Browsing a College Course Catalog

When thinking about what university you may want to apply to or even thinking about a potential major, one tool that can be very helpful is to browse through some course catalogs.

Most universities now have their course catalogs online and you can see classes offered, pre-requisites by major, etc.

Some examples include:

University of Chicago The College Catalog

Boston University Courses Search

UCLA Catalog

So start browsing and learn more about what your day-to-day classes at these universities would actually be like!

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Famílias dos alunos seniors que vão aplicar para fora participaram de conversa no Band

Foi pensando na importância da família na vida de alunos da 3.a série do Ensino Médio que pretendem aplicar para universidades fora do Brasil, que foi realizada uma conversa para esclarecer aos pais desses estudantes seniors como são as etapas da aplicação. O evento, realizado pelo coordenador do Departamento Internacional, Olavo Amorim, e pela Sub-Coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, Deborah Mason Pontual, contou com cerca de 60 pessoas.

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A principal ideia foi deixar os pais confortáveis com o processo que, muitas vezes, pode ser difícil e complexo. Assim, foi explicado como funciona a orientação do Colégio voltada para os alunos interessados em universidades estrangeiras, o que cada termo das aplicações significa e como será o cronograma. Principalmente, foram tiradas muitas dúvidas.

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“É muito importante que os pais estejam familiarizados para que todos sintam-se tranquilos com o que estamos fazendo aqui. A ajuda da família é essencial. A faculdade é um plano de vida e os pais podem ajudar os filhos a, por exemplo, entender o próprio perfil e escolher uma universidade adequada”, contou Deborah.

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Além disso, a conversa contou com a presença do aluno formado em 2013, Davi Lemos, que atualmente estuda Ciências da Computação na Yale University. Por ter passado pelo processo enquanto estudava no Band, Davi contou em primeira mão sobre sua experiência durante o processo de aplicação e também sobre sua vida na universidade.

Top 10 universities for producing Nobel prizewinners

Princeton University has topped a list of institutions with the most Nobel laureates this century, while the US dominates a top 10 based on the nationality of the winners.

The Ivy League institution overtakes Stanford University, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, after the announcements of this year’s prizes to reach the summit of the table, which is dominated by US universities and was drawn up by Times Higher Education.

Read more: Top 10 universities for producing Nobel prizewinners 2016

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World University Rankings 2018

Times Higher Education released their 2018 World University Rankings. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world, making it the biggest international league table to date.

It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

University of Oxford is number 1, followed by University of Cambridge at number 2. California Institute of Technology and Stanford are tied for third place. MIT is number 5, while Harvard University sits at number 6 on the list. Princeton University is number 7, Imperial College London is number 8 and University of Chicago is number 9. To finish the top 10, ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and University of Pennsylvania are tied at number 10. Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, UCLA, University College London, Duke, UC Berkeley, Cornell and Northwestern rank among the top 20.

View the full ranking and the methodology here: THE 2018 World University Rankings

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Universidades internacionais no Band

Nove universidades americanas de prestígio estiveram no Band na última semana para tirar dúvidas de alunos interessados em estudar fora do Brasil e, principalmente, ajudá-los a fazer a escolha certa.

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Foram quatro eventos que trouxeram as instituições Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, Boston University, Brandeis University, George Washington University, University of Rochester e Southern Methodist University.

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Os encontros trouxeram representantes das universidades para fazer uma apresentação, tirar dúvidas e, principalmente, oferecer uma oportunidade única para os alunos: conversar diretamente com aqueles que irão analisar suas aplicações. “Esse contato é um grande diferencial”, comentou Deborah Mason Pontual, sub-coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, que junto com o Coordenador do Departamento Internacional, José Olavo Amorim, acompanhou os representantes nos eventos. “Universidades como Yale, Princeton e Columbia não vão em muitas escolas. Estamos sempre em suas listas de prioridades porque aqui há tradição em estudar fora e grande engajamento por parte dos alunos”, concluiu ela.

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Além disso, são em eventos como esses que os alunos podem se identificar com determinadas universidades e cursos, conhecer mais cada uma e decidir em qual deseja estudar.

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“Acho que tão importante quanto escolher uma faculdade com prestígio é saber em qual ambiente você acha que se encaixaria melhor. E são com essas palestras que dá para ter uma noção melhor do estilo de cada uma e o que valorizam”, explicou o aluno da 3.a série do Ensino Médio, Adriano Adoni.

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Já para Rafael Icó, da 1.a série do Ensino Médio, quanto mais cedo começar o envolvimento com os processos de aplicação, melhor. “É importante para mim ter noção da competitividade e concorrência para entrar nessas universidades e do que eu tenho que fazer para me preparar. Além disso, é interessante saber o que difere cada uma”, contou o aluno.

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Até agora 90 universidades visitaram o Band este ano. Até o final do semestre, virão mais 40.

Stars Who Are Also College Students!

Did you know Brooklyn Beckham is heading to the Parsons School of Design in New York City to study photography?

And that Malia Obama is continuing in her parents’ Ivy League footsteps by attending Harvard University this fall after taking part in a gap year?

Meanwhile, Modern Family siblings Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould will go to rival California schools in the near future — University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, respectively.

