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.

freshman survey

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.


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).

We’re Back!! Get ready for a VERY BUSY second semester

We’re back!

And we already have 14 events confirmed for the second semester – this includes over 30 universities already confirmed to visit Band this semester.

We will have universities including Boston University, UCLA, Fordham, Williams, Boston College, Tufts, Dartmouth, Emory, Wake Forest, George Washington University, Brandeis, Davidson and many many more coming to Band.

Next week we have 3 events confirmed with 2 of them being more of a “workshop format” so they can help you prepare for your application no matter where you’re applying to.

We work hard to get these universities to come visit us so we now need all of you to help us by attending and being engaged in all of our events!!

Please stay tuned for our upcoming events – posted to Moodle and to “Agenda” section of the website.


SEGUNDA, 7/8 ÀS 9:30HS – Sala A12
Shorelight Education “University Recruitment Strategies”
Shorelight tem parcerias com as seguintes universidades: Adelphi, American University, Auburn, FIU, LSU, University of Kansas, University of Central Florida, University of the Pacific, The University of Illinois at Chicago, University of South Carolina, University of Utah, University of Dayton
TERÇA, 8/8 ÀS 15:30HS – Sala A12
“How to Write an Application ESSAY” – John Eriksen (Bryant University)
QUARTA, 9/8 ÀS 9:30HS – Sala A12
NOVA School of Business & Economics – aluna atual vai falar sobre a vida em Portugal, estudar business e tirar quaisquer outras dúvidas


The Offer of the College…Happy Vacation!


College is all about building – building friendships, building experiences, building connections, building relationships and more importantly, building your future. Good luck.

The day you leave for college is the day you become responsible for your own future. Study hard, have fun, make good decisions and strive to make every single day a memory that you will cherish forever.

The Offer of the College

To be at home in all lands and all ages;
To count Nature a familiar acquaintance,
And Art an intimate friend;
To gain a standard for the appreciation of others’ work
And the criticism of your own;
To carry the keys of the world’s library in your pocket,
And feel its resources behind you in whatever task you undertake;
To make hosts of friends . . .
Who are to be leaders in all walks of life;
To lose yourself in generous enthusiasms
And cooperate with others for common ends—
This is the offer of the college for the best four years of your life.

Adapted from the original “Offer of the College,” published in 1906 as the foreword to The College Man and the College Woman by William DeWitt Hyde, seventh president of Bowdoin College (1885–1917).


Universidade de Coimbra – Fun Facts!

Lots of students wants to apply to Portugal and Universidade de Coimbra is always top of their list.

Did you know they have a website fully dedicated to Brazilians who want to study there?

Informações gerais incluindo vídeo: http://www.uc.pt/brasil

Graduação na UC: http://www.uc.pt/brasil/graduacao

Passo-a-passo da candidatura que contém os requisitos, cursos, valores, prazos, entre outros aqui: http://www.uc.pt/brasil/graduacao/enem/passo-a-passo

Perguntas frequentes: http://www.uc.pt/brasil/faq


UC Berkeley: What can we change in a single generation?

Berkeley is looking ahead and asking a simple question: what can we change in a single generation? From health to water, food systems to climate, energy to economic equality – visit their website for some of their research and advocacy projects that they hope will radically improve life for everyone #InThisGen.

They are asking questions like:

Remember when stress made us sick?

Remember when we couldn’t print houses?

Remember when cancer wasn’t treatable over the counter?

Remember when we worried about drought?

Go learn more about this incredible initiative!


Stanford summer reading list

The 3 books Stanford is asking incoming freshmen to read over the summer

“The Three Books program is designed to introduce you to the experience of reading, thinking, and talking about challenging subjects as a member of Stanford’s intellectual community,” professor Noah Diffenbaugh wrote to the class of 2021.

Diffenbaugh, the faculty moderator of the program and a professor of earth system science, said this year’s theme was on sustainability and equity.

“All three of these books have had a deep impact on me and my thinking,” he wrote. “And, just as each of these books offers a sense of hope and optimism amid extremely challenging circumstances, I am optimistic that in discussing these challenges we can help each other find a sense of hope for the future!” he continued.

Want to know which books are on the list? Go to this link.

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