Guides: How I Got Into Stanford

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/12/20 2:56 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Martha Collins, a Stanford alum, shares her Stanford admissions story. She discusses her tips for best approaching the application process and what she feels made her application stand out.

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Parents: Why Choose an HBCU?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/20 3:57 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks


The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines HBCUs as  “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.” HBCUs have a long legacy of producing successful graduates in all fields, with an active professional alumni network, which is one of the primary draws. In a competitive job market, students know they will have an extensive network within which to search for a job after graduation.

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Ninth Grade Parents: Have Your Student Build A Portfolio

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/1/20 9:30 AM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

If you do end up needing a portfolio–for a summer program, contest, scholarship application, or anything else–there is nothing worse than facing a stack of college admission applications... and realizing you haven’t kept track of awards, projects, or even well-written English and history papers. Having concrete examples of student work and accomplishments easily on hand will make your family life much less stressful, especially if you aren’t having to hunt through boxes in the attic to meet a last-minute deadline.

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My Empowerly Experience: Student Story

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/28/20 10:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

"So much more than just reading your essays," says Priya.

 

Looking for a first-hand account of what it's like to work with our Empowerly community, from a real student? To make sure you know the facts, we interviewed an Empowerly student, Priya K.,* about her experience. 

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Why Should I Hire a Private College Counselor?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/25/20 8:37 AM / by Natalie Thompson

When my son was five, I signed him up for soccer at the local recreation center. As he got older, it was clear volunteer coaches and playing for fun didn’t fit him. So at 11, he started training and playing for a competitive team. He is now a much better soccer player because of the higher expectations, quality coaching, and more competitive play.

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Brown University: Focus, Perception, and Bursts of Beta

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/22/20 7:30 AM / by Melanie Falconer

Brown University is one of the leading universities in the nation with an accomplished staff dedicated to an excellence in teaching. Established in 1764, it is widely regarded as a liberal university, one of the first to accept students regardless of religious affiliation. It is located in the beautiful and historic Providence, Rhode Island. The school specializes in pioneering groundbreaking research in all areas of study.

Interested in learning more? Read up on some current research the campus is leading to enrich your understanding of the school itself.

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How to Strengthen Your Reading Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/18/20 8:30 AM / by Empowerly Team

Do you love to read? Do you sit in school anxiously waiting for the opportunity to dive into a good book as soon as the bell rings? If this does not describe you, then you might benefit from gaining some great reading strategies. Readers who read well often like to read too. And since reading is so important for school, college testing, and many careers, it’s a good idea to develop those skills now. What does a good reader do?

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Top Computer Engineering Undergraduate Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/15/20 8:30 AM / by Julia de Raadt

So you love to tinker on the computer, you’re a whiz at coding—and you’ve managed to pull apart your computer, pop a new hard drive in it, and build it again. Why not pursue your passion for all things computer science and its hardware, and major in computer engineering?

 

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Counselor Chat with Christine W.

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/13/20 8:45 AM / by Empowerly Team

Are you wondering whether you should consider college counseling? Ready to start, but lost when it comes to actually get going? We asked your top questions to our talented counselor Christine W., to get her perspective on this pivotal moment in young people's lives. Read her advice below about:

  • why finding the right counselor is so important,
  • when the best (and worst) times to start counseling sessions is,
  • and what she wishes all parents knew.
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Online, Digital, or Virtual: Being Well-Rounded Still Helps Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/9/20 9:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

The competition for college admission has never been tougher than it is now. The National Center for Education Statistics recently estimated that approximately 20.2 million students were enrolled in college. Today, as school administrations are only beginning to announce their plans for the fall semester, those in-demand spots are suddenly uncertain.

What we do know is that college admissions’ personnel accepted these lucky students after careful consideration. The college or university board of admissions, with a weighting system unique to each school, determines the criteria for acceptance. Some criteria that are evident across the board at different colleges and universities are: good grades, well-written college essays, glowing recommendation letters, and of course, community and school extracurricular activity involvement.

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Beyond the Numbers: 3 Tips for Writing Your College Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/7/20 1:14 PM / by Melanie Falconer

Excellent students will often soar through their final exams, SATs, ACTs, and get stunning references from their teachers. But then, the college essay hits them like an anvil. This is because they’ve mastered everything thrown at them, but never looked at their own story. The personal statement is easy to dismiss and scoff at, but really, this is the only chance to know a person aside from numbers on a page and secondhand stories from teachers.

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What to Do at a Virtual College Fair

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/3/20 9:30 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

If you’re a rising junior or senior, you’re probably starting to think about building and finalizing your college list. At this point, you may be wondering, “what do I do at a college fair?” or even asking yourself, “how do I network at a virtual college fair?” — and while this is unprecedented territory for all of us, luck for you, the experts know what to do.

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BS/MD Programs: Visions for Acceptance

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/30/20 2:07 PM / by Empowerly Team

The pyramid depicted below is a simplified rendition of our formula for college admission: at the base is academics, in the middle is activities, and at the top is vision. We are often asked how the regular college admissions process translates to admissions to BS/MD or BA/MD programs (also known as “direct medical programs” or "combined medical programs").

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What If There Aren't Any AP Classes that Relate to My Major?

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/26/20 9:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Want to understand how to optimize your high school course selection and get on track for your intended major in college? Wondering whether taking that extra AP class will even be worth it for you? Maybe you’re just unsure of how fall 2020 will impact your AP classes and tests, or what to do to prepare. It’s a common area of confusion for many students, and for good reason. Why take an academically rigorous, college-level course, if you aren’t sure how it will help you?

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How to DIY Your Extracurriculars—and Get Results

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/23/20 8:30 AM / by Jennifer Liepin

At Empowerly, it has been heartbreaking to see our students' summer plans quashed, as many internships, externships, and programs alike were either canceled or attenuated. What might have been a full-blown summer internship with Cisco was now reduced to a couple of weeks of virtual programming. Summer research at Northwestern postponed. What is a student to do with their newfound time and a great deal of continued social distancing ahead? Well...

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