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College Campus Life Considerations: Dorm Life

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 01:30 PM

Finding the Best-Fit Housing in Your Best-Fit School

For high school sophomores and juniors, fall marks the first steps in the college search process. Many schools have a mid-October fall break, and students and families often use this time to go on college visits. At IvyWise, our team of expert counselors always stress the importance of the college visit. Not only does it give you the opportunity to show demonstrated interest, a factor that admissions officers take into consideration when reading applications, but it also gives you the chance to get a feel for campus life first-hand.  

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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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College Recommendation Letter Tips from Freshman to Senior Year

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 11:45 AM

Recommendation Letter Roundup

One of the most critical elements of a stellar college application is a collection of glowing recommendation letters from counselors, teachers and other administrators you have interacted with during your four years of high school. Recommendation letters play a critical role in painting a picture of how you relate to and interact within your academic and extracurricular activities.  

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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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College Admission Tips for Parents

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 @ 12:51 PM

Five Don'ts for Parents in the College Admissions Process

IvyWise students often begin working with their counselors on the college admissions process in the spring of 11th grade. College admissions has changed a lot since parents applied and students and their families are often unsure of what role everyone should play during this exciting (and sometimes confusing) time. The expert counselors at IvyWise have come up with the following tips for parents as you help your junior kick off the college admissions process

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