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STEM Summer Programs For Girls

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/9/19 11:10 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We've all heard a lot about the push to encourage girls into STEM but just how is this objective  achieved? One view is that we need to start at a young age, exposing girls and young women to the world of STEM so that when they reach college they apply for a STEM major and are well-prepared and competent enough to succeed. 

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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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College Admissions - Regular Decision Deadlines 2018-19

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/27/18 7:22 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We all know what it feels like to leave things to the last minute right before an important deadline. Most regular decision deadlines for college admissions fall in January and we want to share them with you so you get you college applications in on time. The table below includes application deadlines for the most popular colleges.

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Summer Activities For Every High School Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/18 9:47 AM / by Julia de Raadt

The summer is still six months away, and for most high school students, planning it is furthest from their mind. But deadlines for many of the more selective and free programs fall in December and January and early planning will ensure that your summer is filled with a variety of valuable and worthwhile activities.

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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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GPA vs Standardized Testing - Which Weighs More Heavily?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/18 12:30 PM / by Julia de Raadt

 Students often ask whether GPA or standardized test scores are more important, especially in the case that they have a strong GPA but a lower SAT/ACT or vice versa. Will a low test score ruin my chances of getting into my college of choice? 

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Boston College Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/17 10:37 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Boston College - home of the eagle. Boston College, founded in 1863, was the first established higher education institution in the city of Boston. Admission to the University is selective, with about 30% of applicants admitted each year.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer University of Michigan Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/17 1:25 PM / by Julia de Raadt

The University of Michigan is a well-regarded research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It boasts that there are more than 1,000 undergraduate research opportunities on campus and that every five weeks a new company is launched based on U-M technologies.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Wake Forest University Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/20/17 9:05 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Located in North Carolina, Wake Forest is a small liberal arts college known for its small classes and high faculty-student engagement. It has a low student faculty ratio, with approximately 11 students for every faculty member.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Tufts Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/19/17 12:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Tufts University is a private research university in Massachusetts. Tufts is a selective college to get into with a 14.3% admission rate for its class of 2020. It is particularly well known for its  academic programs in the area of international relations, engineering and medicine.

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Essay Scoop: How to Write University of Virginia Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/17/17 8:05 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is highly selective and  accepts only the best students -  88 per cent of it students in 2016-17 were admitted from the top 10 per cent of their high school graduating class.

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Essay Scoop: How to answer UCLA Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/12/17 9:05 AM / by Julia de Raadt

UCLA is the second oldest University of California campus and offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, of which 125 are undergraduate.

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Essay Scoops: How to Answer Carnegie Mellon Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/11/17 5:25 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Established in the early 1900’s by a self-educated, Scottish "working boy" who loved books, Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Mellon University is known for innovation, for solving real-world problems and for interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Georgetown Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/11/17 5:14 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Located in the capital of the US, Georgetown is best known for its academic programs in foreign service, political science and government. It has graduated many politicians, judges and ambassadors, including former President Bill Clinton.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Duke University Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/8/17 8:05 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Duke University: home of the Blue Devils. Apart from an excellent track record in varsity team athletics, Duke also boasts academic excellence, civic engagement and excellence in innovation and enterprise.  

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