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UChicago Sees Record Applications for Class of 2017

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

IvyWise Counselor and Former Assistant Director of Admissions at UChicago, Victoria, Comments on the School's Record Year

The University of Chicago is hot, hot, hot.  I have always been a fan of UChicago and as an alumna of the college and a former Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions it has been no surprise to me that the college remains a highly attractive option for students. While I saw the increase in popularity of the college first hand, I am still astonished at the rate at which the college's application numbers and popularity have increased.

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Inside Higher Ed Survey of Parents on College

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Parents most concerned about cost of college, ability of grads to gain employment

Inside Higher Ed and Gallup released a study that shows parents are most concerned with financing college in the college decision-making process, and believe getting a good job is the most important reason for pursuing higher education.  

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College Campuses Where Movies Were Filmed

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 01:01 PM

Lights, Camera, Action!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Schools With Irish Traditions

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, and celebrations will take place around the country this weekend to commemorate the holiday. A strong Irish presence exists at many colleges throughout the country, and at those schools St. Patty’s Day is an important time of year to not only have fun, but also celebrate a strong heritage. With traditions like wearing green and marching in parades, some schools find special ways to showcase their Irish pride.  

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College Basketball 2013

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 @ 12:45 PM

These schools are ready for March Madness

March Madness is right around the corner, and college basketball fans are preparing for some intense match-ups. College basketball encourages school spirit, competition, and a strong sense of school community. Some schools boast basketball game attendance rates of nearly the entire student population, not to mention additional alumni, faculty, and other super fans. That large fan base can make for an intense arena environment at some schools, and as tournament time approaches, that atmosphere can make match-ups even more intense.  

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Test Optional Colleges

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

Some Students Opt Out of Standardized Tests When Applying to Colleges

Standardized testing is one part of the admissions preparation process that students find to be particularly daunting. The SAT and ACT require a considerable amount of preparation time, and while a goal score is achievable through tutoring, practice tests, and a well crafted test strategy, some students find these exams wear heavily on their minds.  

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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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Spring into Studying With A Healthy Mind and Body

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 06, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Keep your mind and body alert through the semester finish line

School can weigh heavily on students’ minds and bodies, especially towards the end of the year. The final stretch to summer vacation is full of final exams, AP tests, projects, and presentations that can take sleep and sanity away from students. Increasing numbers of young people, now estimated at 10% from ages 13-18, are suffering from anxiety, and schools are taking notice of this condition amongst their students. In a recent article published by the Huffington Post, high schools across the country are helping students beat mental and physical fatigue through some creative solutions such as yoga, nap time, therapy dogs, and transcendental meditation. Schools have found that 15-30 minutes a day of focusing on mental health helps students perform better academically, manage stress, and avoid issues with anxiety.

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Lessons From College Movies

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Movies about admissions and college life offer some major Dos and Don’ts  

College movies throughout the years have offered insights and advice about college admissions and the college experience. Classic films portray students navigating applications, freshmen year, and the college social scene. While many movies include a sound moral, some plot sequences may be questionable to audience members.  

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A Partnership in Global Higher Education

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 @ 02:29 PM

Education City in Qatar offers programs across disciplines through universities from around the world

American universities have expanded their global impact over the past decade by opening campuses abroad. With programs that offer the same degrees, courses, and high-level of academic quality around the world, many schools have been able to give students even more opportunities to expand their knowledge and integrate a global perspective into their education. One excellent example of this endeavor is Doha, Qatar’s Education City. 

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