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College News and Fun Facts: Amherst College

For almost two centuries, Amherst has been educating a talented, diverse student body. Amherst’s historical “firsts” include the world’s first intercollegiate baseball game, the country’s first collegiate athletics program and the nation’s first undergraduate neuroscience program. The first (and so … More

College News and Fun Facts: Wellesley College

Stepsinging. In a tradition that evolved from informal social gatherings, students began to assemble to sing on the steps of Houghton Chapel after its dedication in 1899. Today, students assemble by class four times a year dressed in their class … More

College News and Fun Facts: Smith College

Five College Consortium. Student and faculty exchanges, joint faculty appointments, joint course offerings, Ph.D. programs, combined library catalogues and borrowing privileges between Smith and nearby Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Source Rally Day. A … More

College News and Fun Facts: Mount Holyoke College

A partial list of accomplishments by Mount Holyoke alumnae and teacher scientists: First person to collect weather data in the U.S. First woman specialist in aerospace medicine. Read More Pangy Day. In 1979, Pangynaskeia (now commonly called “Pangy Day”) debuted as … More

College News and Fun Facts: Bryn Mawr College

The founding of Bryn Mawr carried out the will of Joseph W. Taylor, a physician who wanted to establish a college “for the advanced education of females.” Taylor originally envisioned an institution that would inculcate in its students the beliefs … More

College News and Fun Facts: Barnard College

When it was founded in 1889, Barnard was one of very few American colleges where women could receive the same challenging education as men did. The College was named after Frederick A.P. Barnard, then the 10th president of Columbia University, … More

College News and Fun Facts: Brown University

The undergraduate curriculum changed drastically in 1970, and eventually became known as the Brown Curriculum. This new curriculum wiped out the core requirements shared by all Brown undergraduates and allowed students to craft their own course of study. Source The … More

College News and Fun Facts: University of Chicago

In a nod to their philosophical rigor, one of the student-run coffee shops on campus is called “Grounds of Being.” Source One of the libraries on campus, the Mansueto Library, has the capacity to house 3.5 million volumes. Similarly, this … More

College News and Fun Facts: Dartmouth College

Dartmouth’s Latin motto “Vox clamantis in deserto” translates into “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” Source As a Homecoming tradition, the freshman class builds a bonfire and runs around it a set number of times in concordance … More

College News and Fun Facts: Duke University

When it comes to Duke student attendance at basketball games, only those dedicated enough get in. This is especially the case when it comes to the infamous Duke-UNC rivalry. In order to attend the home game against UNC, Duke students must … More

College News and Fun Facts: Northwestern University

Running a marathon isn’t your thing? Don’t worry – Northwestern doesn’t care whether students who want to put in 26.6 miles, but you better be up for a 30 hour long dance marathon! The Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) has … More

College News and Fun Facts: University of California, Berkeley

Standing at 307 feet tall, the Campanile (also referred to as Sather Tower) is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world. Source. 4.0 ball. The stone ball in front of the Campanile is more than a century … More

College News and Fun Facts: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

CROSSTOWN RIVALRY. Of all the Bruin traditions, none is more beloved than those that taunt and tease our crosstown rival USC. The rivalry hearkens back to the university’s fledgling days as the Southern Branch, when USC students would mock Southern … More

College News and Fun Facts: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC)

Altgeld Hall Bells. Not only do these bells mark the time, but every weekday a concert is held for those walking to class after lunchtime. Along with “Hail to the Orange,” you might just hear the Beatles or Harry Potter! … More

College News and Fun Facts: University of Washington

Tree Campus USA. In 2009, the UW became the first college in Washington state to be declared a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing the UW’s dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Source Color: Purple … More

College News and Fun Facts: University of Michigan

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has an officially sanctioned Squirrel Club. Its sole purpose? To feed peanuts to squirrels. And it’s not as esoteric as you might think. It has 400 members and counting. Source. School Motto: Artes, … More

College News and Fun Facts: Pomona College

A popular tradition is “Ski-Beach Day” each spring, where students board a bus in the morning to ski at a local resort, and afterwards bus to a beach for the rest of the day. Source Color: Gold and Blue Mascot: … More

