How to Decide Who to Ask for Letters of Recommendation

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/24/20 4:19 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Testing, transcripts, and even essays, can tell colleges a good deal about how you perform in academic settings and how you define yourself. What they lack, however, is the ability to combine this objectivity and personality testimony. This is where letters of recommendation come in. 

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Facing A College Rejection Letter

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/20 8:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

The old adage is "You are what you eat," not "You are where you were accepted." We're serving up some perspective to untangle your sense of self-worth from your college admissions letters and college rejection letters. Check out this whole growth mindset business. 

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Transfer Students from Community College

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/28/20 10:00 AM / by Sarah Palmer

Is transferring into a 4-year university from a community college an easier way to gain admission into a prestigious institution? Statistically, no! There are a lot of myths floating around about transfer students. Let's talk about some pros and cons and bust some myths. 

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Prepare For Your Alumni Interview

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/11/20 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Your alumni interview is coming up. I know it seems daunting, but the interviewers are looking to advocate for your background, achievements, and interests. They'll be describing your personality, warmth, sense of humor, and ability to communicate to the admissions officer. In turn, you're evaluating them and their alma mater, too. Let's prepare you to shine. 

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College Admissions: Let’s Go Dragon Slaying

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/19 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Good grades aren’t enough to drive admission to a top tier college. What sets you apart is demonstrable weirdness. We'll explain.

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Network Like a Pro

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/1/19 1:49 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

If you cringe at the thought of new social situations, the word “networking” can bring up some negative connotations. Like it or not, networking won’t go away—in fact, as you get older, it gets even more important! But it doesn’t have to be painful. Whether you're a social butterfly or shy bookworm, you can always improve your networking skills to get the best results. Here are 7 easy tips for building a great network of connections.

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How to Get Teacher Recommendations for Ivy League Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/13/18 10:27 AM / by Empowerly Team

Most colleges require students to submit letters of recommendation from teachers or professors to demonstrate academic potential outside of reported grades. On this recommendation, the teacher has the opportunity to write a letter for the student and submit a few boxes with relative aptitude of the student. In this analysis, we will look at the teacher recommendation, strategies to asking for two or more letters, and shaping letters of recommendation.

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Letters of Recommendation Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/13/17 3:04 PM / by Carlie Tenenbaum

You got good grades. Took your standardized tests. Written and rewritten, deleted and rewritten essays. You've listed extracurriculars and community service. You've done everything to make yourself an attractive college applicant. But there's one more piece--letters of recommendation.

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How Important are Letters of Recommendation to Admissions Officers?

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/6/17 6:32 PM / by Empowerly Team

In this article, we will answer how important letters of recommendations are in the college admissions process. At Empowerly (, we prefer to use data to answer vague and hard-to-answer questions like this in the admissions process.

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Tips for Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/26/16 3:51 PM / by Gelyna Price

Great letters of recommendation probably won’t get you into a school if your grades and test scores aren’t up to snuff, but they can absolutely help you stand out among the rest of the pool of qualified potential students. While of course you can’t control what the letters say, there are some simple things you can do to help make sure they’re as good as possible.

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Who You Should Ask for a Letter of Recommendation: A 5-Step Plan

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/2/16 9:26 AM / by Kristen Seikaly

Letters of recommendation can serve as a powerful asset to the college applicant. A well-written letter from the right person may tip the scales in your favor towards admittance, so spend a bit of time considering who will write yours.

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The Scoop on Teacher Letters of Recommendation

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/20/16 9:02 AM / by Crystal Liu

The time has finally come - college application season. You’ve taken the standardized tests, formulated your college list, and started scanning the essay prompts. Next up on the list is asking for letters of recommendations from your teachers. Here we’ll answer the whats, whos, whens, and other details about teacher recommendations.

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6 Items to Strengthen Your Letters of Recommendation

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/5/16 1:44 PM / by Dennis Bua


Recommendation letters are an important part of a student’s college application. It is a misconception that the student has no control over these documents. In fact, one of the most critical steps is the student's selection of his/her recommenders.

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