Empowerly’s results speak for themselves

 

Empowerly Students are…

3 Times More Likely to be Admitted to Colleges Overall


Accepted to Ivy League at 3.1 Times the Normal Rate


Accepted to Top 25 Colleges at 3.3 Times the Normal Rate


 
 

In Fall 2019, Empowerly students are attending:

 
Sample School
Empowerly Acceptance
Average Acceptance
Empowerly Advantage
Boston University
67%
32%
2.09x
Harvard
14%
6%
2.33x
Stanford
16%
5%
3.20x
UC Berkeley
62%
18%
3.44x
UMichigan
82%
28%
2.93x
USC
48%
20%
2.40x
 
 

Empowerly Testimonials

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Empowerly Case Studies

Select each focus area for a step by step overview of the Empowerly process.

 

Case Study #1 | JR, Caltech

JR came to us with an interest in science, but no activities to show for it. We helped him explore his interest in science with extracurricular activities and secured a research internship at UCLA with a professor. We also worked on his weakness in English, planned SAT and SAT II tests, and guided him through all parts of his college applications. He was accepted to several Ivy League schools and is attending Caltech, where he will major in the subject we helped him realize his passion for back in 10th grade.

 


Focus Area: Essays

  • Click to View 10th Grade

    • JR did not enjoy writing at all and scored below 500 on the SAT critical reading section the first time he took it. We gave him strategies to improve and practiced writing with him.

  • Click to View 11th Grade

    • JR eventually began scoring A's in class, We focused on his ability to articulate science concepts to science fair judges and in scholarship essays. We submitted work to 10+ scholarship organizations.

  • Click to View 12th Grade

    • We guided JR through the application process. His improved writing was a major factor in his acceptance at several Ivy League schools. JR and his counselor decided that Caltech was the best place to continue pursuing his passion in physics.



Focus Area: Activities

  • Click to View 10th Grade

    • JR was involved in a Jazz band and key club, but his activities had no major theme. We helped him gain the confidence to try new activities in his area of interest including science fair, research, and computer science.

  • Click to View 11th Grade

    • We helped JR narrow down his interests and secure an intership at UCLA doing physics research that he then submitted to the California State Science Fair where he won 1st place. We also helped him start a physics club at his school.

  • Click to View 12th Grade

    • We refined JR's theme using our "one sentence approach" to help him identify the activities that mattered most to him as an applicant. He submitted a peer-reviewed research paper which formed the basis of our applications.


Focus Area: Academics

  • Click to View 10th Grade

    • JR had not taken the SAT, so we helped him develop a plan for when to take the test, how to balance his time, and also helped him select the best tutor to improve his test scores. We also helped JR decide how many AP courses to take.

  • Click to View 11th Grade

    • JR continued working with his tutor and we developed a plan to take the SAT three times. We also finalized JR's academic plan for high school and helped him improve his time management skills.

  • Click to View 12th Grade

    • We refined JR's theme using our "one sentence approach" to help him identify the activities that mattered most to him as an applicant. He submitted a peer-reviewed research paper which formed the basis of our applications.Due to his high level of preparation JR was able to score a 2340 on the SAT and three perfect 800's on his SAT II subject tests. He also continued exploring his interest in physics and ultimately decided to major in physics at Caltech.

 


Case Study #2
| RT, UCLA

RT came to us with an interest in business and a 1700 on the SAT. He was a rising senior and was unsure where he should be applying. We helped him form a school list, build a story, and edit his college admissions essays. We helped RT identify his passion for international business, which he is currently studying at UCLA.


 


Focus Area: Essays

  • Click to View September

    • RT had not chosen any colleges, so we helped him form a plan for how many and which colleges to apply to. We used his Academic Index, GPA, SAT, and our proprietary data insights to narrow down the options.

  • Click to View October

    • We first develpoed the theme of RT's essays using our one sentence approach, then helped guide him through the Common Application, supplements, and short answer responses.

  • Click to View November

    • We continued working with RT to help polish his essays. RT was accepted to his reach school (UCLA). Given his low academic scores (3.5 GPA, 1700/2400 SAT) the essays were a key factor in his standing out from other applicants.


Focus Area: Activities

  • Click to View September

    • RT had travelled internationally and was interested in business. He mentioned these interests separately in casual conversation, and his counselor saw the link and helped identify RT's passion for international business.

  • Click to View October

    • We went through RT's list of activities to help determine what to highlight in his applications. We then grouped his strongest three together to support RT's stated interest in international business.

  • Click to View November

    • Despite his busy schedule, RT was able to complete 15 applications (with the UCs counting as 1) because of his focused theme, consistent meetings with his counselor, and time management tips from the Empowerly team.


Focus Area: Academics

  • Click to View September

    • RT's academic profile was below average for most of the schools he was considering. We worked with him to determine where his academic strengths were so we could highlight that on his applications.

