ACT: Understanding Your Scores

Several students will be taking the ACT on Saturday, April 8.

The focus now should be on preparing for the exam, but after the exam is done, you will need to understand your score.

You will receive a score report similar to the images below. In it, you will be able to view your Composite Score as well as your individual scores in each section.

Go to this link to watch a video explaining the breakdown of your score report and how to analyze it: ACT: Understanding Your Scores

Universities disclose the average ACT score of their incoming freshmen class so you can go onto the websites of the universities you want to apply to in order to see how your ACT score compares to their average acceptances. This is an example of Stanford´s disclosure on test scores: Stanford Applicant Profile

Have questions? Come talk to Olavo or Debbie to understand your scores and colleges better.

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5 Myths About College Admissions

The Washington Post just published an interesting article about some common myths about college admissions.


Myth 1: Admissions essays don´t matter

Myth 2: The more extracurriculars, the better

Myth 3: Ivy League schools are the most selective

Myth 4: Average grades in hard classes are better than A´s in easy ones

Myth 5: Schools don´t need affirmative action to make diverse classes

Read the article to learn more about these myths: Washington Post “Five myths about college admissions”

Follow Universities on Instagram

Are You Following Universities on Instagram?


You can learn a lot about a university by following them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat.

Here are some of the more popular University Instagram accounts:

  • Harvard University @harvard
  • Stanford University @stanford
  • Princeton University @princeton_university
  • Columbia University @columbia
  • University of Pennsylvania @uofpenn
  • University of Chicago @uchicago
  • Yale University @yale
  • Brown University @brownu
  • Georgetown University @georgetownuniversity
  • New York University @nyuniversity
  • University of Michigan @uofmichigan
  • University of Florida @uflorida
  • Texas A&M University @tamu
  • Univ of California – Los Angeles @ucla
  • Univ of California – Berkeley @ucberkeleyofficial
  • Univ of Wisconsin – Madison @uwmadison

These are just some ideas…almost every university abroad has an Instagram account so search for the ones you like and follow them on Instagram.

If you want to learn more about universities and their social media presence, check out this article:


Happy St Patrick´s Day! Notre Dame Fun Facts

Today is St Patrick´s Day!

To celebrate, let´s talk about the University of the Fighting Irish! Located in Indiana, University of Notre Dame is the home of the fighting Irish.

Did you know?

  • The Golden Dome that sits on top of the Main Building is covered in 23.9-karat gold leaf. Students often find flakes of gold in the surrounding grass during a re-gilding, so I guess you could say gold is literally falling from the sky at Notre Dame!
  • The football helmets also get some gold: Other flakes collected during the re-gilding are used in their painting process.ND Fightin´ Irish
  • The architecture of the South Dining Hall is reminiscent of a medieval Guild Hall. It reminds many people of Harry Potter, which prompted food services to host the first Harry Potter-themed dinner in 2009. This is now an annual tradition!
  • Two movies were filmed at Notre Dame: “Knute Rockne, All American” and “Rudy,” both which are football related.
  • It has been said that if a male and female student holds hands and walk around the two lakes on campus in the shape of a figure 8, they will get married. A similar tale is if two people of the opposite sex kiss under the Lyons’ arch, it will lead to marriage.
  • Students, under no circumstance, walk up the steps of the Main Building. The popular superstition is that you will not graduate if you do so. Therefore, it is a commencement tradition to take a picture on the stairs.
  • Notre Dame boasts seven Heisman trophy winners, the highest number in the whole country.

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High Point Univ to Visit Band – Fun Facts!

High Point University will be visiting Band on Monday, March 20 at 3:30pm in Room A12.

Did you know?

