International Enrollments In US Colleges Declining

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/31/19 2:30 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Since Empowerly first started offering college admission counseling back in 2015, we have seen an increase in the overall number of foreign students studying in the US. However, the Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released a report that found that new student enrollments fell by 6.6 percent in 2017-18, the biggest drop since 9/11, continuing a downward trend which was first observed in the 2015-16 academic year.

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Planning Your College Visits

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/19 10:40 AM / by Heather Gupton

Visiting college campuses is one of the most exciting parts of the college application process, apart from getting acceptance letters, of course! However, a lot of students don’t know what schools to visit or what questions to ask once they’re there. By being strategic about the schools you visit and the information you gather,  you can use your time efficiently and really find a school that’s the best match for you.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer the 2019-20 Common App Essay (Part 2)

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/25/19 11:00 AM / by Lauren Ward

Hello again, and welcome back. We're going through Common App's 2019-20 essay prompts four through seven in this post, and will be addressing how to stand out for each one. For the first part of this two part-series see Essay Scoop: How to Answer the 2019 -20 Common App Essay (Part 1).

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer the 2019-20 Common App Essay (Part I)

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/23/19 11:51 AM / by Lauren Ward

This year, the Common App announced that the 2019-2020 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2018-2019 essay prompts. This is immensely helpful for the team at Empowerly, as we are very familiar with the questions and it also means that students have more time to prepare their responses. 

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So, You Got Into College... Now What?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/21/19 11:03 AM / by Heather Gupton

Getting into college is a really amazing feeling. You've spent so much time on your essays and checked over your application with so much care, that when you finally get that acceptance it all feels worth it. But so many students focus solely on the “getting into college” part, and tend to forget about the “going to college” part.

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Book Club: January Reading List

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/17/19 7:41 AM / by Empowerly Team

In the midst of college applications, extracurricular activities, and school assignments it is important to allow yourself to come to a quiet place and wind down. One thing that can help you destress after an insane day or a never-ending week is immersing yourself in a book.

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Top Tier Colleges that Don’t Require SAT or ACT Scores

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/15/19 8:45 AM / by George Wigington

 

If test-taking isn’t your strong suit, have no fear! Below I have listed five prestigious colleges that do not require you to submit your standardized test scores as well as a comprehensive list of test-optional colleges.
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Goal Setting: 3 Simple Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/9/19 10:17 AM / by Empowerly Team

 

There’s always an end goal, whether it’s getting into your dream school or achieving a certain score on the SAT. But these are very large-scale goals to achieve and when they seem to be unattainable, they may only cause more stress and frustration. That’s not to say you can’t achieve them, because you CAN, but to help you achieve that end goal, set benchmarks along the way.
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Should I Apply for Financial Aid?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/7/19 3:08 PM / by Empowerly Team

Now that the college admissions process has shifted to a long wait until offers are announced, the next step is figuring out cost of attendance. Universities use a mix of internal policy, FAFSA , and CSS profile to determine both the type and amount of aid students receive.

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So You Don't Know What to Major In...

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/30/18 2:31 PM / by Heather Gupton

Everyone knows that student who has known they want to be a doctor or a lawyer their entire life. And there are plenty of high school students who have found their favorite subject and are pretty sure they want to major in it. But there are also lots of students who have absolutely no idea, and it can be scary and bewildering if you fall into that category.

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