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5 Tips for Choosing High School Classes

By IvyWise on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

Students Should Strike a Balance Between Challenging and Manageable

 

As students prepare to head back to school, many are examining their class schedule, gauging how difficult the next academic year will be and how they will achieve their grade goals. But it’s not just grades that colleges consider when evaluating applicants for admission. Colleges are also looking at the classes applicants are taking, how challenging they are, and how those courses align with students’ interests and academic goals.

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January College Planning Checklist

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 02, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

What High School Students Need to Do This January to Prepare for College  

It’s a new year, a new semester, and the perfect time for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to get a head start, or keep up the momentum, on the college admissions process.  

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The Benefits of Summer Courses

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 05, 2013 @ 02:45 PM

Summer Classes: To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question

After the last papers are handed in and finals week is over, many students look forward to a summer of work, internships, and vacation. Others, however, choose to stick around campus and take summer courses.

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Giving Back in College

By Becca Huntting on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 10:39 AM

Schools With Service Learning Programs

While community service is required during the admissions process, does not need to stop for students when they attend college. In addition to individual service projects and organized days when student bodies volunteer in their communities, some schools incorporate service learning into the core curriculum. Service learning usually encompasses classroom discussions and lectures that are conducted simultaneously with hands-on projects so that students are able to directly apply new knowledge to helping their communities. Students who are passionate about community service should consider finding a school with a pre-established program that weaves service learning in with other core classes.

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Unique College Majors

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

These schools offer students some of the country’s most interesting concentrations

While many students opt for college majors like business, history, and biology, others decide to take a more unconventional path in school. Interdisciplinary studies allow students to combine a variety of interests into one major, but some schools decide to create distinct majors on their own. Colleges across the country offer a slew of unique majors for students with highly individualized interests, and the list grows every year.  

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AP Exam Partipation and Test Scores Increased in 2012

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 @ 10:29 AM

More High School Graduates Are Taking AP Exams, Scoring Higher

The number of high school graduates taking AP exams and test scores increased in 2012 according to the College Board’s annual AP report released yesterday.

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Major Spotlight: Sociology

By IvyWise on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:20 AM

IvyWise intern Sarah discusses majoring in sociology

Want to learn about how social structures and institutions create belief systems, resource distribution, and identity formation? What better way to prepare for the professional world than by knowing how it works and recognizing where it needs reforming! Learn how systems of operations work, and become more conscientious of the world around you in the process by majoring in sociology.  

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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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Advances Made in Higher Education Through MOOCs

By IvyWise on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 @ 02:08 PM

Rise in top universities offering free online courses this year

2012 brought substantial progress in sphere of online higher education, most notably MOOCs, or “massive open online courses”, that have spread throughout the United States and the world over the past year. Open course start-ups have attracted millions of students from around the globe to online courses and lectures offered by top American and international universities.

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Majoring in Social Media

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 03:35 PM

Liberal Arts College Creates Social Media Major

Newberry College, a small liberal arts college located in South Carolina, recently announced an exciting new major to begin in Fall 2013. Next academic year, Social Media will join their curriculum as a concentration combining courses in Graphic Design, Communications, Marketing, Business, Psychology, and Statistics as well as original courses outlining the role of social media in today’s world. While many schools have begun offering courses in social media over the past few years, and some schools have designed Social Media Certificate programs, Newberry will be the first to university to offer this topic as a major.  

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