How to get into COSMOS Summer Program

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/30/20 8:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

COSMOS is a California-based STEM summer program across 4 participating UC schools. Similar to college courses, you can expect to engage in lectures on niche STEM topics, field trips, group discussion, and group research projects. A pricey investment, COSMOS isn’t the only way to deepen your STEM research experience. Read on...

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How to Get into RSI

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/20 6:29 PM / by Farah Weheba

Interested in gaining some technical research experience ? Research opportunities for teens in lab settings are sparse, so consider RSI. RSI is a prestigious, free summer program in partnership with MIT, with only 80 coveted seats. Students are admitted purely on potential and achievement, not according to who they know. Students take courses in STEM fields, engage in intensive research, and prepare a conference-style presentation on their findings. If you're not admitted, don't be heartbroken. There are plenty of ways to independently gain similar experience this summer.

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Applying Internationally – Building Your Extracurricular College Profile

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/26/19 5:32 PM / by Sarah Palmer

US high schools often build extracurricular activities into their student experience, but this might not be the case if you’re attending a high school in another country. In my years working in China, I’ve often seen students struggle to build their extracurricular (EC) activities list. If this applies to you, here are some options. 

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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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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 ( 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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Applying to Ivy League Schools as an Asian Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/30/18 4:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Everyone knows that getting admitted to an Ivy League school isn’t easy. Unless you have an inside track on Ivy League schools, it may seem that you should get in if you are qualified and have a good  application.
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International Students in US Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/18/17 5:23 PM / by Empowerly Team

As many students are aware, international students are applying to US colleges at an accelerating pace. In this article, we will cover tips for international students applying to college and how US students should prepare for this influx of students. At Empowerly, we have helped many international students apply and get into top US colleges.

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How to Apply to US Colleges as an International Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/5/17 2:27 PM / by Empowerly Team



Want to attend college in the US as an international student, but don't know how to apply? The process to studying overseas is a lot more difficult than studying in your own country. There are different education systems and academic environments, and it is often hard to decide what you want and how you can get there. 

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Why America Shouldn’t Be The Only Place You Look At Schools

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/12/16 11:04 AM / by William Goodall

It is a common cliché that you should explore the world while you’re young. Study Abroad, Mission Trips, Peace Corps and many other programs provide young adults this opportunity, and the popularity of these programs shows there is clear interest, yet when applying for university oftentimes students find themselves locked into a US based mind-set.

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