Advising 101: How To Handle the Waitlist

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

It’s spring, and all the admissions decisions are finally rolling in! For most seniors, this is a time full of mixed emotions. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking to sort through your acceptances and rejections, not to mention what happens in one of the most vexing admissions situations: a spot on the waitlist. If you’re no longer … Continue reading

Advising 101: What Are Admissions Officers Looking for in College Essays?

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals

In our ongoing Advising 101 series, we’ve covered everything from the importance of letters of recommendation and managing the application process to some of the most persistent myths about applying to college that we’ve heard over the years. One rumor we hear consistently is that the essays don’t really matter. The truth is that they … Continue reading

March Madness: Taking a Closer Look at Lesser Known “Cinderella Story” Colleges

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, NY Times articles, Parenting, Schools, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

If you pay attention to college basketball and March Madness (or even if you don’t), by now you have probably heard about University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), a team that pulled off the NCAA tournament’s biggest upset ever by ousting #1 ranked University of Virginia. What you might not have heard about is the … Continue reading

Academic Advising 101: Creative Ways to Spend Your Summer

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

Our previous post on summer plans focused on some of our favorite programs at colleges and other venues, and featured everything from STEM research and creative writing courses to outdoor adventure trips. Those featured programs are great ways to spend part of your summer, but they may not be the right fit for students who … Continue reading

Academic Advising 101: Tips for Developing an Effective UC Application

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

Many of our college counseling students at Green Ivy apply to a mix of private schools, out-of-state public universities, some CSU campuses, and the UCs. In terms of the UCs, admissions at certain campuses in recent years has rivaled those at top-tier private schools, even though the UC regents agreed to a systemwide cap on … Continue reading

Advising 101: How to Start Generating Ideas for Your College Essays

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

Last month, the Common Application released its 2018–2019 essay prompts. It may be early to start writing your college application essays, but now is a great time to start generating ideas for those essays, for example, by jotting down experiences that have resonated with you or that you found meaningful. At Green Ivy, we’ve seen … Continue reading

Staff Spotlight: Lawrence, Educational Consultant

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Category: Inspirational Q & A

A graduate of Stanford University, Lawrence works with students on math, science, writing, organizational skills, and SAT prep. During his time as an undergraduate, Lawrence volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club, served as a college application mentor for the nonprofit organization The Phoenix Scholars, and helped coach middle school kids at Stanford Boys Basketball … Continue reading

Debunking Five Common Myths about College Admissions

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, NY Times articles, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals

Green Ivy has worked with students on their college applications for the better part of two decades, so we have heard our share of myths, rumors, and misconceptions about the college admissions process. To help you keep things in perspective, we wanted to write about the five myths we hear most often, and explain why … Continue reading

Academic Advising 101: Tips on Proactively Managing the College Application Process

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that, at some elite colleges, admissions officers spend approximately eight minutes (sometimes less) on each application. This phenomenon is partially due to the ever-rising numbers of applications colleges receive each year and is partially the result of applications at some schools being evaluated by several different people according to … Continue reading

Staff Spotlight: Catie, Educational Consultant

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Category: Inspirational Q & A

  Catie is a graduate of Whitman College in wonderful Walla Walla, WA, and holds a B.A. in Mathematics-Physics. As an undergraduate, she engaged with the Walla Walla community by participating in Science Nights at elementary schools and teaching civil rights lessons in high schools with Whitman Teaches the Movement. In her free time, she … Continue reading