Category Archives: College Applications

CommonApp Announces New “Rollover” Feature:

Last fall, The Common Application announced that applicant accounts created in 2015-2016 would roll over to 2016-2017. Now, we have more information to share with counselors as they begin to work with their students. What is Account Rollover? Account Rollover … Continue reading

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Tough Year For Early and Regular Applications

Our thanks to George Fan and College Kickstart LLC for compiling the follow statistics to help us understand student outcomes for college admission in fall 2016. Independent consultants and school-base counselors alike saw some of their top students wait listed … Continue reading

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2016 CommonApp Prompts:

Among the more than 800,000 unique applicants who have submitted a Common App so far during the 2015-2016 application cycle, 47 percent have chosen to write about their background, identity, interest, or talent – making it the most frequently selected prompt; 22 percent have chosen … Continue reading

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The Test-Optional Option

Each year, we hear about more colleges  choosing to go to a test-optional admissions policy, and we applaud the trend. With George Washington University joining the 850 colleges and universities with test-optional  admission policies this year, we can expect even … Continue reading

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SAT – ACT: The Dread of Standardized Testing

There is an overwhelming amount of work that needs to be completed in the college application process.  Amidst the excitement of this time, most students look at standardized tests with dread.  They consider testing and test prep to be extremely unpleasant … Continue reading

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What does it mean for a college to be need-blind and meet full-need? – Thoughts on financing education and the value of a college degree

Most families and students are not only faced with the question, “Can I get into my college of choice?” but also, “Can I afford to attend that college?”  President of Iowa’s Grinnell College, Dr. Raynard Kingston discusses where his college … Continue reading

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Looking to Streamline and Organize the College Application Process? – Basic overview of the IESolutions Student Portal

Education is an investment of time and resources.  The options in education are extensive and there are pros and cons to each option.  Once a family decides what they want and need as far as education, there is the hurdle … Continue reading

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What are my chances of getting into and receiving merit aid from the college of my choice?

Wondering what your chances are of getting into and receiving merit aid from the college of your choice?   The Competitive Student Quotient (CSQ), is instrumental in providing this information.  We offer each student who works with an Informed Educational Solutions … Continue reading

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Wishing there were a less-overwhelming way to get through the college search and application process?

 Informed Educational Solutions has added the interactive cutting-edge MyCCA college counseling software to our client offerings.  Students and parents working with an IESolutions counselor have access to the enormous data sharing and tailored analysis afforded by MyCCA. Below is an … Continue reading

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Creating College Lists and Navigating Admission Decisions

IESolutions counsels all of our clients to take a thoughtful, data based, yet creative approach to identifying their college prospects.  We start with a thorough self-assessment so that students understand that the goal is to fit college choices to their … Continue reading

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