  • Click to View October

    • We helped RT tie his academic strengths to some activities he did in 11th grade around international culture. We also prioritized RT's school list based on his academic profile to help maximize his chances of admission.

  • Click to View November

    • Based on his acceptances, financial aid, and our conversations with RT and his parents, we helped them choose UCLA.

 


Case Study #3
| LM, Columbia

LM came to us with an interest in entrepreneurship, computer science, and the environment. He was a sophomore at a local high school but had recently moved from another country and his parents were looking for guidance. He was motivated and his parents sought our support early on. We helped him discover his passion and ultimately gain acceptance to his dream schools.


 


Focus Area: Essays

  • Click to View 10th Grade

    • LM was a weak writer so we helped him identify some useful writing exercises to develop his ability. We also helped him apply to 3 different programs with a focus on energy.

  • Click to View 11th Grade

    • As his interests became more clear, we began to develop LM's college list. We helped him apply to 5 summer programs leading to him attending MIT Launch.

  • Click to View 12th Grade

    • We helped LM finalize his college list and identify schools as safety, target, or reach. We also worked with LM to get an early start on his essays so he could have them all completed by November.


Focus Area: Activities

  • Click to View 10th Grade

    • LM was starting fresh without any extracurricular activities on his resume. We helped him identify his interest in entrepreneurship and select a range of activities to try out. This lead to LM joining 3 school clubs, 2 out of schools activities, and 2 volunteer activities.

  • Click to View 11th Grade

    • We helped LM narrow down his list of activites and focus on the ones that mattered most. For LM, that meant the activities that supported his passion for energy entrepreneurship.

  • Click to View 12th Grade

    • We worked with LM to help him highlight his accomplishments for his teachers while they were writing letters of recommendation. We also helped LM identify 3 competitions to enter. During this year LM was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.


Focus Area: Academics

  • Click to View 10th Grade

    • LM was not familiar with the AP system and had many uncertainties regarding which classes to take. We helped him develop a three year academic plan and identify which subjects were good candidates for additional tutoring.

  • Click to View 11th Grade

    • We monitored LM's grades to ensure he stayed on track to be competitive at top schools. We also helped him plan for his SAT/SATII tests and find tutors to help maximize his scores.

  • Click to View 12th Grade

    • We advised LM to take the ACT to hedge against the SAT and helped develop a plan to balance LM's academic commitments with his busy extracurricular schedule and the significant workload necessitated by an ambitious application plan.

 

Empowerly students are winners

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) • Davidson Fellows • Odyssey of the Mind • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) • American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) • Model UN • USCO Olympiad • DECA • FIRST Robotics • Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology • Google Science Fair • National Science Bowl • Academic Decathlon • American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) • High School Innovation Challenge • Quiz Bowl • The Stock Market Game (SIFMA) • National Speech & Debate


Empowerly students gain real world experiences

  • Interned for professors at UCSF, Stanford Unviersity, Harvard University Depp, Baylor College of Medicine, UC Berkeley Haas, etc

  • Interned in software engineering, marketing, and business development at technology startups (see our startup internship program)

  • STEM: California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT, Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC), Marine Science Institute, Engineering Biomedical Systems Program at Brown University, UCSB Research Mentorship Program (RMP), Penn Neuroscience Summer Research Academy, Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)

  • Engineering: Bluestamp Engineering, iD Tech, Horizons School of Technology

  • General: Yale Young Scholars, UC Berkeley ATDP (Academic Talent Development Program)

  • Arts: Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard

  • Entrepreneurship: LaunchX at MIT, Leangap


Empowerly students are creators who:

Build mobile apps and websites • Start anti-bullying project at school • Create Youtube channels • Co-found education non-profits in Africa • Co-found cryptocurrency startup • Publish novels • Write blogs on political issues • Build food-delivery robots • Film movies • Run a profitable e-commerce stores • Build video games


Empowerly students are passionate and talented

Our students range from hobbyists to international champions in the following areas:

Music (choir, orchestra, guitar, piano, DJ’ing, flute, trumpet, songwriting) • Chess • Coding • Arts (painting, graphic design, photography, filmography) • Dance (ballet, Indian Classical Dance, tap dance, hip hop, salsa) • Athletics (football, basketball, baseball, badminton, field hockey, volleyball, squash, tennis, soccer, swimming, martial arts, horseback riding, golf, water polo, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, track & field, rowing, wrestling)


Empowerly students give back to the community

Empowerly students have volunteered at hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, museums, schools, nonprofits, churches, homeless shelters, animal shelters, national parks, science centers, and more!

Select organizations include: Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club of America, Habitat for Humanity, Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, Washington Hospital, Chabot Space & Science Center, Hiller Aviation, Veteran’s Hospital, Caring Hands, Feminism Club, Key Club, Interact, and more!