Read more in this ET article: Stars Who Are Also College Students!

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Tips for starting a college admission search

Very interesting article by the Washington Post on Starting a college admission search? Here are a professor’s tips.

Some highlights from the article:

Selecting a college with your child is an agonizing ordeal. Triply agonizing, in fact. First, choosing the right school from among dozens of viable options is anxiety-inducing. Second, there’s the ignominy of actually having to listen to your teenager’s peculiar ideas as to what’s in his or her best interest. Finally, there’s the trauma of tuition. The cost of a college education, after all, can easily exceed a quarter-million dollars.

In hopes of somewhat alleviating your agony, I offer the following tips as you begin searching for a dream school. Having taught college for a quarter century, having sat on admissions committees, and having recently published a tell-all about American professors, permit me to make some helpful, and occasionally unorthodox, suggestions.

Read the 7 tips in the article including:

  • Ignore the rankings
  • Professors are important
  • Class size
  • Don’t trust, verify

 

 

Where Celebrities Went to College

Ever wondered which college your favorite celebrity attended? Below is a list published by Marie Claire. There are several other lists out there so if your favorite celebrity is not on this list, google their college and let us know!

  • Emma Watson – Brown University
  • Brad Pitt – University of Missouri
  • Ashton Kutcher – University of Iowa
  • Conan O’Brien – Harvard
  • Matthew McConaughey – University of Texas at Austin
  • Anne Hathaway – Vassar College
  • Natalie Portman – Harvard
  • James Franco – UCLA
  • Will Ferrell – University of Southern California
  • Denzel Washington – Fordham University
  • Kourtney Kardashian – Southern Methodist University & University of Arizona
  • Julia Stiles – Columbia University
  • Ben Stiller – UCLA
  • Adam Sandler – New York University
  • Zach Braff – Northwestern
  • Renne Zellweger – University of Texas at Austin
  • Brooke Shields – Princeton
  • Jodie Foster – Yale
  • Meryl Streep – Vassar
  • Ashley Judd – University of Kentucky
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Columbia University
  • Lisa Kudrow – Vassar
  • Eva Longoria – Texas A&M University
  • John Legend – University of Pennsylvania
  • Lil Wayne – University of Houston
  • John Krasinski – Brown University
  • Lily Collins – University of Southern California
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – Columbia University
  • Kristen Bell – New York University
  • Amy Poehler – Boston College
  • Mindy Kaling – Dartmouth
  • Rashida Jones – Harvard
  • Elizabeth Banks – University of Pennsylvania
  • Giuliana Rancic – University of Maryland
  • Rachel Dratch – Dartmouth

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SAT vs ACT Scores – Concordance Table

Not sure how your SAT score translates into an ACT score? Want to translate your ACT score into an SAT score?

Below is a concordance table published by the College Board to help you compare/contrast between the two exams. For more info go here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/higher-ed-brief-sat-concordance.pdf

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Early Action and Early Decision Colleges

If you plan to apply early action or early decision to colleges, here’s a reminder that Early Action is non-binding and Early Decision is binding. Most schools have a deadline of November 1 to apply early.

Here’s more information from the College Board on Early Decision versus Early Action:

Early decision (ED) and early action (EA) plans can be beneficial to students — but only to those who have thought through their college options carefully and have a clear preference for one institution.

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Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. Counselors need to make sure that students understand this key distinction between the two plans.

Approximately 450 colleges have early decision or early action plans, and some have both. Some colleges offer a nonbinding option called single-choice early action, under which applicants may not apply ED or EA to any other college.

ED plans have come under fire as unfair to students from families with low incomes, since they do not have the opportunity to compare financial aid offers. This may give an unfair advantage to applicants from families who have more financial resources.

ED applicants

  • Apply early (usually in November) to first-choice college.
  • Receive an admission decision from the college well in advance of the usual notification date (usually by December).
  • Agree to attend the college if accepted and offered a financial aid package that is considered adequate by the family.
  • Apply to only one college early decision.
  • Apply to other colleges under regular admission plans.
  • Withdraw all other applications if accepted by ED.
  • Send a nonrefundable deposit well in advance of May 1.

EA applicants

  • Apply early.
  • Receive an admission decision early in the admission cycle (usually in January or February).
  • Consider acceptance offer; do not have to commit upon receipt.
  • Apply to other colleges under regular admission plans.
  • Give the college a decision no later than the May 1 national response date.

 

Who should apply early? Applying to an ED or EA plan is most appropriate for a student who:

  • Has researched colleges extensively.
  • Is absolutely sure that the college is the first choice.
  • Has found a college that is a strong match academically, socially and geographically.
  • Meets or exceeds the admission profile for the college for SAT® scores, GPA and class rank.
  • Has an academic record that has been consistently solid over time.

Applying to an ED or EA plan is not appropriate for a student who:

  • Has not thoroughly researched colleges.
  • Is applying early just to avoid stress and paperwork.
  • Is not fully committed to attending the college.
  • Is applying early only because friends are.
  • Needs a strong senior fall semester to bring grades up.

Click here for a list of Early Action Schools

Click here for a list of Early Decision Schools