College News and Fun Facts: Scripps College

Graffiti Wall. In spring of 1931, the first graduating class signed Graffiti Wall. Located between Toll Hall and Browning Hall, this area provides a place for the graduating class to create an artistic logo or image unique to them and … More

College News and Fun Facts: Claremont McKenna College

Outstanding government program. There’s no better way to learn about the intricacies of U.S. government and politics and their impact on the world than to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. While our nation’s capital is best known for politics, … More

College News and Fun Facts: Harvey Mudd College

One of the premier engineering, science and mathematics colleges in the United States. Source Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1 Source 1 – Most Innovative Schools 2 – Best Undergraduate Engineering Program Color: Gold and Black Mascot: Stag and Athenas Admit Rate: 13% … More

College News and Fun Facts: Pitzer College

Farm-to-fork dining hall (with an “A” rating from Niche.com)—one of seven dining halls available to students of The Claremont Colleges. Source #1 for the most student Fulbrights at an undergrad institution for 6 straight years—The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2010-2015. Source … More

College News and Fun Facts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Infinite Corridor lines up with the plane of the ecliptic twice a year, filling the 0.16 mile hallway with sunlight. Source. MIT has an “Engineer’s Drinking Song”. Source. The Smoot: In 1958 the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity measured the Harvard Bridge … More

College News and Fun Facts: California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

The Caltech mascot is the beaver—an homage to nature’s engineer. Caltech’s founding fathers—astronomer George Ellery Hale, physicist Robert Andrews Millikan, and chemist Arthur Amos Noyes—were nicknamed “Tinker, Thinker, and Stinker.” Beginning in 2007, the campus hosted fall olive harvest festivals … More

College News and Fun Facts: Carnegie Mellon University

The Fence. Like Northwestern’s rock and Tufts’ cannon, Carnegie Mellon also boasts a commonly painted object in the middle of campus: the Fence. Except cooler. Why? Because the original wooden fence, before it’s collapse in 1993, was considered the “world’s most … More

College News and Fun Facts: Georgia Institute of Technology

Buzz— who made his first campus appearance in 1980 — is the world-famous and beloved mascot of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Buzz gets Tech fans cheering at nearly all the Institute’s intercollegiate sporting events. RATS Week. If you’re a current … More

College News and Fun Facts: Texas A&M University

It’s a campus tradition to put a penny on the foot of the Sul Ross statue for good luck on their exam. Source The Big Event, which is appropriately named, is the largest single-day event with over 20,000 student pitching … More

College News and Fun Facts: Stanford University

Beat Cal Photos. For decades, Stanford fans traveling around the world have used iconic international landmarks as the backdrops to stage clever and spirited Beat Cal photos.  This tradition has grown especially popular among Stanford students who elect to study … More

College News and Fun Facts: Harvard College

Harvard has the largest academic library in the world, with 15.8 million volumes. Source. Harvard College’s annual Housing Day is when freshmen, who spend their first year living in and around the Yard Houses, are sorted into one of 12 upperclass Houses. … More

College News and Fun Facts: Columbia University

Columbia University used to be known as the King’s College. Source. The MGM Studio’s Lion was inspired by Columbia’s Lion mascot. Ad executive Howard Dietz said he decided to use a lion as the company’s mascot as a tribute to his … More

College News and Fun Facts: University of Southern California (USC)

USC’s motto, PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT, can be loosely translated from the Latin as “let whoever earns the palm bear it.” Source USC’s “Fight On” song was used to inspire combat-bound troops in the Aleutians Campaign during World War II. … More

College News and Fun Facts: Santa Clara University

The words of our fight song, “Fight for Santa Clara,” have been inspiring enthusiasm in Broncos for over a century. Source Color: Red and White Mascot: Bucky the Bronco Admit Rate: 48.3% (Class of 2020). Read more

College Traditions: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Emory University (Atlanta, GA): Dooley, a skeleton figure dressed in black, is the unofficial mascot of the university. During Dooley’s Week in the spring, he wanders the campus, showing up in classrooms to let students out of class.

College Traditions: Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

Kenyon College (Gambier, OH): No stage fright allowed at Kenyon, the singing school! Freshmen sing in front of the school during matriculation week, and at graduation, seniors sing in front of their families.

College Traditions: Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)

Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA): Happy birthday! On your birthday at Occidental, prepare to be tossed into Gilman Fountain by your fellow students.

