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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Senior Year and Your College Application Timeline

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/11/18 10:54 AM / by Savannah Brand

Your senior year has finally arrived! Senior year is exciting and filled with lots of activities, but it is definitely not the time to slack off. It is time to get serious about college applications.

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STEM Students: How to Ask to Researcher to Join their Lab for a Summer Research Position (Email)

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/8/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

For many STEM students, getting involved with an existing lab is a primary goal. However, these labs are not always extraordinarily receptive to high school students, as students in this age category often lack the critical “prior experience” to immediately demonstrate their usefulness to the lab.

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Guides: What To Do Over the Summer in High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/5/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Ever wondered how you could go about maximizing your summers to enhance your college application? Hear what Synocate, a top online college admissions counseling service, has to say!

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Senior Strategies: What to Do for the Summer Before College

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

The summer between senior year and college is an odd one. The notion of a college application, that drove and directed the summer plans of many students, is gone, but by and large, students are not entitled to the higher-level internships offered to college students. 

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Guides: Summer Program Applications

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/28/18 3:42 PM / by Andy Wang

As the school year more or less starts to reach its halfway point, students should begin looking at summer programs to apply to. Most summer program applications for various fields are released at the start of the calendar year and it would be ideal for any student who’s interested to be start being aware of them. 

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Underclassmen Update: COSMOS, SUMaC, and SIMR

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/24/18 4:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

If you enjoy science or mathematics and would like a STEM major in college, there are incredible summer programs to inspire and motivate you. COSMOS, SUMaC, and SIMR are some of the top STEM summer programs in the country. These summer programs offer intensive 4-8 week long experiences that require an application to be admitted as well as commitment to sciences or math.
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Guides: How to Get Summer Internships

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/23/18 4:00 PM / by Andy Wang

When it comes to getting summer internships, there are usually two classic routes students take to find them. The route most students are familiar with is the standard application process that 

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Underclassmen Update: RSI and MIT Launch

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/12/18 12:27 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Many universities offer STEM focused camps to get more students interested in science majors. While it’s easy to find a local STEM program, you should know that there are two great camps that offer a unique experience. 

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Maximize Your Summer: Summer Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/5/17 1:30 PM / by Melanie Falconer

Students might groan at the thought of a “fun but productive summer” spent at a summer program. To them, this just means more nights spent at home in front of a book (except this time they get to watch their friends drive off to a concert from their window). But, summer extracurricular activities don’t have to be draining. In fact, a summer program should be joyful and exciting.

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