or year-round, colleges by the beach offer a scenic getaway for students

Looking to live in a college town with extra opportunities for tanning? Can’t stand the snow? Want to overlook the coastline from your dorm room? Colleges in beach towns offer students a unique living experience by the sea. Whether for weekend beach parties, or a quiet walk to relax from a long day in class, campuses on or near beaches provide excellent getaways for busy college students.

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The Most Unusual College Mascots

By IvyWise on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

Some colleges think outside the box when it comes to school spirit

Sports are central to campus life at many colleges and universities across the country. Students flood stadiums and arenas drenched in their school colors, chanting fight songs and cheers, and shouting words of encouragement to their schools athletes. Mascots serve as the ultimate cheerleaders and sports figures that are often an important part of a school’s identity. While some schools have more traditional mascots (tiger, bears, etc.), others showcase their creativity and school spirit with more unconventional representations.

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Dartmouth Announces AP and IB Credit Changes

By IvyWise on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

School reevaluates awarding college credit for high school courses

Students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout high school, in a variety of subjects, for many different reasons. AP courses can positively weight a student’s GPA, are challenging and are viewed favorably by college admissions counselors on transcripts, and they offer a student with a particular academic curiosity more knowledge and work in that interest. Additionally, most colleges award students who have earned a particular score on the AP exam, usually a 4 or 5,  college credit or exemption from core requirements. Gaining credit before enrolling in college courses can lighten students’ workloads, give them the option of graduating early, and may save them money on tuition.

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3-2 Engineering Programs

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

Students Interested in Engineering and Liberal Arts Studies Now Get the Best of Both Worlds

Students interested in becoming engineers have traditionally enrolled in four-year degree programs at large universities with comprehensive engineering programs. These programs allow students to specialize in a particular type of engineering, such as mechanical, chemical, or civil. However, different paths for studying engineering have begun to diverge from the more traditional trajectory. 

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All About Cooperative Education

By IvyWise on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 @ 05:49 PM

How Co-op Programs and Work Colleges Can Enhance the College Experience

How does a student learn best? Are colleges equipping students with the tools needed to make it in the workforce? How can colleges give students a more hands-on educational experience? Colleges and universities throughout history have been faced with the challenge of classroom innovation, and preparing students for a career beyond the classroom. One approach has been cooperative education.

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