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Getting an Early Start on Top-Tier College Admissions

Seniors are in their last semester of high school, eagerly awaiting admissions decisions. Juniors are preparing for the final sprint, anticipating their admissions campaigns next fall and winter. This is also an appropriate time for the parents of students who … read more

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Transfer Students Add Value to Top-Tier Colleges

Today, more than one-third of college students transfer at least once in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree. The reasons why top-tier institutions haven’t accepted more of these transfer students aren’t clear. Is it hauteur, a fixation on high … read more

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Make the Most of Your College Interviews

If you’re a high school senior, you’re now fully engaged in the application phase of your college admissions campaign. As busy as you are, you may still wish to take a little time to plan for interviews.

Are you … read more

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Class of 2022 Admissions Results for Elite Public Universities

The competitiveness of admissions is perennially intense at top-tier public as well as private institutions. Admission rates, a measure of the exclusivity of institutions, has become a proxy for academic excellence as perceived by most high school students and their … read more

The School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University in Washington is world renowned as an institute of higher education in international affairs and the art of diplomacy. Although it’s a private entity and not a public … read more

MIT and the Importance of Innovation

An objective of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to advance the fields of engineering, mathematics, the physical sciences, and computing through innovation and invention. MIT researchers have recently added a less than sublime achievement to the Institution’s many accomplishments. … read more

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Who Should Write Your Letters of Recommendation?

Letters of recommendation often fail to attain their potential for a positive impact on college admissions officials at top-tier institutions. IvySelect can guide you in helping the letter writers understand the process in a way that meshes with the expectations … read more

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The University of Chicago Spurs the Test-Optional Movement

The University of Chicago announced that it will no longer require ACT or SAT scores from U.S. students, a signal toIvy League and other top-tier institutions that a traditional admissions practice is now waning. Chicago is the first elite American … read more

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Class Rank Still Matters For Some

Class rank retains a role in college admissions, but one that has diminished as more and more high schools discontinue the practice of ranking seniors. The primary factor in admissions remains your high school grades, especially in Advanced Placement, International … read more

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Seven Private High Schools in DC Drop AP Classes

Man walks into his home after a hard day’s work. Sees his young son in the next room looking crestfallen.

“What’s the matter?” the father asks. The son hands him his report card.

Father looks it over and exclaims, “What? … read more