Universidade NOVA coming to Band – Fun Facts!

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa will be at Band tomorrow (Thursday) at 9:30am.

NOVA logo

Did you know?

  • The only Portuguese University in the Top 50 Under 50 , for the 3rdyear in a row
  • LEIDEN RANKING 2016: The first Portuguese institution to be ranked above the average reference global media, leading in Portugal, for the second year in a row, the impact on the scientific production.
  • U-MULTIRANK 2016: NOVA leads for the second year in a row with the highest number of top scores in the evaluated areas.
  • 2119 International students enrolled (103 Nationalities)
  • 40 Research Units. 75% evaluated by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FC&T) with “Exceptional”, “Excellent” and “Very Good”. 4151 Publications (year 2014). 1489 Publications indexed to the Web of Science (year 2014). 12 European Research Council Grants

Want to know more? Come to tomorrow’s event!

Double majors produce dynamic thinkers

One of the many benefits of studying abroad is the ability to double major — many universities will allow students to choose 2 majors or a major and a minor.

keep-calm-and-double-major

The Chronicle published an article a while back that has some very interesting points: Double Majors Produce Dynamic Thinkers, Study Finds

Here are some highlights:

  • Students who major in two fields are more apt than their single-majoring peers to think both integratively and creatively
  • Increasingly, education experts also want students to develop a third skill, integrative thinking. It entails learning the deeper, underlying meaning of a discipline, making connections across courses and subjects, and applying different intellectual perspectives
  • “Double majors give students the opportunity to build bridges between domains of knowledge”

Have you ever considered a double major?

 

MIT Coming to Band – Fun Facts!

MIT will be visiting Band on Friday, May 12th at 9:30am in Studio 268.

The idea is for the event to be an informal question and answer session. Read below for some fun facts!

Did you know that?

The MIT website is updated every day so check it out daily.

Famous people who went to MIT:

  • Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, earned his MS from the business school in 1972.
  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, Ben Bernanke, got his PhD in 1979 in Physics
  • Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, got his ScD in 1963 in Aero Astro
  • CEO of General Motors, Alfred P. Sloan, got his BS in 1895 in Electrical Engineering
  • Former VP of Goldman Sachs and business writer Lisa Endlich received her MBA from MIT

MIT is very well known for inspiring entrepreneurship. Here are some mind blowing facts about MIT’s Entrepreneurs:

  • 25,800 active companies have been started or cofounded by living MIT Alumni
  • 3.3 million people are employed by companies started or cofounded by living MIT alumni
  • Famous companies founded by MIT Alums: Intel, Texas Instruments, Bose, Koch Industries, Dropbox, Campbell Soup
  • The Gross Domestic Product of a nation formed by businesses started by MIT graduates would be $2 trillion. This would rank them as 10th in the world (equivalent to Italy, the UK, and Brazil).

Up through 1980, MIT had several dominant tiddlywinks teams competing in the intercollegiate level and winning national and world championships. For those of you who don’t know what tiddlywinks is, it is an indoor game that’s played on a felt mat. There are two types of disks involved: “winks” and “squidgers.” To play the game, squidgers are used to press on the edge of the wink and propel it into the air. The object of the game is to get your winks into a pot that is in the middle of the mat.

MIT students can receive the greatly coveted Pirate’s License/ Certificate if they complete PE classes in pistol, archery, fencing, and sailing!

MIT

For Tomorrow´s SAT – what you need to know

Are you taking the SAT tomorrow? Here´s what you need to know:

sat bubbles

Must Bring:

  • Admission ticket
  • Acceptable photo ID
  • Two No. 2 pencils
  • An approved calculator

Can Bring:

  • A watch without an audible alarm
  • A drink and/or snack for the break

Do Not Bring:

  • Tablets, computers, cameras or most other electronic devides
  • Highlighters, pens, colored pencils
  • Books or papers

Timing:

  • Arrive at the test center by 7:45am
  • The SAT with Essay ends between 12:50 and 1:20pm
  • The SAT without Essay ends between noon and 12:30pm
  • SAT Subject Tests end around 9:45am, 11:15am or 12:30pm depending on whether you are taking one, two or three tests

Remember to get plenty of rest today. No need to cram tonight. GOOD LUCK!

sat logo

 

 

UPenn, Duke, Georgetown, MIT, Stanford in Brazil

There will be 2 information sessions in São Paulo for students and parents interested in UPenn, Duke, Georgetown, MIT and/or Stanford. Admission Officers from the five universities will each give a short presentation about their institution, allowing time for a question & answer period at the end. Students should only register for one program in São Paulo.

In addition, MIT will be at Band on Friday, May 12 for a chat with students. It is highly recommended that you attend one of these information sessions prior to attending the MIT event at Band as there will be no official presentation during the Band session – just questions and answers.

