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.

Early decision versus early action
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

 

A Few Telling Freshman Trends

The New York Times published a very interesting article on some telling freshman trends.

In 1967, 43% of people answering the survey didn’t apply to any universities. The second largest percentage was 21% which applied to ONE university. By comparison, in 2016 21% of those surveyed were applying to 7 to 10 universities.

In 1974, 77% of those surveyed were attending their first choice university. In 2016 57% are attending their first choice.

More results in the photo below or on the NY Times website.

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Dorm Essentials You Shouldn’t Forget (and Some You Should Skip)

For those former Band students already traveling to the US to begin college and for those already dreaming of going in 1, 2, 3 years…here’s some advice on dorm essentials from a NY Times article:

Everyone in your life will have advice on what you absolutely need to take to college. Multicolored sticky notes? Crucial. A rug by your bed? You’ll die without one! But from my experience dorming for the past four years, I’ve learned that smaller, sometimes forgotten items can sometimes have the biggest impact.

Sure, I was grateful I had a hanging shoe organizer, but it’s little things like pot holders or specialized kitchenware that made my dorm life a little more comfortable. Everyone knows to bring a good pair of noise-reducing headphones and a bathroom caddy for dorm living, so here are a few items that will lighten your load in small but frequent ways, plus a few things you’re better off leaving at home.

What You’ll Want to Have:

  • Whiteboard
  • Mini stapler
  • Portable phone charger
  • Beach towel
  • Clear fruit bowl

What You’re Better Off Without:

  • Excessive school apparel
  • Rugs
  • Decorative items (that aren’t posters)

Read more by going to the full article.

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6 Common Reasons College Applications Get Rejected

Below, college admissions deans share the most common reasons why applications get rejected at their schools and offer tips on submitting a competitive application. Source: US News

1. The applicant doesn’t meet the academic threshold. The types of courses that students take in high school and the grades they receive in those classes are the best indicators of how well a student will perform in college, experts say.
Most colleges will base an admissions decision on all aspects of a student’s application and not just grades and test scores, but admissions counselors want to know that students have a strong enough foundation to handle challenging courses at their institution.
“We have a bottom floor that if they don’t achieve over a number in one of those categories, then it is an overall denial of admissions,” says LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

2. The application is incomplete. Missing test scores, recommendation letters and other application materials will delay the review process for applicants.
Colleges are likely to ask students to submit missing pieces of their application before the deadline, but it’s better to double-check the requirements first.
“Do homework ahead of time to know what the institutions are requiring and to know what the deadlines are, because those are the easiest ways to make sure the application is reviewed,” says Heidi Meyer, executive director of admissions at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

3. The school isn’t a good fit. Admissions officers don’t expect teens to have concrete career and academic plans, but they do want students to understand the college’s mission and have a clear idea of how the school can help them meet their goals. That means researching the institution before applying to make sure the college offers the type of education and experience that the applicant needs. Teens also need to think about what they can offer the college’s community.
“If we have a student whose essay indicates that they really want a large school experience or they write about how they wanted to major in something that we didn’t necessarily have the appropriate major to get them where they are going, we would want to have a conversation with that student,” Hughes says. Illinois Wesleyan has fewer than 2,000 undergraduate students.

4. There are too many errors. Don’t put Howard University when you’re applying to Hampton. Admissions officers may be willing to overlook a minor mistake, but submitting applications filled with typos and errors shows admissions counselors that the applicant isn’t serious about their institution, or that the applicant doesn’t have sufficient writing skills to succeed at the college, experts say.
“Make sure that you have two, three sets of eyes looking at your credentials before you submit,” says Angela Nixon Boyd, dean of admissions at Hampton University.

5.The student has a record of behavior problems. “A lot of colleges and universities pay close attention to character, and if students have had issues with suspensions or anything of that regard, that’s going to really impact the decision,” Nixon Boyd says.

A suspension isn’t an automatic reason for denial. Cell phone violations or tardiness won’t have the same impact as a history of fighting or being disruptive in class, Nixon Boyd says.
Students with suspensions on their records can explain those incidents in their application.

6. The demand is much greater than the supply. “The problem for us is that we have so many more qualified, talented, interesting people than we can enroll,” Lee Coffin, dean of admissions and financial aid at Dartmouth College, says. Dartmouth accepted about 10 percent of the 20,000-plus applications they received in 2016, Coffin says.
“We’re looking to populate the class with people who are going to complement the community that we’re trying to build,” he says. What the community needs changes from year to year and can vary in anything from academics to diversity or athletics. Teens who clearly articulate their interests, goals and potential are most likely to be considered for a spot in the freshman class.
“From a student’s perspective, the opportunity is: ‘How do I write essays that introduce my personal narrative, my aspirations, my academic interests, as clearly as I can? How do I get recommendations that introduce me to this admissions officer in a way that rounds out the letter grade or maybe the test score that is in that subject area?'”

 

Universidades em Portugal e o ENEM

Quer fazer faculdade em Portugal?

Confira essa reportagem do portal G1: Mais duas universidades de Portugal assinam parceria para usar nota do Enem na seleção

Cada universidade parceira define qual será a nota de corte do Enem para cada um de seus cursos. Cabe ao Inep conferir os resultados dos brasileiros que pleiteiam uma vaga no exterior.

Abaixo, confira a lista completa das 26 universidades portuguesas que oficializaram a parceria com o Inep para usar a nota do Enem como método de seleção de estudantes do Brasil:

Universidade de Coimbra (26/05/2014);
Universidade de Algarve (18/09/2014);
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (24/04/2015);
Instituto Politécnico de Beja (10/07/2015);
Instituto Politécnico do Porto (26/08/2015);
Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre (08/10/2015);
Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave (09/11/2015);
Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (24/11/2015);
Universidade de Aveiro (25/11/2015);
Instituto Politécnico de Guarda (26/11/2015);
Universidade de Lisboa (27/11/2015);
Universidade do Porto (09/03/2016);
Universidade da Madeira (14/03/2016);
Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (15/07/2016);
Instituto Politécnico de Santarém (15/07/2016);
Universidade dos Açores (04/08/2016);
Universidade da Beira Interior (20/09/2016);
Universidade do Minho (24/10/2016);
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário (Cespu) (24/03/2017);
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (05/04/2017);
Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal (05/04/2017);
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (06/04/2017);
Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (22/05/2017);
Universidade Lusófona do Porto (25/05/2017);
Universidade Portucalense (26/07/2017);
Instituto Universitário da Maia (Ismai) (26/07/2017).