Happy 4th of July!

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We hope you are having a fantastic summer! Our offices will be closed from the 4th-7th so our staff can spend time with their families, but we will reopen on Sunday, July 8th. Enjoy the holiday!

Five Things To Cross Off Your College Application List This Summer

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

It may feel as though summer has just started, but July is almost here (!) and the countdown to fall semester will begin soon. Since it can be challenging to juggle college applications with the flurry of senior year, at Green Ivy we work with all of our college counseling students over the summer on … Continue reading

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: How Building a Positive Online Presence Can Impact 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 show that between 35 and 50 percent of admissions officers are viewing students’ social media profiles. This doesn’t mean they are looking for anything embarrassing or inappropriate, but it does mean they are using it as one way of gathering more information about applicants. When we talk about a student’s online presence, much … Continue reading

The Benefits of Summer Standardized Test Prep

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans

In 2017, the SAT added a new August test date, and we had fantastic results among our Green Ivy students who prepped with us last summer. In fact, many rising seniors were able to add 200–300 points to their SAT scores and 6 or 7 points to their ACT scores, while also getting standardized testing … 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 have witnessed firsthand how valuable it is when students write down all their assignments, activities, and appointments in a paper planner. For many students, this simple habit not only helps them stay organized, but also relieves stress, as they can better problem solve around managing their time. For instance, … 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 the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). This team 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