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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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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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/11/18 4:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Each college application is a potential opportunity for your educational future. It’s tempting to apply to a large number of schools to give yourself plenty of options, but as college application costs continue to rise, how many applications is too many?

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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 Advantages of Attending a Liberal Arts College

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/18/18 3:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

First and foremost, liberal arts colleges are not for everyone. Universities have their own list of positives, including larger social groups, more graduate connections, and often much cheaper tuition.

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Public vs Private Colleges: 4 Myths That Are (Kinda) True

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/17/18 12:00 PM / by Andy Wang

Throughout college admissions history, there has been an ongoing debate regarding the relative merits of public and private colleges. In this blog, we will look at a few myths regarding the whole public vs. private school debate and evaluate the truth behind them. From class registration to class sizes to living standards to alumni networks, there does seem to be some truth to some of the major beliefs about these institutions. 

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5 Surprising Factors to Consider When Choosing Where to Attend College

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/16/18 12:00 PM / by Christina Le

When deciding which college to attend, there are so many factors that come in to play when deciding where to go, such as location, cost, and educational resources. However, there are also surprising factors that you may not realize matter as much as they do.

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Guides: Visiting Your Admitted Schools

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/28/18 12:00 PM / by Andy Wang

Out of all the various college admissions events applicants can go to, none are more important than making college visits to the schools they have been admitted to. With admissions for most schools having already come out or coming out soon, applicants should be aware of which schools they are choosing between and plan accordingly.

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Should I Choose an In-State or Out-of-State

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/11/17 11:25 AM / by Natalie Thompson

When you start your college search, you probably are thinking about your potential area of study (as well as cost!). Most universities offer the more popular majors but fewer schools offer specialized majors or flexible interdisciplinary majors. Make a list of potential schools based on those that offer your preferred major or area of study.

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How to Thoroughly Research a College Before Applying

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/28/17 6:25 PM / by Empowerly Team

Every single college advisor will tell you that you need to do your research before applying to a college. But many students do not exercise due diligence when researching schools. Make sure that you are really delving into the school and understanding how it will impact you and vice versa before you apply. 

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College Fit vs. College Rankings: What Matters Most?

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/17 10:57 AM / by Amanda Wilks

For the past several decades, hopeful students leaving high school have been pressured to aim for the most prestigious schools they can qualify for. In and of itself, that's not the worst piece of advice 

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How to Build a College List (Part 2: Match Schools)

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/26/17 4:14 PM / by Andy Wang



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How to Build a College List (Part 1: Safety Schools)

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/20/17 9:00 AM / by Andy Wang

When building college lists, applicants should always make sure to include safety schools when deciding which college essays to write. While personal pride may get in the way and applicants who 

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College Students - Should You Transfer?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/23/17 3:10 PM / by Empowerly Team

Many students approach Synocate and ask if they can get assistance transferring colleges. Transferring is a unique process that varies tremendously based on college, region, and student major. In this article, we will address a framework to help students decide if they should transfer, how to transfer, and what to expect in the process.

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Best Colleges for Study Abroad Opportunities

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/12/17 11:07 PM / by Empowerly Team

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