OPTION 1:

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Escola Graduada De Sao Paulo
Av. Pres. Giovanni Gronchi 4710
Sao Paulo 05724-002, Brazil

Please reply to attend:: https://key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/GRADED17

OPTION 2:

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Colegio Etapa
Rua Vergueiro 1951
Sao Paulo 04101-000, Brazil

Please reply to attend: https://key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/ETAPA17

duke georgetown etc in brazil

Let´s talk about RANKINGS!

When looking for a college, one of the factors you might take into account are rankings.

Graduate-School-Rankings

First and foremost, keep in mind there are several types of rankings and schools might have different positions depending on what list you´re looking at. So be sure to check several rankings before determining whether a college is “well ranked” or not. For example, the University of Chicago is ranked as #3 by US News in their National Universities Rankings. Times Higher Education ranks University of Chicago as #13 in its US Colleges Rankings. Forbes ranks University of Chicago as #20 in its America´s Top Colleges Ranking. Each ranking uses different methodologies leading to different results.

Second, you should look at rankings for majors you might want to study as there´s a vast difference between national rankings and rankings for specific majors. For example, Purdue University is ranked by US News as #60 in National Universities Rankings. Purdue is also ranked by US News as #9 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Purdue also ranks as #13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, don´t look just at rankings – it is important that a college be a good fit for YOU – that might be uncorrelated to its ranking and that is perfectly ok.

Keep in mind there are rankings for pretty much anything from major, to food, to dorms, to quality of life, to best teaching, etc. For example, Princeton Review “Happiest Students” did a survey and ranked where students seem the happiest.

Here are some of the most popular rankings that you should take a look at:

US News National Universities Rankings

US News National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings

US News – Other Rankings Including By Major

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education US Colleges Rankings

Times Higher Education – Other Rankings

Forbes America´s Top Colleges

Princeton Review Best 381 Colleges

ARWU = Academic Rankings of World Universities

Q&S = Quacquarelli Simonds

 

Reflections on the College Admissions Process

College-Admission

Worth reading this article from a Stanford student: Stanford freshmen reflect on the college admissions process

She provides some tips on college applications such as:

  • Applying to too many schools can be just as detrimental as applying to too few
  • Only apply to schools where you see yourself attending
  • Diminish the “luck factor” by researching well your schools and by showing passion. Be prepared!
  • Remember that college acceptances don´t measure your worth as an individual

 

Ivy League Acceptance Rates

ivy league pennants

Here were the acceptance rates at the Ivy Leagues this year (for the incoming class of 2021):

  • Brown: 8.3%
  • Columbia: 5.8%
  • Cornell: 12.5%
  • Dartmouth: 10.4%
  • Harvard: 5.2%
  • UPenn: 9.2%
  • Princeton: 6.1%
  • Yale: 6.9%

Read more about these acceptance rates: Ivy League admission letters just went out — here are the acceptance rates for the class of 2021

Worried about these acceptance rates? Don´t be! Remember there are over 4,000 colleges in the US and these are just 8 colleges. Remember every college list needs a blend of reach schools, target schools and safety schools.

Ivy Leagues copy

 

Common App Changes

Common App

The Common Application, system used by nearly 700 colleges and universities, just announced some new changes. These include:

  • A more detailed “courses and (now) grades” section: Common App will ask for the names of classes taken (or to be taken) over the 4 years of high school. Common App will also ask for grades as they appear on the student´s transcript. Schools will still have to submit an official transcript but students will also have to self-report everything.
  • Google Drive integration: Common App will allow students to upload documents such as essas and resumes directly from Google Drive into their applications.
  • Adding advisers: The Common App will allow students to assign advisers who will be able to view their work and check their progress. School counselors already had this view, but now students can add outside counselors to their account to help.
These changes will be released in the new version scheduled to be released on August 1, 2017.

Kindness – can it help you get into college?

kindness

We recently read a very inspiring article by Rebecca Sabky who´s a former admissions director at Dartmouth. Below are some of our favorite parts:

“The problem is that in a deluge of promising candidates, many remarkable students become indistinguishable from one another, at least on paper. It is incredibly difficult to choose who to admit. Yet in the chaos of SAT scores, extracurriculars and recommendations, one quality is always irresistible in a candidate: kindness.”

“The most surprising indication of kindness I´ve ever come across in my admissions career came from a student who went to a large public school in New England. He was clearly bright, as evidenced by his class rank and teacher´s praise….But one letter of recommendation caught my eye. It was from a school custodian…the custodian wrote that he was compelled to support this student´s candidacy because of his thoughtfulness. This young man was the only person in the school who knew the names of every member of the janitorial staff.”

“Colleges should foster the growth of individuals who show promise not just in leadership and academics, but also in generosity of spirit.”

We hope this will serve as inspiration and/or encouragement to all our students who may apply to college one day. Have you done an act of kindness recently? It might help you get into your dream school!

Read the entire article: Check This Box if You´re a Good Person

kindess 2