Advising 101: Getting a Jump Start on Your Common App Activities List

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

The Common Application is now open, so rising seniors can create accounts and begin filling it out. Although the accounts will refresh on August 1, nearly all of the information entered before then will roll over to the current year’s application. Because the space on the Common Application is limited to 10 activities and brief … Continue reading

Advising 101: “Demonstrated Interest” Has Nothing To Do With Dating, But Everything To Do With College Admissions

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Social Networking

A lot of buzzwords surround the college application process, and one that comes up frequently is “demonstrated interest.” Colleges use this term in admissions as a way to measure the level of curiosity and excitement a given student shows in regard to a particular school. Many admissions officers feel that a higher level of demonstrated … Continue reading

Advising 101: A Look at the Impact of Building a Positive Online Presence and College Admissions

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Social Media Wellness, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

Recent studies have shown that between 35 and 50 percent of admissions officers are viewing students’ social media profiles as one way of getting to better know applicants. This doesn’t mean they are looking for anything embarrassing or inappropriate, but when we talk about a student’s online presence, much of what is discussed centers around … Continue reading

In Support of Paper Planners (and Schools that Utilize Them!)

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Category: Crumpled Paper Book, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

In our Green Ivy offices, we see how effective it is to provide a structure of time and space for students to write all their assignments, activities, and appointments in a written planner. For many students, the act of writing down everything in one place is stress-relieving, as it allows them to take things out … Continue reading

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