College Traditions: University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)

University of California, Davis (Davis, CA): Once a year, UC Davis students donate their clothes to charity and streak across campus in the late-night Undie Run.

College Traditions: Barnard College (New York, NY)

Barnard College (New York, NY): During finals week, students enjoy a Midnight Breakfast served by the college president and other members of the administration.

College Traditions: Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA): At the annual Liquid Latex dance competition, students cover each other in latex paint (and not much else), and perform in a one-of-a-kind and entirely student-run talent show.

College Traditions: Carleton College (Northfield, MN)

Carleton College (Northfield, MN): At 10 p.m. on the night before finals begin, students stick their heads out their windows to share a collective Primal Scream.

College Traditions: Columbia University (New York, NY)

Columbia University (New York, NY): What is Orgo Night, you ask? The night before the organic chemistry final, the Columbia University marching band disrupts studies in Butler Library. Stress relief!

MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) released its admission decisions yesterday. Kudos to our student!

MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) released its admission decisions yesterday. Kudos to our student! This year, eighty high school juniors are chosen for their “superior achievement and leadership in math, science and engineering.” About one third of admitted students are from … More

MIT released its admissions decision on Pi Day. Eight IvyClimbing students were admitted (14 applied). Our students have achieved the impossible.

MIT released its admissions decision on Pi Day at 6:28 p.m. in its wonderfully nerdy tradition. Eight IvyClimbing students were admitted (14 applied). Our students have achieved the impossible. They get better when the competition gets tougher. Congratulations to these … More

Stanford sent out admission early notification to one IvyClimbing student on March 3, while Stanford admitted a total of 9 IvyClimbing students this year

Stanford sent out admission early notification to one IvyClimbing student on March 3, while a total of 9 IvyClimbing students were admitted by Stanford this year, another record year at Stanford and IvyClimbing where our students reached their goals. Congratulations!

Students applied early to Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and Caltech all got in. We achieved a 100% acceptance rate on these four colleges.

Students who applied early to Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and Caltech all got in. We achieved a 100% acceptance rate on these four colleges. Congrats!

An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Physics Team.

An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Physics Team. Sound exciting? You can learn all about the physics team on the American Association of Physics Teachers’ website. Congratulations to our student for this amazing achievement! https://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2015/

An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Math Team.

An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Math Team. Want to know how it works? You can go to the Art of Problem Solving website to learn more about the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. Congratulations to our very talented student! … More

An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Computing Olympiad Team

An IvyClimbing student made the 2015 US Computing Olympiad Team and represented the US at the 2015 International Olympiad in Informatics in Almaty, Kazakhstan! To improve your programming and problem-solving intuition, USACO provides free instructions and practice problems through their … More

An IvyClimbing student conducted materials science research at MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) Program.

An IvyClimbing student conducted materials science research at MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) Program. This summer, over six weeks with MIT professors and graduate students, our student investigated the impact of battery use on the environment. http://www.cee.org/research-science-institute

Students in Williams College work with the Mystic Seaport Museum.

Williams College (Williamstown, MA): In the Williams-Mystic Program, students work with the Mystic Seaport Museum on various maritime projects–including learning to build a wooden boat, and/or completing a ten-day sea voyage.

Students in New Pomona Class Acquire Art for Museum.

A new class at Pomona, Museum Collecting, “was created to give students a behind-the-scenes look at the detailed process of art acquisition and museum curating.” The class culminated in the students choosing one new work of art for the Pomona … More

New Mascots at Harvey Mudd.

This #1 undergraduate engineering college just got some new mascots. In addition to the official mascots of the Claremont-McKenna consortium of schools, the Stags (men’s teams) and Athenas (women’s teams), Mudders celebrate Robespierre the rhino and Timer the squirrel. These … More

Students at Barnard College can enroll in classes at Columbia University

College Fun Fact: Students at Barnard College can enroll in classes at Columbia University, taking advantage of both the women’s college community and the resources of a larger university. Located in NYC’s Manhattan district, Barnard is the place to be for girls … More

Did you know that Colorado College students only take one class at a time?

