College applicants know how important high school extracurricular activities are in selective admissions. Hardly anyone is telling them, however, what power the activities they pursue during college can have over the rest of their lives. I often think about my undergraduate days. If you are heading for college you should know the most important stuff often has little to do with the classes your parents, or perhaps just you, are paying for.
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Empowerly Raises $1.6 Million and Launches First Real-Time Holistic Diagnostic Tool for College Admissions
SAN FRANCISCO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / Empowerly, a data-driven education technology startup for college admissions, announced that it has raised $1.6 million from TransLink Capital, Scrum Ventures, Azure Capital Partners, and Spero Ventures as well as angel investors Yun-Fang Juan, a founding engineer of Facebook Ads, and Russ Holdstein, the first investor in StubHub and Zillow. The funds will be used to expand service offerings and round out the team to drive growth and operational efficiencies.
Former Stanford admissions officer: ‘Well-rounded is not enough’—here’s how to really stand out
This year’s high school seniors have spent a significant portion of their high school careers learning during a pandemic. During this time, students were forced to take classes online, some schools chose not to assign letter grades, extracurricular activities were curtailed and many colleges elected standardized test-optional admissions policies. All of these changes mean that the class of 2022 will need to rethink traditional college admissions advice.
Taking the Tension Out of the College Application Process
When our kids were applying to college, we developed a rule sort of like the one in the movie Fight Club. (If you haven’t seen it, the first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club!)
Our modified rule was this: We only talk about college applications on Sundays. This was for everyone’s benefit, because as any family who has gone through the college process can tell you, the tension can get so thick you can cut it with a knife.
As a counselor with Empowerly, a team-based college counseling service and online platform, Alix Coupet is completely familiar with this situation. That’s why the first piece of advice he gives families when he starts working with them is this: “Breathe easy and try to find the fun in the process.”
Empowerly CEO and CTO Named in Forbes 30 Under 30
After helping her students apply to colleges when she taught high school math as a Teach for America corps member in San Francisco, Hanmei Wu wanted to offer students more than overworked school counselors can provide. Her startup Empowerly, launched in 2018 with CTO Changxiao Xie, presents students with a numerical score evaluating their strength as an applicant, taking grades, test scores, essays and extracurriculars into account.
Edtech startups flock to the promise and potential of personalized learning
The rise of remote instruction left many parents freshly aware of (and annoyed by) the shortcomings of Zoom school, but for Letha McLaren, COVID-19 brought an epiphany: the importance of a headset.
McLaren’s son, who deals with executive dysfunction, was better able to focus through the screen because he used a headset that blocked out some other noises. With the device, he could hear what the teacher was saying at all times, and better yet, was keener on paying attention. McLaren, in turn, learned what her son, a straight-A student, responds best to. The broader takeaway for McLaren was that traditional classrooms don’t serve all students due to learning and thinking differences.
Empowerly Raises $10M to Help Students Achieve Their Academic and Career Goals
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Empowerly, a data-driven education technology company that provides personalized college and career guidance to students and their families, today announced that it has raised a $10 million financing round led by Goodwater Capital. The new funding will be used to help grow Empowerly’s product and engineering team to scale, invest in existing and new acquisition channels, and prepare for the launch of the Empowerly mobile app.
For Workers Who Are Never on Site, the ‘Off-Site’ Still Beckons
Many organizations, especially high-growth tech companies, have long relied on off-site retreats — broadly defined as team-building or strategizing events that occur beyond the scope of regular office work — to build and maintain their corporate culture, as well as to present workers with an attractive perk in a competitive labor market. When the pandemic hit, flights, hotel blocks and banquet dinners were canceled. But instead of shelving the idea of off-sites, which often involve both meetings and social activities, companies strove to recreate the magic remotely.
How to Find a High School Internship
While internships are traditionally part of the college experience, high school students are increasingly looking to take on internships as a way to enhance resumes and college applications while trying on a career.
These are the country’s ‘dream’ colleges, but price remains the top concern
Stanford University is considered the ultimate dream school, according to a survey of students and their families. It’s also one of the hardest to get into and among the nation’s most expensive institutions — tuition and fees, room and board and other student expenses came to more than $73,000 last year. And therein lies the problem with college.
Experts Give Advice on Deciding Which School to Attend
Students have until the end of April to tell the universities that have accepted them if they will attend. Most students found out if they were accepted in late March. Some students are accepted by their top choice school and immediately decide they will attend it. Others get rejections and must choose another school. Still others are placed on a waiting list and might not find out if they are accepted to their top choice until the summer.
After all the studying, tests and applications, students are usually happy to be accepted by several schools. But choosing a college is not easy. This year, the decision might be more difficult than ever.
