Applying to College Early? Early Action vs. Early Decision

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/9/18 11:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

 

College acceptance rates have been decreasing over the years, and the competition for spots is fierce. Many (but not all) colleges offer accelerated application processes such as early action (EA), restrictive early action (REA), and early decision (ED). In EA/REA/ED, deadlines are in the fall (usually November), and applicants usually hear back from schools in December or January.

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My Story: How I Got Accepted into Wake Forest University

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/8/18 12:30 PM / by George Wigington

Wake Forest University is a small liberal arts college in North Carolina. It is currently ranked number 27 on USA Today’s college rankings for 2018.

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How Important Are Extracurricular Activities In College Admissions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/18 4:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Many students ask us how important extracurricular activities are in the college admissions process. It is fairly clear that academics are an important part of admissions, but which parts of the extracurricular story are actually important and how do you determine that? Here at Empowerly, we have spent the past 6 years understanding what colleges care about and helping thousands of students through the college admissions process. In this article, we use our data sorting tool to help you determine how important extracurricular activities are.

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The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/18 11:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

What major should I choose? One of the most common questions we get about the college admissions process is the major selection. From our experience helping 5,000 students through 

workshops and individually through the process, we conclude that the major selection is the most overrated entry on the common application.

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Applying to College As An Asian Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/6/18 12:22 PM / by Empowerly Team

Asian applicants often receive different treatment and are held to unique standards in the college admissions process. Having helped Bay Area Asian students through this process and applicants from around the world, I want to share some insights we have learned at Empowerly (www.empowerly.com) related to standing out and demonstrating interest. In this article, I will go over an overview of how Asian applicants are viewed, how they can stand out, and tips we have for all applicants. 

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Plan Your  High School Curriculum to Maximize College Acceptance

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/5/18 6:27 AM / by Elizabeth Nielsen

It is difficult to fathom upon entering ninth grade that everything you do from that point forward matters and can mean getting into the university of your choice or not. The change feels sudden, like the ice bucket challenge. 

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How Does My GPA Affect College Admissions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/2/18 11:20 PM / by Empowerly Team

One of the most common questions we get asked every year by high school students revolves around course selection. Often students ask how many Advanced Placement (AP) courses they should take, if they should pursue college courses outside of school, or if they should pursue an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. These are good questions, and we have written this article for more details on metrics we have developed to help students determine exact numbers.

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How to put the Student, in Student Athlete

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/1/18 5:30 PM / by Heather Gupton

Being a student athlete in high school is hard because you have to balance school work with crazy practice times. It’s easy to say “well I like soccer more than calculus, so I’ll spend more time on soccer” or “my basketball skills are more likely to get me into a top university than my grades”. What a lot of students forget, is that it’s a lot easier to be a college athlete if you’re also a good student.

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Which College Major Will Increase Admission Chances?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/18 1:17 PM / by Julia de Raadt

It’s a question that gets asked a lot at Empowerly - which major should I choose to increase my chances of admission? Or more specifically for example, I’d like to major in bioengineering at this college. Can you tell me what the admission rates are compared to other programs. I may apply to another if my chances decline in choosing this program.

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How Do Splitter Candidates Work in the College Admissions Process?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/26/18 7:56 AM / by Empowerly Team

 

Splitter candidates are those that either have a high GPA and low SAT/ACT or vice versa. Often, these types of candidates get left unnoticed or apply to the wrong schools where their strengths are not highlighted.

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