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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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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Guides: 3 Big Ways to Save Money While in College

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/26/18 12:00 PM / by Christina Le

Everyone knows that college isn’t cheap. Other than the staggeringly high tuition costs, most college students also have to worry about purchasing textbooks and materials for classes, paying rent and 

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Guides: 10 Smartphone Apps for College-Bound Students

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

As you prepare for college, you might want to check out some of the great apps available to make your life easier. I’ve pulled together apps to improve note taking, studying, scheduling, personal safety, and getting around your college town. Most of these are great for high schoolers as well. What are my picks?

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5 Crazy College Majors You Didn't Know Existed

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/18 5:35 PM / by Melanie Falconer

The course lists for colleges are often endless. Teachers have probably already talked about how limited the high school roster is in comparison. Although you might be thinking classes like "astronomy" and "philosophy," the list goes even longer and trust me, it can get very esoteric and

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Senior Strategies: Talking to College Students During Winter Break

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/6/17 5:30 PM / by Andy Wang

At this point in time, the application part of college planning is slowly winding down. Before looking to the new calendar year, applicants should take advantage of the extended breaks to reconnect with friends and classmates who are returning from their first semester of college.
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Junior Journey: 3 Helpful Hints for Picking Colleges that Are Your Perfect Match

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/5/17 7:31 PM / by Melanie Falconer

I got lucky. When I went to U.C. Santa Cruz, I thought it would be the worst. I really wanted to be at the ever-prestigious and renowned U.C. Berkeley, and even with a high SAT score, my relatively low GPA wasn't enough to cut it.

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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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