College Fun Fact: Did you know that Colorado College students only take one class at a time? On the college’s unique block system, students enroll for one class, with class sessions lasting 3 hours a day for 3.5 weeks. Students at CC … More

Occidental College is one of the only liberal arts colleges located right in the middle of a bustling city—LA!

College Fun Fact: Occidental College is one of the only liberal arts colleges located right in the middle of a bustling city—LA! With its close-knit community and its urban setting, Oxy is the best of both worlds for a student looking … More

Scripps College is the only school on the West Coast that offers an art conservation program.

College Fun Fact: Does getting lost in a museum sound like your kind of afternoon? Scripps College, a women’s college in the 5-school Claremont Consortium in southern California, is the only school on the West Coast that offers an art conservation … More

IvyClimbing students will attend UCLA this fall.

At UCLA, you can study music with jazz great Herbie Hancock, or be inspired in film work by the success of UCLA alumna Ava DuVernay, director of Selma. Who knows what you’ll do? As Ava DuVernay says, “It’s okay to … More

IvyClimbing students will attend Berkeley this fall.

With amazing new research coming out on the economy (low-wage workers are doing worse than we think), astronomy (a new Earth, anyone?), and more, Berkeley is abuzz with that energy that has made this school a dynamo in so many … More

IvyClimbing students will attend Duke.

“Duke students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate in the Duke Global Baton, a shared Instagram account that will travel the circumference of the globe—almost 25,000 miles—in 90 days this summer. With each handoff, the Duke Global Baton … More

IvyClimbing student will attend Johns Hopkins University.

Sure you know about JHU’s medicine and law programs, but have you heard about their Baja team? “Each year, theHopkins Baja team designs and builds a single-seat off-road vehicle that can withstand rough terrain. The competition includes dynamic events (such as … More

IvyClimbing students will attend UChicago.

US News & World Report ranks UChicago #4! UChicago students participate in a variety of exciting projects: they work with Habitat for Humanity, study cost savings in cardiac care, and study with faculty members like Cathy Cohen, author of Democracy … More

IvyClimbing students will attend Pitzer this fall.

Pitzer alumnae are writers and violence prevention activists. Pitzer professors are studying bats in Borneo. For five years in a row, Pitzer students and alumni have led the nation in Fulbright Fellowships. Who knows what our students will do with … More

IvyClimbing students will attend Carnegie Mellon University this fall.

At CMU’s Meeting of the Minds symposium, undergraduate students from all disciplines have the opportunity to present their work: “There are scientific poster sessions, plans for robotic wheelchairs, PowerPoint presentations, poetry readings, and short films side by side.” Grants are … More

IvyClimbing student admitted to WashU from waitlist.

It can happen: our student made it off the waitlist, and was admitted to Washington University. With its flexible interdisciplinary programs of study and its popular dorms (ranked #2 by The Princeton Review), there’s lots to enjoy at WashU. (Class of … More

IvyClimbing students will attend Stanford this fall.

Maybe it’s something that happened at Admit Weekend. Maybe it’s knowing how many amazing pieces are housed at the Cantor Arts Center, or the chance to build a basketball-shooting robot in Mechanical Engineering 210. Whatever it is, all we know … More

IvyClimbing students will attend Yale this fall.

Ranked #1 in fine arts and with excellent programs across the disciplines, Yale is a dream school for many. We wish our students the best as they join a tradition of scholarship dating back to the 1640s. (Class of 2015)

IvyClimbing students were admitted to MIT.

For students who want to be at the cutting edge of technological innovation, and who want to try a stint in the “Big East” as a change from sunny California, MIT is the dream school! (Class of 2015)

This summer, one IvyClimbing student will attend MIT Launch.

“MIT Launch is a 4-week entrepreneurship program for high school students, teaching students the entrepreneurial skill set and mindset through starting real companies. Students go through rigorous coursework, collaborate with peers and mentors, and use the multitude of tools surrounding … More

This summer, two IvyClimbing students will conduct research at the University of Iowa’s Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP).

During this five-week residential program, students work alongside faculty mentors in the university’s labs, and produce a research project or paper.

IvyClimbing student breaks diving record.

Our student recently competed at a high school invitational, where she broke the school record for an 11-dive meet. She is a winner of an All-American Diving Award (9th), given to the top 100 divers in the country. Congratulations!

New SAT coming spring 2016!

You can read more about it from College Board here.

