Large Private Gifts Enhance Top-Tier Institutions

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and founder of the finance and technology company that bears his name, is an alumnus of Johns Hopkins University. Last year, he bestowed a $1.8 billion on his alma mater, the largest gift read more

Competitive Awards As Factors in Admission


Your academic record is always the most important factor in admission to an Ivy League university or similarly elite institution. However, because there are so many applicants with excellent academic qualifications, you must also excel in the non-academic “soft” read more

What IvySelect Does for You

IvySelect is a college admissions consulting firm specializing in Ivy League and similarly elite colleges and universities. We help you and your family make one of the most important decisions that you’ll encounter — selecting which college or university is read more

Williams College Debuts New Science Center

The new South Science Building at Williams College represents the school’s affirmation of their commitment to science. It’s evidence of the institution’s dedication to the form and the spirit of the liberal arts. With this new facility, Williams realizes a read more

Colgate Prepares Students for Post-College Life

Colgate University’s new Benton Hall, the home of its Career Services Center, is located on the main academic quad with its sweeping views of the Chenango Valley in upstate New York. Its features include a soaring 25-foot ceiling, striking granite read more

Understanding Admissions Software

According to the Washington Post, applicants to three private colleges recently received an unexpected and unwelcome email offer. Hackers had breached the system that stores applicant information for Oberlin College in Ohio, Grinnell College in Iowa, and Hamilton College read more

Amherst College Opens New Science Center

The fields of learning that cultivate general intellectual ability rather than technical or professional skills are known as the liberal arts. “Liberal Arts”, as a term, is often used as a synonym for the humanities because fields such as literature, read more

The Columbia Combined Plan and Elite Liberal Arts Colleges

There are high school students who aspire to attend a top-tier institution but have difficulty in choosing between a small liberal arts college that doesn’t offer a major in engineering and a research university with a sound reputation in engineering. read more

Beyond Academics: You Are a Factor in Admissions

Before the advent of the home computer and Internet, college applicants submitted typed or handwritten answers to essentially the same questions on every college application that they completed. This tended to keep the number of applications down to about three read more

Making the Most of Your College Visits

If you’re a rising freshman, sophomore, or junior and traveling on vacation this summer, side visits to conveniently located campuses can be useful in discovering what you like or don’t like about specific colleges. However, if you’re a rising high read more