Advising 101: Tips from the UC Counselor Conference

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

As many of us know, admissions to the University of California system has gotten more and more selective over the years, particularly in the past decade. For instance, freshman applications at UC Berkeley have doubled in that time, and all UC campuses have now crossed the threshold of 100,000 for freshman and transfer applications each cycle. … Continue reading

The Summer Before Senior Year: A Fantastic Time to Work on College Applications

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

When putting together our college counseling services at Green Ivy, we made sure to build in four-day intensive college application “bootcamps” for all of our students to complete the summer before senior year. This workshop allows them to jump start the application process in a structured and supportive environment, while giving them a foundation of … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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