IvyClimbing student will do research this summer with the University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF SSTP).

“The UF SSTP is a seven week residential research program for selected rising juniors and seniors who are considering medicine, math, computer, science, or engineering careers. The program emphasis is research participation with a UF faculty research scientist and his … More

IvyClimbing student will do research this summer with COSMOS on UC campuses.

“COSMOS is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students completing grades eight through twelve. Students work side-by-side with outstanding university researchers and faculty exploring advanced topics that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum. COSMOS courses are hands-on … More

IvyClimbing student to attend International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP).

This international program only accepted 36 kids this year. Congratulations!

IvyClimbing students to attend various summer programs at Carleton College.

This year, IvyClimbing students will enjoy the Summer Science Institute, the Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute, and the Summer Humanities Institute. Students will conduct research and feel the vibe at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college outside of Minneapolis.

Two IvyClimbing students to attend Canada/USA Mathcamp.

Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students. At Mathcamp, students explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.

IvyClimbing student will conduct summer research in the Arctic!

An IvyClimbing student who attends The Harker School will conduct field research in the Arctic this summer. If she doesn’t end her summer with good stories for her college admissions essays, no one will.

IvyClimbing students will try field research in Yosemite this summer through NatureBridge’s Yosemite Summer Field Research Course.

Some students light up right away at the idea of doing research while backpacking in Yosemite. Some look suspicious, or downright scared. But almost everyone who attends this program both enjoys it and comes home with good stories–and good stories … More

IvyClimbing appealed to UC Berkeley and student gained acceptance.

Congratulations! (Class of 2015)

IvyClimbing student accepted into Barnard’s Entrepreneurs in Training program.

New York City is the global capital for women entrepreneurs, and women selected to attend this 11-day program learn how to launch their own startups from successful women founders and CEOs.

IvyClimbing student selected for Stanford Canary Internship.

One IvyClimbing student was selected from 73 applicants (which included college undergrads) for Stanford’s Canary internship, held at a research center dedicated to early cancer detection research. Canary Center interns will work in faculty labs for a 10-week internship in … More

Three IvyClimbing students have been taken off the waitlists – WashU, Penn, and Harvard respectively.

Congratuations, Class of 2015!

Four IvyClimbing students have been accepted to the Science Internship Program (SIP), hosted by UC Santa Cruz.

The SIP program is among the lengthiest summer research programs offered to high school students, clocking in at ten weeks on the UC Santa Cruz campus. This allows students to really dig in to their work, contributing to research in … More

Two IvyClimbing students have been accepted to the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio.

Literary types know that Iowa means excellence in creative writing instruction: Iowa’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is ranked #1. Thus, their Young Writers’ Studio is the most prestigious program of its kind in the nation. With workshop titles … More

IvyClimbing student admitted to the Simons Program at Stony Brook University.

At this selective summer research program, Simons fellows “engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University. Simons Fellows work with distinguished faculty mentors, learn laboratory techniques and tools, become part of active research teams, and … More

IvyClimbing student admitted to Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR).

Not everyone who attends a medical research program aspires to be a doctor: this year’s SIMR participant from IvyClimbing is a genetics and programming whiz who is fascinated by bioinformatics. You don’t have to be into the “squishy stuff” to … More

IvyClimbing is recognized as a 2013 Constant Contact All Star.

You shine brightly for your customers; welcome to the Constant Contact All Star. Again. Your efforts last year to reach your customers and engage with them were exemplary. Stellar. Your customers noticed and responded positively. And we certainly noticed. That’s … More

IvyClimbing is recognized as a 2012 Constant Contact All Star

IvyClimbing is recognized as a 2012 Constant Contact All Star. Being an All Star means that “your efforts last year to reach your customers and engage with them were exemplary. Stellar. Your customers noticed and responded positively. And we certainly noticed. That’s why we’re … More

Wan Chen Interview with Lynbrook Newspaper – The Epic, with Alice Zhang

Our name, “IvyClimbing” reflects our approach to counseling. It was chosen to reflect the rigorous process of applying for college admissions – one steady step at a time… More

College Counselors Debunk Common Admissions Myths, with IvyClimbing & the Harker School

Asian Americans who have gone through the college admissions process groan and chuckle at these misinformed statements… More