  • High Point was rated by US News as No. 1 Best Regional College in the South
  • High Point was rated by US News as No. 1 Most Innovative College in the South
  • 60 first year seminars offered for in-depth study of unique subjects
  • $275mn in donations from alumni, parents, and friends over last 10 years
  • 89 new academic, residential and student life buildings, athletic stadiums and field house
  • 100,000+ volunteer hours High Point students contribute annually in community service
  • One of the highlights of High Point is the President Nido Qubein who is very involved with students in the day-to-day. He came to the United States as a teenager with limited knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. His inspiring life story is one filled with adversity and abundance. More on Nido Qubein: 

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Happy Pi Day! Best Engineering Programs

Happy Pi Day! (March 14 = 3.14!)

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We thought we´d celebrate Pi Day by honoring the mathematicians at Band who are looking for a degree in Engineering.

There are several Engineering rankings available including by specific program, but here´s one to take a look at today “Best Engineering Programs (at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate)”:

  1. MIT
  2. Stanford
  3. UC Berkeley
  4. CalTech
  5. Georgia Tech
  6. UIC – Urbana
  7. U Michigan – Ann Arbor
  8. Carnegie Mellon
  9. Cornell
  10. Purdue

The full list of this ranking is available at: US News Best Undergrad Engineering Programs

Other rankings available at: US News Best Colleges Rankings

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University of Minnesota to Visit Band – Fun Facts!

The University of Minnesota will be visiting Band on Wednesday, March 15 at 9:30am (Room A12).

Did you know?

  • 30,500 undergraduate students study on the Twin Cities campus
  • 16,300 graduate and professional students
  • 7,000 international students, from 135 countriesu_of_m_logo_2
  • 2,600 students study abroad—6th most among U.S. universities
  • 400,000 alumni
  • Famous alumni include Norman Borlaug (Nobel Peace Prize-winning agronomist), former Vice President Walter Mondale, satirist Garrison Keillor, and Super Bowl championship coach Tony Dungy.
  • Alumni have started 10,000 companies, employing 500,000 and generating revenue of $100 billion.
  • Twin Cities mascot: Goldy Gopher
  • Nickname: Golden Gophers

We will also be having an event on Monday March 13 with several universities from all over the world including Canada, Italy, UK, South Africa and US at 9:30am in Room A11.

To ACT or SAT? That is the question

Should you take the SAT or ACT?


It depends…colleges and universities are indifferent on one exam versus the other so you need to find out the exam that is right for you. Take a practice test of each one and see which one you feel more comfortable with.

A few key stats of one exam versus the other:

You can use this link to see other information on SAT vs ACT as well as take a free practice exam of each: Princeton Review: SAT vs ACT

Both the SAT and ACT are offered at Band.

SAT 2017 Remaining Dates: May 6, October 7, December 2

ACT 2017 Remaining Dates: April 8, June 10, September 9, October 28, December 9


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Loyola Marymount & Loyola Chicago To Visit Band – Fun Facts!

On Thursday, March 9th at 9:30am, we will be hosting an event with Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Chicago University. The event will take place at the Biblioteca.

Loyola Marymount Fun Facts:

  • loyola marymountMU ranks 3rd in “Best Universities with Master’s Programs in the West.” U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • School of Film and Television ranks 8th nationally. The Hollywood Reporter, 2014
  • Loyola Law School ranks 3rd in the nation for entertainment law, Law Street, 2014Loyola Law School is no. 6 for trial advocacy programs and No. 14 for tax law. U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • LMU offers 60 major and 55 minor undergraduate degrees and programs.
  • 19 student housing facilities for 3,210 students
  • 22 Division I and varsity sports
  • 160 registered student organizations
  • LMU’s student media: KXLU 88.9 FM; The Los Angeles Loyolan (award-winning newspaper); The Tower (award-winning yearbook); ROAR Network (award-winning television network)


Loyola Chicago Fun Facts:Loyolauniversitycrest

  • Total enrollment: 16,422
  • 80+ undergraduate majors and 80+ minors
  • 170+ graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs
  • More than 4,000 faculty and staff members
  • 14:1 Undergraduate student/faculty ratio
  • 150,000 alumni; 85,000 in Chicago
  • One of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter
  • Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the top “national universities” (#99 in the 2016 edition) in its annual publications
  • Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service