How To Secure Last-Minute Financial Aid For College
Summer will be here before we know it, and that means a new academic year for colleges and universities is also on the way. After a few months of work or relaxation, new high school graduates and college students will pack up their bags and head to their campus apartments and dorms. What happens next depends mostly on the student, their focus on academics, and how hard they are willing to work toward their goals.
Empowerly Launches Artificial Intelligence Scholar Program for Junior High and High School Students
SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Empowerly, a data-driven education technology company that provides personalized college admissions counseling and career guidance to students and their families, today announced the launch of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scholar Program. Developed by Stanford and MIT alumni, the Program was created as a way to empower students from grades 7 through 12 to learn how to apply AI to build socially-impactful projects. Students can choose from a variety of research tracks, including healthcare and biology, sustainability, ethics and social sciences, media and politics, business and finance, and more.
EdTech Awards: 2022 Finalists & Winners
The mission of the EdTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the creativity, hard work and success of companies, technologies and products in the field of educational technology around the world.
Empowerly was recognized for providing innovative, valuable solutions in education. The selection criteria for this award evaluate nominees on innovation, performance, ease of use, functionality, value, and impact.
14 Life Tips Every Recent Grad Needs to Have in Their Back Pocket
Graduating from college is one of the most momentous occasions of your life, but it can also be very surreal and scary. All of a sudden, you don’t have a set schedule that’s been planned out for you and it’s up to you to determine what to do with your life from here on out. But before you can land a job, there’s something more important you have to nail down first, and that is figuring out what makes you tick. “One thing that’s really important is to find a job that you’re passionate about and actually enjoy,” says Hanmei Wu, co-founder and CEO of Empowerly, a company that helps prep students for college and beyond.
How To Create A Sticky Product That Ensures Repeat Users
Sticky products are the lifeblood of any successful startup and, by definition, they generate repeat users and encourage them to tell others about said product. Products that are “sticky” have clear value to your users—either it saves them time, makes their lives better or they simply enjoy the experience of using your product.
This piece will focus on how to build a truly sticky product—one that users will continually return to because of the benefits, rewards and satisfaction that comes from using it.
Weigh the Benefits, Stress of Taking AP Classes
Advanced Placement courses are designed to give students an intro-level college curriculum while still in high school. They allow students to explore more advanced subjects, get a taste of college-level work and even amass college credits if they pass the AP exams. Success in AP courses, which are developed by the nonprofit College Board, can boost a student’s transcript and save families thousands of dollars on college tuition. But experts caution that there are other factors to consider when enrolling in AP, including your teen’s workload and stress level.
Admissions consultant, a former Stanford counselor, shares tips for getting into college
With competitiveness at top-tier schools on the rise, strategizing the college admissions process is important.
High school extracurriculars are nice. College extracurriculars are huge.
How To Bootstrap Your Way To Traction
Bootstrapping requires you to build a company with little to no venture capital or outside investment. This can be rewarding and allow founders to keep as much ownership of their company as possible, but it can also mean generating funds at a slower rate, which can ultimately impact your hiring, marketing and product development budgets.
How Inflation Is Impacting College Students Heading Into the New School Year
Jo Ann Oravec, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics, asked her students to write about how rising prices were affecting their daily lives. The results showed that the worst inflation in 40 years could actually change campus culture for the better. Several students reported drinking less at bars, eating less at restaurants, and organizing potlucks, picnics and other low-cost alternative gatherings instead.
How to Get Into College: 9 Strategies
The college admissions world can be mysterious.
On one side there are students and families seeking the best fit, an education that will hopefully launch a brilliant future. On the other side, colleges may have limited seats available, institutional priorities and opaque algorithms that factor into admissions decisions.
But college admissions pros urge students not to panic. Here are nine strategies to solve the mystery of how to get into college.
Empowerly Recognized on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing U.S. Companies
Empowerly, a data-driven education technology company that provides personalized college admissions counseling and career guidance to students and their families, announced today they were named to Inc. Magazine‘s list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in America. Empowerly ranked 995 overall, 19 in the education industry, 156 in California, and 43 in San Francisco, where the company is headquartered.
What's a Good SAT Score?
When they are considered, SAT scores are just a piece of the college admissions process. Schools also review students’ GPAs, course rigor, extracurricular activities, essays and letters of recommendation.
“A three-hour test on a Saturday morning is a very brief snapshot into a student’s abilities,” says Connie Livingston, head of counselors at college admissions consulting firm Empowerly. “Whereas a transcript really shows how students have grown, improved or maintained their academic excellence throughout the years and how they have maximized those opportunities at their schools.”
