Just Admit It!

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November 19, 2020  

When do I need to start planning for college?

It’s never too early to start planning for higher ed! College admissions officers evaluate all four years of high school, so it’s crucial for students and families to start planning for college from 9th grade onwards. In this episode, IvyWise counselors Victoria (Former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago and Sarah Lawrence College) and Nat (Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi) discuss when and how to start college prep.

November 5, 2020  

Does ‘demonstrated interest’ really matter?

In this episode, IvyWise counselors Victoria (Former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago and Sarah Lawrence College) and Rachel (Former Assistant Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College) explain why it’s crucial for students to demonstrate their interest in their top-choice universities – and provide examples of how (and how not!) to do so.

October 22, 2020  

What’s going on with standardized testing?

In this episode, IvyWise counselors Nat, a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi, and Eric, a former Admissions Officer at Columbia University, offer advice on when and how students should start planning for standardized testing, discuss the important distinction between 'test-optional' and 'test-blind', and analyze how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting students' test prep plans.

October 8, 2020  

What do admissions officers look for?

Most U.S. universities use the ‘holistic review’ process when evaluating college applications. This means admissions officers place emphasis on the applicant as a whole person, not just their academic achievements, so soft factors may be given just as much consideration as the empirical data present in hard factors. In this episode, IvyWise counselors Victoria, a former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago and Sarah Lawrence College, and Christine, a former Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale and Georgetown, break down the college admissions rubric and discuss examples of different hard and soft factors that admissions officers evaluate.

September 24, 2020  

Why do supplemental essays matter?

In addition to the personal statement, many colleges and universities ask supplemental essay questions as part of the college application process. These essays can range from 100-250-word responses to short, 50-word "popcorn" questions. In this episode, IvyWise counselors Eric, a former Columbia University admissions officer, and Zach, a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston College, spill the tea on what admissions officers are looking for in supplemental essays and what students can do to stand out. 

September 10, 2020  

What should I write about in my personal statement? EXTENDED EPISODE

Writing the personal statement is often the most challenging aspect of college applications, so it’s no wonder that this is our most frequently received question from students. In this special extended episode of Just Admit It!, IvyWise college admissions experts Rachel (former Assistant Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore) and Zach (former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston College) share their top tips on how to brainstorm and write college application essays, and what admissions officers are looking for when they read them. 

September 8, 2020  

What’s going on with college admissions this year?

In the debut episode of Just Admit It!, IvyWise college admissions experts Christine (former Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale and Georgetown), Nat (former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi) and Eric (former Admissions Officer at Columbia) discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting higher ed and how the high school Class of 2021 can navigate the altered application cycle this semester.

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