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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Pre-Med Opportunities You Can Do This Summer—and Stay Safe

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/20/20 3:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

As students plan their summer (or rejig their plans) to accommodate for the likelihood that social isolation will continue, students interested in the medical field are probably feeling particularly stuck. The two typical extracurricular activities a premed student will do are off-limits: volunteering at the local hospital is a no-go; and research programs at colleges cancelled.

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Top Coding and Computer Science Summer Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/24/20 8:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

If you’re interested in coding, enrolling in a programming summer program is a great way to launch your academic and career readiness in computer science (CS). Unique to computer science, any independent or project-based coding work you engage at any age counts towards your professional development and hiring prospects quite directly. Below is a list of prestigious and rigorous coding summer programs for aspiring programmers. Empowerly is here to help you plan your summer.

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Top 16 STEM Summer Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/21/20 1:30 PM / by Farah Weheba

Summer is quickly approaching, and you're in the planning stages. As a STEM major hopeful, how should you design your summer for maximal learning and college admission impact? Should you take classes at a local community college? Volunteer at a hospital? Apply to STEM summer programs for high school students? Which ones are still accepting applications anyway? We've got you covered. Empowerly is here to help you plan your summer roadmap. 

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Should I Apply To College As An Undecided Major?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/27/19 3:20 PM / by Farah Weheba

Applying to colleges admittedly undecided about your major is actually way harder than centering your application around a focused intended major. You’re signing up for a very challenging strategy- persuasion about your unbridled potential, while squashing suspicions that you’re aimless. 

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Choosing a Major at the UCs

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/9/19 9:20 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

The University of California college application is officially online! Now that you're scrolling through the app, you may be wondering about how to handle that little check-box for selecting a major. With so many options available, the choice can seem overwhelming. As a follow-up to our previous discussion series about the UC system, we've also compiled a list of resources for those of you wondering what you need to know when picking a major.

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Our Top Picks for BS/MD programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/30/19 11:08 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Many students dream of becoming a doctor. It's a noble profession, helping people and saving lives. While most students go down the traditional path of completing an undergraduate, taking the MCAT and then going on to medical school;  accelerated BS/MD programs are growing in popularity.

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How to Ace Your BS/MD Interview

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/31/19 3:00 PM / by Shay Simpson

Many of the combined bachelors degree with medical programs (BS/MD or BA/MD) use a series of mini questions to screen applicants in their selection process. If you've reached this far, rest assured that you are a competitive applicant and have a good shot of being accepted into the program! But what can you expect to be asked and what is the format of the multi mini interview?

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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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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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Guides: 10 Things Any STEM Major Should Know, as Told by a Stanford Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/22/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

As a sophomore at Stanford, I’ve met my fair share STEM-oriented students. In fact, at Stanford, it feels like everywhere you turn, you bump into another STEM student (a.k.a. “techy”).

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3 Tips for Exploring College Majors

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/17/17 3:50 PM / by Melanie Falconer

College might as well be another universe. The schedule is different. The lifestyle is more independent. The teachers are now ‘professors’ with different agendas. 

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Interesting College Majors Part 2: Environmental Engineering

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/17 5:05 AM / by Kristen Seikaly

This is part of a series on interesting college majors you can pursue at a variety of different colleges. By deciding on a field of study you’d like to pursue, you can create a list of colleges to apply to that offers majors for that field. Sometimes high school students are not aware of their options when it comes to majors. We hope these articles encourage you to explore your options and find a major that helps you achieve your goals.

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Does Declaring a Major on My Application Help Me Get In to College?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/13/17 8:39 AM / by Gelyna Price

When you’re applying to colleges, chances are you’ll be asked to declare your intended major. You usually have the choice of applying as undecided or undeclared, which may feel more honest if you don’t yet know what you want to do. But does it hurt your chances not to declare a major? In other words, does declaring a major on your application help you get into college?

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