MyKlovr and Empowerly Launch Pathways to Transform Employee Education Benefits
NEW YORK, March 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MyKlovr, the AI-powered virtual college and career counselor, and Empowerly, a data-driven education technology company that provides personalized college and career guidance, today announced a partnership to launch Pathways as a new employee benefit product. Leveraging their combined technologies, Pathways offers an AI-powered solution and optional one-on-one counseling and college prep services to support families and help them confidently navigate the overwhelming decision of what students will do post-high school graduation – whether that means a top Ivy League university, four-year or two-year college, career and technical education, or joining the workforce after graduation.
Parents Spend Up to 15 Work Hours a Week on College and Career Planning for Their Children, According to New Report from myKlovr and Empowerly
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pathways, the employee education benefits product powered by myKlovr and Empowerly, today revealed findings from its new U.S. study, State of Employee Benefits & Family Mental Health. The national study, focused on the impact of college and career planning on employee performance and how relevant benefits impact recruitment and retention, found that family college and career planning is the second most requested benefit behind financial wellness.
Ivy League acceptance rates ‘may have bottomed out,’ expert says — here’s what that means for getting into schools like Harvard
This year’s high school graduating class faced one of the toughest college-application seasons on record.
At the nation’s top schools, including many in the Ivy League, “it’s never going to be harder to get in,” said Hafeez Lakhani, founder and president of Lakhani Coaching in New York.
The number of college applicants jumped 20% since the 2019-20 school year, pushing acceptance rates to all-time lows, a report by the Common Application found.
New York sends college acceptance letters to 125,000 high school seniors, but broader enrollment crisis may be hard to fix
In the days ahead, 125,000 graduating high school seniors will receive automatic acceptance letters from the State University of New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday.
“Access to quality higher education is an engine for social mobility and we are taking comprehensive steps to ensure that college is affordable and accessible for students from all backgrounds,” New York’s governor said in a statement.
Nationwide, college enrollment has noticeably lagged since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, when a significant number of students decided against a four-year degree in favor of joining the workforce or completing a certificate program without the hefty price tag or zoom screen.
Empowerly Joins Sequoia Marketplace to Offer College and Career Counseling as an Employee Benefit for Parents
Empowerly, a data-driven education technology company that provides personalized college and career guidance, today joined the Sequoia marketplace, a database of diverse benefits for employees to seamlessly opt-in to their best-fit needs. Sequoia clients can now easily access information about Empowerly’s college and career counseling benefits for parents.
Letter of Recommendation Examples for College Applicants
Recommendation letters can serve as powerful testimonials about a student’s accomplishments, and the most effective letters demonstrate a candidate’s potential for greatness, according to college admissions officers.
The best person to write a letter of recommendation is someone who knows the applicant well and can describe that person’s journey in detail, says Kristen Capezza, vice president of enrollment management and university communications at Adelphi University in New York.
Common Reasons College Applications Get Rejected
Given the volume of college applications each year, admissions officers have tough decisions to make when it comes to filling limited seats.
In a competitive admissions environment, students may be rejected from schools where they could thrive, says Eddie Pickett III, senior associate dean and director of recruitment at Pomona College in California.
“For selective colleges, most students who apply can complete the work on campus, but there is only so much space in housing and classrooms,” he says. “Each school sets their own evaluation system and applies that while reading student applications.”
As more colleges are promising high schoolers guaranteed admission, ‘everybody wins,’ expert says
To help make college a reality, Sonoma State University is trying a relatively new approach: High school students who have completed the requisite coursework and have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA are now “guaranteed admission” to the Rohnert Park, California-based school.
Meet some of the Gen Z entrepreneurs behind the next AI innovation wave
Gen Zers aren’t just passively watching the rise of generative artificial intelligence, they’re taking an active role in shaping it. And these Gen Z AI entrepreneurs are forming communities as they innovate alongside each other.
In San Francisco many young entrepreneurs are co-living as they design and create their AI startups. For some of them, that’s meant quitting their jobs at big tech companies like Google and Meta, or even dropping out of college, to join the wave of next-generation AI startups.
Empowerly Publishes Data-Driven Expert's Handbook to College Admissions Incorporating Over 750 Years of Collective Counseling Experience
Empowerly, a data-driven education technology company that provides personalized college and career guidance, today launched its book, “Empowerly Expert’s Handbook to College Admissions.” Designed to be an active reference that provides consistent guidance throughout the entire high school-to-college transition, the book contains over 750 years of collective experience and insights from Empowerly’s diverse team of global educators, MBAs, PhDs, expert counselors, industry specialists and former admissions officers.
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